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  1. Coach, you bring up some very valid points. I'm happy to see there are coaches like you who are willing to do the unglamorous work (like focusing on the JV and C teams) that is essential if wrestling is to remain a traditional high school sport and not something that is dominated by club-like competition like soccer. I wrote this article two years ago expressing my thoughts on the matter before I stepped away from high school wrestling to open a kids wrestling club: https://www.missouriwrestling.com/thoughts-on-wrestling/
  2. We still have openings for the Andy Hrovat clinic this weekend if you'd like to learn from an Olympian! Email Jon at jon.ott@stljwc.org if you'd like to attend. We hope to see you there! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-2g4AEiLYTCN5dbqC4H_4ZugL5WdSOQe/view?usp=sharing
  3. 2008 Olympian Andy Hrovat will be in St. Louis March 24-25 to teach his BASE Wrestling system to interested coaches and wrestlers. During his international career, Andy trained extensively in Russia, which allowed him to learn the fundamentals on which BASE Wrestling is built. It's a natural, logical, and effective system of wrestling training that will benefit wrestlers and coaches alike. He'll host two sessions for high schoolers on Saturday, March 24 and a session for kids on Sunday morning, March 25. Check out the attached flier and contact Jon Ott at jon.ott@stljwc.org for
  4. Hello everyone, I'd like to find some opportunities for our wrestlers (all of whom are brand new to the sport or just started practicing last year) to compete in matches without spending their entire Saturday or Sunday in an overcrowded gym full of more experienced kids. Are any other coaches or programs in the same boat? If so, email me at jon.ott@stljwc.org and lets see if we can set something up. I'm thinking of a dual-meet setup, possibly even with a short joint practice beforehand. We practice at St. Louis University High School and would be looking to set something up in the S
  5. Attention all prospective St. Louis-area youth wrestlers: Saint Louis Jesuit Wrestling Club will begin its inaugural youth wrestling season this November. We will practice at St. Louis University High. Coaches will include former college wrestlers and state champion high school wrestlers. Click here for more information. All wrestlers who register with the club receive free admission to our clinic with 2x undefeated NCAA champion, 2009 World Silver Medalist, and 2012 Olympian Jake Herbert on October 15. The clinic is open to other youth and high school wrestlers as well. Click here f
  6. Here's the schedule. All events will take place in the Fieldhouse, which you can access by parking on the lot we share with the science center. We will provide vouchers so you will not have to pay to park. We're looking forward to seeing a big crowd and a lot of good wrestling at our place this weekend! Thursday seeding meeting - 6:00 Friday weigh ins - 4:00 Friday wrestling - 5:30 Saturday weigh ins - 8:30 Saturday wrestling - 10:00
  7. II. Scheduling At some point between the time I graduated high school in 2001 and the time I began my coaching career in 2005, a new school of thought rose to prominence in the process of scheduling high school wrestling matches. According to this new line of thinking, more is always better. Dual meets have been replaced by tri-meets and quads. Brackets have been replaced by pools. Outside of the district and state tournaments, double elimination is a thing of the past. Why have a kid wrestle only two matches when he could wrestle four? I understand the assumptions on which this thought is b
  8. Wrestling is a Dying Sport, But Only Because We Are Killing It. A few years ago, someone asked my former high school coach how his once-proud wrestling program was now barely able to field half of a varsity lineup. “Wrestling is a dying sport,” was the only response he could muster. At the time, my team boasted a full and competitive lineup. My C-team coaches had to work to find opportunities for all of our extra freshmen wrestlers to get matches. So of course, I dismissed my former coach’s conclusion as the lazy excuse of a man who had given up. “If you would just put in the work and find
  9. Hello fellow Missouri Wrestling fans. Below is a (perhaps long-winded) collection of my thoughts on the current state of our sport. I figured it might make for some fun conversation. Thank you in advance for reading. Jon Ott
  10. II. Scheduling At some point between the time I graduated high school in 2001 and the time I began my coaching career in 2005, a new school of thought rose to prominence in the process of scheduling high school wrestling matches. According to this new line of thinking, more is always better. Dual meets have been replaced by tri-meets and quads. Brackets have been replaced by pools. Outside of the district and state tournaments, double elimination is a thing of the past. Why have a kid wrestle only two matches when he could wrestle four? I understand the assumptions on which this though
  11. Wrestling is a Dying Sport, But Only Because We Are Killing It. A few years ago, someone asked my former high school coach how his once-proud wrestling program was now barely able to field half of a varsity lineup. “Wrestling is a dying sport,” was the only response he could muster. At the time, my team boasted a full and competitive lineup. My C-team coaches had to work to find opportunities for all of our extra freshmen wrestlers to get matches. So of course, I dismissed my former coach’s conclusion as the lazy excuse of a man who had given up. “If you would just put in the work and
  12. Hello fellow Missouri Wrestling fans. Below is a (perhaps long-winded) collection of my thoughts on the current state of our sport. I figured it might make for some fun conversation. Thank you in advance for reading. Jon Ott
  13. J Ott

    Eric Bowman

    Congrats to Eric. Nice to see him finish his high school career with a championship, especially after so much bad luck with injuries. Couldn't have happened to a better kid, either. He's as nice and respectful off the mat as he is mean on it.
  14. OK thanks for the input. Since you say so I'll go tell Espen to quit right away. It's too bad my college roommate didn't have your expert opinion when he was trying to figure out where to go to school. As an unrecruited 112 pound senior, he should have known that he would never amount to anything in college, especially in D-1. But unfortunately he was foolish enough to try it anyway. Now he's always stuck trying to figure out where to display his All-American trophy. Such a shame...
  15. Espen Conley Espen Conley will be wrestling for the Missouri Tigers.
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