A-J Junior Wildcats Continue Successful Season

Just two weeks from the IKWF regionals, the A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club is continuing it’s most successful season to date with a team record of 348-406.

 “We’re winning over forty-five percent of our matches and that’s including a lot of first-year wrestlers,” said club president Rollie Hawk. “I don’t think we’ve ever been close to that as a team before.”

The club also has several individual standouts this season.

“One of the metrics we use for tracking individual success is a target of twenty wins in a season.  This requires not only good wrestling but going to a lot of tournaments,” explained Hawk.  “So far, we have eight kids with at least twenty wins.  I think we’ll have a couple more hit that mark before we’re done this year.”

 

Current team standings are below:

Name

Division

Weight

Wins

Losses

Treece, Trevor

6&U

38.0

0

3

Chotner, Noah

6&U

48.5

22

11

Miller, Tate

6&U

57.3

12

10

Conway, Kyle

6&U

61.9

2

15

Sadler, Zoee

7&8

45.9

32

18

Sadler, Drew

7&8

46.7

39

14

Watkins, Jonah

7&8

57.1

0

5

Holshouser, Drew

7&8

73.5

1

3

Smith, Milam

7&8

67.6

1

9

Macy, Thomas

7&8

54.3

3

7

Mays, Caleb

7&8

61.5

36

12

Buchmeier, Kane

7&8

64.3

5

9

Smith, Brett

7&8

66.3

25

6

Chotner, Nile

7&8

64.3

13

9

Dahmer, Edward

7&8

84.6

2

3

Mays, Blake

9&10

68.3

31

16

Lincoln, Kaden

9&10

74.9

12

21

Seip, Payton

9&10

92.9

2

17

Jiminez, Anthony

9&10

112.9

2

17

Hawk, Madi

9&10

120.3

8

24

Holtman, Braden

9&10

74.5

0

5

Holtman, Laythan

9&10

74.8

0

5

Mason, Trent

9&10

79.9

4

4

Mays, Adam

9&10

101.0

0

5

Smith, Dylan

11&12

67.0

5

17

Mays, Jacy

11&12

88.0

1

3

Goines, Avery

11&12

103.5

2

6

Dowdy, Wyatt

11&12

112.0

0

5

Bowers, Bryce

11&12

158.0

3

3

Kisat, Nathan

11&12

90.1

17

14

Treece, Tobie

11&12

92.5

2

14

Jerolds, Conner

11&12

96.1

3

5

Seip, Dalton

11&12

132.5

4

13

Dowdy, Ben

11&12

137.1

3

2

Ramage, Clayton

13&14

82.3

5

19

Mays, Catie

13&14

99.9

22

21

Jacobs, Aiden

13&14

114.5

7

12

Macy, Alexa

13&14

118.2

2

8

Turner, Jayce

13&14

163.1

20

16

Total

348

406

Off-season Calendar

Please note that we’ll continue to add wrestling events to our online calendar as we learn about them.  There’s a wrestling tournament almost every weekend somewhere if you are willing to make the drive.  Many off-season tournaments are “open” tournaments, meaning you’ll see non-IKWF members wrestling such as high school and college wrestlers.  Sometimes, you might even see a coach from our team or other local teams wrestling!

Some off-season tournaments spotlight different styles of wrestling, too.  Our “normal” style of wrestling is called folkstyle or collegiate wrestling.  There is also freestyle–very much like folkstyle but with different scoring–and Greco-Roman.  If you have a background in martial arts, there are even grappling tournaments.

Here are a few places to look for off-season tournaments:

Junior Wildcat Wrestlers Place at Bantam State Championship

Joliet—The A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling Club had one of the most monumental days in its club’s history on February 10, 2013.  Not one but two of the club’s wrestlers placed in the Bantam State Championship.

“It’s like everything else in Illinois,” said club president Rollie Hawk. “There’s Illinois and then there’s southern Illinois.  You can have all the success you want locally but nobody takes you seriously until you go up north and take care of business.”

On Sunday, two of the Junior Wildcats’ top grapplers did exactly that.

The Bantam State Championship featured 600 of the top six-, seven- and eight-year-old wrestlers in Illinois.  Among them were eight-year-old Grover Blake Mays and six-year-old Drew Sadler from the A-J Junior Wildcat squad.

Drew Sadler wrestled in the 46-pound bracket and went 2-2 for the day, finishing in fourth place out of twelve.  “He’s just a second-year wrestler and is already seeing a lot of success,” explained club president Rollie Hawk.

Grover Blake Mays wrestled in the 64-pound bracket and went 3-1 for the day, finishing second out of twelve.  “To top it off, Blake earned his 99th IKWF win today,” said head coach and father Grover Mays.  “He’s now 46-6 for the year.”

“For a couple of wrestlers aged eight and under, these young men are setting the bar pretty high for the rest of the team,” said Hawk.  “A lot of people might say they are just naturals at wrestling but you have to see how they work to fully appreciate it.  These kids don’t take a weekend off from tournaments.  They drive to Herrin every week for extra practices.  They wrestle in the off-season.  They put in the time and demonstrate that there is absolutely no substitute for hard work.”