We've heard this question from several of you over the past week, and here's the answer:
Thursday, 2/25 will be the last practice of the season for anyone not participating in either
1) the USA State series or
2) the AAU State Tournament, March 20-21
Beginning next week, everyone continuing will practice together in the cafeteria, as we have to share the wrestling room with the high-school baseball team starting in March.
Singlets may be returned at the END of practice Thursday (7:30-8 p.m.) in the cafeteria for anyone not continuing, and singlet deposits will be returned. We will have a second singlet return night after the AAU State Tournament. If you are not concerned with receiving your check back and are happy with us tearing it up, you are also always welcome to drop a singlet by the FHC office in a bag, labeled with Coach Cross' name and your child's name. Any singlets not returned by March 31 are subject to deposit forfeiture.
In a normal year, the AAU State Tournament would be happening this weekend, but this year it is much later due to all the Covid-related schedule changes for both high-school and youth wrestling. We understand why some families might elect not to participate in these late-season events due to the impact on other sports seasons starting up.
We appreciate your patience and flexibility this year as we had fewer competitive events from which to choose and even fewer close by. Next year, knock on wood, everything should be normal again!
Good luck to all our Spartans as they wind down the season!
Hope you're all enjoying the Great Thaw of 2021! After two weeks of not being able to practice, we are looking forward to getting our wrestlers back at it this week!
We had a small group of six wrestlers sign up for the USA Districts/Regionals/State series that starts next weekend. There will be a seeding meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 23 at Drury Plaza Conference Center, 3351 Percy Dr., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, and we will need at least one volunteer to make the drive to attend. They ask that representatives be there by 6:45. Parents, please talk amongst yourselves and determine who will attend the seeding meeting on our club's behalf. The rest of the parents will need to submit their child's head-to-head season match results to that parent prior to the meeting. If no one attends the meeting, our wrestlers will not be seeded and instead drawn randomly into brackets. Wrestlers registered are:
Jaxon Jundt, Miller Austin, Michael McCrady, Enzo Hernandez, Garo Sams and Owen McCracken.
IMPORTANT: Please bring $20 cash to pay Anne Jundt for Regionals should your wrestler qualify by placing in the top six. This must be paid before leaving the district tournament. Here is the link to the flier for Regionals.
Good luck to all of our Spartans!
Email and Remind Messages
I'd like the parents of all of our wrestlers to please make sure that BOTH parents are signed up for both emails AND Remind messages. Please tell anyone who has somehow avoided doing so up to now that they can sign up for email by visiting our web site at www.swczone.com and entering their name and email address on the signup form. You sign up for Remind messages by texting the message @leanncr to the number 81010.
I have tried to clean up both lists to remove inactive participants, but if I missed removing anyone who should no longer be on this list, please respond to this message and let me know. I also removed all members of our Remind list whom I did not recognize or who did not list their full name. If you were removed and still need to be on the list, please rejoin and list your full name so I can tell which wrestler you belong to. Thanks!
AAU State Tournament
The last tournament on our schedule for this season is the AAU State Tournament, which will be held March 20 & 21 at Seckman High School. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, there is no Gold division just for beginners this year, so everyone will be bracketed together. Our wrestlers usually do very well at this tournament, so let's keep up the tradition and finish the season strong!
If you would like to register, Venmo the $38 fee to @LeAnn-Cross by noon, Tuesday, March 16 (or send to practice by Thursday, March 11), along with this information:
Have a great week!
Good luck to all of our wrestlers competing in the Ozark District Tournament this weekend! We were sad to miss a whole week of practice but hopeful that the weather will cooperate next week.
We have one AAU tournament remaining on the schedule before the AAU season ends with the AAU State Tournament in March, and that is the Jr. Trojans tournament at Troy High School next Sunday, Feb. 21. Details can be found on the flier:
Please register (as usual, Venmo or send cash or check to practice with wrestler's name and tournament name) by Thursday, Feb. 18.
Junior Spartans who were at least 7 years old on Jan. 1 are also eligible to participate in the USA Wrestling Missouri state series. (Mini Spartans who are old enough may participate, but they will have to purchase a USA Wrestling card at additional cost; contact me for details.) This tournament series does not separate wrestlers based on skill level, and age groups are 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U, based on age as of Jan. 1. The MO USA District 8 Tournament is a qualifying event for the MO USA Region D Tournament, which is in turn a qualifying event for the MO USA State Tournament. You should only sign your child up for this series if you are available and willing to attend all three events should your child advance. Travel will be required to Cape Girardeau for districts and regionals and to KC for the state tournament. Fees for the next tournament are due on the spot upon qualifying. Weigh-ins are required, and your child must stay in the same weight class for the duration of the series.
Also, you should be aware that our coaching staff will be thin at these tournaments this year because of abnormal conflicts with the high-school sectional and state tournaments (due to the Covid-related changes this year). We encourage parents to pursue obtaining their USA coaching credentials so they can ensure that their child always has a coach when needed. Info on this process can be found here:
IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO COMPETE IN THIS TOURNAMENT, please register as usual by sending the $20 fee by Venmo, cash or check, along with weight class selection, as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday, Feb. 18. Flier can can be found below or on TrackWrestling.com by searching events for Missouri USA District 8. Weight classes for each age group are listed on the flier.
Tournaments have been slow to get scheduled this year, and most of them have been a bit of a drive away due to the restrictions imposed in St. Louis County and the lack of St. Charles County clubs (other than the three FHSD clubs) hosting tournaments. Here's the scoop on what's scheduled now:
(Please read all fliers thoroughly and note the rules on spectator attendance.)
Ozark District Championship
Cedar Hill, MO
One spectator per wrestler. To register, turn in fee and weight class selection (see flier for weight classes) like usual by Wed., Feb. 9.
Jr. Trojan Tournament
To register, turn in fee by Wednesday, Feb. 17 and specify name of tournament.
MO AAU State Tournament
Requires weigh-ins. To register, send payment and fee, along with your child's placements in this year's Missouri Challenge and Ozark District tournaments, by Monday, March 15. This info will be used for seeding.
Note: Due to quarantines and such that can change people's plans and cause the need to issue refunds, I ask that you only sign up for one tournament at a time so it is easier for me to keep track. After registration for one tournament closes, we will accept registrations for the next. Thanks!
Any questions, just ask!!
I hope everyone had a great weekend! The next AAU tournament on the schedule is the Ozark District Tournament, which is the second leg of the bracketed AAU Triple Crown series. Here is the link to the flier:
This tournament will be held on February 13 and 14 at Northwest High School in House Springs. See the flier to see which day your child's age group will compete.
Like with the Missouri Challenge, you select the weight class for your child when you register, and you must attend the weigh-in of your choice (either Friday night or before your session). See the flier for details.
Entries must be turned in via Venmo or at practice by Tuesday, February 9. No late entries, please, and no changing of weight classes after that date.
You may also start thinking about whether your child will continue with wrestling into March in order to compete in the USA state series. This consists of districts in Jackson, MO on Feb. 27, regionals in Mexico, MO on March 6, and a state tournament that will be held at the Hyvee Arena in Kansas City on March 13. The age groups are different from AAU, and wrestlers must be at least 7 as of January 1, 2021 to compete. Our club covers the cost of a USA card for any Junior Spartans who wish to compete, but mini-Spartans (those who are old enough) must purchase a USA card at an additional cost. Hotel stays are generally necessary, and those who wish to participate are committing to compete for the entire series should they qualify. Fliers are not yet available, but we will share the links when they have been released. Separate state tournaments for 6 & Under wrestlers, rookies and girls are also offered; however, we do not send coaches to these events. For more information, please visit MissouriUSAwrestling.org.
Normal Tues. / Thurs. practice schedule this week. Have a great week!
See ya, 2020! Here is the practice schedule for the last week of this hellacious year!
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 6-8 p.m.
All kids who plan on wrestling in an upcoming tournament should get a weight check this week.
As usual, kids who would be quarantined if school were in session or who have had a possible exposure to Covid should NOT attend.
The Missouri Challenge (first leg of the AAU Triple Crown series) will be hosted by Hillsboro Wrestling Club on January 9 & 10. Click here for the flier for full details. For first-timers, this is a bracketed tournament for which you must 1) choose a weight class when you register and 2) take your child to one of the weigh-ins listed on the flier to weigh in. Your child has to weigh at or below the weight class registered for, while wearing a singlet. The weight classes for each age division are listed below (and also on the flier):
Tot: 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, HWT
Bantam: 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, HWT
Midget: 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 92, 100, 112, 125, HWT
Novice: 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 108, 119, 132, 148, HWT
Schoolboy: 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, HWT
Cadet: 88, 95, 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, HWT
All HWT entries must provide exact weight of wrestler when registering.
Although there is usually a gold division for first-year wrestlers and a blue division for experienced wrestlers, that is NOT the case this year. Wrestlers will all be bracketed together, and wrestlers are generally eliminated if they lose twice (except in the semifinals or place matches). The top four wrestlers earn medals. In some weight brackets where there are not many competitors, a round-robin format may be used instead.
To register, choose one of the following options:
•Venmo $30 to @LeAnn-Cross no later than Wednesday, Dec. 30. In the notes, list 1) your child's name, 2) tournament name and 3) the weight class you choose. (Do NOT list your child's actual weight, only the weight class YOU choose.)
•Send $30 cash or check with your child to practice Tuesday or Wednesday, in an envelope with 1) child's name, 2) tournament name and 3) the weight class you choose. (Afterward, please confirm with your child that he or she gave the envelope to the coach.)
Also mark your calendar for Sunday, January 17, for the New Year's 2021 Breakout Jr. Viking Tournament at Francis Howell HS. We will take registrations for this after registrations for MO Challenge have closed. Click here for the flier.
Enjoy the rest of the holidays!
In case you didn't see the Remind message, we will NOT be practicing Wednesday, Dec. 23. This is a change from the schedule that was sent out. I will be sending info out about the next tournaments on the calendar in the next day or so. Happy holidays to everyone!
If your child is interested in getting in some extra wrestling over the holidays, however, Purler Wrestling Academy is offering Christmas Camps. See Nick Purler's message below.
For Christmas Camp registration (we have locations all over MO)
Kids from MI, OK, IL etc already signed up….our camps have been drawing a lot of out of staters for the past 3 years so it has been pretty awesome and the word is out that the new Purler Wrestling gyms are the place to be. Plus, makes for some good partners as well.
20 matches of live, and some camps are LEG ATTACK focus, others are TILTS / TOP
I hope everyone had a good weekend. We had a good sized group compete at Howell North today, and although I think it went a bit later than our tournament did, it sounds like it went well for the most part.
That said, we cannot stress enough how important it is that all of our club families respect the rules of every tournament they attend, especially regarding mask wearing. We heard that Coach Brown at FHN had to threaten to stop the tournament late in the day if the wrestlers did not properly wear their masks when they were not wrestling. We had similar issues last week in our last session of the day with both the older wrestlers and their parents. While there was no complaint specific to our club, it is essential that our parents have masks covering nose and mouth for the entire duration (including while coaching matside), and for wrestlers to wear them at all times except during their actual match. After the match ends, mask goes back on.
In addition, our high school coaches received an email this week from the FHC administration informing them that they would not hesitate to shut down junior sports programs if participants were seen in the hallways or common areas without masks. There had been reports of kids in the hallways without masks one evening. We believe this was associated with a different program, but wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate a few rules of engagement for our youth program:
- No parent spectators may be in the building, with the exception of one parent for each Mini-Spartan (2nd grade and under) if desired. Mini-Spartan parents who do stay for practice must remain masked and social distanced the entire time (which I think they have been doing a good job of so far). Absolutely no siblings. This applies to both rooms.
-Wrestlers must wear a mask to and from practice, taking it off when they are getting ready to wrestle, and putting it back on before they leave their practice area. Please make sure they have a clean place to store their mask during practice.
-Wrestlers must bring their own water. Although the water fountains may be running, they are off-limits at this time.
-Continue to keep your kids home from practice if they are quarantined from school or are not feeling 100%.
Remember, there are cameras in all the common areas of the building and the footage can be referenced by administrators if there are complaints against our program. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
Our schedule is definitely thin this year, and I can only tell you what is happening a week or two in advance.
Next up is Hawk Brawl on 12/12 for Tots, Bantams & Novices and 12/13 for Midgets, Schoolboys & Cadets. This is hosted by the Hillsboro Wrestling Club and will be held at the Quality Inn Conference Center in Festus. We are NOT going to send club coaches to this tournament, although you may take your child on your own if you choose, and registration is on your own. I am including a full roster containing everyone's AAU numbers in this email for your use in registering if you decide to go. If you are going and are willing to coach other kids, let me know which session you'll be there for and I'll pass the word on.
Link to flier with registration instructions:
Northwest Jr. Lions Tournament is Sunday, Dec. 20, and we will take registrations for this now through Dec. 16. Please don't be late, as I have to have everything submitted through Trackwrestling by the 17th. Here is a link to the flier. https://find2.aausports.org/play/event-files/flyers/a5235a57-674a-40b6-a9b7-56a48f63940a_flyer.pdf
You can register in one of the following ways:
If you want to keep an eye on the tournament schedule as events are added, you can do so by visiting www.aauwrestling.net. Click on Tournaments/See All Tournaments, then type Ozark in the District field and click Search. A list will appear of all the local AAU tournaments currently scheduled.
We have a normal practice schedule this week. Have a great week, everyone!
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, even if it wasn't a normal one!
Here a few reminders and hints before Sunday's tournament, along with our roster and the schedule for the day:
Tot/Bantam (doors open 8 a.m., begin at 9 a.m.)
Midget (watch FB for announcement that doors open; tentatively begin at 11 a.m.)
Novice (watch FB for announcement that doors open; tentatively begin at 1 p.m.)
Schoolboy/Cadet (watch FB for announcement that doors open; tentatively begin at 3 p.m.)
Good luck to all of our Spartan wrestlers! We hope they have a great start to the season!
If you haven't signed up to help at the Spartan Kickoff Sunday, there are still spots available. You can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4eaca62ca7f94-spartan1
FYI - If you are working a time slot at the tournament while your child is wrestling, you do NOT count as that child's designated adult. Another parent or adult may accompany your child.
If you did not sign your child up to wrestle in our tournament and would still like to, please reply to this email by Monday evening and provide your child's name, your name and a contact phone number. Payment will need to be made by Venmo or brought to practice Tuesday. All registrations must be paid no later than Tuesday. We've said this before, but our tournament is an excellent place for a beginning wrestler to get an introduction to matches and gain context for the skills they are learning at practice. All first-year wrestlers will compete against other first-year wrestlers, so everyone will be learning together!
The Spartan Wrestling T-shirts and shorts that were included with the wrestlers' registration will be distributed to the kids at the end of practice Wednesday. They should wear these over their singlets at Sunday's tournament (and any local tournament). If anyone needs to exchange a singlet for another size, please bring it to practice this week.
We have been informed of a wrestler or two who have had to quarantine due to contact tracing. Please continue to notify us of any quarantines that are required and of any symptoms or positive Covid-19 test results that we should be aware of. We have heard of no positive cases among wrestlers so far.
Next on the tournament schedule is the Howell North Jr. Knights Tournament on Dec. 6. Please register for this tournament just as you did for the Spartan tournament, by replying to this email with your wrestler's name, your name and phone number, and tell me how you will be paying -– Venmo to @LeAnn-Cross (verification phone digits 5007), or by turning the $25 fee in IN AN ENVELOPE MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME AND THE TOURNAMENT NAME at practice. Registrations and payments must both be received by next Tuesday evening, Dec. 1.
Practice schedule for the week: Note the change due to Thanksgiving. Practices this week will be Tuesday/Wednesday at normal times. Schedules for the remainder of 2020 are below.
More info will come later this week regarding the tournament. Have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving!