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2017/18 Registration Is Open!

 The first practice for the 2017/18 season will be Tuesday, November 28, 2017.



2017-2018 Registration

Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 Parkway Youth Wrestling season! Parkway is open to boys in grades K-8. No experience necessary!

The K-2* program teaches wrestling fundamentals using primarily a combative games-based approach.  Kids spend the first part of practice running, stretching out, doing calisthenics, and combative games.  The second part of practice is teaching wrestling techniques. The final part of practice is live wrestling, where the boys wrestle matches. This is not drop-off, a parent or guardian must be at every practice and match.

The 3-8 program also teaches wrestling fundamentals but has a greater focus on teaching more technique and preparing the boys for the state and sectional championships. There is a greater emphasis on live wrestling and a more serious tone for this level. 

Dates: December through February

Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7:30pm and most Saturday mornings
(K-2 team practices will end at 7:00)

Where: Roxbury Latin School, West Roxbury

Cost: $150 per child, $275 per family - This fee includes shirt, fight shorts, and USA Wrestling card.


* - 2nd graders that wrestled in our program last year can practice with the 3-8 program.



This Week For Parkway Wrestling 12/12/2016

  • Congrats to our guy that competed at the Burlington tournament yesterday.  Declan Bligh(1st), Jack Wajda(2nd), Elliot Wajda(2nd), Dax Bernstein(2nd), Charlie Holt(2nd), Brandon Abell(3rd), and Declan Tattan(4th) all wrestled well.  We will recognize the boys at practice tomorrow.
  • Practice as usual this week on Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm.  
  • There is a scrimmage on Saturday at Parker Middle School in Chelmsford.  This is only open to experienced wrestlers - new wrestlers will have opportunities to compete in January and February.  The scrimmage starts at 7:30am and we'll be out of there by 9am.  Great opportunity to get some live wrestling in before Christmas.
  • We are up over 90 kids in the program - incredible!
  • T-shirts probably won't be in until after the New Year, as we keep registration open until through December and cannot order until we have the final numbers.


The Man In The Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man
who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs,
who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph
of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.



This Week 1/25/16

  • We had about 20 guys at the Dedham scrimmage on Saturday.
  • Congrats to all of the guys that wrestled at the Hanover tournament on Sunday.  We had about 15 there, and the boys wrestled well.  Eric Power and Declan Bligh were champs, Seamus McDonough and Auden Duda took 2nd, and a bunch of other guys took 3rd and 4th - we will recognize them all at tomorrow's practice.  Personally, it was a lot of fun to coach that many matches at the tournament - great to have so many guys competing.
  • We have practice this week on Tuesday and Thursday as usual.
  • Saturday morning (1/30) Natick is hosting a scrimmage at Natick HS between 9:30am and 11.  All of our guys can attend.  These scrimmages are well run and the kids get a bunch of matches. 
  • Saturday night at 6pm Catholic Memorial and Boston Latin are wrestling 'under the lights' at CM.  We encourage the kids to attend to watch some higher level wrestling.  Four or five starters for Boston Latin have come through our program, as well as some of the CM wrestlers.  Should be fun, come by if you are around.
  • 'BTN Wrestling in 60' - is on at 10:30 tonight on the Big Ten Network. 

This Week 1/18/16

  • Congrats to all of the guys that wrestled at the Natick tournament this weekend.  Aydin Hodjat, Declan Bligh, and Hayden Rose all took 3rd place, and Henry Seo, Tommy Rose, and Navid Hodjat all wrestled well. 
  • We also had about 15 guys at the Wayland scrimmage on Saturday - its great to see so many guys competing!
  • We have practice this week on Tuesday and Thursday as usual.
  • Saturday morning (1/23) Dedham is hosting a scrimmage at Dedham HS between 8am and 9:30.  All of our guys can attend.  Participating teams include Walpole, Natick, and Framingham.  If you are attending please plan to be there by 7:45.  The scrimmages are a good opportunity for all the guys, especially the newer wrestlers, to get some live action.
  • Sunday morning (1/24) there is a tournament at Hanover HS.  K-4 must weigh-in by 8:30am, 5-8 must weigh-in by 10:30am.  Registration is on-line only, and registration closes by 1/21/16.  To register click here: REGISTER
  • If your sons are interested, the Big Ten Network shows a lot of college wrestling during the season.  On Monday nights they have a one hour highlight show titled 'BTN Wrestling in 60' - it is on at 10:30 tonight.  We set our DVR to record "College Wrestling" and it will pick all the matches - it helps for the kids to watch the sport at such a high level.

How Wrestling Became UFC’s Training Ground


On Saturday night, when Johny Hendricks battles Tyron Woodley in an Ultimate Fighting Championship bout, this much is certain: Victory will go to a former college wrestler.

In fact, this will be the first match between those two since the 2005 Big 12 wrestling championships, where Oklahoma State’s Hendricks upset Missouri’s Woodley for the 165-pound title.

Also on the main card of UFC 192 (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET and PPV, 10 p.m. ET), as Saturday’s event is known, is a bout between former Michigan State wrestler Rashad Evans and former Arizona State wrestler Ryan Bader. The headliner brawl? It pits a former Swedish boxer against Daniel Cormier, a former Olympic and Oklahoma State wrestler.

To add that up, out of the six combatants in the final three mixed-martial-arts fights Saturday night, five are former wrestlers. This is good news for wrestling, a sport so embattled that the International Olympic Committee in early 2013 ejected it from the Olympic Games, before voting it back later that year.

The prevalence of former wrestlers on Saturday night’s UFC card illustrates a new career opportunity for former wrestlers. Some college coaches have pointed to UFC as one factor behind rising numbers of youth wrestlers in America.

“It used to be that once your Olympic dream was done, you looked for a coaching job at a wrestling university,” says Cormier, a 2004 Olympian. Before venturing into mixed martial arts in 2009, he said he expected to follow that course himself.

Once seen as a threat to Olympic sports, UFC increasingly is recognized as a valuable promotional tool. Its fights continue to gain ever-larger audiences on both pay-per-view channels and on Fox Sports 1. That helps explain why the U.S. governing bodies for wrestling, judo and taekwondo have signed partnership deals with UFC. Ronda Rousey has won much more attention as the UFC women’s bantamweight champion than she did for winning a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics. Also visible is the UFC’s James Moontasri, a former taekwondo star. “UFC has such a global reach and offers the perfect showcase for USA Taekwondo,” said USA Taekwondo secretary general Bruce Harris in a recent news release about that governing body’s partnership with UFC.

“I think a lot of these other martial arts saw us as a serious threat to them, in the beginning,” says Dana White, UFC president. But “Ronda’s rise in the UFC and the fame that she has...”

The website of USA Judo says, “USA Judo is expected to reach millions of people through UFC channels.”

Behind the rise of mixed martial arts was a question: Which discipline produced the best fighters? Was it judo or karate, for instance, or boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, taekwondo or wrestling? Experience has shown that success requires mastery of several disciplines. But in the 22-year history of the UFC, former wrestlers have been disproportionately represented among champions, including former two-time heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who wrestled for Arizona State. Russia’s Bilyal Makhov, who at the recent wrestling world championships became the first wrestler in four decades to win worlds medals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman, has signed a deal to join UFC after his wrestling career. Henry Cejudo, a UFC flyweight fighter, won a gold medal in wrestling at the 2008 Olympics.

After winning a gold medal at last month’s world wrestling championships—which were sponsored by UFC—America’s Helen Maroulis said, “The more I watch UFC, the more I’m tempted to do it.” She added, “My mother wouldn’t like it.”

Cormier—UFC light heavyweight champion—said he has earned more money and recognition as a UFC fighter than he did as an Olympic wrestler. But recently, Cormier was spotted in the aisles of Wal-Mart by a fan who didn’t mention UFC. “To my surprise, he said, ‘Oh, my goodness. You’re one of my favorite wrestlers,’” said Cormier.

Upcoming Games/Practices

Tuesday, Nov 28
Parkway PRACTICE6:00pm - 7:30pmRoxbury Latin

For a complete schedule listing, click here!