Capital Area Wrestling News - MARCH/APRIL 96



March/April 1996

About Our Newsletter

This is our first edition for the 1996 season, and the beginning of our seventh year of publication. The Capital Area Wrestling News is published by Southern Maryland Wrestling Club in coordination with the Capital Area Wrestling Council, a group consisting of AAU and USAW wrestling clubs located in the Washington D.C. Region.

Maryland Age-Weight Folkstyle State Championships

There was a tremendous turnout for the MSWA Maryland Age-Weight Folkstyle State Championships and Club Championships held March 23 & 24 at Hammond HS. This event regularly pits Maryland's high school 1A/2A, 3A/4A, and private school state champions head to head, plus features many junior age wrestlers who wouldn't normally compete against each other during their regular league seasons. Probably the best match-up of the tournament featured a tremendous struggle between Tyrone Neal and Jeremy Lignelli at HS 154 lbs. Tyrone (ranked #1 in MSWA) managed a takedown in the final period to win 5-3.

Club competition was also interesting this year as the Tri-State Club entered a team of over 90 wrestlers in an attempt to dethrone 3 time defending club champion Southern Maryland Wrestling Club. SMWC finished with 17 individual champions, but it was unknown at press time who won the club event.

Out of Area Club Activities

Mike Sola of Pennsylvania's Road Warriors says he has a large contingent qualified for Eastern Nationals. SMWC will share a house in State College with the Road Warrior crew at the tournament.

Dave Boger of Lebanon Valley will coordinate Pennsylvania's entry at the Challenge Cup this year. Dave says he will enter two in each weight and has a very strong team.

Southern Maryland Wrestling Club Pictures

Southern Maryland Wrestling Club will be taking its annual group picture for the spring flyer on Tuesday, April 2, towards the end of practice. If possible, all members, especially Hall-of- Fame members, should make a special effort to attend practice that night.

Maryland AAU Annual Outstanding Athlete Awards

The Maryland AAU Outstanding Athlete Awards Banquet was held March 9th in Timonium. Most of Maryland's top amateur athletes were on hand for the gala affair. Five wrestlers were honored for 1995 successes in AAU national events. Those wrestlers honored included Rudie Reuda and Kevin Gabrielson, Junior Age Group, Nick Alley School Boy Age Group, Jason Gabrielson and Tommy Kiler, High School Age Group.

New Bowie Wrestling Club

Billy Harless has started a new club at Bowie High School. The club practices on Monday and Wednesday nights, and includes all age groups. A USAW card is required to attend.

SMWC Moves to New Location

Southern Maryland Wrestling Club started their spring practice sessions on March 11 at Bishop McNamara HS in Forestville. The move from Riverdale was prompted by the school's athletic director's decision to downgrade Riverdale's wrestling program. The new facility will still provide 3 mats, but throwing mats are not available. The club practices on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Tournaments Set

The following listing is the most recent version of local tournaments in this area. We will try to list all local tournaments if the information is provided.
30- North Hagerstown HS, FO, grades 7 through open, weigh-ins 7:00-8:30 am
30/31- South Region, MAWA Eastern Nationals, Absegami NJ, pre-qualified only, weigh-ins night before, FO
5/6- AAU Folkstyle Nationals, Tulsa, OK, pre-registered only
6- Washington Township, Sewell, NJ, AAU, FS, all ages
13- Abdrdeen HS, USAW FO, ages 13 through 18
13/14- Eastern Nationals, pre-qualification required, Folkstyle, State College, PA
12/14- NE Regionals, Juniors, USAW, FS/GR, Brockport, NY
20- Upper Marion HS, King of Prussia, PA, AAU FS, all ages
21- MSWA Naval Academy Spring Open, FS, HS & Open, USAW
27- Ocean City, NJ, AAU FS, all-ages

Notice About Internet Listings

High school wrestlers, especially juniors, are encouraged to submit their name and relevant statistics to InterMat for inclusion on their Internet high school profile pages. The Internet is the most exciting new means of communication world wide. College coaches are continually following wrestlers who appear on Internet profiles. For juniors and seniors who belong to SMWC, listings should be submitted to Coach Gabrielson. There is no charge to SMWC members for this service.

Maryland USAW News

Applications for the USAW Cadet and Junior National Teams must be submitted immediately to Ron Plinis. There are scholarships available this year for active tournament participants.

National AAU News

Tulsa is gearing up for the AAU Folkstyle Grand Nationals. Remember, there are no walk-ins so you must have pre-registered. Also, there is a new rule change which prevents weight changes and also dissallows the use of plastic suites for weight reduction. Make sure you are on weight when you step on the scale.

Southern Maryland Wrestling Clinic

SMWC's 5th Annual Pre-National Wrestling Clinic will be held June 22 & 23 at Bishop McNamara HS in Forestville. This is the evening and day after the schedualed Potomac Valley AAU Championships at the school. Clinic sessions start Saturday evening at 6:00 pm for 2 hours, and then from 8:30 am until 12 noon on Sunday. There is a cost of $20. Wrestlers are responsible for their own lodgings. As in the past, a talented staff of clinicians are being assembled to insure everyone who attends our 1996 camp will receive maximum benefits from their short time with us. Ages are 6 through high school. Last year 11 AAU Grand National Champions and 3 USAW Cadet All-Americans attended the clinic.

Potomac Valley All-Star Challenge Cup

The 12th Potomac Valley All-Star Challenge Cup will be held June 8th at Bishop MacNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland. This annual multi-state event features the regions top freestyle competitors in a relaxed round-robin tournament format. From I- 495 take Pennsylvania Ave (MD Rt 4) towards D.C. about 2 miles, turn right on Donnell Drive then left on Marlboro Pike. The school is 1/4 mile on the right. Gym entrance is in the back. Teams are again expected from MAryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, and North Carolina.

For information about team tryouts or selection, contact the following state coach: Maryland-Bruce Gabrielson 301-855-4565; Pennsylvania-Dave Boger; Virginia-Karl Spinnenweber 703-266- 8728; New Jersey-Tony Galante 609-390-3904; Delaware-Lou Sneed; West Virginia-Rick Jackson, Ohio-Bart Freidenberg, North Carolina - Dick Bell.