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SMWC All-Stars

Youth League Wrestling

Southern Maryland/Northern Virginia (Select)
Last updated: March 16, 1998

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The SMWC All-Stars select youth team has been previously called Kettering, Bowie, UYC, and most recently Queen Anne. The name used reflects sponsorship during a particular season. Potential sponsors for this non-profit youth club, the kids competitive branch of Southern Maryland Wrestling Club, are encouraged to contact us.

All-Stars win at Douglas

All-Stars win at Berkeley Springs

All-Stars place 4th at West Norristown and 3rd at Oxford

All-Stars place 2nd at CAWL (Missing Rudy and Mike) and 4th in states

Note: When schools are closed in PG County due to conditions, practices are also cancelled

| About the Team | Coaching Information | Directions | Schedule | How to Join |

This page provides information to potential members about the 1998 CAWL Dual Meet and Tournament Tournament Runner-up youth select wrestling team, the SMWC All-Stars. The accelerated youth program sponsored by Southern Maryland Wrestling Club is structured primarily for experienced 15 years and under wrestlers, or those wrestlers who are high school age but have little experience.


highly successful programs over the years, the current SMWC youth team competes in the Capital Area Wrestling League and regional tournaments until late February, when the league championship qualifies regional wrestlers for the beltway state championships.

The CAWL is widely considered the most competitive in the Mid-Atlantic region, definitely a notch above other junior wrestling programs in this area. Our team is the only advanced competition team for young wrestlers in PG County, and also the closest to Calvert County for Southern Maryland wrestlers.

Luke Palumbo -- Mike Rowe

While the focus of the team is for young advanced wrestlers, older wrestlers may practice with us provided they are SMWC members and also have current USAW cards. We welcome coaches from other area programs, as well as open wrestlers who want to have fun while helping some great young talent. Among our outstanding youth wrestlers who competed for the 1997 Team (many of whom are now ranked HS starters) were Rudy Rueda, Kevin Gabrielson, Jonas Bray, Joey and Steve Sargent, Mike Rock, David and Tony Mahan, Ryan Forman, Mike Rowe, and Luke Palumbo.

1996/97 Lions. Last Season Results. 1997 SMWC CAWL Champions.

1998 SMWC All-Stars

1997/98 All-Stars


Gold Medal Our coaching staff features some of the most respected coaching talent in the region. Former National Champion and SMWC Head Coach
Bruce Gabrielson shares coaching responsibilities with former Iowa State Cyclone wrestler and Virginia HS coach Rick Jones and former Quantico freestyle coach Bill Mahan. Other regular SMWC members including Olympian Buddy Lee, World Cup Runner-up Jim Howard, NCAA Record Holder Wade Hughes, NCAA Runner-up Troy Sunderland, and Espoir National Champion and 1996 Olympic Freestyle Contender Jason Gabrielson will again be among those presenting special sessions or helping as time permits.

Coach Mahan is also one of the owners of The Ultamate Athlete, the wrestling equipment supplier where we purchases all our uniforms and supplies. A wide selection of equipment is available at most practices.


Our practice site is
Gwynn Park HS in Brandywine. Take Rt 5 south from 495 to Old Brandywine Rd and turn left or take Rt 301 south and turn right just before you reach Rt 5.


Our practices were held most (but not all) Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights between 6:30 and 8:30 pm.

Tournaments or matches were scheduled every weekend until March.


Anyone can join the team by simply showing up to practice. Sign-ups are taken at practice. For costs, there is a $65 league participation fee required, plus all wrestlers must purchase a USAW insurance card ($20). Since we compete over an extended season, all members buy their own team singlets and warm-ups. High school wrestlers who are under 16 and do not wrestle varsity or JV may participate in our league matches as well as experienced wrestlers at least 6 years old and 50 lbs. Beginners and novice wrestlers should be ready for serious work if they wish to practice with this team as we spend at least one hour each night learning advance technique moves.

For more information call Coach Gabrielson at (301) 855-4565 or Coach Jones at (703) 440-0433. We are moving ahead quickly, so the longer you delay, the more you will miss out. Our team is tough as we have non-starters who win tournaments. Please feel free to come by any night to practice or check us out. We don't need to recruit as our record and membership speaks for itself.

Kevin Gabrielson - 1997 SMWC All-Star

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