May/June 1991

About Our Newsletter

This is our third and final edition for the 1991 season, and the end of our third year of publication. 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. Other individuals wishing to receive copies are charged a $3 annual fee. Information for the newsletter can be sent to CAWN, 5005 Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732.

Previous Issues

Our April issue with the wrestling camp descriptions and directory generated a hugh amount of interest. Therefore, for anyone who wants an extra copy, please send a self addressed stamped envelope to the editor.

Area Club Activities

Roger Boger of Lebanon Valley Wrestling Club reports that his club looks very strong this season. He has been coordinating with Road Warriors for the Challenge Cup team, and has also invited some big name wrestlers including Wade Schallis to his club to put on clinics.

Mike Sola of Road Warriors says they also have a very strong club this season. He states that "The Pennsylvania Challenge Cup team should be tough to beat by anybody. We have some real talent this year in both the high school and the junior age group."

Bob Watson from Delaware' Walnut Street YMCA was at the MSWA tournament in Salisbury on April 28th and did not express much interest in working to put a junior team together for the Challenge Cup. Delaware has now been replaced New Jersey. Leading the New Jersey contingent will be Central Jersey Wrestling Club.

Southern Maryland Wrestling Club wrestlers have been showing up in both AAU and USAW tournaments all over the region lately. Coaches Smith, Harshman, and Gabrielson have entered teams at various tournament on both Saturday and Sunday every weekend for the past two months. The club also reports good turnouts at their practices at Largo High School, including a recent visit from none other then Randy Grant. Randy is a two time Maryland State HS Champion who now wrestles for Old Dominion.

Ken Berger of Cavalier Wrestling Club has been transferred to Southern Virginia. Ken and his club have been avid and active supporters of the Capital Area Wrestling Council for the past two years and he will be greatly missed by our organization. Ken states that despite his heavy USAW schedule of activities, he will still help with this years Challenge Cup, but has turned over its organizational activities to Karl Spinnenweber. Good luck Ken in your new assignment.

Potomac Valley AAU Wrestling Qualifier

Mike Smith, national wrestling chairman for the AAU, has stated that due to the lack of a qualifying event within the PVAAU region this spring, all PVAAU region members will automatically qualify for the AAU Region II Championships in Millersville, PA if they wish to attend. All that is required is to mark PVAAU on their entry form. Pre-registration deadline is May 24th, but walk-on entries are also accepted ($15 for FS). The Region II Championships are the official qualifier for the AAU Grand Nationals in Battle Creek, Michigan. Mike also stated that he will soon be in contact with all active wrestling supporters in this area, including the PVAAU, to help coordinate AAU events for next season.

Tournaments Set

The following listing is not complete, but is the most recent version of local 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. You should note this tournament list is getting smaller each month.

May  31   *AAU Reg II GR Chs, Millersville Univ, Millersville, PA
          (must have pre-qualified)
Jun  1    *AAU Reg II FS Chs, Millersville Univ, Millersville, PA
     8    **Potomac Valley All-Star Challenge Cup (selected state
          team only)

     15   Solanco, Flokstyle, HS non-seniors only, contact 717-
     16   **MSWA Club Chs, Bullis Prep, Potomac, MD, contact John
          Horwat, 301-253-6299

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 normally has pre-qualification requirements. Of those marked with an *, only the AAU Grand National Events have team titles.

**These tournaments are club/team events.

Notice to Readers About H.J. 196

Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski of Pennsylvania has introduced a bill in Congress to designate the week of August 5-11 as "National Wrestling Week." In order to get the bill to the floor, he needs 218 members to cosponsor it. Club members in this area should notify their Congressmen about this bill in hopes it receives enough sponsors to get through.

AAU News

Michigan is gearing up for the AAU Grand Nationals. Remember, you must pre-qualify through your association championships or through petition to attend the AAU Region II Championships. You must qualify at the Region II championships to enter the Grand Nationals. Simply waiting to enter later on will definitely prevent you from competing.

Wrestling Clinic by SERGEI BELAGLOZOV

Andre Kelley, Maryland Olympic Coach, has announced plans for a very special wrestling clinic to be held at Bullis School on Saturday, May 25, between 10 AM and 3 PM. The clinic will feature Sergei Belaglozov, a 2 time Olympic Champion and 6 time World Champion. Sergei has been called the "..Greatest Wrestler of Modern Times." Anyone may attend the clinic for a cost of $10. For more information contact Andre Kelley at (301) 972- 6384.

Robert Alexander

Most everybody entering local tournaments knows Robert, a twelve year old 100+ lb wrestler who competes with everyone he can find close to his weight. Robert was last years state champion and also represented Maryland on the Potomac Valley Challenge Cup Team at 90 lbs. In addition, Robert was one of only two Maryland wrestlers last year to win national championships in Folkstyle, Freestyle, SOMBO, and Greco-Roman. Only 14 wrestlers total won all three styles at the AAU Grand Nationals. What only a handful of people know however is that Robert, along with only a few other active area wrestlers, is also an avid JUDO wrestler. Robert had been working hard towards a trip to the JUDO nationals this summer when he broke his wrist at the Salisbury tournament. Both the JUDO folks and the state's wrestlers will miss Robert this summer.

Other active wrestlers who also compete and participate in JUDO events include Jason and Kevin Gabrielson, Vince Smith, Pat Hurley, Mat Salmond, Aaron McGowan. It is also of note that National SOMBO Champion Kevin Gabrielson was Maryland's youngest ever yellow belt (3 1/2 yrs), and is currently the states youngest promoted green belt.

Alex Leiderman

Former Russian Olympic Coach Alex Leiderman may be back in this area soon. Alex has applied to coach and teach at a Southern Maryland prep high school, and has a good chance of being hired. Alex earned a Masters Degree, Coach of Wrestling, and a Master of Sports of the USSR, and is currently living in Lewisburg PA and working as the assistant wrestling coach at Bucknell University. In addition to the local job, he is actively pursuing other opportunities as well. If any readers know of an opening for a coach and teacher, please contact the editor and Mr Leiderman will be notified.

SMWC's Camp of Young Champions

Southern Maryland Wrestling Club will host a special training camp in Chesapeake Beach June 28-30 designed for top notch 85 lb and under wrestlers. The intent of the camp is to provide top notch workout partners for a fast paced program taught by a widely recognized staff. Only 24 wrestlers have been initially invited to the mostly subsidized camp, and acceptance will be made on an achievement rather then first come basis. So far 14 national champions, plus some very impressive wrestlers, have agreed to attend. More information about the camp can be obtained from the editor.
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Soviet Wrestling Camp

Michael Waldron will serve as general director and Alex Leiderman will serve as camp director for a six day intensive camp August 4-10 conducted by the National Ukrainian Wrestling Team. A contingent of World Champions, National Champions, and European Champions will be on hand, plus a match between the USA and the USSR will take place on Saturday night. The camp will be held at Lycoming College. For more information call Michael Waldron at (717) 323-7134.

Potomac Valley Challenge Cup

For information about team tryouts or selection, call the state coach at the phone number listed below:

          Maryland  Bruce Gabrielson  855-4565
          Pennsylvania   Mike Sola  215-589-4144
          Virginia       Karl Spinnenweber  266-8728
          New Jersey     Ku-Kee Kuts  370-0998