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SMWC All-Stars

Youth League Wrestling

Southern Maryland/Northern Virginia
"Best of the Best"
Last updated: March 3, 1999

Note: You have reached our 1998/99 edition. Regular practices are in the Gwynn Park HS wrestling room, M-W-TH, 6:30-8:30pm until March 15th. At that time we will transition into the regular SMWC open practices in the small gym. Information on this non-profit youth club, the kids competitive branch of Southern Maryland Wrestling Club, can be obtained by contacting us here.

Note: When schools are closed in PG County due to various reasons, practices are also cancelled.


CAWL League Results

Flash - All-Stars Start League Duel Season Tough Jan 28th

SMWC All-Stars win the team title at Walkerville Dec 27th. Nearly 700 wrestlers compete.

SMWC Looses to Golden Ring at Top-6 Duels

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

This is it. You've come to the big leagues in kids wrestling. The long time showcase and training grounds for young wrestling stars in the DC metro region, this is the youth team that has continually produced national champions, national record holders, and many Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania state high school champions over an extended number of years. Below you will find information for potential members about our youth select wrestling team, the SMWC All-Stars. The accelerated youth program sponsored by Southern Maryland Wrestling Club is structured primarily for experienced youth wrestlers, or those wrestlers who are high school age but need to refine their technique. We do have some beginners join our program so they can learn by "fire" the "right way to do it". Most advance to become contenders within a short time.


highly successful programs over many 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. Following the state championships and the open Age/wt State Championships, the team is very active in national level youth competitions.

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. We are also to closest advanced team for Virginia youth wrestlers living in the southern beltway region.

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 high school wrestlers who competed for the 1998 Team are Max Buff, Ryan Forman, Ryan Lowder, and Jesse Keys. Jason Keissling also practiced with our 1998 team.

Our 1998/99 team features tremendous talent. These are kids who will dominate competition no matter where they show up. Included among this years squad are such young national level stars as Rudy Rueda, Lucus Black, Jonathan Farringer, Steve Sargent, Mike Rock, Mike Vashon, Mike Rowe and Steve Ratliff. We have a couple of other dark horse stars waiting in the wings as well. While everyone gets to wrestle, our starting lineup is more difficult to break into than winning most tournaments.

You can tell how strong a youth program you have by how many knowledgeable wrestlers and coaches show up with their own kids. Our practices are loaded with the sons of regional high school coaches, athletic directors, and former outstanding wrestlers, some driving considerable distance to participate. We are also likely the only youth team around that often has several high school state champions show up to learn on a regular basis throughout our season.

We don't need to recruit, attending one time to practice or watching our team in an open tournament is usually enough to convince even the best. We practice and believe in the old wrestling saying: "If you want to become the best, you need to work with the best, coaches and team mates."

1997/98 SMWC All-Stars Flyer.

1999 SMWC All-Stars


Our coaching staff features some of the most respected coaching talent in the region. These are serious coaches. Each is well experienced in all styles of wrestling and have significant coaching and competition backgrounds. The SMWC All-Stars are coached by Head Coach and former Iowa wrestler and Virginia HS coach
Rick Jones. His assistant coach is former age-group National Champion and SMWC Head Coach Bruce Gabrielson. One any given night there are many other local high school or youth league coaches who have their own kids on the team and are helping on a regular basis. This goes for tournaments as well. We seldom get into a situation where we don't have enough coaches to go around when we are in a big tournament and many team members are wrestling at the same time.

Gold Medal Other regular SMWC members including Olympian Buddy Lee, World Cup Runner-up Jim Howard, Espoir National Champion and 1996 Olympic Freestyle Contender Jason Gabrielson, former Maryland standout Steve Arslanian and former Cadet and Junior World Team Member Rob Pribish are among those presenting special sessions or helping as time permits.


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 are held most (but not all) Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. We are closed when county schools are closed but often schedule alternative practice sites. Tournaments or matches are 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 an AAU insurance card ($12) and a USAW 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.

We run a very intense formal practice program. Our motto is "Give no quarter and expect no quarter". Many other clubs are jealous of our record and we don't always win in dual meets or tournaments, but when we wrestle the competition always knows we are there. Our performance on the mat does our talking.

Beginners and novice wrestlers should be ready for serious work if they wish to practice with this team as we do not allow our wrestlers to play. We spend at least one hour each night learning advance technique moves. Following training expect lots of time on the mat wrestling.

For more information call Coach Gabrielson at (301) 855-4565 or Coach Jones at (703) 440-0433. We move ahead quickly, so the longer you delay, the more you will miss out. Our team is so tough usually that we have non-starters who win tournaments. This doesn't seem to matter though as our intent is to prepare our members to be state and national contenders from their first year in high school. It has happened to our members many times. Please feel free to come by any night to practice or check us out.

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