Coaches: IKWF/USAW Copper Certification

If you are interested in IKWF/USAW copper certification–the one required to participate as a coach in regionals, sectionals and the state championships–here is a link that describes what you need to do.  You can take the online test if you are already an IKFW/USAW member.

Something else to consider is going with full Illinois High School Association ASEP certification.  If you ever intend to coach high school sports in Illinois and are not a certified teacher, this certification is a requirement.  It is valid for life and will be accepted by the IKWF as copper certification.

Calendar Added

Please check the menu above to go to our calendar page.  We’ve set it up as a Google Calendar so you can subscribe to it if interested.

Right now, only tournaments are listed.  We’ll be meeting with the athletic director next week to schedule our practices.  Once we do, we’ll add those to the calendar as well as anything else that comes up.

GAZETTE-DEMOCRAT: Local wrestlers compete during summer months

Competing in youth and high school wrestling usually means bundling up for long, cold rides either early in the morning or late at night in the dead of winter.
But for a few, wrestling is too much fun to limit to a single season.
On Saturday, July 14, Carterville High School hosted its third annual Carterville Lions Wrestling Open, featuring 14 brackets, with age groups ranging from grade school up through college and beyond.
“It’s a completely different atmosphere with summer wrestling,” said A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling assistant coach Rollie Hawk.

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GAZETTE-DEMOCRAT: Local competitors part of girls’ wrestling history

Girls have been competing in the Illinois Freestyle State Championship for years, but prior to this year that meant competing against boys.

On Saturday, May 5, A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling teammates Madilyn Hawk and Catie Mays competed in the first girls’ division of the Illinois Freestyle State Championship.

The championship was at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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