"Best of the Best"
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.
SMWC ALL-STARS 1999 CAWL DUEL MEET CHAMPIONS
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
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
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 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.
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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