It's been awhile! Life has certainly changed since we all last met. Hope everyone is doing fine. Just a reminder, Spartan-Style Wrestling Camp is being held from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday this week. Due to district Covid restrictions, we are limited to one week of camp this year, and it is only open to students entering grades 9-12. If you haven't signed up your entering freshman yet, you can still do so at fhcsummercamps.com. Please be aware that no adults are allowed in the building during camp. Coaches ask that you drop your wrestlers off at the door and pick them up at 8 p.m.
We are uncertain at this time when and how youth wrestling will be able to take place in the fall, but we will keep you informed as those decisions are made. It is our hope to have everyone back on the mat as soon as it is safe to do so; however, there will undoubtedly be additional precautions taken for quite some time.
Still have a singlet at home? Last call! We are offering one last opportunity to return singlets to FHC, this coming Thursday, July 23, 6-7 p.m. Just drive around to the parking lot by the baseball field, and we will collect them there. If you can't make that day or time personally, we encourage you to send your bagged and labeled singlet with someone else. If you need directions to drop it off at our house instead, please text me at 314-640-5007 and I will send you our address. Just make sure all singlets are in before July 30, as that will be deposit check forfeiture day.
Take care, and we hope to see everyone soon!
The Spartans had nine wrestlers place in the top four at Regionals Saturday and punch their ticket to the USA State tournament in Kansas City this weekend. Congratulations to:
Miller Austin, 2nd
Grayson Graham, 3rd
Chase Gray, 2nd
Colton Gray, Champion
Enzo Hernandez, 4th
Noah Keen, 3rd
Sedrick Laird, 2nd
Seamus Lawless, 2nd
Owen McCracken, 2nd
You can follow them this weekend on Trackwrestling.com. Search for the 2020 Missouri USA State Tournament. Good luck, Spartans!!
As the big weekend gets started...
For those of you whose kids are completing their seasons this weekend at AAU State (or aren't competing at either AAU State or USA Districts):
For those competing at AAU State Gold or Blue:
Both Blue and Gold divisions must weigh in at one of the times and locations listed on the flier. (See below.) BLUE wrestlers must make scratch weight or they cannot wrestle. If GOLD wrestlers do not make scratch weight, they will be bumped to the next weight class.
The exception to this is if Blue wrestlers are also wrestling at USA Districts on Saturday. If this is the case, see below. Note that you have to follow instructions to the T in order to count your USA Districts weigh-in for AAU State.
AAU State Weigh-in Schedule & Locations
Jefferson Middle School - 2660 Zumbehl Rd – St Charles MO 63301
• Friday, February 28th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – Blue & Gold Division only / All Age Groups
St Charles West High School – 3601 Droste Rd – St Charles MO 63301
For those competing at USA Districts at Seckman tomorrow
WEIGH-INS: Friday, February 28th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Seckman High School – 2800 Seckman Rd. 63052
(There is mention of remote sites but no information given.)
Saturday, February 29th 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Seckman High School – 2800 Seckman Rd. 63052
Scratch weight. Any wrestler who fails to make the weight at which they were entered will not be allowed to wrestle, absolutely no changes.
Wrestlers will be allowed to weigh-in one time only on Friday night. If a wrestler is over-weight on Friday, than they will be allowed to weigh-in one time only on Saturday morning. Scales will be opened one-half (1/2) hour prior to the weigh-in times on Friday and Saturday to allow wrestlers to check their weight; after the weigh-ins begin, there will be no checking of weight. Wrestlers must be allowed to use any of the certified scales being used for the competition weigh-ins. Wrestlers who are overweight after their one time weigh-in on Saturday morning will not be allowed to wrestle. There will be no running, or other weight loss measures, allowed inside the wrestling facility.
If you're planning to use the weight at Districts for AAU State, make sure you have followed the instructions!
First of all, remember that you will be unlikely to be able to make or receive calls or texts from within Seckman's campus, or use the Internet. This means you must plan ahead! Print out your child's bracket from TrackWrestling, and arrive early enough to figure out which gym you'll be in.
If your child places in the TOP SIX, he or she will qualify for regionals next Saturday in Jackson, MO. You must pay the $20 fee for regionals before leaving the tournament. Please find Anne Jundt (who will be wherever her son Jaxon is wrestling) and take care of this before leaving. You'll also need to decide whether you want to stay overnight in Jackson next Friday night or take advantage of the "remote" weigh-in at Seckman HS. (Had heard it would be at Howell but this did not come to fruition.)
All USA kids will continue to practice through USA State week. Schedule forthcoming.
Good luck to everyone! Wrestle like Spartans!
It's a big week!
Below is the schedule for this week:
Weigh-ins for the AAU State Tournaments - Please read carefully, especially if competing in both AAU and USA tournaments
Here is the weigh-in schedule for the AAU State Tournament:
Friday night weigh-in location change: Jefferson Middle School - 2660 Zumbehl Rd – St Charles MO
USA District Weigh-In: We will honor the weigh-in for any wrestler who weighed in for one of the 2019 USA District tournaments. Each wrestler wishing to use their USA district weigh-in must send an email to MissouriAAUState@gmail.com with the Name, Age Division, and Weight Class that they are registered in for this AAU State tournament and inform us that you wish to use your USA District weigh-in. The weigh-in information – including exact weight the wrestler weighed-in at - must be sent to us from the official USA District tournament host before the close of weigh-ins for the wrestler’s respective division in this AAU Statetournament. Any wrestler who fails to inform us they wish to use their USA District weigh-in or who we do not receive an official weigh-in for from the host of the USA District tournament will be required to weigh-in at this AAU State tournament or will be scratched from the tournament.
(Blue, Gold & High School Divisions)
Jefferson Middle School - 2660 Zumbehl Rd – St Charles MO 63301
• Friday, February 28th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – Blue & Gold Division only / All Age GroupsSt Charles West High School – 3601 Droste Rd – St Charles MO 63301
Schedule for this week:
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Thursday, Feb. 20
We hope to see some of our youth wrestlers at the MSHAA State Tournament at Mizzou Arena in Columbia! Come see what your future could hold as six FHC Spartans compete to become state medalists.
Sunday, Feb. 23
USA Seeding Meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Seckman. Seeking a volunteer for each age division to attend. Also need a volunteer to compile seeding information on each participating wrestler to take to the meeting.
AAU Seeding Meeting (for Blue division only): 7-8:30 Wednesday, Feb. 26 at St. Charles West. Need a volunteer for each age division to attend.
Still looking for someone to plan the banquet for the Spartan Wrestling Club! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're willing and able.
We're in the home stretch of the season - time to rev things up!
There's just about a month left of the AAU wrestling season, and a couple of weeks more for those participating in the USA series! Exciting opportunities await!
This week's schedule:
Tuesday: Practice 6 p.m. for all levels.
Registration for Sunday's Jr. Patriot tournament due at end of practice. Don't forget to make sure your child has weighed in if competing!
Wednesday: Bonus practice with Coach Blake for anyone who wants extra mat time, 7-8:30. There is also the last home dual (and senior night) for the high school team vs Fort Zumwalt West beginning at 6 p.m.
Thursday: Practice 6 p.m.
Note that some of these have deadlines that fall during the high-school wrestling state tournament Feb. 20-22, so we have adjusted our deadlines accordingly to make sure we have all the registrations before the state tournament begins.
Fox Jag-Warrior Tournament: Sunday, Feb. 23. @ Fox HS
This one has an early deadline. Sign up by Thursday, Feb. 13.
Everyone gets a medal!
AAU State @ St. Charles West
Saturday, Feb. 29 (Gold/Rookie and all Tots)
Sunday, March 1 (Blue/Experienced)
This is the final leg of the Triple Crown series.
Weigh-ins are required, but anyone who wrestled in USA Districts on Saturday can use that weigh-in for AAU State IF you email the tournament director and let them know in advance that you plan to do so. If the weight classes aren't exactly the same, make sure the wrestler weighs in at the lower of the two weights for the District tournament, or else it will not count. See the flier for details.
Sign up with us by Tuesday, Feb. 18.
See the flier here.
The USA State Series
Feb. 29 at Seckman HS - District 8 Tournament
The top six wrestlers in each bracket qualify for the Region D tournament.
Each qualifying wrestler must pay $20 fee for Regionals before leaving the District Tournament.
Wrestler must remain at the same weight class for the duration of the series.
Do not sign up unless you are committed to attend all three events if qualifying.
Sign up with us by Tuesday, Feb. 18 or on your own through Trackwrestling.com by Feb. 22.
See the flier below.
March 7 at Jackson HS - Region D Tournament
March 13-14 at Hyvee Arena in KC - Missouri USA State Tournament
Top four finishers in each bracket advance to USA State Tournament. Each qualifying wrestler must pay the state fee (was $30 last year) before leaving the District Tournament. Wrestlers will also be given the opportunity to order Spartan State Team shirts for themselves and their families. Payment will be due on site.
Age groups (8U, 10U, 12U, 14U) are determined by age as of Dec. 31, 2019. The series is open to wrestlers who were 7 or older on Jan. 1, 2020. No 6U wrestlers allowed. (No wrestling up in age.)
If your child has not participated in a USA Wrestling tournament this season, he/she will need a USA card. Email email@example.com ASAP if you have not attended a USA tournament yet this season but plan to do the USA state series, so I can get the card in process.
Special note for parents or coaches who have USA coaching cards (aka Wrestling Leader cards): To be valid for coaching at any point during the state series, these cards must be at least Bronze level AND contain a photo of you. See the Missouri USA Wrestling site for directions on how to accomplish this, and don't wait until the last minute, as photos must be approved in advance. https://www.missouriusawrestling.org/page/show/929692-welcome-to-missouri-usa-wrestling
Qualifying for State is a great accomplishment for a wrestler, and the Spartans have a long list of former champions and placers. Let's continue the tradition and get great participation!
The final practice of the season will be Thursday, Feb. 27 for wrestlers NOT participating in the USA State series. The USA wrestlers will continue their practice schedule through the conclusion of the USA State Tournament, and all participating wrestlers are welcome to attend all practices whether they do or do not qualify for the next round.
If you placed an order with round two of the online store, we are hoping to have those orders next week some time. I'll keep you posted on delivery date. If everyone can make arrangements to pick up their orders on the same day, that will make things easier for us.
Year-End Banquet Volunteer
Each year, we hold a year-end banquet of some sort to celebrate our wrestlers' successes. If you'd like to be involved in this planning process, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Planning involves selection of date and venue, assistance with awards/decor/food, etc., and coordination of RSVPs.
Practice schedule for the week:
Tuesday: Normal practices at 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Bonus practice with Coach Blake, 6-8 p.m. Open to anyone who wants some extra mat time. Will be held in the wrestling room.
Thursday: Normal practices at 6 p.m.
Congrats to all of our Ozark medalists and champions! Great job!
Blue Division & Tots
Andrew Schachsieck, champion
Dominic Romeo, 6th
Henry Hoffman, 2nd
Brick Standridge, 5th
Jaxon Jundt, 2nd
Colton Gray, 3rd
Michael McCrady, 3rd
Enzo Hernandez, 5th
Samuel Golden, champion
Grayson Graham, 5th
Christian Tucker, 4th
Seamus Lawless, 3rd
Logan Rubinstein, 3rd
Noah Keen, 6th
Sedrick Laird, 2nd
Nash Delcourt, 5th
Nevaeh Smith, 2nd
Landen Mouser, 2nd
Brady Holtgrewe, champion
The closest AAU tournament this weekend is in St. Clair, MO, a bit far for us to send our volunteer coaches. We will send in a roster for any kids who want to compete, however, as long as they have a parent or other adult who has an AAU coach's card to coach him or her. Deadline for this tournament is Thursday at the beginning of practice.
Link to the flier for reference:
If your child is interested in competing in the USA Wrestling series (districts/regionals/state) following the conclusion of the AAU Series (which ends at the end of February), watch out for information coming out soon!
Did you miss out on our online gear store or forget to order something? It's open again until Jan. 23!
Extra Training with Purler Wrestling Academy
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See the email below from Nick Purler:
If you want to get involved in Purler Wrestling Academy (WEEKLY training program), as a continued partnership with your team, we want to invite you to our program
Click the link below.
Sign up for the $115 / mo. program. Then immediately email us that you are needing the Spartan discount, and we’ll refund the difference and reset the account moving forward.
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Have a great week!
I hope everyone had a great weekend and that the tournaments our wrestlers attended went well for all. A few updates for the week:
Tuesday: ONLY the advanced group that practices in the wrestling room will practice. The cafe is being used for an event for 8th graders coming to FHC next year.
Wednesday: The cafeteria group (beginner/intermediate and minis) that can't practice Tuesday will practice Wednesday at 6 instead. Coach Blake will lead practice since most of our coaches will be in the gym at the girls' & boys' wrestling dual vs. Howell.
Thursday: Practice as usual 6 p.m.
Saturday: Weigh-ins for Ozark tournament. See flier for complete schedule.
Sunday: Ozark District Tournament at Lindbergh. Both Blue and Gold divisions. Good luck to all!
Have a great week!
Important news for the week!
I hope everyone who went to the Howell North tournament today had a safe trip home!
If your child was to wrestle in the canceled afternoon session, please pick up your refund Tuesday at practice from Anne Jundt (she's usually by the registration board). We are going to issue refunds in lieu of credits to make the recordkeeping easier on ourselves.
Registrations due this week
Registrations are due at the end of practice Tuesday, Dec. 17 for two tournaments. Note: If school is canceled Tuesday due to weather and we are unable to practice, please check email and stay tuned to Remind for alternate registration instructions if you still need to sign up for either tournament.
•Zebra Classic Officials Tournament - Sun., Dec. 22. Note that there is a $5 adult admission fee for this tournament. This is a regular AAU tournament with brackets grouped by weight and experience rating. If wrestling in this one, make sure your child gets a weight check at practice Tuesday.
•Missouri Challenge Tournament - Sat., Dec. 28 for Gold Division/first-year wrestlers (and all Tots) and Sun., Dec. 29 for Blue Division/experienced wrestlers.
The Missouri Challenge is a bracketed weigh-in tournament. Please read the flier thoroughly for this one. ALL wrestlers must choose a weight class when they sign up and weigh in at or under that weight while wearing a singlet at one of the times designated in the flier.
There is also a seeding meeting for the Blue division only. If registering for the Blue division, you may submit seeding information on or with your form when you sign up. Seeding information would include finishes at last year's Triple Crown events (Ozark AAU/MO Challenge/AAU State), overall record and head-to-head results vs. others expected to be in that weight class. This is up to you to provide. We will also need parents to attend the seeding meeting on behalf of our wrestlers. If you feel you could represent an age group at this meeting, please reply to this email. We will need at least one for Bantams, Midgets, Novices, Schoolboys and Cadets.
The flier also states that there could possibly be brackets for girls if enough girls register at a given weight class and age group. We will not know this in advance, however.
Online Store Orders - Tentative Pickup Tuesday
The last of our order items was to have arrived to the store vendor on Friday for screening and/or embroidery. I have requested the orders to be delivered to FHC by Tuesday. Our TENTATIVE plan is to distribute orders between the end of high school practice at 5 and the start of Junior Spartan/Mini Spartan practice at 6. We will have only ONE designated order pickup. If you are unable to pick up your order Tuesday evening, we request that you ask someone else to pick it up on your behalf. High-school orders will be distributed to students unless we have been requested not to. Junior Spartan orders will ONLY be distributed to adults.
I will confirm this pickup via Remind on Tuesday when I get notification of delivery.
Last Thursday, we held our first Alumni Night for the wrestling program at our dual. Because the wrestling room was needed for the high-school wrestlers to warm up in before the dual, we delayed the start of Jr. Spartan practice until 7. We still had many wrestlers show up early, and our dual ran late, tying up our coaches. The end result was a chaotic start to practice. Our apologies for this. If we have too much going on in a single evening in the future, we will cancel or reschedule practice.
Thanks, and have a great week!
It was a great turnout for our tournament Sunday, and it ran very smoothly thanks to our outstanding volunteers! We had more than 550 wrestlers, and more than 60 of them were Spartans. We hope your child had a great start to the season. This tournament supports all levels of wrestling at FHC, from youth to high school, now including the new girls' program. Thanks to all for your work at the tournament, as well as during setup, bracketing and cleanup. Special shoutout to Julie Graham for her work as tournament director/bracketing guru. Thanks, Julie! If you obtained an AAU coach's card so you could help coach at the tournament (and future tournaments), we also thank you and appreciate your help.
Thanks to having a fifth Sunday in December this year, and all the holidays falling mid-week, we have an off-week for local AAU tournaments this weekend. If you seek wrestling opportunities elsewhere on your own this weekend, let me know if you need your card number to register.
We will continue to take signups for both the Howell North and St. Louis Beginner's tournaments through next Tuesday, Dec. 10. Please have those in by the end of practice Tuesday. You will notice that we have placed envelopes in the registration board for your use. If you can avoid writing on them and just tuck the flap in instead of sealing them, we will just put these back for reuse. Thanks!
If your child hasn't received a club T-shirt and shorts yet, please ask about picking these up at practice tonight so we can finish that task.
Thanks, and have a great week!