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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 12/6/21

By Troy Seubert 12/06/2021, 6:15am CST

Crimson Wrestlers, Managers, and Families-
Week Two Recap:

What a fun weekend!  It’s so nice to be back to a normal schedule.  The competition season kicked off on Friday night with duals vs. Coon Rapids and Zimmerman.  The Coon Rapids Varsity dual saw the Crimson pick up wins from Seventh Grader Ethan Hong who earned a pin in his first career match at the high school, as well as wins from 8th grader Connor Peterson, Junior Max Johnson, and Senior Luis Haro.  In the JV portion of the dual the Crimson won something like 9 of 11 matches wrestled – many of them won by guys in their first career wrestling match.  Very exciting!

In the Zimmerman dual we took a one-point lead into heavyweight where Luis was able to pick up the fall to secure the first dual victory of the season.  It was a true team victory with Freshman Evan Kilgard, Hong, Sophomore Cole Cyrzan, Connor Peterson, Max Johnson, Noah Fox, Grant Sandell, and Luis all getting in the win column.  Fun way to start the season and an even better way to cap the night.   

While dual meets can be fun, I didn’t realize how much I missed individual tournaments.  Of course, it helps that Saturday was a pretty good day for Crimson wrestling.  JV Champs included Evan Kilgard along with first year wrestlers Ayden Gunville and Chase Thein.  On the Varsity side we had Connor, Max J., and Luis all in the finals with Max dropping a hard-fought battle vs. a highly ranked opponent and Connor and Luis reaching the top of the podium with nice wins over good wrestlers.  

Almost as enjoyable as the on the mat successes was seeing the way our wrestlers supported and cheered on their teammates throughout the day.  This team has a lot of talent – but also seems to have great character.  That’s a great combination!  Can’t wait to see it unfold.      

Sunday was also a fun little get together at the Johnson household.  Good bonding for the wrestlers and nice to see many of our parents there.  Thanks Josh and Jessica for hosting the Season Kickoff Pot-Luck! 

Now it’s time to take what we’ve learned and put forth the effort to improve in all facets.  The goal is simple – be better every time we step on the mat.  Now that we have a starting point, we will build upon it.  It’s going to be a great season!      

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

Volunteer Request - Please Help!
Our biggest event of the high school season that we put on is fast approaching.  As many know, we host a 16 Team Varsity and JV tournament this upcoming Saturday.  We have many needs to pull this tournament off and make it a first-class tournament that offers our athletes a great experience as well as keeps other teams coming back.  Because our current wrestlers will be wrestling in the event, we NEED our parents to step up and take this on.  Your help would be greatly appreciated with the following:

Table Workers.  We plan to set-up 7 mats and will need 2 table workers throughout the day.  This means we’ll need 14 table workers at all times (14 from 9a – 1p and 14 more from 1p – 5p).  

  • We will also need people to help with admissions throughout the morning (probably two tables (Door C and D).

  • We will need help in concessions.

  • We will need help with runners in the Coaches room.

  • We need some help with security throughout the day.

  • If you have significant wrestling knowledge, we will need help with the coordination of the JV portion of the tournament.

 

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help.  Please consider signing up for one or more shift at the tournament.              

 

Here is the link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050545adaa2ca5f85-mgwrestling


Practices:
Looking forward to utilizing the next four practices to build off of what we’ve learned thus far this season and be an even better version of Crimson wrestling come this weekend.  The plan is as follows:

 

Monday, 12.6 – Practice 9a – 11a in the wrestling room.

  

Tuesday, 12.7 – Weight Room at 2:10p; Wrestling room at 3:10p.

 

Wednesday, 12.8 – Weight Room at 2:10p; Wrestling room at 3:10p.

 

Thursday, 12.9 – Wrestling room at 3p.


Meets and Tournaments:

Friday, 12.10 – Home dual vs. Park Center.  Weigh-ins will be at 4p with the 9th grade team/JV beginning at 5p.  Varsity will wrestle at 7p.  This is also Youth night and hopefully we will have our posters completed for our wrestlers to sign autographs for our youth wrestlers.    

 

Following the dual we will be setting up for Saturday’s tournament.

 

Saturday, 12.11 – Maple Grove Tournament.  Wrestlers need to be at Maple Grove Senior High at 6:45a for weigh-ins at 7a.  Wrestling begins at 9a.  JV wrestlers will likely get 3 matches while Varsity will be a double elimination tournament.

 

Upcoming 9th grade team Event:
Tuesday, 12.14 – Is our first meet for our 7th/8th/9th graders at Elk River for the Jamboree.  Wrestlers will weigh-in at practice on Monday, 12.13 and compete in an individual format with many other teams in our 9th grade section.  Wrestlers who have wrestled only Varsity to by this point will not attend this event.  Wrestlers who have wrestled any JV prior to this event should plan to attend this 9th grade tournament.    

Out of Town Trips:

This week we will also begin finalizing our list of wrestlers who plan to attend the two overnight trips.  The Redwood River Riot is 12.17 (Varsity and 9th grade team) and 12.18 (Varsity and J.V.).  The Redwood River Riot is an individual tournament for all Varsity and J.V. matches while the 9th grade team will wrestle in three team duals on Friday night.  

We leave for the Eau Claire Tournament on 12.27, stay the night at the Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire, and then wrestle (Varsity and J.V.) on 12.28.  We will leave early on the 29th, practice at the University of Eau Claire, and then head to the hotel for some fun.  The Metropolis Resort has a water park on one side of the hotel and an Arcade/Go-Kart Track/Trampoline Park, etc. on the other side of the hotel – so 12.29 should be a lot of fun.  On the 30th the Varsity will wrestle duals while all other wrestlers will wrestle an individual tournament.    

We do ask wrestlers to contribute to a portion of the expenses for these trips as we take a coach bus, stay overnight at a hotel, provide a significant portion of each wrestler’s food while there, and stop to eat at a Pizza Ranch on the way home.  It is $100 per trip or $150 total for the managers/wrestlers planning to attend both trips.  We will also be handing out permission slips at practice early this week.  The deadline for wrestlers to register for Redwood falls will be this Saturday.  Please have permission slips and payment turned in to Coach Troy or Coach David at some point this week.  

If you/your wrestler/manager would like to attend but finances will not allow please let me know and we’ll try to figure something out.  

Although not necessary, parents/families are also encouraged to attend and support the team.  The wrestlers love these tournaments – and it’s been my impression the parents enjoy them just as much.  

The hotels we stay at are as follows:  

Redwood - https://www.jackpotjunction.com/

Eau Claire - https://www.metropolisresort.com/

Awesome Maple Grove Wrestling Fan Gear:

If you missed out on the first two Gear orders but would like us to re-open the Maple Grove Wrestling store please let me know.  We were not planning to re-open the store but will request a third ordering window if there is enough interest.

Mat Boss Video Access:

Many of you have noticed our awesome managers and parents are video-taping (as well as scoring) our matches.  Coach Schorn is also ensuring the matches are uploaded and as accurate as possible.  This opens up all kinds of cool possibilities for the team.  The most basic of which is that each wrestler can watch their matches once they are uploaded.  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 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.     

Technique Video of the Week:

One area we identified as needing work is breaking our opponents down and keeping pressure on them to give us an opportunity to turn/pin our opponents.  At this link there are a series of short videos the show many of the most common and effective breakdowns: https://www.kolat.com/breakdowns

Creating grinding Pressure from the Top position:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5MSjYd4C3A

 Can’t wait to spend the next four days getting better and see everybody in action again this weekend!  As always let me know if anybody has any questions.  

Coach Troy

Mgwrestling99@gmail.com

763-913-0601

Coach Weekly Update 11/29/21

By Troy Seubert 11/29/2021, 6:30am CST

Hello Wrestling Families!
 

Last Week Recap

The first week of the season can feel a little disjointed when it falls during the week of Thanksgiving.  Add in the new wrinkle of being without some athletes as they finish up their football season by competing in the State Finals and it’s been a unique week.

That said, it’s exciting to be back on the path of a regular season.  We have a number of wrestlers who are going to have awesome seasons and it’s easy to envision our new wrestlers coming along quickly.  There is a lot of athleticism in the room!  Good things are going to happen for those who commit to giving their best effort.  While it’s fun to see our young men perform in practice, seeing the results of their practice efforts manifest into meet day is even more enjoyable.  It’s going to be fun see to see the growth that takes place as the season goes on – and it begins this week!

Before I get into our weekly schedule, I want to take a minute to thank all those wrestlers who helped make today’s youth tournament a success.  The efforts of today are will directly correlate with the experience our wrestlers are able to have this season.  We’ll be able to do things like attend out of state tournaments, purchase team shirts and shorts, go out to eat as a team, have extra coaches, etc. I want to give a quick shout out to Dylan Buchanan, Jack Faatz, Demontay Farr, Tucker Fournier, Noah Fox, Alex Fox, Luis Haro, Ethan Hong, Max Johnson, Evan Kilgard, Jackson Neighbors-Rahkola, Connor Peterson, Thomas Schlangen, Ben Schultz, Damian Seubert, Andrew Toms, Jayden Waste, and Nick Wetland.  These wrestlers carried the load today and their efforts are much appreciated!  (Note – I apologize if I missed anyone).  Thank you also to all of our parents who helped make the day a success today.  Too many to list but definitely appreciated.   

With the first week of the season is in the books – lets take a look at the week 2 schedule.

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

Practices:

Monday, 11.29 – Weight Room at 2:15p; Wrestling room at 3:10p.  We will also do equipment check out at 4:45p (after practice).  

Tuesday, 11.30 – Wrestling room at 3p.  We will have Team Pictures at 4:45p.  Please make sure all wrestlers have their singlets with them on this day.  Managers should wear a Crimson Wrestling shirt if they have one (otherwise we’ll try to find one they can use for the picture).  We’ve handed out picture forms but we will also have additional forms available after practice on Monday.  

Wednesday, 12.1 – Weight Room at 2:15p; Wrestling room at 3:10p.  

Thursday, 12.2 – Wrestling room at 3p.

PARENTS:  Thursday night (12.2) we are also inviting and encouraging all parents to meet up with our coaches and our other parents at 6:30p at Whirlyball for a parent meet and greet as well as a coaching staff introduction.  I look forward to seeing many of you there and it’s always nice to know the parents of our athletes!    

Meets and Tournaments:

Friday, 12.3 – Triangular at Coon Rapids.  The bus will leave from MGSH at 3:15p with a 4p weigh-in.  We wrestle at 5p vs. Coon Rapids and 6:30p vs. Zimmerman.  This is Varsity and a JV event - all wrestlers will compete.

Saturday, 12.4 – Individual Tournament at Osseo.  Wrestlers and Coaches will meet at Osseo Senior High at 6:40a.  Weigh-ins are at 7a and any wrestlers who are not there for weigh-ins at 7a will not be able to compete.  Managers can come at 8:40a with wrestling beginning on 9a sharp.    

Sunday 12.5- Wrestling Family potluck at the Johnson's house (Max Johnson).  Watch for more information coming soon!

Volunteer Request - Please Help!
Our biggest event of the high school season that we put on is fast approaching.  We host a 16 Team Varsity and JV tournament on December 11th.  We have many needs to pull this tournament off and make it a first-class tournament that offers our athletes a great experience as well as keeps other teams coming back.  Because our current wrestlers will be wrestling in the event we NEED our parents to step up and take this on.  Your help would be greatly appreciated with the following:

  Table Workers.  We plan to set-up 7 mats and will need 2 table workers throughout the day.  This means we’ll need 14 table workers at all times (14 from 9a – 1p and 14 more from 1p – 5p).  

  • We will also need people to help with admissions.

  • We will need help in concessions.

  • We will need help with runners in the Coaches room.

  • We need some help with security throughout the day.

Please consider signing up for one or more shift at the tournament.              

Here is the link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050545adaa2ca5f85-mgwrestling
 

Upcoming Events
Within the next week we will be begin talking about who intends to attend the teams two overnight trips.  The Redwood River Riot is 12.17 (Varsity and 9th grade team) and 12.18 (Varsity and J.V.).  

We leave for the Eau Claire Tournament on 12.29, stay the night at the Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire, and then wrestle (Varsity and J.V.) on 12.30.  

We do ask wrestlers to contribute to these trips as we take a coach bus, stay overnight at a hotel, provide a significant portion of each wrestler’s food while there, and stop to eat at a Pizza Ranch on the way home.  

Although not necessary, parents/families are also encouraged to attend and support the team.  The wrestlers love these tournaments – and it’s been my impression the parents enjoy them just as much.  We will be posting lodging information on the website in the very near future.  Please let me know if anybody has any questions.     

Awesome Maple Grove Wrestling Fan Gear – Deadline Monday, Nov. 29th

If you missed the first round of orders, don’t fret! The order deadline for the second team store order is Monday, November 29th.  Shop by going here:  https://pateamstores.com/collections/maple-grove-wrestling

Certification Sheets:

Your wrestlers will be bringing home certification sheets this week to be signed and returned to Coach Dave or myself.  The Doctor will have circled the lowest weight your wrestler can wrestle at seasons end.  Often times these weights are much lower that the weight your wrestler will actually wrestle at.  Your wrestler will be allowed to wrestle at the higher of the weights you and the doctor circle.  I highly encourage all parents to circle the same weight that the doctor signed as there is no reason to eliminate options.  Later in the season their will be times where the weight classes will get an additional 4 pounds (106 = 110, 113 = 117, 120 = 124, etc.).  Combine that with working out hard every day and all options are a good thing.  Please feel free to reach out to me (763)-913-0601 or mgwrestling99@gmail.com with questions.  YOUR WRESTLER WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE UNTIL THEIR SHEET IS SIGNED AND RETURNED TO A COACH AS WELL AS SUBMITTED INTO THE MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE.   

Technique Video of the Week

We’ve been working a lot from our feet this week.  If you missed some of the practices OR you are just interested in spending a couple minutes visualizing your technique here are a couple short videos that are definitely worth watching.

Top Takedown Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bugf5PXVt-8

Single Leg Finishes:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WSn-eiQ2qc

Sports Engine 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.  Please let me know if you have any questions with this as we will use this app for communications throughout the week.     

 Looking forward to getting the competition season started this week!  Hopefully we’ll see you all soon.

 Coach Troy

Parent/Guardian Meet and Greet

By Christina Fox 11/28/2021, 5:00pm CST

We are inviting all parents and guardians to join us this Thursday Dec.2nd at 6:30pm at Whirlyball in Maple Grove. Come for a meet and greet with other Crimson wrestling parents, guardians, and coaches and have some fun. We hope to see you all there.

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