Skip to main content

Wrestling and The Clash

I've done a lot of things in wrestling without actually having had a competitive match since 3rd grade. (Long story short: injuries ended my high school career after 6 practices.) This year I'm helping coach the proud but few (7, curently) South Park Burros wrestlers. We're a relatively young and inexperienced team, so my lack of actual wrestling experience hasn't been worth worrying about. I just try to rely on my own observations and my experience with the myriad of head coaches with whom I've worked since high school:

  • Rick Caldwell (currently the head coach of Waverly-Shell Rock, IA...more on them later)

  • Leonard "Butch" Wingett (currently teaching at Clarke Middle School in Osceola, IA...coaching status unknown)

  • Steve Price (currently an assistant coach at Johnston, IA...good to see him coaching again)

  • Don Briggs (still teaching at the University of Northern Iowa when he's not exploring the world)

  • Mark Manning (currently the head coach at the University of Nebraska)

  • Brad Penrith (still UNI's head coach)

  • Bob Masse (still head coach at Florence, CO and last year the Gazette's small school coach of the year)


You can add to that an even larger list of assistant coaches: Pat Norem, Lance Keller, Kurt Chesmore, Joel Greenlee, Alan Fried, Joe Stephens, and Steve Hamilton, to name a few. I've watched many practices and tried to learn something from every one, but one of the best things I learned about wrestling came from Bob Masse at Florence at one of our banquets. He put into words what I've always felt was the best thing about this sport: "Wrestling is family." It doesn't seem to matter how the coaches or wrestlers change, the feeling of family stays the same, and that's why I wanted to get more involved here at South Park.

While we had a free Saturday on our schedule here, I've kept busy keeping up with wrestling news from around the country. Oklahoma State upset Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye, UNI beat #10 Chattanooga on the road, and Waverly-Shell Rock won the Clash, recognized as the high school national duals. The Waterloo Courier's coverage of the Clash has been excellent:

Friday: Prep wrestling's best teams set for weekend 'Clash'
Saturday: Clash duals: Go-Hawks go 3-0, but face true test today
Sunday: Go-Hawks win Clash with nation's best

It's great to see Coach Caldwell and his kids win the closest thing you can get to a national team title. It's been 14 years since Caldwell left Iowa Falls, but I can guarantee his practices are still wicked tough and his wrestlers step on the mat prepared for anything.

While I'd love to head home to UNI next weekend for the National Duals, it looks like I'll be sticking with my coaching duties and heading for Westcliffe. Go Burros!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Hibernation

It's the last half-hour of 2017 and I'm pushing out a post to keep my blogging streak alive. I can't imagine this is interesting to anyone else, but that's never really been what this blog is for. I could write more, and maybe I should write more, but the only goal I've had for this blog for a while is to write at least once a year.

The last week of the year has become what I call my period of "hibernation." Between Christmas and the New Year, I stay home, do whatever I want on whatever schedule I want. This year, that meant a lot of nights staying up until 4 am and sleeping until 10 or 11. Other than trips to get food, I pretty much had no social interaction for the week. I don't know that I purposely take this time as a mental vacation, but that's sort of what it is.
I had several goals for this year's hibernation, but the one I've done best to stick to is physical: pedaling my stationary bike 40 miles each day. There is a Strava challe…

Last.fm and Ten Years of Web 2.0

Ten years ago yesterday I scrobbled my first tracks to last.fm. What's scrobbling? On last.fm, scrobbling refers to automatic music track logging to the internet. For me, uploading a record of my music listening habits was my first real experience with "Web 2.0." Remember Web 2.0? It referred to websites of user-generated content that enabled virtual communities and interoperability. Now such sites are too ubiquitous on the web to warrant a special designation — they're just the web. But that wasn't true in 2006, and even though I'd been putting content on the internet since 1996, at the time it was enough to make me a little nervous. What did these strangers want with my data, and what was in it for me?

Ten years and 24,941 scrobbles later, I have my answer: I have a really cool record of all the music I've listened to the past 10 years! Well, not "all," technically: I've certainly listened to music in places and on devices that didn't …

The 15-Year Blogoversary

15 years and 1,213 posts! My first experience with the World Wide Web came in 1995, and by 1997 I had my own web page. The first web authoring tool I remember using was Composer, an HTML editor built into the Netscape Communicator suite. That helped me learn some HTML, and later I used Microsoft Word 97 and then FrontPage 98 and later Macromedia Dreamweaver to design more elaborate pages. Some of my FrontPage-built sites are still on the web. As I learned more about HTML standards and validation I wrote more HTML by hand, but I still wanted a way to make publishing to the web easier.

By 2001 I understood that (a) sites should be updated regularly and (b) FTP'ing sites and pages from my desktop to a server was a bit of a pain. I had heard about some early blogging platforms and chose one, Blogger, to try out. As you can see, I'm still here.
My first post using Blogger came on December 8, 2001. A few months later I paid for Blogger Pro, which offered additional authoring tools, l…