The VAWA Cadet Duals team met at Richmond International this morning and are currently on the way to Daytona. With a stop in Atlanta coming up, the kids will have some time to rest and recover. Through the awesome Wi-Fi on the plane I am actually posting this to the forum from 35000 feet! See you soon!
good luck coach!
What's our lineup?
Will results be on trackwrestling?
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of the wrestlers, coaches, and parents who made the trip to Daytona Beach, FL last week for the USA Wrestling Cadet National Duals. You can find the results on trackwrestling, but the overall results do not speak for how well this team competed.
We started out with very high hopes for the team- before we left Virginia the team was missing only one weight class: 88 lbs. But because of illness and injury, we lost our 145 and 195 lb. wrestlers before the tournament began. Giving up three forfeits every match (15 points) was difficult, but the kids competed effectively and valiantly! We nearly won five or six dual meets during the week despite giving up forfeits. Injuries to two more wrestlers during freestyle upped the point loss to 20 points per match, but we STILL nearly won our last few dual meets.
What does this say for Virginia? We CAN compete effectively on the national level, provided we have wrestlers and coaches willing to put extra time in the off season to participate in the big national events: Cadet and Junior Duals and Fargo. All it takes is commitment and a willingness to seek out the best competition!
A parent made the comment during the week that when he spoke to a major Division I college coach about his son, the coach asked the following:
1. How are his grades?
2. How did he do during the season?
3. Does he wrestle freestyle and Greco in the off season?
Yes...college coaches want your kids to wrestle freestyle and Greco. Competing in the Olympic styles shows coaches that you are committed to improving yourself in the off season. I can not begin to tell you how many Division I and II coaches attend Fargo. Don't believe it? Ask Duke Pickett. While we in Virginia knew how tough Duke was, he didn't get on to the national radar until competing at Junior Nationals in Fargo his junior year and placed in freestyle, defeated a number of nationally ranked wrestlers along the way. The name he made for himself led Cornell to bring him on board.
Think freestyle and Greco will "hurt" your folkstyle? Time to get out of the stone age and get real. Wrestling freestyle and Greco will ENHANCE your folkstyle wrestling by improving your skills and strategies to the sport. We have so many outstanding wrestlers and coaches in Virginia who aren't getting better in the summer. Camps help, but nothing can make you better than getting out there on the mat in competition against the best kids in the country!
Yes, cost is an issue, but VAWA offers opportunities for wrestlers and parents to RAISE the money for these trips. I know of one of our Cadet Duals wrestlers who raised all of his money for the Duals AND Fargo, meaning his parents do NOT have to shell out ANY money for his trips. It can be done; with a commitment to excellence you can join the group, make a name for yourself, get to that next level.
Feel free to email me if you are interested in hearing more: CoachPrebes@stchriswrestling.com
Onward to Fargo!
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