There were many successes this weekend! Congrats to:
1) the 20 Spartans who advanced to the USA Region D Tournament next Saturday in Mexico, Mo., by placing in the top six at districts
2) the many Spartans who placed at the AAU Gold and Blue State tournaments at St. Charles West, including GOLD Champions Jayce Davis and Christian Tucker and BLUE Champions Miller Austin, Logan Rubinstein, Gavin Linsman and Gage Basala
3) Jr. Spartan Miller Austin, who earned the AAU Triple Crown award by becoming champion at AAU State, the Missouri Challenge and the Ozark District tournament this season!
Great way to represent, Spartans!
Those wrestlers advancing to the Region D tournament should visit the tournament page on Trackwrestling for full info. To find the flier, go to Trackwrestling.com and search the events for Region D. It will come up. If you enter the tournament and click on the Information tab, you can click on the link to the flier from that page. (Copying the link never seems to work or I'd have pasted it here for you.)
If you haven't made a hotel reservation for Friday night after weigh-ins yet, don't delay. Rooms in Mexico fill up fast, but you can also stay in Kingdom City and have a little longer drive.
If your son places in the top FOUR at regionals, he will qualify for the state tournament the following weekend in Kansas City. If this is the case, please find Julie Graham in the stands and pay her the $35 entry fee for the state tournament AND order/pay for state T-shirts if desired BEFORE LEAVING. Note that all wrestlers must weigh in and show up ready to wrestle even if they have four or fewer wrestlers in their brackets in order to advance to the state tournament.
It is a good idea to make a tentative hotel reservation just in case if you haven't already. Some of the team are staying at the Homewood Suites near the airport, but there are plenty of places to choose from. You can find the state tournament flier by searching Trackwrestling for 2019 Missouri USA State Wrestling Tournament.
Just a reminder that I will be at FHC from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 for singlet turn-ins. Please make sure all singlets are clean before turning in.
It's been a great season, Spartans! Stay tuned for information on our year-end banquet and summer camps!
It's been a bit of a crazy season, with the weather causing cancellations and the shortening of the season by a bit, but let's go out with a bang!
This will be the last week of practice for those not participating in the USA series.
If I owe you a refund for the Pattonville tournament, please see me before practice Tuesday.
The seeding meeting for AAU State is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. Charles West HS. This may be a conflict with the USA districts seeding meeting if it gets rescheduled for the same night, so we likely will need more parents than usual to help out by attending the meeting. Note: Only wrestlers in the Blue division are seeded. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND THIS MEETING.
Parents of Blue division wrestlers should email their sons' match records to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Wednesday so they can be distributed to those attending the meeting. This must include date, tournament, opponent name and result. It is not necessary for Gold division parents to attend or send records.
AAU State Weigh-ins
All wrestlers in both divisions must attend weigh-ins. There are weigh-in options on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Refer to the flier for the exact schedule. Blue wrestlers must make the weight they signed up for. Gold wrestlers will be moved to the next weight class if they do not make scratch weight for the weight they registered. Wrestlers who are also competing in USA Districts may count that weight for the AAU tournament IF they email MissouriAAUState@gmail.com and provide their name, age division and weight class and inform them that they wish to use their USA District weigh-in.
We will have singlet turn-in night for those Spartans who are finished competing for the year on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. Your deposit will be returned to you at that time. If your son is still competing, keep the singlet until after USA State. We will do another turn-in night then or collect them at the banquet.
Good luck to all our Spartans this weekend!
If you're receiving this email, then your son is registered to participate in the USA Wrestling MO District 8 Tournament this Saturday, Feb. 23 at Seckman High School. Even if you've been through the USA series before, please read thoroughly so you are not confused about any changes for this year.
The seeding meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Seckman High School. Please send your son's match record (including date, tournament, competitor name, result (W/L), weight) to email@example.com no later than noon Tuesday so it can be sent with the parents who will represent the Spartans at the tournament. If you are planning to attend, please let me know if you haven't already so I can make sure we have coverage for all age levels.
Criteria for seeding include head-to-head record with other competitors in the bracket, results vs common competitors, competition level, and overall season record.
If your son has or is recovering from an active skin infection that may still be visible by weigh-ins, you will need to obtain a signed skin form (attached) that states the skin infection has been treated and is no longer contagious. This must be completed by a physician the required number of days in advance, so review it thoroughly if your son has an infection and bring the form to weigh-ins. Wrestlers who have signs of infection and no skin form are not allowed to compete.
Weigh-ins will be held Friday night 6:30-8 p.m. at Seckman HS OR Saturday morning 7:30-8 a.m.
Any wrestler who doesn't make weight Friday night may weigh again Saturday morning.
EVERYONE MUST WEIGH IN ON SITE WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
Weigh-ins for AAU State
AAU State will accept your son's weigh-in result from USA Districts, but they want to be notified in advance that you plan to use your weigh-in from districts. Send your son's name, age division and AAU weight class registered for to: MissouriAAUState@gmail.com to let them know you plan to use your district weigh-in.
Cell phone service/wifi at Seckman
Anyone who has been to Seckman before knows it is like 1992 all over again; it is nearly impossible to get a phone signal there, and they usually have no guest wifi availability either. Therefore, it is advisable for you to visit the tournament on trackwrestling.com (enter District 8 in the search and you'll find it easily) before you go and print out or screenshot all info related to your son's bracket and mat assignments so you'll have it handy no matter what.
Qualifying for regionals
The top six wrestlers in each bracket qualify to compete at the Region D tournament the following Saturday in Mexico, Mo. If your son qualifies, you MUST find me BEFORE LEAVING to register for Regionals and pay the $20 fee. I will be in the 14U gym, which will be good to know since you likely won't be able to reach me on my phone.
If you end up going to regionals and decide to stay Friday night in a hotel, some of us will be staying at the Best Western -Teal Lake in Mexico if you'd like to stay at the same place.
The same rules apply for everyone regardless of the size of the bracket. Therefore, if your son is going to automatically qualify for regionals due to there being six or fewer wrestlers in his bracket, he still has to show up, weigh in, and be ready to wrestle. The $20 fee still applies even if he doesn't get to wrestle (hopefully, that will not be the case).
After this week, practices will be limited to those wrestlers competing in the USA series, so you will notice smaller numbers. Our coaches will be working hard to get them ready for competition! If your son does not end up qualifying for regionals, he is still welcome to continue practicing with the rest of the group up until the state tournament.
Best of luck to all of our guys! We know they'll represent the Spartans well!
I'm resending this information to remind everyone that the deadline to extend the wrestling season and compete for a USA district, regional, and state championship is upon us! The USA District 8 Tournament will be held at Seckman High School on Feb. 23. The district tournament is the first step in the USA State series. Wrestlers who place in the top six at the district tournament qualify to compete at the USA Region D Tournament the following weekend, March 2, in Mexico, Mo. The top four placers at regionals will qualify to compete at the USA Missouri State Championship Tournament in Kansas City on March 8-10.
I must have all entries NO LATER than 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14. If you decide you'd like to change a weight class, let me know before Feb. 16 and I will make the change to our registration. No late registrations are allowed after Feb. 16.
Please understand that, after Feb. 16, there is a $20 fee to change a weight class. No further changes may be made to weight classes after 7 p.m., Feb. 19 (at the seeding meeting).
The individual must commit to the same weight class for the duration of the series (districts, regionals, state). In addition, do not register for districts if you do not plan on attending regionals and state if your wrestler qualifies.
To view the District 8 flier, visit www.trackwrestling.com. Click Browse, then Tournaments, then Search Events. If you type District 8 into the event name field and search, you will find it easily. When the tournament comes up, Click on More Info and Event Flyer. The flier will come up. You can also find it on our web site from the calendar (the link doesn't seem to work correctly when I copy and paste it).
Note, the USA State Series is open to wrestlers in the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U age divisions. Six-and-under wrestlers are not eligible. So, this means no wrestlers born after 2011 may compete.
The registration envelope will be available in the board through Thursday this week, and feel free to respond with any questions.
- LeAnn Cross
Fox Jag-Warrior Tournament Sunday
Although this tournament is called the Fox tournament, if you looked closely at the flier (I admittedly did not at first), you will see that it is being held at SECKMAN HIGH SCHOOL this year instead of Fox High School. Please make sure you know where you're going! FYI - Seckman sits in a valley and is notorious for having virtually NO cell service within its walls, so be prepared for that.
I'm sure it was a disappointment to many that the Pattonville tournament was canceled Sunday. It is highly doubtful that they will reschedule it, so I will be issuing refunds to those of you who registered (unless we have already made other arrangements). Please see me before practice Tuesday or Thursday and I'll return your checks/cash to you. I won't be at Minis practice Wednesday, but I will get theirs to one of the coaches to hand out.
AAU/USA State Tournaments
Separately, I've sent information on both the AAU State and USA District 8 tournaments via email. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. We'd love to see as many Spartans as possible participate! We will likely have many Spartans doing both.
Both AAU State and USA Districts will hold seeding meetings, and we will need parents to volunteer to attend the meetings on behalf of each age division. If you are willing, please let me know. I will likely need your help to gather the seeding info from parents.
End of Season
For those not competing in the USA series (districts, regionals, state), the season will conclude with the AAU State Tournament on Feb. 23-24. Those who are competing in the USA series will continue practicing through March 7.
We will plan a post-season banquet for everyone soon, and details will be forthcoming. For the past several years, we have had a separate banquet for the Mini-Spartans due to the earlier ending of their season. With the USA series being bumped up by several weeks this year, however, we will likely bring everyone together once again. We hope all of you will join in the celebration at that time.
Thanks all! Let's finish the season strong, Spartans!
See the attachment below to view the flier for the USA District 8 Tournament, to be held at Seckman High School on Feb. 23. The district tournament is the first step in the USA State series. Wrestlers who place in the top six at the district tournament qualify to compete at the USA Region D Tournament the following weekend, March 2, in Mexico, Mo. The top four placers at regionals will qualify to compete at the USA Missouri State Championship Tournament in Kansas City on March 9-10.
The Spartans have a history of great performance at the USA State Tournament, and this year should be no exception!
Although the deadline to register for the District 8 Tournament is not for a couple of weeks (Feb. 14 at practice), please let us know if your child is planning to compete in the tournament for the first time this year. All participants must have USA competition cards, and we will need to make sure we secure those before registering our club members. Note, the USA State Series is open to wrestlers in the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U age divisions. Six-and-under wrestlers are not eligible (they have their own separate tournament, which is actually in Sedalia this weekend). So, this means no wrestlers born after 2011 may compete.
The registration envelope will be available in the board this week, and feel free to respond with any questions.
For anyone planning on or interesting in competing in Missouri Nationals on Feb. 2 in Lebanon, Mo., here is a link to the flier and a list of weigh-in options provided by the organizers.
It is a USA tournament, so all participants need a USA card to participate. (If you are 100% sure you are going but do not yet have a USA card yet, please let me know right away.)
Note that the tournament may be in conflict with weigh-ins for the rescheduled Ozark Blue tournament that are that evening, so plan carefully if you plan to do both.
The club will not be sending coaches, so you will need to make sure another parent with a coaching card is willing to coach your son if you don't have a coaching card yourself.
Registration is on your own, but submit payment to Spartan Wrestling Club, as they require one check per club.
Weigh in Options
Remote weigh in options:
Friday February 1st: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (On-site & remote - all divisions - open, novice, and girls)
Neosho Wrestling Facility
418 Fairground Rd
Lafayette High School wrestling room
17050 Clayton Road
Wildwood, Mo. 63011
Ozark High School Cafeteria
1350 W Bluff Drive
On site weigh in options
Friday Feb. 1st: 5pm to 7pm (All divisions-open,novice,girls)
Saturday Feb. 2nd 6:30 am to 7:30 am (open divisions 6u, 8u,and 10u only)
Saturday Feb. 2nd 11am to noon (open divisions 12u and 14u only)
Saturday Feb. 2nd 5pm to 7pm (All novice and girls)
Sunday Feb. 3rd 7am to 8am (All novice and girls)
All wrestlers must weigh in wearing competition uniform. Skin checks will be done at weigh-in.
Any questions please contact
Hello, we are passing along this email from Greg Mattison of the Jr. Patriots Wrestling Club, along with the new flier for this tournament. You will notice that Greg says the tournament will allow not only first-year wrestlers (with a 4 rating), but also less-experienced second-year wrestlers ( who would be rated 3s). Just to clarify, this would not include a second-year wrestler who has been wrestling intensively this season and winning most matches (and whom we would hope would be competing in the Ozark Blue tournament that day), but more of a struggling wrestler who is a better fit with the first-year wrestlers due to lack of experience. This is different from the normal AAU Triple-Crown events, which are separated into first-year only wrestlers (Gold) and everyone else (Blue). There will be round-robin brackets and no weigh-ins. Please let me know by next Thursday, Jan. 31 if your child will participate. You can do this by filling out another form at the registration board (write APPLY CREDIT) in the payment section, or just by emailing or texting me. Weights will be taken next week at practice, and those are the weights that will be submitted.
Here's Greg's email:
We've been working with the Ozark Championship and RL Wrestling leadership to help facilitate continuance of the Ozark Blue Championship. We're glad Ozark Blue will be able to run, continuing that great tournament and allowing kids to get some great competition and hopefully a Triple Crown.
To that end, the Jr. Patriots have agreed to run a modified Ozark Gold-like tournament in place of our annual tournament. We will run the Jr. Patriots Gold Wrestling Tournament on Sunday, February 3rd. In short, it will be much like our normal tournament, but focused on Gold (and less experienced 2nd year) wrestlers. There were 350 registered for Ozark Gold on the original date and we hope that you will all come to our tournament. It will be run as Round Robins (as we always do), which is intentional so newer wrestlers get more matches, regardless of win/loss. In addition, as a round robin tournament, it runs super fast and we'll have you out the door by 2pm. We will be running two gyms with 12 mat surfaces and full size mats for the older Schoolboys and Cadets. We have real refs, a great hospitality room, t-shirts and 1st place gets a plaque with nice medals for 2nd and 3rd. Also, there is a Tot division.
Please encourage your 1st (and even less experienced 2nd year kids) to attend as we're "taking one for the team" and hope you'll support our tournament.
Attached is the updated flyer.
Jr Patriots Wrestling
Details on the rescheduling of the Ozark District Tournaments (please read thoroughly)
Below this is an email we received from the organizers of the Ozark District Tournament. In a nutshell, the Blue tournament has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 3, still at Lindbergh High School. If you did not sign up for this tournament previously but would now like to, please do so next week at practice. The envelope will be back out at the board. If you signed up but can no longer attend, or if you need to change a weight class, please respond to this email and let me know. Otherwise, all registrations for this tournament will be transferred over to the new date.
The Gold tournament will not be rescheduled. The Parkway South Jr. Patriots tournament is the same day as the rescheduled Blue tournament (Feb. 3), however, and the Jr. Patriots have agreed to make their tournament a beginner tournament for those wrestlers not participating in the Ozark Blue tournament.
Please let us know by next Thursday what you'd like to do. We will accept new registrations for this tournament next week, as well.
REFUNDS FOR OZARK WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTED OR CREDITED UNTIL WE RECEIVE REIMBURSEMENT FROM OZARK FOR THE FEES WE PAID FOR THE CLUB. PLEASE BE PATIENT.
Here is the e-mail received:
Attached you will find the new flyer for the rescheduled OZARK DISTRICT BLUE tournament at Lindbergh HS on February 3rd. Details of the event are described in the flyer. All wrestling for the Blue division will start promptly at 9:00 a.m.
The rescheduling of the GOLD OZARK DISTRICT was not achievable by our organization due to many reasons so we are informing everyone that Parkway South Jr. Pats is hosting an AAU gold style event that day February 3rd as well and we strongly encourage any interested gold wrestlers to participate in that event. We would like to thank Parkway Jr. Patriots for their cooperation and assistance throughout this process of rescheduling our District event.
Here is a few informational points for the upcoming event.
- Our deadline for registration is a hard stop deadline of January 28th at 10 pm. Time constraints of this event are tight and we will not make adjustments after this point in time.
- The Trackwrestling registration for our event is now reopened and active. If you were registered in the original event then you may go to Trackwrestling and make any roster adjustments that you may have (weights, adds, removals) prior to our deadline. If you were previously registered for this event you will be currently registered in the rescheduled date of February 3rd so please go in and verify that information through Trackwrestling. You may add wrestlers or remove wrestlers from your roster depending on the circumstances in the tournament registration. This is Trackwrestling recommendations and processes for this when it occurs.
- No remote weigh ins for our event.
Thank you and we look forward to the event on February 3rd 2019 at Lindbergh High School.
We will start mailing refund checks from the Ozark Gold Tournament back to clubs and individuals.
Because so many of our wrestlers are competing this coming weekend and need the practice, Coach Cross is adding a bonus practice from 3-5 p.m. tomorrow, New Year's Day, for Jr. Spartans only. Anyone from either the advanced or beginner/intermediate rooms is welcome to attend.