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Coach Update - 1/17/21

Crimson Wrestlers and Families-

Week Two Recap

After 10 practices (and 11 months) it was great to see some Crimson wrestling!  While there is no shortage of things to work on – there is plenty of good things happening that we should be able to build on as well.  Many of our wrestlers picked up their first wins of the season and five wrestlers (Noah Bourgeois, Connor Peterson, Ben Schultz, Max Johnson, and Zeth Petrie) remain undefeated.     

We are a young team with 40% of our roster still in Junior High (by comparison Zimmerman had zero 7th and 8th graders on their roster).  With youth also comes inexperience – and that’s especially true with many of our wrestlers.  While that combination may not lead to immediate success – it does bode well for our learning curve.  This is an athletic, hard-working group and it’s going to be fun to see them progress throughout the season.          

Here are the details you'll need for the week ahead!

Weekly Schedule – Practices and Meets:

Looking forward to utilizing the next three practices to fix the areas where we got beat, improve upon what we are doing well, and to continue to work into wrestling shape.  The plan is as follows:

Monday, 1.18.21 – No School – Practice at 3p (Note This is a change from the original schedule of a 9a practice – sorry for the last-minute notice).

 Tuesday, 1.19.21 – Weight Room at 2:30p; Wrestling at 3:15p.

Wednesday, 1.20.21 – Practice at 3p.

Thursday, 1.21.21 – Home vs. Rogers (Conference and Section opponent).  Weigh-ins at 4:30p.  Be to the school by 4:15p.  JV at 6p, Varsity at 7p.

Friday, 1.22.21 – At Orono Middle School vs. Orono and Apple Valley.  Wrestlers to the school by 3:15p.  We'll weigh-in at 3:30p and then take the bus to Orono.  Wrestling begins at 5p and our rounds will take place around 6p and 7p.  There will be NO FANS allowed but they are working on setting up a live stream for the matches. Will be +1 pound (106 = 109, 113 = 116, etc.).

Saturday, 1.23.21 – Optional practice at 9a.

Maple Grove Wrestling Team/Fan Gear

If anyone would like to order additional Team/Fan Gear please let me know.  We are looking to open the store for one additional week – hopefully starting this week and if you are interested, I will get you the necessary information.

Mat Boss Video Access

Many of you have noticed the Carters video-taping (as well as scoring) all of our matches.  This allows each wrestler to watch their matches once they are uploaded.  This is how that is done: 

Here is a video showing you how to gain access to your matches: 

http://matbossapp.com/?page_id=10138#wrestler-login

Our team code is: NR64T1

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Technique Video of the Week

A few good videos on finishing shots when your opponent stops your initial attack (a position we spent a lot of time in this past week):

Cael Sanderson:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1QsqnCxhbg

Ed Ruth:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qog727zuiu0

John Smith:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnBNNOEOaBY

 

Can’t wait to spend the next few days getting better and see the improvements in action on Thursday and Friday!  As always let me know if anybody has any questions. 

Coach Troy

Mgwrestling99@gmail.com

763-913-0601

Coach Update - 1/10/21

Hello Wrestling Families!
Last Week Recap
In last week’s email I predicted we would have a driven team that will improve quickly. The first week on the mat with these young Men exceeded even my lofty expectations. We won’t have the most kids on the roster, but the wrestlers we do have show the ability to put in the work – and that’s what it takes to succeed in wrestling. Work ethic is the most important attribute in wrestling. It’s also an athletically gifted group. It should be fun to see how these talented and hard-working individuals develop throughout the season. I’m incredibly excited to pick up with where we left off in week two.

Here are the details you'll need for the week ahead!

Volunteer Request - Please Help!
For Friday’s home match (and every home match from there on) we will need three people to help out with the score clock during the match. We are also very short on managers for the season and need one or two people willing to record and score matches. This is easy to train on/learn. If you are willing to help out please let me know as soon as possible. It would be nice to have a plan in place well in advance of Friday’s match. Volunteers are considered essential workers and thus do not count against our fans limit.

Home Meet Fans:
We are allowed 50 fans per home meet – which equates to basically 2 fans per athletes. We need to turn in the list of fans to the athletic office well in advance of match days. Booster Club President Kyle Kilgard will be creating a list. Please call or text him with the names of the fans who will be attending for your wrestler. Kyle’s # is 612-532-6426. Let me know if anyone has any questions or concerns.

Practices
Monday, Jan. 11th - Practice beginning at 3p.
Tuesday, Jan. 12th – Weight room at 2:30p. Wrestling practice will begin at 3:30p.
Wednesday, Jan. 13th – Practice beginning at 3p. Team pictures after practice at 4:45p. All wrestlers should have received a picture order form but if not please have them grab one from me.
Thursday, Jan. 14th - Weight room at 2:30p. Wrestling practice will begin at 3:15p.

Meets and Tournaments:
Friday, Jan. 15th – Home match vs. Zimmerman. Wrestlers should be to the school by 4:15p. We’ll do weigh-ins at 4:30p. In this match as in all matches this season the team will get two additional pounds (106 = 108, 113=115, etc.). Following weigh-ins wrestlers will eat and then we will set-up up the mat at around 5p. JV is set to begin at 6p with Varsity starting by 7p. After the match all wrestlers are expected to help take down the mat.

Contact Kyle Kilgard for in person tickets. NOTE: Wrestlers will only be able to wrestle if they have their parent signed certification sheets turned PRIOR TO FRIDAY.

Saturday, Jan. 16th – Away match vs. Totino Grace. All wrestlers should be to the school by 6:45a. There will be an extra pound for this match (106 = 109, 113 = 116, etc.). We’ll weigh-in at Maple Grove at 7a and the then head to Totino Grace at 7:30a. JV will start at 9a followed by the Varsity match. Contact Kyle Kilgard for in person tickets.

Friday and Saturday is must see wrestling! Can’t wait to see the Crimson battle again for the first time in almost 11 months! As always please let me know if you have any questions.
I look forward to seeing everybody soon!

Awesome Maple Grove Wrestling Fan Gear
We’ve done a couple rounds of fan gear orders to this point. If there is anyone who is still interested in ordering wrestling gear this season please let me know and I’ll see what I can do (no promises but if it’s possible we’ll try to make it happen).

Technique Video of the Week
A young Jordan Burroughs (Olympic Champion) shows some of the basic techniques that have made him the best in the world the last ten years. Spoiler Alert: Much of this is very similar to what we worked this past week in practice).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_BkUZ3wOQA
Looking forward to putting together four more great practices and getting the competition season started this week! See you all soon.

Coach Troy
763-913-0601

Coach Weekly Update 1/24/22

By Troy Seubert 01/24/2022, 6:15am CST

Crimson Wrestlers, Managers, and Families-
 

Week Nine Recap:

It’s always been the goal to excel at all competition levels (9th grade, JV, Varsity).  This past week offered some of the best competition we see with the dual against a top team in Anoka on Thursday, as well as two high quality tournaments this past Saturday.  We also faced some adversity with health and some challenges associated with no in-person school. 

I was proud of the way we competed on all levels – with individuals excelling in each tournament.  The 9th grade tournament included 16 teams and is possibly the most competitive 9th grade section in the state.  We had 11 wrestlers competing and I believe it was a positive experience for all.  By tournaments end we finished with four section place winners in Alex Fox (4th at 94-pounds), Thomas Schlangan (1st at 138-pounds), Noah Fox (4th at 145-pounds) and Chuck Langama (2nd at 170-pounds).  Thomas and Chuck advance to the 9th grade state tournament next weekend and should have their sights set on being 9th grade state place winners.

East Ridge was also a 16-team tournament.  We had 17 wrestlers competing – 12 on JV and 5 on Varsity.  It is so fun to see all of our wrestlers supporting each other throughout the day.  So many of our wrestlers care just as much about their teammates matches as they do about their own.  It’s just a great atmosphere that I’m proud to be part of. 

On the JV each of our wrestlers competed hard and got better throughout the day.  We had eight wrestlers take home some hardware including 7th graders Logan Buman (1st), Elijah Hilal (2nd); 8th grader Pryce Toyne (2nd); Sophomores Cole Cyrzan (2nd), Hunter Zupke (2nd), Chase Thein (1st); and Juniors Rufus Bartee (2nd), and Julian Stevens (1st).  

One additional JV-highlight for me was a last second takedown from Pavel Kardash to earn a come from behind victory – who as a bonus beat an Osseo wrestler in the process.  Very exciting stuff for Pavel!    

The Varsity weights where strong and deep – with ranked wrestlers getting seeded outside the top six in multiple weights.  It was a good day for the Crimson – with all five competitors wrestling in the placement round.  Final placements included Runner-Up Max Johnson; 3rd place finishers Connor Peterson, Ben Schultz, and Luis Haro; and sixth place finisher Andrew Toms.  Each wrestler did some impressive things but I believe all five wrestlers also left the tournament with some things to work on – which is exactly why we seek out top competition like this.

Looking forward to getting back to work and seeing the team continue improving this week.  Here are the details you'll need for the week ahead.

Week 10 Practice/Meet Schedule:

Monday, 1.24 – Practice:  Weight Room at 2:10p; Wrestling room at 3:10p.

  Tuesday, 1.25 – Practice:  Wrestling room at 3p.

Wednesday, 1.26 – Practice:  Weight Room at 2:10p; Wrestling room at 3:10p.

Thursday, 1.27 – Practice:  Wrestling room at 3p.

 Friday, 1.28 – Home vs. Blaine.  Schedule is as follows:

 5p - Weigh-ins (Wrestlers to the school by 4:45p).

6p – JV

7p – Varsity begins (or whenever JV is completed).

 Saturday, 1.29 – We once again have two tournaments this weekend.  However, this Saturday almost the entire team will be at South St. Paul with our two 9th grade state qualifiers competing at the 9th grade state tournament.  Details for each tournament is as follows:

Varsity/JV – At South St. Paul for an individual Tournament.  Bus leaves at 7a.  Wrestling is set to begin at 10a.  

9th Grade State Tournament (Thomas Schlangen and Chuck Langama) – At Champlin Park High School.  There is no bus to this event – Chuck and Thomas will meet at Champlin Park.  We have not yet received specifics on weigh-in times but in years past I believe they have been from 7a – 8a with wrestling starting around 9a.  If that is the case again this year we will plan on the coaches and wrestlers meeting at Champlin Park senior high at 7:15a.  Details to be communicated as we receive them.  

Mat Boss Video Access:

Many wrestlers are now watching their matches on Mat Boss each week – which is awesome!  This is a great opportunity for kids to learn from their matches and improve at a much faster rate than would otherwise be possible.  Watching back matches can be a great learning tool and is highly encouraged.  This is how that is done: 

Here is a video showing you how to gain access to your matches: 

http://matbossapp.com/?page_id=10138#wrestler-login

Our team code is: NR64T1

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks.

Sports Engine, Facebook Page and Future Communication:

Lastly please download the Sports Engine App and sign up to receive future communications.  Parents and wrestlers can each sign up to receive future communications and schedule changes through the Sports Engine app by going to Crimson-Wrestling.com.  If you have any challenges with this please text me your email address at 763-913-0601 and I’ll make sure you are added to the app portion.  Please let me know if you have any questions with this as we will use this app for communications throughout the season.     

 

Also, I often post fun pictures or related articles on the Maple Grove High School Wrestling Page on Facebook (along with this article).  If you are a Facebook user please like our page.  Thanks! 

Technique Video of the Week:

Shot stopped positions continue to offer opportunities for improvement.  Here are a couple short videos that can easily help many of our wrestlers understand these positions better – hopefully leading to winning the positions and ultimately to close matches.    

  1. How to recover off a failed shot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IehmcKhyg8

 

  1. Dump/Kelly out of a sprawl position:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYZLANRHmFU

Can’t believe we are already in the last week of January!  Getting down to crunch time.  Each week is becoming increasingly important.  We are planning to put it all together at the right time and each match is giving us an indicator of where we are at and what we can still improve on.  The next few weeks are going to be a lot of fun.        

As always let me know if anybody has any questions. 

Coach Troy

Mgwrestling99@gmail.com

763-913-0601

Coach Weekly Update 1/16/22

By Troy Seubert 01/16/2022, 11:00am CST

Crimson Wrestlers, Managers, and Families-
Week Seven/Eight Recap:

The last two weeks we’ve wrestled 8 duals – including 3 conference duals and 1 section dual.  We finished 1-0 against our section opponent, 2-1 in the conference, and 4-4 overall.  More importantly, significant improvements have been evident throughout the roster. 

For those who have been in our practice room – that’s not a surprise.  This is a hardworking and focused group.  Our guys continue to have impressive practices every day.  Those who have been at practice consistently are improving at a remarkable rate.  In the last two weeks we’ve seen first year wrestler Cole Cyrzan win his first Varsity match and fellow first year wrestler Rufus Bartee look like a Varsity Veteran with multiple victories.  Some of our guys continue to dominate and, in many cases, seem to be widening the gap on their competition.  The wrestlers who had the most success include Max Johnson and Ben Schultz who finished the two-week stretch 8-0; Luis Haro finished 6-0; and Connor Peterson finished 7-1.   

I’ve also been impressed by the many JV wrestlers who continue to show up every day and just keep accomplishing our goal of getting better every time we step on the mat.  Especially considering the physical and mental adversity they’ve endured due to being without in-person school (no busing to the school, etc.).  At Saturday’s Mounds View Tournament, we had two Champions (Grant Sandell and Chuck Langama) along with three wrestlers who finished 2-1 (Jackson Neighbors-Rahkola, Jayden Waste, and James Engle).

Good things are happening!  So many of our wrestlers have so much to be proud of.  Those who have committed to being their best are seeing the fruits of their labor.  This week will be another great opportunity for all wrestlers in attendance to find yet another level.  With no shortage of strong competition coming our way it will also be another great opportunity for us to see where we’re at and apply what we learn.  Should be another chance for to grow into the best individuals and team we can be. 

Here are the details you'll need for the week ahead.

Week 9 Practice/Meet Schedule:

Monday, 1.17 (No School) – Practice:  Wrestling room at 9a.

Tuesday, 1.18 – Practice:  Weight Room at 2:10p; Wrestling room at 3:10p.

Wednesday, 1.19 – Practice:  Wrestling room at 3p.

Thursday, 1.20 – At Anoka.  The schedule for the night is as follows:

4:15p – Bus Leaves.

5p - Weigh-ins.

6p – JV

7p – Varsity begins (or whenever JV is completed).

Friday, 1.21 – Practice:  Wrestling room at 3p.

Saturday, 1.11 – We have two tournaments this weekend.  All wrestlers should be competing at one tournament or the other.  The Varsity and JV (including all 7th, 8th, and 9th that are not competing at 9th grade sections) will be at East Ridge while individuals wrestling at 9th grade sections will be at Rogers.  The 9th grade tournament only allows one wrestler per team per weight so we will have wrestle offs on Tuesday for all weights that have more than one wrestler that would like to compete.  We will have two separate buses with details as follows:  

Varsity/JV – At East Ridge for an individual Tournament.  Bus currently scheduled to leave at 7a.  I haven’t not received specifics as of yet for the weigh-in times or start time.

9th Grade Individual Sections – At Rogers.  Bus leaves at 7a.  Weigh-ins are at 7:50a with wrestling beginning at 9:30a.     

Mat Boss Video Access:

Many wrestlers are now watching their matches on Mat Boss each week – which is awesome!  This is a great opportunity for kids to learn from their matches and improve at a much faster rate than would otherwise be possible.  Watching back matches can be a great learning tool and is highly encouraged.  This is how that is done:
Here is a video showing you how to gain access to your matches: 

http://matbossapp.com/?page_id=10138#wrestler-login

Our team code is: NR64T1

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks.

Sports Engine, Facebook Page and Future Communication:

Lastly please download the Sports Engine App and sign up to receive future communications.  Parents and wrestlers can each sign up to receive future communications and schedule changes through the Sports Engine app by going to Crimson-Wrestling.com.  If you have any challenges with this please text me your email address at 763-913-0601 and I’ll make sure you are added to the app portion.  Please let me know if you have any questions with this as we will use this app for communications throughout the season.    

Also, I often post fun pictures or related articles on the Maple Grove High School Wrestling Page on Facebook (along with this article).  If you are a Facebook user please like our page.  Thanks!

Technique Video of the Week:

While we are showing great improvement, there are a couple small adjustments with our attacks and finishes that we will focus on making. Here are a few videos I really like that should help our guys get to and finish our leg attacks.:

  1. Shot/Countershot (Garrett Garness):
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  1. High-C Finishes (Ty Eustice):
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Should be some fun matches this week!  Looking forward to utilizing all four practice to get better, and then seeing an improved team in action Thursday and Saturday. 

As always let me know if anybody has any questions. 

Coach Troy

Mgwrestling99@gmail.com

763-913-0601

Coach Weekly Update 1/3/22

By Troy Seubert 01/03/2022, 4:45pm CST

Crimson Wrestlers, Managers, and Families-
 

Week Five/Six Recap:

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a blessed Holiday season filled with family and a moderate amount of good food

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