March 1991

About Our Newsletter

This is our first edition for the 1991 season. The Capital Area Wrestling News is published by the Capital Area Wrestling Council, a group of wrestling clubs located in the Washington D.C. Region. The Council is made up of member clubs that can be affiliated with any organization including the AAU or USAW. The only requirement for membership is that the club actively participates in freestyle events during the season. This publication is sent free to those clubs who support the CAWC.

Club Activities

The spring freestyle season is again underway with considerable interest and activity this year in both the Northern Virginia and the Southern Maryland clubs. Karl Spininweber reports that his club has started practicing and that he is also one of Northern Virginia's USAW sponsors. According to Karl, Northern Virginia clubs and tournaments are really moving towards USAW this year.

Bruce Gabrielson reports that Southern Maryland Wrestling Club is expecting a big season again this year, after winning last summer's AAU Grand National Club Title. The club sponsored a 15 years and under CAWL team this fall, and will still have most of its younger members available for the spring and early summer events. Bruce also says he is looking forward to the Potomac Valley Challenge Cup and another shot at the Virginia team.

Charlie Cox developed a CAWL team at Bullis this fall, and these wrestlers may also be available to support their freestyle club. An influx of smaller younger wrestlers would considerable strengthen the already tough Bullis freestyle program. We hope to hear from Lenny soon.

Tournaments Set

The following listing is not complete, but is an indication of tournaments in this area. We will try to list all local tournaments if the information is provided. If no local tournament is scheduled, the next closest tournament we know of is listed.

     30   *Kids & Cadets Qual, USAW, Salisbury State Univ.

Apr  6-7  *SE Regional Folkstyle Chs, top 3 from MD or VA State
          age/weight Chs, Stonewall Jackson HS, Manassas, VA

     13/14     *National Folkstyle Ch's, top 3 from SE Regional,
               Wicomico Civ. Cntr., Salisbury, MD.  Note:  If you
               prefer to wrestle freestyle and/or fail to qualify
               for the MAWA nationals, there will be a local USAW
               all-age tournament in Virginia, and a high school
               age MSWA Open FS Chs at the US Naval Academy in

     20   *MD St AAU Ch & Reg II Qual, Freestyle, Hagerstown 

     27   AAU Freestyle, Cumberland Valley HS, Mechanicsburg, PA

     28   *MSWA Kids & Cadets Chs & Nat Qual, USAW, Salisbury
          State Univ.

May  4    USAW Freestyle, Robinson HS, VA, all age

     5    AAU Freestyle, Pitman HS, Pitman, NJ

     10/12     *USAW Kids & Cadets NE Regional, Niagra Falls, NY

     19   *MSWA HS FS & GR St. Chs & Nat Qual, Friends School,

     31   *AAU Reg II GR Chs, Millersville Univ, Millersville, PA
Jun  1    *AAU Reg II FS Chs, Millersville Univ, Millersville, PA

     16   **MSWA Club Chs, Bullis Prep, Potomac, MD

Jul  10/14     *AAU Grand Nationals (SO, GR, FS), Battle Creek,
               MI         (HS & under), Kellogg Arena all events. 
     13   AAU Nat Masters & Senior Open FS Chs, Battle Creek, MI
     14   AAU Nat Masters & Senior Open GR Chs, Battle Creek, MI

* Nat Qual or national event that may have pre-qualification requirements; often must attend to qualify for next round or nationals. If you miss one, you are normally out for the next levels. Of those marked with an *, only the AAU Grand National Events have team titles.

**These tournaments are club/team events.

Note: The Potomac Valley Challenge Cup All-Star Event, the Manahawkin Olympic Festival, and the Capital Games have not been scheduled yet. The PV Challenge Cup and Manahawkin have club/team titles.

Southern Maryland Wrestling Club will wrestle Team Canada and the Flint All-Stars on July 9th.

Notice to Coaches

Please call or send any information of interest about your club or wrestlers for our next issue. We are particularly interested in where different senior wrestlers are going next fall.

AAU News

The AAU Wrestling Newsletter reports that Mike Smith is now the AAU Wrestling Chairman. Another article stated that only 13 wrestlers won all three styles at the 1990 AAU Grand Nationals.

SMWC Clinic Date Set

Jay Billy, American University's head wrestling coach, will present a wrestling clinic during the Wednesday, March 20th practice of Southern Maryland Wrestling Club. Last season, Chris Tooth, AU graduate and former SMWC coach, also presented a well attended clinic. Guests are welcome, and there is no cost, so plan to attend this worthwhile event. SMWC practices Monday and Wednesday between 7:00 and 8:45 pm at Largo HS.

Wrestling Camps

The next issue will provide information about local wrestling camps this summer. Omar Malik of St. Stevens reported a well attended camp last summer but hasn't scheduled dates so far this year. Thus far the only flyer received was from Mike Moyer at George Mason. Mike also sent an impressive GM wrestling team flyer that pictured local club members who we hope to see again this season.