11th Annual Hudson Valley Challenge

The Friends of Section 9 is happy to announce that the 11th Annual Hudson Valley Challenge will take place on Sunday, October 7th at Port Jervis High School.  Online registration is available at http://easternstates.ticketleap.com/hudson-valley-challenge-wrestling-tournament–clinic/.  If you have additional questions, please contact the tournament director Gary Rissler at grissler@hvc.rr.com

                              11th Annual Hudson Valley Challenge Tournament Flyer

Wantagh Looking for a Few Teams for Their December 15 Tournament

Wantagh head wrestling coach Paul Gillespie has room for a few more teams for their annual David Bloom dual meet tournament.  The one-day event will take place at the high school on Saturday, December 15.  Wantagh High School is located in Nassau County on Long Island (Section 8).  Any coaches who are interested in entering their team should contact Coach Gillespie at (516) 319-9493.  

Jerry McGuire Tournament Looking For a Few Teams

Attention all Section IX Coaches: North Rockland is looking for a few teams to fill out the field of the North Rockland Jerry McGuire Varsity Wrestling tournament.

When: Dec. 8th 2012
Details: One day tournament with individual and team champions. Each wrestler is guaranteed 5 matches.

If Interested: Please contact Jeff Swick for further details.

Web Star Recruits

Web Star Recruits is a group of former college coaches, athletes, and professional athletes that guide student athletes through the college recruiting process.  Our philosophy at Web Star is to be proactive.  We evaluate transcripts, athletic talent, body composition (depending on the sport for times and positions), and then contact over 150 schools for the student athlete in order to find the best fit both academically and athletically.  We make an unbiased 3rd party recommendation to college coaches.  We educate parents and athletes about the entire recruiting process.  98% of all the athletes we’ve worked with made a college team with about $19,000 dollars in aid. 

Joe Ryan is the CEO and founder of Web Star Recruits.  He is a former college wrestling Head Coach with 25 years of coaching experience at Ohio State, Rutgers, Army, Wagner, Seton Hall University and high school level. He has had several top 25 recruiting classes and was named coach of the year five times. Coach Ryan assisted Ohio State to a NCAA 2nd place in 2008.  He left coaching so he could watch his daughter play college volleyball.  In that time, he discovered that there was a need for an organization that could assist student-athletes (and their parents) through the college recruiting process.  In four short years, Web Star Recruits has become a nationwide company with a network of coaches, athletes, and professional athletes in 16 different sports.

One of the newest additions to the Web Star Recruits staff is Section 9’s very own Terry Madden.  Terry is a Pine Bush High School graduate.  After a successful 4 year college wrestling career, Madden coached at Hofstra University and at the United States Military Academy. While at Hofstra, Madden coached numerous NCAA Div. 1 qualifiers and 2 NCAA All-Americans. At West Point, he was able to assist in bringing 3 athletes to the NCAA tournament, in one of the tougher conferences in the country, EIWA. As an athlete, Madden was a 2x All-American, and the first and only NCAA Champion in New York City for Hunter College. During his college career, he was also a University Freestyle All-American in 2006.  Terry will serve as the VP of Social Media as well a Wrestling Recruiting Expert for Web Star Recruits.

For more information about Web Star Recruits, visit their website at www.webstarrecruits.com.

Important Section 9 NY USA Wrestling Meeting

A very important Section 9 NY USA Wrestling meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00 PM at the Monroe Woodbury High School.

All adult S9NYUSAW past, current, and prospective members and enthusiasts are invited and encouraged to attend.  The purpose of the meeting is twofold:

 1)      Conduct the annual business of Section Nine New York USAW (Treasurer’s Annual Report, review last season and set upcoming season goals, Officer/Board Elections as necessary, etc.).

2)      Plan and organize the upcoming 2012-2013 Section Nine Youth League season.

 Please help spread the word. It is critical that youth program coordinators attend.  Any questions, feel free to contact:

John Zsido
S9NYUSAW Operations and Secretary/Treasurer
Home (845)534-6930
Mobile (845)234-1818

Coleman Scott Clinic on Long Island

4-Hour Clinic on Saturday, September 22
Only $50 To Attend!!!

Coleman Scott
2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist
2008 NCAA Champion
4X All-American at Oklahoma State
3X Pennsylvania State Champion

Ascend Wrestling Club has organized a wrestling clinic at Brentwood High School on Long Island for Saturday, September 22 starting at 9:00 am.  The clinic will be conducted by 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott.  The cost of the clinic is only $50.  Coaches are welcomed to attend.  Click below for the clinic flyer.
                                                           Coleman Scott Clinic

London 2012 Wrestling Wrap-Up

Some Facts, Figures, and Opinions About The 2012 London Olympics

Men’s Freestyle Team Was Golden
The US men’s freestyle wrestling team had their best Olympic performance since 1996.  This year’s squad had a combined record of 14-7 and brought home 2 gold medals and one bronze medal.  New Jersey native Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) led the US contingent by claiming his second consecutive major world wrestling title at 74kg.  Burroughs used his unstoppable double-leg take-down just as he did  last year in winning the 2011 World Championships in Turkey.  Jake Varner surprised many in attendance by claiming the gold at 96kg.  Varner, a 2X California HS state champion, is a member of the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club where he is coached by his former college coach at Iowa State Cael Sanderson.  Sanderson, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, is currently the head wrestling coach at Penn State University.  The final medalist from the men’s freestyle team was Pennsylvania native Coleman Scott (@CScott60kg).  Scott, a 3X PA state champ and an NCAA champion at Oklahoma State, earned a bronze medal at 60kg.  Make sure you read the rest of this article….you may be surprised when you learn about one of Scott’s losses while in college!

For the record, the 1996 men’s freestyle team had three gold medalists (Kendall Cross, Tom Brands, and Kurt Angle…yes he used to be a real wrestler), one silver medalist (Townsend Saunders), and a bronze medalist (Bruce Baumgartner).  To be fair to this year’s team, back in 1996, there were 10 weight classes in men’s freestyle…currently there are only 7 classes.

Women’s Freestyler Chun Grabs Bronze
The US Women’s freestyle team is making strides…but Japan absolutely dominated the competition.  The US squad went 3-5 with Hawaii native Clarissa Chun serving as the lone medalist for the women.  Chun went 3-1 and captured the bronze at 48kg.  The Japanese team was a combined 16-1 and took home 3 gold medals.

Women’s freestyle wrestling has only been an Olympic sport since the 2004 games held in Los Angeles.  The US earned two medals in ’04, one in ’08, and one this year…no US woman has ever won an Olympic gold medal in wrestling.  Better days are ahead though.  Next year, for the first time in US history, girls high school wrestling will be an official sport.  The state of Massachusetts will launch a girl’s freestyle wrestling season.  Until now, girls have been able to wrestle however the absence of a girls-only league has forced them to wrestle against boys.  Although some girls have done great against the boys, the total number of girls who choose to wrestle is minuscule.  Hopefully the pilot MA program is a sign of things to come.  Oh, by the way, the person perhaps most responsible for starting the high school girl’s program is none other than Section 9’s very own Anibal Nieves!  Great job Anibal!

Men’s Greco-Roman Team Fails To Medal
For the first time since the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, the US Men’s Greco-Roman wrestling team did not take home a single medal.  Please note that the US boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.  This year’s team went a combined 4-8 competing in only 6 of the 7 weight classes.  The US did not qualify wrestler at 96kg.  I was actually pleasantly surprised when I did the research and learned that the US has been consistently “solid” in men’s Greco-Roman.  Folkstyle wrestling is the predominant wrestling style in the US…it’s what we do in youth, high school, and college.  Greco-Roman wrestling does not allow for any leg attacks, thus it does not translate into success as consistently as it does in freestyle.  Hopefully through the continued hard work of the US Olympic Training Centers, US men’s Greco-Roman will continue to improve and get back on the medal stand….hey, who can forget the name Rulon Gardner!!!

Did You Know???
Back in November of the 2007-2008 college wrestling season, Oklahoma State’s Coleman Scott was the #1 ranked wrestler in the nation at 133 lbs.  Scott lost his #1 ranking when he was defeated by a score of 3-2 at the Brute/Journeymen Northeast Duals during a match against Hofstra.  Who beat him???  You guessed it….Valley Central graduate and 3X NYS Champion Lou Ruggirello!!!

Also…many of our Section 9 wrestlers do a tremendous amount of training in the off-season.  One of the more popular wrestling clubs in our region is SIR Wrestling in northern New Jersey.  One of the instructors at SIR is Will Livingston.  Livingston was a 4X state place winner and the 2006 NJ state champion while wrestling at Kittatinny HS.  He place 4th in his sophomore season.  During the medal round of the state tournament that season, Will Livingston recorded a pin to ensure that he would place in the top 8.  Who did he pin???  He pinned the now Olympic gold medalist, Jordan Burroughs! 

Day 8: Men’s Freestyle 66kg and 96kg

Jared Frayer
66kg Men’s Freestyle
Born:  10/7/78 in Miami, FL
High School: Countryside HS, Clearwater, FL
College:  Oklahoma; coached by Jack Spates; degree in Social Studies Education

– High School:  3X Florida state champion; also lettered in swimming and diving
College:  4X NCAA qualifier; 2X All-American (dnp,dnp,4,2)
2010:  US Open Champion
2012:  US Olympian

Frayer’s Results:
Jared Frayer (USA) lost to Ali Shabanau (Belarus), 0-3, 0-1
Shabanau does not make finals so Frayer is eliminated

Jake Varner   ***Gold Medalist***
96kg Men’s Freestyle
Born:  3/24/86 in Bakersfield, CA
High School:  Bakersfield HS
College: Iowa State; coached by Cael Sanderson

– High School:  2X CA state champion
– College:  4X NCAA all-american; 2X NCAA Champion (2,2,1,1)
2009: World Team Trials Champion (9th at Worlds)
2011: World Team Trials Champion (3rd at Worlds)
2012: US Olympian

Varner’s Results:
Jake Varner (USA) WIN over Kurban Kurbanov (Uzbekistan), 1-0, 0-1, 1-0
Jake Varner (USA) WIN over Khetag Pliev (Canada), 1-0, 1-0
Jake Varner (USA) WIN over Georgi Gogshelidze (Georgia), 0-2, 1-0, 1-0
Jake Varner (USA) WIN over Valeri Andritsev (Ukraine), 1-0, 1-0 for GOLD!!!