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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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

A-J Junior Wildcat Lady Wrestlers Competitive Against Both Girls And Boys

Three of the A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club’s lady wrestlers just finished a very successful weekend of tournaments in O’Fallon and Triad.  All three placed not only in all-girl divisions but in open divisions that include both boys and girls.

Seven-year-old Zoee Sadler placed first in the girl’s division and second in the open division at both tournaments.  Her combined record over the weekend was 8-2.

“This weekend put Zoee at 32 wins for the season,” said club president Rollie Hawk.  “That’s pretty remarkable for anyone at that age.  It’s too bad the IKWF doesn’t have sectionals for kids eight-and-under because I think she’d do really well.”

Nine-year-old Madilyn Hawk placed fourth in the open division at O’Fallon and took third in the girl’s division after defeating a sixteen-year-old in a stunning upset.  At Triad she took first in the girl’s division and second in the open and finished the weekend with a combined record of 5-5.

“Madi was definitely on her game this weekend,” explained Hawk.  “She more than doubled her wins for the season.  Watching her as a fourth grader pull off a win against a high school girl was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.”

Thirteen-year-old Catie Mays finished fifth in the open and first in the girl’s division at O’Fallon.  She finished third in the open division at Triad.  She also achieved her season goal of breaking the 20-win mark.

Father and head coach Grover Mays is especially proud of Catie’s success and the example it shows.

“There is not one kid that works harder, has more determination or heart than her. If you know her, you know how hard she has had to work to get to this point.”

Hawk and Mays are hopeful to take all their club’s lady wrestlers to the IKWF Girl’s State Tournament in Yorkville next month.