A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club Looking Forward To 2014-2015 Season

ANNA—The A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club is setting the stage for another successful season.

The 2013-2014 season was the club’s best to date, both as a team with a combined record of 430-511 and individually having eleven advance to sectionals and four place with two advancing to the state tournament.

“This last season was the closest to .500 we’ve ever been,” said vice president Jay Kisat.  “We really want to build on that this year.”

The club is having sign-ups on October 28 at the Anna Park from 5:30PM to 7:30PM.  President and head coach Grover Mays expects another high-turnout season and to keep improving as a team.

“I think we’ll have another forty-plus come out this year,” explained Mays.  “We’ve got our core of kids who are going into their fourth or fifth year of wrestling and we bring in new kids to add to that every year.”

The Junior Wildcats expect to attract grapplers from a large area as they have the last few years.

“We want to focus on the feeder schools for A-J High School but we’re happy to take anyone from Union County,” added Mays.  “Really, anyone within fifty miles of the high school can sign up.  We’re happy to have anyone who is willing to put in the time and hard work.”

Outgoing president and now communications director Rollie Hawk has enjoyed watching youth wrestling in Union County go from a well-kept secret to a community staple.

“Our tournament was a huge local event last year with a cross-section of our community helping out,” said Hawk. “I’ve already got people asking to help out this next time.  A lot of us get a kick out of how you can’t seem to go to a ball game without seeing people wearing our club shirts.  Five years ago, Junior Wildcat wrestling was something only a few of us knew about.  But now it’s something everyone in this community knows about and we do our best to be something that they can be proud of.”

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A-J Junior Wildcats Receive Unexpected Donation From Local Couple

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A-J Junior Wildcats Receive Unexpected Donation From Local Couple

ANNA—The A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club received some unexpected support going into their off-season.  On May 7, 2014, John and Tracee Foley made an unsolicited $1000 donation to the club.

“When a kid is involved in a disciplined sport they are less likely to be led into trouble and will be successful,” said Tracee Foley after presenting head coach Grover Mays with a check.  “You are an excellent mentor.  Keep up the good work!”

Mays just completed his third year as head coach of the club where he coached nearly forty kids in ages ranging from four to fourteen.  He had the honor this season of being selected by area coaches as IKWF South Sectional Coach of the Year.

The team routinely gets donations from individuals and local businesses during their season but this donation was extra special according to team spokesman Rollie Hawk.

“We’ve never asked the Foleys or their law firm for a donation in the past so getting this was an unexpected blessing,” said Hawk.  “It really makes us feel good to know that people in the community are noticing what we are trying to accomplish with these kids.  And it’s great to be able to add the Foleys to our wrestling family!”

“Thanks for all of your dedication to the youth of Union County; it does not go unnoticed,” said Tracee Foley.  “We need more guys like you in our community.”

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Two A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestlers Place At 2014 Girls Nationals in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY—Two of the A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club’s top wrestlers capped their season off representing Team Illinois at the 2014 USAW Girls Folkstyle Nationals.  Each finished third in their respective brackets.

Zoee Sadler wrestled at 50 pounds in the Girls Division I (born 2005 to 2007) and finished the day with a record of 2-2.

“I always describe Zoee as perhaps our most consistent wrestler, any age,” said club president Rollie Hawk.  “No fuss, she just goes out on the mat and executes.”

Catie Mays wrestled at 105 pounds in the Schoolgirl Division (born 2000 to 2001) and finished the day with a record of 3-1.

“Catie’s a major leader on our team.  She doesn’t say a lot but leads by doing,” explained Hawk.  “Nobody can question her work ethic.  For her to be in only her third year and wrestling schoolgirl against girls who have often been wrestling for twice as long and to place nationally demonstrates how hard she’s worked.”

This is a nice highlight to an exciting season, according to Hawk.

“This puts our club on the map and in the history books in a big way.  There have been so many highlights this season and we’ve barely had a chance to step back and catch our breath.  This will give us a much needed chance to rest up and evaluate where we want to improve for next season, both in terms of the wrestlers and the management side of things.  The key is to keep moving forward and to keep having a positive impact in kids’ lives.”

Complete results below, courtesy of Trackwrestling.com:

Girls Division I (05-07) 50 – Zoee Sadler’s place is 3rd and has scored 28.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Zoee Sadler (Team Illinois) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Zoee Sadler (Team Illinois) won by fall over Lexxus McReynolds (Duncan) (Fall 0:54)
Semifinal – Zoee Sadler (Team Illinois) won by fall over Destiney Lofton (Minnesota) (Fall 0:35)
1st Place Match – Mikayla Barringer (Team Illinois) won by fall over Zoee Sadler (Team Illinois) (Fall 0:53)
2nd Place Match – Zao Estrada (Colorado Girls National Team) won by decision over Zoee Sadler (Team Illinois) (Dec 9-2)

Schoolgirl (2000-2001) 105 – Catherin Mays’s place is 3rd and has scored 24.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Catherin Mays (Team Illinois) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Catherin Mays (Team Illinois) won by decision over Reina Lopez (Monzano Monarchs) (Dec 2-0)
Semifinal – Marissa Gallegos (Colorado Girls National Team) won by fall over Catherin Mays (Team Illinois) (Fall 2:29)
Cons. Semi – Catherin Mays (Team Illinois) won by major decision over Destiny Bailey (Farmington) (Maj 9-0)
3rd Place Match – Catherin Mays (Team Illinois) won by decision over Louisa Schwab (Team Illinois) (Dec 2-1)
2nd Place Match – Marissa Gallegos (Colorado Girls National Team) won by rule over Catherin Mays (Team Illinois) (RULE)

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A-J Junior Wildcats Finish 2013-2014 Season at State Events

The A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club completed its 2013-2014 season at three state-wide competitions.  Several of the club’s grapplers medaled.

At the IKWF State Championship in Rockford, Jayce Turner and Nate Kisat each finished 0-1.  Turner will move up to high school next year.

At the IKWF Girls State Championship in Yorkville, Zoee Sadler went 3-0 for the day, finishing in first place.  Catie Mays went 2-1, finishing in second place.  Madilyn Hawk went 0-2 and finished the day in third place.

At the Midget Championship in Danville, Caleb Mays went 0-2.  Blake Mays went 4-2, finishing fifth.

As a club, the A-J Junior Wildcats finished the season with a combined record of 430-511.  In the coming weeks, the club’s board will make plans for a post-season party.

Even as much of the team moves on to other sports, several wrestlers and coaches are likely to compete in occasional off-season tournaments.

Complete results from the state events are below, courtesy of Trackwrestling.com.

2014 IKWF State Championships Results for A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling
Novice 89 – Nathan Kisat’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Nathan Kisat (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Gavin Bloom (Hononegah WC) won by fall over Nathan Kisat (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 2:28)

Senior 166 – Jayce Turner’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ameer Aqel (Vittum Cats WC) won in double overtime over Jayce Turner (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (2-OT 2-1)

IL Girls Folkstyle State Championships Results for AJ JR Wildcats WC
Elementary School (K – 5th) E3 – Zoee Sadler’s place is 1st and has scored 16.00 team points.
Round 1 – Zoee Sadler (AJ JR Wildcats WC) won in overtime over Ashlyn Strenz (Lil Reaper Wrestling Club) (OT 6-0)
Round 2 – Zoee Sadler (AJ JR Wildcats WC) won by decision over Rebecca Neupauer (saukee youth wrestling) (Dec 7-0)
Round 3 – Zoee Sadler (AJ JR Wildcats WC) won by fall over Ella Mcdonnell (Little Redskins Wrestling Club) (Fall 0:49)

Elementary School (K – 5th) E16 – Madilyn Hawk’s place is 3rd and has scored 0.00 team points.
Round 1 – Alayla Thornton (Peoria Razor Backs) won by decision over Madilyn Hawk (AJ JR Wildcats WC) (Dec 10-6)
Round 3 – Sydney Manos (LIL BUCS) won by fall over Madilyn Hawk (AJ JR Wildcats WC) (Fall 0:46)

Middle School (6th – 8th) M3 – Catherin Mays’s place is 2nd and has scored 13.00 team points.
Round 1 – Mia Rodriguez (Belvidere Bandits) won by decision over Catherin Mays (AJ JR Wildcats WC) (Dec 6-2)
Round 2 – Catherin Mays (AJ JR Wildcats WC) won by major decision over Angela Vitiritti (St Charles) (Maj 9-0)
Round 3 – Catherin Mays (AJ JR Wildcats WC) won by fall over Savannah Morrison (Reed Custer Middle School) (Fall 1:50)

2014 Illinois Midget Championships Results for A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling
Midget 64B – Caleb Mays’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Caleb Mays (A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Polo Ramon (Headlock Wrestling Academy) won by fall over Caleb Mays (A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 1:48)
Cons. Round 2 – Caleb Mays (A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Logan Swaw (Celtic Elite) won by decision over Caleb Mays (A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling) (Dec 2-0)

Midget 72 – Grover Mays’s place is 5th and has scored 15.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Grover Mays (A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Alex Iversen (Wolves Wrestling Club Inc.) (Fall 0:55)
Quarterfinal – Marko Hennin (Barrington Broncos) won by decision over Grover Mays (A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling) (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Grover Mays (A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling) won by major decision over Cameron Knepper (Celtic Elite) (Maj 13-3)
Cons. Round 3 – Grover Mays (A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling) won by major decision over Bryce Claypool (Little Redskins WC) (Maj 10-2)
Cons. Semi – Grant Hansen (Maddog Wrestling Academy) won by major decision over Grover Mays (A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling) (Maj 11-0)
5th Place Match – Grover Mays (A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Walter Green (DeKalb WC) (Fall 1:48)

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A-J Junior Wildcats Make Donations To High School Wrestling, Softball Teams

ANNA, IL—At the regular meeting of the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Board of Education, the A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club expressed its appreciation to the school board for allowing the club to host its tournament at their facilities each year and singled out the high school wrestling and softball teams for their assistance this year.

“What made this year’s tournament extra special was the level of community involvement.  In particular, the high school wrestling and softball teams provided us with the manpower to run the tables that frankly we couldn’t have done this without.  We’d like to return the favor,” said club president Rollie Hawk before presenting each team with a $500 donation from the club.

Several members of the school board commented on the positive impact the tournament had on the community, in particular the economic impact of so many people making the commute to Union County for the tournament.

Head softball coach Brian Wilson expressed his appreciation for the donation and amazement at the size of the wrestling tournament.

“I got here at 7:30 and this place was already packed,” said Wilson.  “I hope we can do this again next year.”

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A-J Junior Wildcats Have Four Place At Sectionals, Sending Two To State

HIGHLAND, IL—The A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club had a very successful day at the IKWF South Sectionals.  They took eleven sectional qualifiers and had four wrestlers place fourth or above with two moving on to compete at the IKWF State Tournament.

At intermediate-70, Grover Blake Mays placed third, finishing 3-1 for the day.  Intermediates do not move on to state in the IKWF but Mays is likely to bump up to the novice division next year as 10-year-olds have that option.

Marshall Clayton Ramage finished fourth at senior-79, going 1-2 for the day.  Only third place and above move on to state but Ramage will have one more shot next year before moving up to high school.

Wrestling at senior-166 was Jayce Turner.  Going 3-1 for the day and placing third, Turner advances to the state tournament.

“Jayce has had an exceptional first year,” said club president Rollie Hawk.  “He’s the only kid we’re sending to high school next year but the fact that he’s a state qualifier will make him a significant addition to that squad.”

Hawk expects Turner to wrestle very competitively at state.

“What Jayce lacks in experience he makes up for in strength and quickness and his winning record as a first-year wrestler attests to that.  He’s incredibly athletic for his size and age,” added Hawk.

Turner brought much more than a winning record to the team, according to Hawk.

“He’s become the unofficial big brother of pretty much every kid on the team.  He’s a perfect example of what we’re trying to build here.”

Wrestling at novice-89 was Nate Kisat who took first place in a tough weight class and will advance to state.  He capped off the day by defeating West Frankfort’s Jacob Sileven in the championship round.  According to Nate’s father and club vice president Jay Kisat, this was a major milestone in his son’s wrestling career.

“Four years!  It took us four years to beat that kid,” said Kisat.  “He beat us in the regionals and that was the closest we’d ever gotten until now!  Nate’s come a long way and worked his butt off this year.”

Hawk believes Kisat has an excellent chance to place at state.

“Nate has a very unconventional style that will give kids who’ve never wrestled him before a hard time,” explained Hawk.  “His style is hard to describe.  It’s almost like he wrestles in all three dimensions while most wrestles only wrestle in two.  You’ll think a kid has him stuck but then he’ll do some crazy front-flip or back-flip and suddenly he’s got the other kid pinned.”

Hawk considers Kisat to be the type of kid that’s born for wrestling.

“He’s a smart, athletic, handsome young man but also has a bit of a sarcastic attitude and just sort of does his own thing, very much like the way he wrestles” said Hawk.  “He’s the kind of kid that most people probably can’t decide whether they want to hug or tie up.  I love seeing a kid like him excelling in this sport.  It gives hope to the rest of us troublemakers.”

Vice president Jay Kisat, assistant coach Anthony Lincoln and head coach Grover Mays will be making the trip to Rockford to coach Nate Kisat and Jayce Turner at the IKWF State Tournament.

Complete results from the IKWF South Sectionals are listed below, courtesy of Trackwrestling.com.

Intermediate 66 – Caleb Mays’s place is unknown and has scored 4.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Caleb Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Toni Corbin (Collinsville Raider WC) (Fall 1:21)
Quarterfinal – Joesph Biciocchi (Roxana Outlaws) won by major decision over Caleb Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Maj 9-1)
Cons. Round 1 – Caleb Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Semi – Brock Barrows (Bulls WC) won by major decision over Caleb Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Maj 12-2)

Intermediate 70 – Grover Mays’s place is 3rd and has scored 15.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Grover Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Grover Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by major decision over Dylan Gvillo (Edwardsville WC) (Maj 11-1)
Semifinal – Collin Reif (Jacksonville Area Wrestling) won by decision over Grover Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Dec 2-1)
Cons. Semi – Grover Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by major decision over Brody Hartman (Junior Kahoks) (Maj 12-0)
3rd Place Match – Grover Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by decision over Donovan Feeney (Edwardsville WC) (Dec 5-0)

Intermediate 70 – Brett Smith’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Dylan Gvillo (Edwardsville WC) won by fall over Brett Smith (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 2:33)

Intermediate 79 – Kaden Lincoln’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Kaden Lincoln (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Braidyn Uhlry (Hillsboro Jr Toppers WC) won by fall over Kaden Lincoln (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 0:51)

Novice 74 – Dylan Smith’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jacob Egelhoff (Carlinville WC) won by fall over Dylan Smith (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 0:39)

Novice 89 – Nathan Kisat’s place is 1st and has scored 28.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Nathan Kisat (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Nathan Kisat (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Jacob Hendrickson (King Select Wrestling) (Fall 3:34)
Semifinal – Nathan Kisat (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Joshua Franklin (Roxana Outlaws) (Fall 0:19)
1st Place Match – Nathan Kisat (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Jacob Sileven (West Frankfort Jr. Redbirds) (Fall 2:43)

Novice 138 – Ben Dowdy’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ben Dowdy (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Cory Peterson (King Select Wrestling) won by fall over Ben Dowdy (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 0:22)
Cons. Round 1 – Ben Dowdy (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Semi – Ryan Norwood (Crusaders` Elite) won by decision over Ben Dowdy (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Dec 7-6)

Senior 79 – Marshall Ramage’s place is 4th and has scored 5.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Marshall Ramage (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Marshall Ramage (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – William Hillard (Triad Little Knights WC) won by major decision over Marshall Ramage (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Maj 12-1)
Cons. Semi – Marshall Ramage (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by decision over Scott Schank (Granite City WC) (Dec 10-9)
3rd Place Match – Christopher Santiago (Granite City WC) won by major decision over Marshall Ramage (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Maj 12-2)

Senior 101 – Catherin Mays’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Nick Evans (Edwardsville WC) won by fall over Catherin Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 3:48)

Senior 115 – Aiden Jacobs’s place is unknown and has scored 4.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Aiden Jacobs (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Colin Bybee (Carterville Jr WC) (Fall 3:45)
Quarterfinal – Sam Blaha (Junior Kahoks) won by fall over Aiden Jacobs (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 1:01)

Senior 166 – Jayce Turner’s place is 3rd and has scored 16.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jayce Turner (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Jayce Turner (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by major decision over Jordan Gregg (Hillsboro Jr Toppers WC) (Maj 10-2)
Semifinal – Tyreek Austin (Crusaders` Elite) won by tech fall over Jayce Turner (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (TF 16-0)
Cons. Semi – Jayce Turner (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Jarrett Jones (Effingham Youth WC) (Fall 1:37)
3rd Place Match – Jayce Turner (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by decision over Matthew Satterlee (Murphysboro WC) (Dec 10-9)

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Grover Mays Selected as Wrestling Coach of the Year for IKWF South Sectional

Grover Mays - IKWF South Sectional Coach of the Year

HIGHLAND, IL—The A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club received recognition for one of its coaches at the IKWF South Sectionals.  Head coach Grover Mays was selected as Coach of the Year for the IKWF South Sectional.

“I’m floored,” said Mays after the announcement was made late in the day.  “I didn’t see this coming at all!”

At each of the IKWF’s eight sectional tournaments, coaches are nominated for the honor and each team gets a single vote.  At next weekend’s IKWF State Tournament, one of those eight will be selected as the IKWF Coach of the Year for the entire state.

Mays attributed the honor to the performance of his club’s wrestlers at the sectional tournament.

“There are so many coaches here that everyone knows.  I was surprised to even be nominated,” Mays explained.  “I guess they saw how hard our kids were working today and how much they’ve improved and that’s why they voted for me.  This means so much more to me than trophies or money or anything.”

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A-J Junior Wildcats Achieve 400th Season Win At Carbondale Regionals

The A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club achieved their 400th win as a club for the 2013-2014 season at the Carbondale IKWF South Regional on March 1, 2014.  Going 20-24 for the day, they took fourth place in team scoring and are sending eleven grapplers to next weekend’s sectionals in Highland.

“We’ve come a long way,” said head coach Grover Mays.  “And we’re still improving.  We saw kids working the moves today we were just practicing this week.”

One of the day’s highlights was 8-year-old Nile Chotner reaching his twentieth win for the season.

“That leaves us with ten kids at twenty or more wins for the season.  We’ve got eleven with winning records and two with even records for the season.  We’re sending eleven to the sectionals.  We’re winning 46% of our matches,” explained club president Rollie Hawk. “We’ve still got a lot of areas where we want to improve but these stats tell us we’re on the right track.”

While the club’s bantam (eight and under) wrestlers are mostly done for the season, the remaining wrestlers will continue preparing for the sectionals in Highland on March 8 and the IKWF State Finals the following weekend.  The club’s lady wrestlers will also be preparing for the IKWF Girls State Tournament on March 16 in Yorkville.

Complete team results from the Carbondale IKWF South Regional are below, courtesy of Trackwrestling.com.  Those going on to the Highland IKWF South Sectionals are in bold.

Intermediate 66 – Caleb Mays’s place is 4th and has scored 4.00 team points.
Semifinal – Ryan Kaiser (Vandalia Jr WC) won by decision over Caleb Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Dec 3-0)
3rd Place Match – Logan Nance (Vandalia Jr WC) won by decision over Caleb Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Dec 5-0)

Intermediate 70 – Grover Mays’s place is 1st and has scored 22.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Grover Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Grover Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Gage Nuttall (Olney Cubs WC) (Fall 0:38)
1st Place Match – Grover Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by decision over Arojae Hart (Murphysboro WC) (Dec 3-0)

Intermediate 70 – Brett Smith’s place is unknown and has scored 4.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Brett Smith (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Kaden Schneider (Sparta Junior Bulldogs) (Fall 2:28)
Semifinal – Arojae Hart (Murphysboro WC) won by fall over Brett Smith (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 0:28)
Cons. Semi – Jason Tanner (Carbondale WC) won by fall over Brett Smith (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 1:15)

Intermediate 79 – Kaden Lincoln’s place is 3rd and has scored 12.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Kaden Lincoln (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Kyle Sykes (Murphysboro WC) won by major decision over Kaden Lincoln (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Maj 9-1)
Cons. Semi – Kaden Lincoln (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Cody Dickerson (Sparta Junior Bulldogs) (Fall 0:30)
3rd Place Match – Kaden Lincoln (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Dillion Pirtle (Sparta Junior Bulldogs) (Fall 2:40)

Intermediate 95 – Payton Seip’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Joey Farrar (Aces WC) won by fall over Payton Seip (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 0:40)
Cons. Round 1 – Payton Seip (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Semi – Faith Clay (West Frankfort Jr. Redbirds) won by fall over Payton Seip (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 0:28)

Intermediate 122 – Madilyn Hawk’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Grant Biby (Panther Powerhouse Wrestling) won by decision over Madilyn Hawk (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Dec 9-7)
Cons. Round 1 – Madilyn Hawk (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Semi – Johnathan Coates (Herrin Jr WC) won by fall over Madilyn Hawk (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 1:37)

Novice 74 – Dylan Smith’s place is 4th and has scored 4.00 team points.
Semifinal – Dayton Hall (Aces WC) won by fall over Dylan Smith (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 0:27)
3rd Place Match – Derrick Pierce (Murphysboro WC) won by decision over Dylan Smith (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Dec 7-4)

Novice 89 – Nathan Kisat’s place is 2nd and has scored 13.50 team points.
Semifinal – Nathan Kisat (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by tech fall over Zack Stephenson (Vandalia Jr WC) (TF 19-0)
1st Place Match – Jacob Sileven (West Frankfort Jr. Redbirds) won by decision over Nathan Kisat (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Dec 4-3)

Novice 130 – Dalton Seip’s place is 3rd and has scored 7.00 team points.
Semifinal – Rene Acosta (Murphysboro WC) won by major decision over Dalton Seip (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Maj 12-1)
3rd Place Match – Dalton Seip (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)

Novice 138 – Ben Dowdy’s place is 2nd and has scored 12.00 team points.
Semifinal – Ben Dowdy (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by decision over Rewn Stearns (Murphysboro WC) (Dec 6-1)
1st Place Match – Ryan Johnson (Aces WC) won by fall over Ben Dowdy (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 0:37)

Senior 79 – Marshall Ramage’s place is 1st and has scored 14.00 team points.
1st Place Match – Marshall Ramage (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)

Senior 101 – Catherin Mays’s place is 3rd and has scored 11.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Catherin Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)
Semifinal – Jarrett Paslay (Vandalia Jr WC) won by major decision over Catherin Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Maj 10-0)
Cons. Semi – Catherin Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Ryan Smith (Olney Cubs WC) (Fall 3:50)
3rd Place Match – Catherin Mays (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by major decision over Garrett Williams (Panther Powerhouse Wrestling) (Maj 10-2)

Senior 115 – Aiden Jacobs’s place is 4th and has scored 8.00 team points.
Quarterfinal – Garret Stewart (Vandalia Jr WC) won by decision over Aiden Jacobs (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Dec 3-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Aiden Jacobs (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Kayla Flute (Road Warriors WC) (Fall 1:50)
Cons. Semi – Aiden Jacobs (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by decision over Colin Bybee (Carterville Jr WC) (Dec 4-2)
3rd Place Match – Garret Stewart (Vandalia Jr WC) won by rule over Aiden Jacobs (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (RULE)

Senior 166 – Jayce Turner’s place is 1st and has scored 15.00 team points.
1st Place Match – Jayce Turner (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by major decision over Matthew Satterlee (Murphysboro WC) (Maj 8-0)

Bantam 4 – Zoee Sadler’s place is 2nd and has scored 14.00 team points.
Semifinal – Zoee Sadler (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Myles Guthman (Murphysboro WC) (Fall 2:19)
1st Place Match – Dillon White (Mt Vernon Lions WC) won by decision over Zoee Sadler (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Dec 4-1)

Bantam 5 – Noah Chotner’s place is 1st and has scored 18.00 team points.
Semifinal – Noah Chotner (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by decision over Aiston Holt (Murphysboro WC) (Dec 6-3)
1st Place Match – Noah Chotner (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Trace Sisson (Aces WC) (Fall 1:00)

Bantam 6 – Drew Sadler’s place is 3rd and has scored 7.00 team points.
Semifinal – Baelynd Brown (Vandalia Jr WC) won in overtime over Drew Sadler (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (OT 4-2)
3rd Place Match – Drew Sadler (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) received a bye () (Bye)

Bantam 8 – Tate Miller’s place is 3rd and has scored 9.00 team points.
Semifinal – Liam Fox (Murphysboro WC) won by major decision over Tate Miller (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Maj 9-0)
3rd Place Match – Tate Miller (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Jace Paddock (Olney Cubs WC) (Fall 0:13)

Bantam 9 – Kyle Conway’s place is 4th and has scored 4.00 team points.
Semifinal – Conner Richardson (Marion Junior Wildcats) won by fall over Kyle Conway (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 2:46)
3rd Place Match – Izaiah Dalton (Benton WC) won by major decision over Kyle Conway (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Maj 13-1)

Bantam 12 – Kane Buchmeier’s place is 2nd and has scored 14.00 team points.
Semifinal – Kane Buchmeier (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Parker Ray (Vandalia Jr WC) (Fall 1:56)
1st Place Match – Caleb Ohnesorge (Marion Junior Wildcats) won by fall over Kane Buchmeier (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 1:43)

Bantam 13 – Nile Chotner’s place is 1st and has scored 18.00 team points.
Semifinal – Nile Chotner (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Caleb Seibers (Carmi Bulldog WC) (Fall 0:40)
1st Place Match – Nile Chotner (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by decision over Brenden Banz (Carbondale WC) (Dec 4-3)

Bantam 15 – Drew Holshouser’s place is 3rd and has scored 9.00 team points.
Semifinal – Lane Mills (Murphysboro WC) won by fall over Drew Holshouser (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) (Fall 1:32)
3rd Place Match – Drew Holshouser (A-J Jr. Wildcat Wrestling) won by fall over Raymond Reese (Sparta Junior Bulldogs) (Fall 0:42)

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A-J Junior Wildcats Finish Regular Season At Local And National Competitions

The A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club took in local and national competition in the last weekend of the regular season.  Ten traveled to Sparta for its team’s first tournament, seventeen went to Pinckneyville, five went to the Liberty Nationals and two competed on a team in the Liberty Duals.

Drew Sadler was the club’s top performer at the Liberty Nationals, going 3-0 on Friday and 1-2 on Saturday.  Representatives of the club went 6-12 overall.

The club went 12-16 at Sparta.  Jayce Turner and Nate Kisat both left with first place medals.

“With it being Sparta’s first tournament, there were of course some snags.  It was good to see our wrestlers and parents staying patient through it all,” said club president Rollie Hawk.  “It really helps that so many of our kids and adults have gotten to be good friends.  We’re all able to laugh and have fun together even when things are frustrating.”

At Pinckneyville, the club went 20-26.  Noah Chotner, Tate Miller and Brett Smith were each awarded first place trophies.

“We had several other kids pull off big wins.  Dylan Smith and Clayton Ramage both got second place after taking the last couple of weekends off.  Peyton Seip only had one win but it was a dominating match and it was good to see her wrestling that aggressively,” explained Hawk.  “They’ve got one week to get ready for the IKWF regionals and will have the chance to move on to the sectionals in Highland.”


Head coach Grover Mays assembled a team of the top wrestlers in southern Illinois that competed in the Liberty Duals including Junior Wildcats Blake Mays and Drew Sadler.  The team went 2-2 for the day and won the consolation bracket.

“We wrestled Texas Dynamite, Wisconsin All-Stars, SOT Colorado, and Nebraska OMAWA,” said Mays.  “I am proud to have coached the 22 elite wrestlers today from Anna, Harrisburg, Carbondale, King Select, Ft. Leonard Wood, Granite City, Jackson, Mayfield, Colorado and Olney.”

Complete weekend results are below.

Overall

Sparta

Pinckneyville

Liberty Nationals

Liberty Duals

Name

IKWF Age

Division

Weight

Wins

Losses

Place

Wins

Losses

Place

Wins

Losses

Wins

Losses

Wins

Losses

Chotner, Noah

6

6&U

48.5

24

13

0

2

1st

2

0

Miller, Tate

6

6&U

57.3

15

10

1st

3

0

Conway, Kyle

6

6&U

61.9

2

17

3rd

0

2

Sadler, Zoee

7

7&8

45.9

33

22

1

4

Sadler, Drew

7

7&8

46.7

43

19

4

2

0

3

Holshouser, Drew

7

7&8

73.5

3

8

4th

2

2

4th

0

3

Mays, Caleb

8

7&8

61.5

36

14

0

2

Buchmeier, Kane

8

7&8

64.3

8

12

2nd

2

1

3rd

1

2

Smith, Brett

8

7&8

66.3

30

8

3rd

1

2

1st

4

0

Chotner, Nile

8

7&8

64.3

18

11

2nd

2

1

2nd

3

1

Mays, Blake

9

9&10

68.3

33

21

1

2

1

3

Lincoln, Kaden

9

9&10

74.9

15

26

0

2

3rd

1

2

Seip, Payton

9

9&10

92.9

3

21

0

2

3rd

1

2

Jiminez, Anthony

9

9&10

112.9

2

20

4th

0

3

Hawk, Madi

9

9&10

120.3

8

27

4th

0

3

Smith, Dylan

11

11&12

67

7

18

2nd

2

1

Kisat, Nathan

12

11&12

90.1

20

15

1st

2

0

2nd

1

1

Seip, Dalton

12

11&12

132.5

4

15

3rd

0

2

Ramage, Clayton

13

13&14

82.3

7

24

3rd

1

3

2nd

1

2

Mays, Catie

13

13&14

99.9

22

23

0

2

Jacobs, Aiden

13

13&14

114.5

7

13

0

1

Turner, Jayce

14

13&14

163.1

23

18

1st

2

1

2nd

1

1

Total

389

467

12

16

20

26

6

12

1

6

 

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Going Into Regionals A-J Junior Wildcats Achieve Personal Milestones

As the A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club prepares for the IKWF Regionals in Carbondale on March 1, many of its wrestlers have achieved personal milestones of note.

“We’re proud of all our kids that stick with it.  It’s a long season and anyone who goes from start to finish and keeps competing deserves our respect,” said club president Rollie Hawk.  “But in an era of participation trophies and some sports not keeping score, we think it’s important to recognize and model examples of success.”

Hitting the 20+ win mark for the season are Drew Sadler, Caleb Mays, Zoee Sadler, Blake Mays, Brett Smith, Noah Chotner, Jayce Turner, Catie Mays and Nathan Kisat.  Hawk feels that having nine wrestlers with 20+ season wins and one more knocking at the door is a big indication of the team’s strides this year.

“We’re no longer a team that just has three or four standouts.  We’ve got a strong roster with a lot of experience.  This is the most improvement we’ve seen so far as a team in any season.”

“You can always expect to see the Mays and Sadler kids with a lot of wins.  These are year-round wrestling families that put an enormous amount of time into the sport.  Catie and Caleb Mays both made major improvements this year and moved into the upper echelon of our team.”

“Brett Smith broke 30 season wins over the weekend.  We’re really proud of him getting to that point!  Nathan Kisat Broke 20 for the first time.  Noah Chotner and Jayce Turner are first-year wrestlers and also broke 20 wins.  Nile Chotner is another first-year wrestler and is at 18 wins and has a good shot at hitting 20+ in the regionals.  Jayce will be moving up to high school next year but the rest of our 20+ winners will be forming the core of our team for the next few seasons.”

Name

IKWF Age

Division

Weight

Wins

Losses

School Grade

Sadler, Drew

7

7&8

46.7

43

19

1st

Mays, Caleb

8

7&8

61.5

36

14

3rd

Sadler, Zoee

7

7&8

45.9

33

22

1st

Mays, Blake

9

9&10

68.3

33

21

4th

Smith, Brett

8

7&8

66.3

30

8

3rd

Chotner, Noah

6

6&U

48.5

24

13

K

Turner, Jayce

14

13&14

163.1

23

18

8th

Mays, Catie

13

13&14

99.9

22

23

7th

Kisat, Nathan

12

11&12

90.1

20

15

7th

Chotner, Nile

8

7&8

64.3

18

11

2nd

Miller, Tate

6

6&U

57.3

15

10

1st

Lincoln, Kaden

9

9&10

74.9

15

26

4th

Buchmeier, Kane

8

7&8

64.3

8

12

2nd

Hawk, Madi

9

9&10

120.3

8

27

4th

Smith, Dylan

11

11&12

67.0

7

18

5th

Ramage, Clayton

13

13&14

82.3

7

24

7th

Jacobs, Aiden

13

13&14

114.5

7

13

7th

 

Tate Miller and Kaden Lincoln are both currently at 15 wins for the season.

“You just know these two are going to be great wrestlers.  Tate is one of our youngest and in his first year and wrestles very tough.  Kaden is all heart when he wrestles and I don’t know if he’s ever missed a practice.  I know they’ve had some frustrating moments this year but I also know it will pay off in the end.”

Kane Buchmeier, Madi Hawk, Dylan Smith, Clayton Ramage and Aiden Jacobs are all still just shy of hitting 10+ wins for the season.

“Every one of those kids is a better wrestler than their records reflect and most of them just moved up in age divisions this year.  We expect big things out of each of them in the coming seasons.  Wrestling is one of those sports where you never know when things will start clicking for a kid but if you keep doing the right things the success will eventually arrive.”

Hawk credits the coaches and parents as much as the wrestlers for the year’s successes.

“I’ve watched Grover Mays improve as a head coach every year, both in terms of his wrestling knowledge and his approach to the kids.  We’ve got more people actively coaching than we’ve ever had.  The more coaches we have, the more attention each kid gets and the more improvements we’re going to see.”

“Parents willing to take their kids to a lot of practices and a lot of tournaments is the final piece of the puzzle.  It’s a lot of long drives and longer days and I can’t thank them enough for believing in what we’re trying to accomplish.”

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