June 1997

About Our Newsletter

This is our third edition for the 1997 season, and the conclusion of our eighth year of publication. The Capital Area Wrestling News is published by Southern Maryland Wrestling Club primarily for its membership.

Local SMWC News Bits

Our SMWC web site was honored May 29th with its selection by Amateur Wrestling Guide's Web Site as one of the "Best of The Web" Wrestling Sites. SMWC's May 22 practice featured a clinic by SMWC Patron Troy Sunderland. He showed some tilts and other freestyle techniques. SMWC's Kevin Gabrielson won in cadets at the US Sombo Nationals Festival May 17. He also won the Palmyra FS event held the same day. SMWC member Ryan Forman did well at Westminster on Sunday, May 17th. He not only won both FS and GR, but he won the OW for most falls. Mike Rock also won both styles. Ryan Herwig won FS. SMWC winners at Damascus May 4 included Mike Rowe, Mike Rock, Matt Jones, Brent Jones, Eli Black, John Erickson, Ryan Herwig, Ryan Forman, Kevin Gabrielson, and Benjie Mane. The Northern VA tournament on May 10th featured FS and GR winners Scott MacAdoo, Jason Gabrielson, Brent Jones and Rudy Rueda (2 weight classes). FS winners included Chip Allen. William McKinney and Matt Jones won GR. American University Coach Jim Akerly presented an advanced freestyle tilts and power turning techniques clinic at practice May 8th. Marty Erickson, Jessie Keys, and Kevin Gabrielson won in Richmond, VA, on May 3rd.

SMWC Spring Party

The annual spring SMWC Memorial weekend party May 25 was another great success. Starting around 3:00pm, many members spent the afternoon and evening socializing, watching wrestling matches, eating crabs, hot dogs, and about everything else not good for diets. Although it was raining outside, those inside (and even those playing BASKETBALL in the rain) enjoyed the festivities. Member Jason Gabrielson held his high school graduation party the same time, and really liked the cake he received (in his face). The Sola's from Pennsylvania were down. They are long time SMWC members. Several members who were in Baltimore for the East Coast Duals earlier in the day came later on to visit. Next morning, Coach G counted 17 heads of party goers who couldn't go home.

Maryland AAU FS/GR/SO Association Championships & Club Championships

Facing tough odds with few members present, SMWC still managed to pull out the title at the Maryland AAU Association Championships and Club Championships May 24 at Golden Ring. Team Maverick of Pennsylvania and Golden Ring WC both challenged SMWC's run for the title. Freestyle winners included Rudy Rueda, Ryan Herwig, Nick Alley, Kevin Gabrielson, Jason Gabrielson, and Gari Miller. SMWC captured the team trophy with 38 over second place Maverick with 19. In a highlight match, SMWC's HS State Champ Nick Alley showed Virginia East Coast Duals Team Member Roger Stewart what some of Maryland's other 105.5 lb wrestlers were like, much to the Virginia wrestler's displeasure. Another great match featured Ryan Forman's hard fought 8-5 defeat of Kip Fields.

Team Scoring
Southern Maryland Wrestling Club                38
Maverick Wrestling Club (PA)                    19
Golden Ring                                     11

SMWC Individual Results
1FS/1GR/1SO.  Rudy Rueda 
2FS/2GR.  Mike Rock
1FS.  Ryan Herwig
1FS.  Nick Alley
1FS/1GR/1SO.  Kevin Gabrielson
2FS/2GR.  Ryan Forman
3FS/3SO.  Chris Hanlon
1FS/1GR/1SO.  Jason Gabrielson
2FS/2GR.  Bill Valentine
2FS/1GR.  Gari Miller

Gabrielson Makes Dream Team

For the second year in a row, SMWC has had a member selected for the Wrestling USA/Cliff Keen High-School Dream Team. Jason Gabrielson received the 119 lb. honor this year based on his many accomplishments over the past few years. Congradulations Jason.

News Shocker

On May 19, popular wrestling coach Andre Kelly from Einstein HS was arrested due to his involvement with female students at the school. Andre has been a real asset to the wrestling community in Maryland for several years. He wrestled for Bullis HS, was a National Prep Champion, and was a member of Maryland's Potomac Valley Challenge Cup Team in 1988. Andre currently coaches a spring freestyle team in Damascus, and put on a clinic for Calvert's freestyle club recently.

1997 SMWC Hall-of-Fame Members Selected

We are proud to announce our newest members selected to the SMWC Hall-of-Fame by the current membership on May 3rd. They are Anthony "Buddy" Lee, Wade Hughes, and Andre' Prue. These coaches and wrestlers have each contributed much to the success of wrestling and to our club. Buddy is a former Olympian, and has presented several jumprope demonstrations and clinics. Wade is a regular coach with the club, while Andre' coaches, helps with program administration, and schedules training facilities.

XIII Potomac Valley Challenge Cup on Track For June 7th at DuVal HS in Lanham

The "Cup" is the oldest and most prestigious annual freestyle club team event in this region. Competition this year is expected to include all-star club teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. Tough Maryland high school wrestlers expected to compete include Nick Alley, Jason Gabrielson, Brandon York, Scott Munsey, Ryan Green, Billy Phillips, Premeille Pettaway, Mat Pecha, and Ben Deyer. Virginia high school wrestlers include Marty Erickson, Benji Main, Chip Allen, and Brent Lancaster. Weight classes (+2 lbs) are 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 100, 106, 115, 123, 132, 143, 154, 165, 178, 192, Hwt.

To reach DuVal HS from the 495 DC Beltway, take Annapolis Road/Route 450 (Exit 20) towards Lanham. Once on 450, stay in the far right hand lane as you curve under the overpass. Immediately after the overpass you will come to a traffic light. Go straight through the light onto Cipriano Road. Take Cipriano to the first light, Good Luck Road. Turn right and drive about 3/4 mile. DuVal sits on the left hand corner of Good Luck Road.

Remaining Events - June
1-- Friends School, Baltimore, MD, USAW, FS/GR, (410) 435-7646
7-- Potomac Valley All-Star Challenge Cup, DuVal HS, Lanham, MD, FS, State Club Teams Only, two each wt from 55 lbs to Hwt, contact (301) 855-4565
6-7--Freestyle World Team Trials, S, Las Vegas, NV, contact Rich Bender at (719) 598-8181
14--East Coast Club Chs, River Hill HS, Clarksville, MD, all age groups, FS, (410) 290-6531
21/22 -- Virginia State Games, Hopewell HS, VA, FS/FO, open to all, (804) 520-1780
29-Jul 3--American Univ All-American Camp, Wash DC, Contact Coach Jim Akerly (202) 885-3015
August - National Junior Olympics - FS - Team selection in process