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Ask a Referee / Hooking the ankle to secure a takedown
« on: February 18, 2018, 08:45:46 PM »
The good news is that wresting is getting a lot better in Texas!  The scrambling I have seen this year has been so good and so high level.  Of course, great wresting pushes officials, and this situation is not being called consistently.  When somebody has a leg, when you go behind, cover the hips and hook that ankle, that is a takedown situation.  The question is, how far does the offensive wrestler have to go to get that call.  We had a key stalemate in that situation this weekend that should have been two IMO.  I know we would have got that call with a different official.  Actually, this situation came up a lot in the Region 1 tournament.  Lots of great scrambling, and this situation arose over and over again.  There is some difference between official to official on this.  Knowing what to expect is important for the competitor.  What is the official looking for here, and how can we educate all to close the gap from official to official on this call.  I know this is a tough call to make, but we are going to see it this weekend.  And the way this call goes will make a difference between winning and losing.  A stalemate vs a takedown makes a big difference in a high profile match.

Ask a Referee / When should a referee stop action!
« on: February 18, 2018, 08:38:56 PM »
This one did not cost us a match, but it could have.  A coach approached the table to question a call which is his right.  Our athlete proceeded to earn back points and go up by two points.  When the scoring ended, we had our opponent flat with a wrist and half and ten seconds left in the match.  By all accounts, this match is over in this situation.  The referee stopped the action in the middle of the mat to conference with the coach.  That conference gave this athlete rest and a whistle start with ten seconds to go.

Action should not be stopped unless athletes go out of bounds, or a stalemate, potentially dangerous situation, etc occurs.  You don't stop action to talk to a coach.  You talk to a coach when action stops.  Again, this didn't cost us the match, but it could have.  And in regions and state where every second, inch, and point can make a difference, everything is important.  This may not seem like a big deal, but believe me.  It is a big deal.  An explosive wrestler can do a lot with 10 seconds and a whistle start. 

Ask a Referee / 3 and 4 point near fall
« on: January 18, 2018, 02:55:27 PM »
Here is one we ran into.  I didn't agree with the interpretation, but I could be wrong on this one.  Honestly, the first time in this situation since I have been coaching.  Wrestler A is on his back in a high bridge.  Referee gets to a 3 count and then stops it potentially dangerous.  I wanted an extra point.  The interpretation was that since the referee stopped  the action, the extra point should not be awarded.  Our wrestler obviously did nothing wrong here, so I feel he should be rewarded.  Usually when I see this rule applied it is when the defensive wrestler shows injury.  In this case, the defensive wrestler did not show injury.  He just had an extremely flexible neck and used that to get the potentially dangerous call.  So, what is the proper call.  Does it matter why the match is stopped?

Really excited about our "Big Ten".  We have 40 young kids starting their wrestling career in our 10 practice preseason series.  Practice#1 -Stance and movement.  Practice #2  The double leg takedown and the Sprawl.  Practice #3 is Monday.  All about that Half Nelson!

6A Wrestling / Re: Rankings
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:40:34 PM »
YOu have to have a starting point.  In a couple of months, the fun begins.

This is not a new conversation.  Regional training centers.  Bringing the costs down.  Finding ways to get our best athletes to give back to TXUSAW.  TXUSAW played a great role in the development  of most of them.  To me, it is fitting that you give back to the organization when you reach that pinnacle by representing your state.   Also, it seems to me that TXUSAW would want to pick the fruits of their labor by creating incentives for our best athletes to attend.  Seems like a marriage made to happen to me.  Just have to find a way to get the two to hold hands. 

It benefits everybody K-12 when Texas does well at Junior Duals.  It means that our state has developed a good product.  By not putting our best foot out there, we are really unsure of where we stand.

General Discussion / Charger Wrestling Academy Preseason starts October 9.
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:57:10 PM »
 Charger Wrestling Academy practices out of Central High School on Monday and Thursday 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm.  We are launching the Big Ten. Ten big practices from October 9 - November 9 to ground our youth into the fundamentals of wrestling.  Perfect for K-8.  Only $50.  Info at

We are now in our 3rd year as a club.  You get myself, Coach Wilson (Head Coach at Central) and Matt Lupardus (2007 State Champ for Keller High) as lead clinicians.  We are starting to accumulate some dads that have some really good wrestling experience.  Our coaching  staff just keeps getting better and better.  Looking forward to working with the kids this year!

General Discussion / Mile High Wrestling Starts September 12th
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:46:47 PM »
Mile High Wrestling starts Tuesday September 12th.  Preseason training is only $100 and will practice out of Timbercreek High School's wrestling room on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:30 pm).  This is a high school club.  We do have advanced youth attend.  Lead Clinician is Jared Haberman (DII National Champion, 4X All American).  Sign up at

IMO - putting our best foot forward and getting our best athletes on the team is more important than the extended camp.  When I used to coach the team, we always had so much talent sitting at home that would have significantly helped us if we could have airlifted them from their living room couch to the duals.  The extended camp is a great idea, but right now we aren't getting our best as is.  An extended camp would only drive the cost up.   The issue with Texas is it's size.  I have brought this up before, but I am really thinking regional training centers need to develop the kids, and the dual team just needs to be the organization that brings them all together.  YOu just aren't going to do that much in two or three days to significantly elevate their level of wrestling.  The regional training center could do much more, especially if their was an adopted curriculum.  The number one rule in coaching at any level is to #1 get the studs!

It has been this way for a while now.  Have always wondered how we would do if we put our best foot forward.  May need to change the structure and the price tag to attract our best, especially for the duals which is a team event.  Fargo is individual.  Make them pay.  Maybe a point system to establish scholarships.  Of course, it may not be the money at all.  Surveying those individuals is a good start.  Texas is unique due to geography.  Have always said you can't approach this in the same manner as other states.  If we are really serious about figuring out what is going on, ask the state champs.  Then we have some data to work with.  We know most of our champs are not attending.  Now the question is why.

6A Wrestling / Re: Team Rankings
« on: September 04, 2017, 02:49:51 PM »
You missed Riberich at 220 for Central.  4th in Region I last year.  He should be between 5 and 9.

General Discussion / Re: UCO Wrestling Camp at Central High School!
« on: June 18, 2017, 01:10:27 AM »

Hi Coach Wilson:   Your point's well taken but folks get groped even when wearing blue jeans, right?   Hopefully any  rules changes will prohibit grabbing around the end zone.   Otherwise we can keep wondering why media outlets fear live broadcasts of our sport.   

 I am not with you on this one.  If they change the rules, everybody will adjust.  Until then, you will continue to see the move, and 99.9% of the time it will be fine.  And then somebody will act the fool and use it the wrong way.  It is 2017.  Last time this was a newsworthy issue was 2010.    I am just saying when somebody uses it the wrong way, it doesn't have to end the technique for all of us.  Most of us have been dong it and having it done to us for a long time without issue.  It is like any physical move in wrestling.  Athletes can take it too far.  Slams, illegal chicken wings, illegal hammerlocks, choking, and the butt drag.  True, when a butt drag becomes unnecessary roughness, it is different than a chickenwing going bad.  I would certainly be offended if it were to go wrong with me.  I wouldn't like it.  But I understand that nearly all of the time I am wrestling an opponent that is trying to beat me within the rules and would refrain from taking this too far.  Has never happened to me in a bad way from Kindergarten through a collegiate career.  I feel that coaches, athletes, and officials are capable of handling issues like this without lawyers and courts.  Leave the courts and lawyers to the few who act the fool.  Of course, we live in a day that seems to overact to everything.  Each issue should be treated on its merits.  This is not a bad technique, but it is a technique that can be made bad by certain individuals that are in the extreme minority.

General Discussion / Re: UCO Wrestling Camp at Central High School!
« on: June 15, 2017, 11:59:17 AM »
Still looking for 5 kids to hit that 60 number.  Sign up at    If you plan on walking in, be there early so we can get you signed up and to the first session.  Session 1 starts at 10:30.  We will be there at 9:45 am on the first day to check kids in.  Also, there is a beginner camp going on from 8:30 to 10:30 am.  If you are in the advanced camp, you can bring a younger sibling to the beginner camp for only $50.  $75 if flying solo

The new rule changes might help the controversial butt drag.  If singlets go and fighter shorts come in, fighter shorts are a lot less flexible and will provide some protection from that move.  Singlets are so snug to the body.  I am anxious to see how many teams go for fighter shorts and compression tops next year.

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