A-J Junior Wildcats Face Tough Competition On The Road

The A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club faced some tough competition while on the road for the third weekend of tournament action and going 18-41 as a team.  The Wildcats were represented at tournaments in Edwardsville, Highland and Belleville and the Holiday Duals at Winchester Christian Academy.

Five Wildcats made the rainy Saturday trip to Edwardsville with Noah Chotner placing third in the 6&U division and wrestling at 47.4 pounds.  Older brother Nile Chotner placed second in the 7&8 division at 63.5 pounds, narrowly losing in the championship round due to a locked hands penalty.

“Nile really dominated all of his matches.  The locked hands call at the end of his match was a real heartbreaker,” explained club president Rollie Hawk.  “Nobody likes to win or lose a match based on a penalty.  But he’ll see those kids again and I know he’ll be ready.”

The Wildcats went 3-12 as a team at Edwardsville.

Seven-year-old Drew Sadler was invited to compete in the Elementery Holiday Duals at Winchester Christian Academy on Saturday, going 3-1 for the day as the youngest wrestler competing.

Four Wildcats traveled to Highland on Sunday and went 3-10 as a team.  Brett Smith placed second in the 7&8 division at 62.4 pounds and Clayton Ramage placed third in the 11&12 division at 86.6 pounds.

Nine Wildcat wrestlers competed at Belleville on Sunday which featured both open and girls divisions.

Drew Sadler placed third in the 7&8 division at 47.6 pounds.  Brothers Caleb and Blake Mays both placed second in the 7&8 and 9&10 divisions at 60.3 and 67.8 pounds, respectively.  Tobie Treece placed second and Payton Seip placed third in the girls 9-12 division at 95 pounds.

The Wildcats went 9-18 for the day at Belleville.

Head Coach Grover Mays was impressed by the number of families willing to make the two-hour plus trips to tournaments over the weekend.

“We had a lot more kids wrestling at these tournaments than we’ve normally had,” said Mays.  “We’ve got a lot of new families really getting into it.”

Hawk described the weekend as a good early preview of what the club will face in the IKWF sectionals.

“When you go to the St. Louis area to wrestle, you face some of the best competition in the South along with some from further North and out of state,” said Hawk.  “We’ll be seeing a lot of these same kids in the state series.  Facing this level of competition and how we respond is a huge factor in determining who will be a good wrestler and who will be a great wrestler.”

While a few Junior Wildcats will attend the Steel City Nationals or out-of-state tournaments most will be taking the holidays off.  The team’s overall record stands at 103-114.  The team’s tournament will be hosted at Anna-Jonesboro High School on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Complete weekend tournament results are below.

Name

Div.

Wt.

Edwardsville

Belleville

Highland

Westminster

Pl.

W

L

Pl.

W

L

Pl.

W

L

W

L

Chotner, Noah 6&U

47.4

3rd

1

2

Miller, Tate 6&U

56.6

4th

0

3

Conway, Kyle 6&U

59.3

Sadler, Zoee 7&8

47.1

0

6

Sadler, Drew 7&8

47.6

3rd

2

1

3

1

Mays, Caleb 7&8

60.3

2nd

2

1

Buchmeier, Kane 7&8

61.4

4th

0

3

Smith, Brett 7&8

62.4

2nd

2

1

Chotner, Nile 7&8

63.5

2ns

2

1

Mays, Blake 9&10

67.8

2nd

2

0

Lincoln, Kaden 9&10

74.5

4th

0

3

Seip, Payton 9&10

91

3rd

0

2

Smith, Dylan 11&12

67

4th

0

3

Treece, Tobie 11&12

92.5

2nd

1

1

Seip, Dalton 11&12

129

0

2

Ramage, Clayton 13&14

86.6

4th

0

3

3rd

1

3

Mays, Catie 13&14

102

5th, 4th

2

3

Turner, Jayce 13&14

162.2

3rd

0

2

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A-J Junior Wildcats Take In Trio Of Weekend Tournaments

Aiden Jacobs, Nate Kisat and Jayce Turner at Benton

The A-J Junior Wildcats took in three local tournaments on the weekend of December 14 and December 15.  Representatives of the team competed in Mayfield, Benton and Carbondale.

As a team, the Junior Wildcats went 21-20 in Mayfield, 20-18 in Carbondale and 16-4 in Benton.  The total 57-42 weekend was a major highlight in the club’s history.

“That’s the best weekend we’ve ever had,” said head coach Grover Mays.  “It’s pretty exciting.  We’ve gotten a lot of positive comments about our kids and their technique.  The hard work is really paying off.”

Club president Rollie Hawk is equally pleased with the club’s success.

Payton Seip wins her first match

Kaden Lincoln wins in Benton

Noah Chotner takes 1st in Carbondale

“We wrestled ninety-nine matches this weekend—not including exhibition matches—and we won 58% of those,” explained Hawk.  “The kids are really buying in to what we’re doing and it shows.”

Dylan Smith wins in Mayfield

Drew Sadler takes 1st at Benton

Aiden Jacobs wins in Benton

Hawk credits the coaching staff with the success they are starting to see.

“We’ve got ten coaches on our official roster and several other parents helping out at practice.  Everyone is working together.  It really validates what we’re trying to do here,” added Hawk.  “It’s not just about the wins and losses but about bringing people together as a team and community.  We’re starting to see that.”

A-J Junior Wildcat Lady Grapplers Compete At Carbondale Girls Tournament

Carbondale—The girls of the A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club attended their first girls-only tournament division of the season in Carbondale on Sunday, December 15, 2013.  With a combination of new and veteran wrestlers, they went 4-9 for the day as a team.

Each girl manages to fill a significant role on the team as coach and club president Rollie Hawk would go on to describe.

Catie Mays and Lexi Macy receive medals for 2nd and 3rd place

Third-year wrestler Catie Mays went 1-1 and placed second in the 100-pound, 13&14 bracket.

“Her loss in the championship round was to Grace Kristoff, whose grandpa was an Olympic wrestler,” explained Catie’s father and head coach Grover Mays.

“Catie is the closest thing to a ‘general in the field’ that we have,” added Hawk.  “She’s a leader among the wrestlers, both boys and girls.  She doesn’t lead with her voice but with her actions and does it with grace.”

First-time wrestler Lexi Macy competed in the same bracket.  She went 0-2 and placed third for the day.

“Lexi’s a warrior.  There’s no shortage of intensity in her,” said Hawk.  “She’s easily among the most intensely competitive kids I’ve been around in all my years coaching.  Once she gets a solid base of wrestling technique, she’s going to be a force.”

Zoee Sadler takes home first place

Third-year wrestler Zoee Sadler went 2-0 and placed first in the 47-pound, 8&U bracket.

“Zoee is easily among our most consistent wrestlers.  She just goes out and takes care of business without a lot of fuss,” explained Hawk. “At seven, she’s already been a state champ.  The sky’s the limit for her wrestling career.”

Madilyn Hawk went 0-3 and placed second in the 115-pound, 9&10 bracket.  This was a rare opportunity for the four year veteran to wrestle not only another girl but another nine-year-old.

Madilyn Hawk places 2nd

“Madi is probably one of our toughest lady wrestlers,” bragged Hawk.  “Weighing 100-plus at a young age, she’s almost always stuck wrestling kids who are older than her but she continues to tough it out.  That’s going to pay off over the next few years.”

First-year wrestler Payton Seip wrestled her second tournament, going 0-2 and placing third in the 90-pound, 9&10 bracket.  Hawk is impressed by what he’s seen from her debut weekend.

Jacy Mays takes 2nd and Payton Seip takes 3rd

“Payton won her first match in Mayfield yesterday and is another tough girl.  She never complains.  After this first weekend of tournaments, I’m hoping she’ll crank up the intensity at practice and make some big gains.”

Second-year wrestler Jacy Mays went 1-1 and placed second in the same bracket.

“Jacy had a great day getting second place and has a really good attitude,” explained Hawk.  “As coaches, we just need to find a way to get her to flip that switch and get mean.”

Out of fourteen girls competing today, six were A-J Junior Wildcats.  Hawk believes this testifies to the fact that A-J is among the leading teams in the growth of girl’s wrestling in Illinois.

“A lot of teams have one girl wrestler but we have a platoon of them.   We had six girls competing at Carbondale today and that’s not even all of them,” noted Hawk who pointed out that twelve-year-old Tobie Treece missed her premier last week due to weather and this week due to a prior commitment.

Madilyn Hawk yucks it up after the tournament

Hawk credits his daughter Madilyn for being a pioneer in the growth of girl’s wrestling as a sport.

“When Madi came home with a wrestling sign-up sheet four years ago, I thought she was out of her mind.  Having a daughter that played football was strange enough.  But thanks to her, so many of us are now part of this wrestling team—I call it out wrestling family—that otherwise wouldn’t be.  We thank God for the blessing of that wrestling family at the end of every practice.”

Upcoming youth wresting events with girl’s divisions include Belleville’s King of the Mat tournament on December 22, Althoff’s Crusader’s Elite tournament on January 5 and A-J’s own On the Prowl tournament on January 11.

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Release – A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestlers Off to Strong Start at Herrin Opener

Aiden Jacobs gets his first win of the year

Herrin—The A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club officially began its 2013-2014 season at the Herrin Opener on Sunday, December 8, 2013.  With a team record of 28 wins and 31 losses, it was one of the best opening weekends in the club’s history.

Head coach Grover Mays was pleased with the results.

“We had five beginners and seventeen experienced wrestlers participate today at Herrin and ended up right around .500 for the day, which is way better than any of our other first tournaments of the season,” said Mays.  “The kids’ hard work paid off.  We still have a long way to go but we are rolling!”

Clayton Ramage celebrates his first win of the season

Bad weather forced the Murphysboro Beginner’s Tournament the day before to be cancelled, so a lot of the Wildcat grapplers are still waiting for their premier.

“We have fourteen first-year wrestlers and one second-year wrestler who missed their debut because of the weather and another four trying to get their IKWF membership completed,” explained club president Rollie Hawk.  “With forty-plus on our roster and a good mixture of experienced wrestlers and rookies, I’m liking our odds this year.”

Several of those beginners had highlights at Herrin.  Eighth grader Jayce Turner went 2-1 and placed third for the day.  Brothers Niles and Noah Chotner each finished with 2-1 records and second place medals in their respective brackets.  First grader Tate Miller went 2-0 and took home a first place trophy.

Jayce Turner wins his first match

Next weekend promises a lot of action with tournaments in Mayfield and Benton as well as a beginner’s and girl’s tournament in Carbondale.

Complete results from the Herrin Opener are below.

Kane Buchmeier shows off his 2nd place medal

Madi Hawk flexes after her first win of the year

Nate Kisat wins his second and goes on to the finals

Tate Miller wins 1st at his debut tournament

Name

Division

Weight

Place

Wins

Losses

School Grade

Chotner, Noah 6&U

48.2

2nd

2

1

K
Miller, Tate 6&U

57.4

1st

2

0

1st
Sadler, Drew 7&8

47.6

1st

2

0

1st
Sadler, Zoee 7&8

46.4

4th

1

2

1st
Smith, Milam 7&8

68.2

5th

1

2

2nd
Watkins, Jonah 7&8

54.2

3rd

0

2

1st
Buchmeier, Kane 7&8

61.4

2nd

2

1

2nd
Chotner, Nile 7&8

63.2

2nd

2

1

2nd
Mays, Caleb 7&8

60.8

2nd

2

1

3rd
Smith, Brett 7&8

62.6

5th

2

1

3rd
Hawk, Madi 9&10

103.6

4th

1

3

4th
Lincoln, Kaden 9&10

75.4

5th

2

1

4th
Mays, Blake 9&10

68.4

2nd

1

1

4th
Mays, Adam 9&10

101.6

0

3

6th
Goines, Avery 11&12

102.8

0

2

6th
Mays, Jacy 11&12

87.6

0

2

6th
Smith, Dylan 11&12

69.8

5th

1

1

5th
Kisat, Nathan 11&12

86.4

2nd

2

1

7th
Jacobs, Aiden 13&14

108.6

1

2

7th
Mays, Catie 13&14

100.6

1

2

7th
Ramage, Clayton 13&14

85.8

5th

1

1

7th
Turner, Jayce 13&14

164.6

3rd

2

1

8th

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Girls Wrestling Opportunities

We just got this list from the Illinois Girls Wrestling Committee.  These are the IKWF tournaments for the year featuring girl’s divisions.  Most we knew about but some weren’t specified.

The last two years there has been a girl’s division and clinic at the Freestyle State Championship in the summer.  I anticipate there will be one this year, as well.

Date Tournament Location Area
Sun, 12/15/2013 Carbondale Beginners and Girls Open Tournament Carbondale Community HS South
Sun, 12/22/2013 Wolverine Beginners Brawl Niles North HS North
Sun, 12/22/2013 King of the Mat Belleville West HS South
Sat, 12/28/2013 Aztec Rumble Wheaton Academy HS (West Chicago) North
Sun, 12/29/2013 Jr. Titan Open Tinley Park High School North
Sun, 1/5/2014 Rumble at the Dawg Pound 2014 Waukegan HS (Brookside Campus) North
Sat, 1/11/2014 A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling – `On The Prowl` Anna Jonesboro Community HS South
Sun, 1/19/2014 Jon Davis IKWF Kids Open Prairie Capital Convention Center Central
Sat, 2/15/2014 O`Fallon Panther Pummel O`Fallon Township HS South
Sun, 2/16/2014 2014 Triad Kids Open Triad HS (Troy, IL) South
Sun, 3/16/2014 IL Girls Folkstyle State Championships Yorkville
3/28 to 3/30/2014 Girls Folkstyle National Championships,
Junior Women’s Folkstyle Duals,
and University Women’s Nationals
Oklahoma City, OK

 

 

Four A-J Junior Grapplers Get Early Start

St. Louis—Four of the A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club’s top wrestlers competed in the Show Me Nationals on November 30, 2013.  Three brought home awards for placing.

9-year-old Blake Mays wrestled in the 69-pound, 10-and-under bracket.  He finished 3-2 for the day and was awarded a medal for fourth place.

8-year old Caleb Mays wrestled in the 62-pound, 8-and-under bracket.  He finished 0-2 for the day.

7-year-old Drew Sadler wrestled in the 50-pound, 8-and-under bracket.  He finished 2-1 for the day and was awarded a trophy for third place.

7-year-old Zoee Sadler wrestled in the 57-pound, 7-9 rookie bracket.  She finished 2-1 for the day and was awarded a trophy for third place.

The A-J Junior Wildcats begin their team season on the weekend of December 7 with the Murphysboro Beginner’s Tournament on Saturday and the Herrin Season Opener on Sunday.

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