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Hello everyone, I hope your vacation is going well. I have updated the tournament and practice schedule for the month of January.
We will be entering our first tournament on January 4th, 2015 at the Island Trees Youth Wrestling Tournament.
Practice for the month of January will resume on Tuesday January 6th.
Have a great vacation and see you in the new year.
Registration is now open
Registration is now open for the Harrison Mat Club.
We will be practicing at LMK Middle School B Gym starting Dec 2 on Tuesday and Wednsday from 5:30 -6:30
We we are looking forward to another great year.
HMC is off to a great start.
The new boys are coming along and our experienced wrestlers have been going to tournaments. VW wrestled in Pa this weekend and the Joseph boys in NJ. They all wrestled tough and brought home two golds and 1 silver.
Let's continue that momentum in Warwick this weekend. I hope that those that are planning on going are registered on the Warwick website. I believe that registration is closed. Please let me know if you are signed up.
The Varsity has a tournament at LMK at 4:30 on Wednesday. Let's meet there then, watch some great wrestling and then head over to our practice.
Please make sure your information on my spreadsheet is correct. We need to talk about singlets and whether we are ordering new ones this year. If you need a new singlet or are a new wrestler and want to start attending tournaments please let me know.
I need current USA cards from everyone. The link to buy one is on our website. You only need the $15 one for now.
2013 - 2014 Season
It is hard to believe it but it is almost time for all of us to get back on the mats. I have been trying to grow our program and am hoping that we will have a number of new wrestlers with us. Help me recruit by bringing friends of your sons. For the parents new or potential new wrestlers to our program - We have a lot of information on our website. You should read through the postings and the handouts. The kids learn about hard work, balance, physical fitness, attention to detail and perseverance. They learn about winning and losing. We start by teaching and practicing basic skills and then move on to controlled short matches. We build in some fun games and activities. When ready, each wrestler is invited to start attending travel team practices on Thursdays and tournaments. You will note on the website calendar that the travel team wrestlers attend a number of tournaments and even County, State and Regional competitions.
Everyone (and especially parents of new wrestlers) - please review the information I have for you and your child on my spreadsheet at the first couple of practices. Also, if you have not already, please get me your USA wrestling card (all you need for now is the $15 version). For the travel team wrestlers, I am assuming that your singlets all fit unless you have told me already that they do not. We need to think about whether we need to put in an order this year.
Some of the boys have not stopped wrestling and have attended individual and dual meet tournaments since our last season ended. Some of the boys have gone to wrestling camps and have been practicing in the off season. Whether or not you have been on the mats recently, it is time to get focused on getting into wrestling shape. I hope that we will be in the gym together in less than 1 month. I will give you the dates when I have them.
Last year we went to 3 December tournaments - New Milford Ct, Warwick NY and Bristol Ct. I am hoping that we will do the same this year. Warwick always sells out before the deadline and you need to sign up on your own. so sign up soon or you may be closed out. The link is on the Calendar.
Watch this video clip - Kyle Dake - possibly the greatest wrestler ever
This is a great look into Kyle Dake graduate of Cornell University (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gRUVFIwfL0E ). He is the third 4X N.C.A.A. Wrestling Champion in the 85 year history of the N.C.A.A. tournament and the first to do it in 4 different weight classes. Some of our boys have been to clinics held by the Cornell coach and a number of Cornell wrestlers. Kyle seems to be as great of a kid in person as he does on this video.
2013 New York State Championships
We had nine boys go to the NYS Championships. Four of them placed in the top six. All of the boys wrestled hard and I am proud of each of them. I believe that all of their brackets were fairly large ranging from about 14 to about 24 kids in each. And these kids were the best of the best from around the State. So to place is really a great accomplishment.
I saw a lot of great wrestling from a lot of kids from around the State. We all need to keep improving. If you are not getting better you are getting worse. I expect that a number of the boys will work out in the off season. The boys should all play other sports but they should also at least keep their toes in this sport. Whether that is in random clinics, weekly sessions or summer camps. There are also two Westchester tournaments this month that you can sign up for.
2013 Sectionals - Great Job Everyone
With a fairly small contingent compared to some of the other programs we did great. Win or lose - You are all winners to me.
You again put the Harrison Mat Club near the top of the leaderboard. We bested last year's 6th place and took 5th place out of the 37 teams in our Section competing yesterday. We could not have done it without the contributions of each one of you. We were not that far from 2nd place but only a few points from being in 7th. Every point each of you earned was important.
By placing in the top 6 in your weight class, the nine boys qualified to go to the NYS tournament the first weekend in March. It is relatively conveniently located on Long Island again this year. The Section 1 submission form is supposed to be sent to you tomorrow.
The completed form must be received by the Section 1 Director by Feb 20th. Fill it out now and send it in. Remember that the kids must wrestle in the same weight class that they wrestled in this weekend. If they are above the limt for the class they will not be allowed to wrestle. Weigh ins are the afternoon or evening before wrestling. It is on the form.
I stayed at a hotel about 10 minutes away from the tournamnent the last couple of years. $119 a night. I am staying there again. It is the Sheraton-Long Island (110 Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge, NY 11788 (631) 231-1100).
Harrison Varsity Wrestling
Congratulations to the 2013 Harrison Wrestling Team. They won the Byram Hills Duals on Saturday and in the process set a new school record for wins in a season improving to 14-3. The Huskies will travel to rival Rye on Tuesday and then take on defending Section Champs Fox Lane at LMK on Thursday. It will be the final home match for our seniors as they battle for a league title. Please come out and support them. Both matches will start at 4:30.
Harrison Varsity Wrestling Coach
We had 8 wrestlers at Warwick yesterday. 2 1st place, 1 2nd place and 5 3rd place finishes. We went a combined 15 wins and 10 losses with 7 pins. I am proud how all of the boys handled theselves win or lose and how they wrestled. Special congratulations to Cole for bringing home gold two weeks in a row and recording 3 pins. But my mvp of this tournament is Christian. In his first ever tournament he won all 3 of his matches and notched 2 pins.
Even with the impressive showing, I saw a lot for us to work on so lets hit it hard this week.
We are going to Bristol Connecticut on Sunday. Confirm with me today whether you are going (I need $16 per wrestler and a copy of your USA card by tonight to sign up). We are also going to Massapeaqua on January 6th and need to sign up by Thursday during the day (I need $25 per wrestler and your signed form-print out from the link on our website on the Calendar for Jan 6 Massapeaqua).
The 2012 - 2013 Season
We had a great season last year-taking 6th in our Section out of 33 programs (many of which are much larger than ours).
We are working out at LMK in Gym B this year from 6-7:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (Thursdays are for travel team wrestlers only). We have started already and I really like the space we have there.
I would like all of us to think about friends of our children who should give the mat a try. We should have a greater participation rate from our Harrison youngsters. Help me recruit.
I am planning on us hitting the ground a little harder this year and am thinking that we should enter a few December tournaments. I have posted my inital thoughts on tournaments (and the practice schedule) on the Calendar. We will not go to some listed and there are others that we will go to. Let me know if your son would like to wrestle in New Milford CT on Dec 9.
I need to know who needs to order a new singlet and get that taken care of early. Let me know if yours does not fit.
For the returning wrestlers, please update any information that has changed and make sure your USA cards are renewed and that I have a copy. For the new wrestlers, please make sure I have your email, address, phone numbers, birthdates and tell me about any health issues. I need a copy of your USA wrestling card. Link is on the website. You can purchase the $15 card and upgrade later if you are going to the NYS tournament or other regional tournment - or just buy the $40 card now. It could save you a real problem later.
Unfortunately we are unable to take any new members who are not Harrison residents. Sorry.
Congrats on Great Performances-States 2012
We all congratulate Javier, Angel, TJ and Paul. Javier took 3d place, Angel took 5th place and TJ and Paul each took 6th place in the NYS championships. We also sent Tyler to War at the Shore where he finished in a very impressive 3d place.
War at the Shore is an impressive and well run tournament with 1800 kids competing in it each of the last several years and 18 mats on the floor of the Wildwood NJ Convention Center. Lets get more kids there next year.
We have some kids going to wrestling camp for a week at West Point. We also have some boys that are still going to wrestling practices either at Olympic or with Max Askren. If you want to make serious improvements you can not stop wrestling and just start back up in November or December.
Great Sectional Performances 2012
I am very proud of every one of my wrestlers. You all worked hard this year and especially yesterday. Every one of you also earned recognition - each of you placed in the top four of the Section in your weight class.
With a fairly small contingent compared to some of the other programs we did great. As I told you - you are all winners to me.
Now the Harrison Mat Club is also a winner. We took 6th place out of the 33 teams in our Section competing yesterday. We could not have done it without the contributions of each one of you. I think we will have to find that shelf to put our trophy on.
By placing in the top 6 in your weight class, you all qualified to go to the NYS tournament the first weekend in March. It is relatively conveniently located on Long Island again this year. You should have the form to fill out but if not you can find it at
https://www.mysportsdreams.com/downloads/2012 KIDS STATES REG FORM.pdf
The completed form must be received by Adam Kern by Feb 25th. Fill it out now and send it in. Remember that the kids must wrestle in the same weight class that they wrestled in this weekend. If they are above the limt for the class they will not be allowed to wrestle. Weigh ins are the afternoon or evening before wrestling. It is on the form.
I stayed at a hotel about 10 minutes away from the tournamnent last year. $119 a night. I am staying there again. It is the Sheraton-Long Island (110 Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge, NY 11788 (631) 231-1100).
Remember to send your pictures to Michele Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NY State Champion 2011
I am very proud to tell you that the Harrison Mat Club has its first NY State Champ. Tyler Joseph won it all in the Bantam 65 pound weight class. He did not trail in any of his matches. Tyler worked hard all year.
We had 5 kids wrestling at the States this year. I would not be surprised if we have more next year or if next year we take home a handful of medals.
There is a great article the Harrison Report wrote about Tyler and the Harrison Mat Club. It is in the March 11, 2011 edition on the last page. It is also currently on the home page of the website Article. A copy of the article can be found by clicking on the Handouts link of the website.
The 2011 Counties
We entered 12 boys and 8 of them placed in the top 4. 2 first place, 2 second place, 1 third place and 3 fourth place. We do not have the team placements yet. I think we have an outside chance for a team medal. I expect that we will be sending 3 or 4 boys to the States in March.
A few of the boys went to the Divisionals after our tournament. Vinny, the varsity head coach brought them down to the mats before the start of the finals and announced their names and finish in the Section Championship. The croud cheered. The kids really felt like winners. Thank you Vinny.
Recap 2009- 2010 Season
2012 - 2013 is our sixth season. I wrestled for Harrison High School. My brother coaches the Modified Team and my nephew wrestles at Cortland. Participation in youth wrestling is huge in Long Island, New Jersy and Pennsylvania. Nothing builds character and confidence like wrestling. I started this program to give the kids in Harrison (and in particular my son VW) an opportunity to try the sport and if they like it and are committed, the ability to compete at a high level. It is not a sport for everyone. Talk to me. There is a lot to learn at the beginning. Some get it more quickly than others. I am happy to talk to all of the parents and answer any questions you have. Please read the Parents Guide linked on the website. The beginning and end of practices though are crazy. Send me an email or give me a call. Or just wait around at the end for 5 or 10 minutes and we can chat. I do not do it alone. There are several fathers that spend a lot of time on and off the mats assisting. I love the sport and enjoy working with the boys.
What is the program?
USA Wrestling Statement
Ask the parents of any of our 155,000 members and they’ll tell you that wrestling:
• Improves self confidence and the belief that anything is possible
• Teaches young people to respect themselves and others
• Promotes excellence and encourages athletes to set goals
• Builds personal accountability because the athlete alone is responsible for the outcome
• Develops integrity, discipline, and a strong work ethic—traits that will last a lifetime
• Exposes athletes to positive role models
Wrestling’s alumni have gone on to achieve success in every field. Presidents, astronauts, authors, and respected business executives credit wrestling, and the life lessons learned on the mat, for their success. At USA Wrestling, we believe our wrestlers will become elite at whatever they choose to do in life.
From Cael Sanderson's blog "Why my kids will wrestle...".
Why my kids will wrestle..
1. Foundation sport. Wrestling is the perfect foundation for all other sports. Wrestling is balance, agility, hand –eye coordination, flexibility, positioning, strength, speed, explosiveness, footwork, hustle, mental focus, mental toughness, core strength, concentration, competition, and endurance. Wrestling will make our youth better at all other sports.
2. Fun. Wrestling is a game. It is the most basic and instinctual game. Toddlers wrestle. The sport of wrestling is the ultimate competition where two individual take their individual strengths and match them up against each other. Wrestling is a battle of wits, technique, speed, agility, flexibility, and toughness. No two wrestlers are alike. Fun stuff!!
3. Exercise. Wrestling is one the world’s most premier physical fitness sports. Wrestling develops strength and endurance. Poor health is a major issue in our society today and wrestling will help develop a love of exercise and physical fitness in our youth.
4. Self-confidence. Very little is accomplished without self-confidence. Wrestling teaches self-confidence like nothing else I know outside of religion and knowing that you are a child of God. Insecure people have the most difficult time learning from others and make progress even more difficult than it already is. Wrestling teaches hard work, self-improvement, sense of accomplishment, camaraderie of team, 1 on 1 aspect, and self-defense to name a few. These promote self-worth, respect and confidence.
5. Self-defense. Although wrestling is not commonly considered a “martial art,” it is the #1 base discipline in the world of MMA. Wrestlers know how to defend themselves and neutralize threats quickly. Wrestling is controlling an opponent. If you want your kids to know how to defend themselves, put them in wrestling.
6. Humility. Nothing teaches humility better than a 1-on-1 sport. Winning and losing in a 1-on-1 setting brings humility. There is nowhere to hide and no one to blame but yourself. All wrestlers will lose at some point and doing so in these conditions teaches humility. Hard work and discipline are two keys to success in wrestling and both teach humility.
“…I learned a lot about taking responsibility for my actions when I wrestled for 4 years…All professional athletes ought to spend a year wrestling. It teaches you something, You get pinned; you can’t blame the coach. You can’t blame your teammates. The guy you are looking for is staring back at you in the mirror” –former Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams
7. Respect. The challenges of being a wrestler teach you to respect yourself. After you learn to respect yourself you will learn to respect others. You learn to respect your team mates as well as your opponents. You learn to listen to and respect your coach. After you learn to respect others you are able to learn from them, a life lesson.
8. Self-discipline. Wrestling is discipline. Repetition of drills, hard work, weight management, and continually doing the best thing instead of the easiest thing is discipline. Wrestling requires postponing instant “wants” to gain something more valuable long term. It takes discipline and focus to reach goals.
9. Roadmap to success. Wrestling is the perfect example of what it takes to be successful in life. Goal setting, hard work, determination, focus, love of challenges, love of competition, confidence, being coachable, mental toughness, discipline, creativity, team work and accountability.
10. Toughness. Wrestling is a physical, contact sport. You learn that sometimes you just get poked in the eye. Physical and mental toughness go hand in hand. You learn that a little pain or struggle is part of the process of doing great things.