wrestling shoes, mouth guard (for braces), water bottle,
Dear Wrestlers and Parents,
Wrestling season has finally come. We, as coaches, would like to take a moment to welcome the many newcomers and returning families that we have become so familiar with over the past year.
To begin, practice starts on November 26th, and our first match is December 7th. This means that we must make quick use of time to get the wrestlers familiar with the sport and ready to go. Practice will be held daily, beginning immediately after school and last until 5 pm. Wrestlers should be walking out of the building roughly 10-15 minutes later depending on how long it takes to roll up the mats and pack up personal belongings. Equipment necessary includes wrestling shoes and headgear, which can be purchased online or at a local sporting goods store. Finally, the schedule can be found on the JWMS Athletics website, and as of now, we have 15 scheduled matches or tournaments.
Wrestling is a unique sport in many ways, and perhaps one of the early distinctions is the fact that there are no cuts. Anybody who wants to wrestle can join the team. Depending on a wrestler’s weight, they may have several wrestlers on the team in their weight slot or none at all. This can determine how much mat time they see throughout the season in reference to other wrestlers on the team, but everyone will get matches. Attempts will be made by the coaching staff to see that if a wrestler does fall into one of these weight slots, prioritization will take place to make sure that the match count between wrestlers will stay as even as possible.
We look forward to working with every individual wrestler, regardless of experience or skill level and we are sure that you too will grow to love the sport as much as we do. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to e-mail Coach Kevin Homan or Coach Benito Gonzalez at the provided addresses. John Witherspoon Wrestling will be a competitive team this season as we continue to grow and we, as coaches, are grateful to be a part of this program. We look forward to the 26th as the season comes to a start.