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Wrestling President's Message, Winter 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Rick - Please forward this to the wrestling coach membership.  It will also be published in the Colorado Coach Magazine due mid-January.  Thank you and best for the holidays, Bill


Overview – Bill X. Barron, President

            We have much to celebrate as the interest and level of competition in Colorado continues to grow throughout the calendar year.  Colorado high schools are further challenging themselves by inviting more out-of-state teams to compete in the tournaments we host.  Six Colorado high schools are among the 96 teams who competed in the 2014 pre-Christmas Reno Tournament of Champions:  Broomfield, Chaparral, Grandview, Pomona, Ponderosa, and Pueblo West. 

In 2014 post-season folkstyle wrestling, Colorado had 24 entrants in the National High School Coaches Association Championships in Virginia Beach, highlighted by four place-winners:  Dolores Huerta’s Jared Mestas (6th, Sr. 132 – 3A State Champ); Holy Family’s Joseph Prieto (2nd, Jr. 138 – 3A State Champ); Fruita’s Jacob Seeley (4th, Jr. 182 – 5A 3rd, 195); Gateway’s Deyaun Trueblood (2nd, So. 152 – 5A State Champ).  The Denver area Mile High club’s Colorado all-star team won NHSCA’s national middle school dual championships in May.  However, Colorado did not have representatives in the NHSCA middle school individual championships, nor the high school national duals; we need to improve our participation in both.

Each summer the level of participation and quality rise in the seniors who wrestle in the June All-State Games.  Colorado wrestlers are also excelling in the international style:  the Schoolboy National Team (ages 13-14) traveled to Indianapolis in June and won the national dual title in Greco-Roman.  At July’s national championships in Fargo, Colorado had four finalists and three individual champions:  Denver East’s Maya Nelson (1st Jr. Freestyle 125 lb.) repeated as champion, following a junior season in which she became the first female 5A state qualifier as well as the first female to win a match at State.  Ashlynn Ortega, a freshman for 4A Pueblo West this season, won the Cadet Freestyle championship at 132 pounds.  A 2014-15 freshman 106 lb. starter for 5A Castle View, Malik Heinselman won the Cadet Freestyle 88 lb. title.  Nick Tarpley, a Durango 4A state qualifier in 2013, spent his senior year training at the Olympic Training Center, then earned 2nd place in Greco-Roman at Junior 152 pounds.

Over the course of two days, almost 60 coaches attended the annual October wrestling clinic held at the Olympic Training Center.  Many thanks go out to Rick Bettger; in his quiet way, Rick makes sure everything is well-organized and he also makes college credit available to attendees.  Outgoing President Keith Wollert put together an excellent line-up, which was comprised of several members of USA Wrestling’s national staff, including Brandon Slay, Freestyle Development Coach, who addressed the art and philosophy of coaching; Mike Clayton, Manager of Coaches Education, who gave a presentation on nutrition and weight management; Brandon Siakel, Strength Training Director, who instructed us in the science of biomechanics; and Rusty Davidson, an international official as well as high school coach, who spoke of the many advantages which come through USA Wrestling coach and youth membership and participation.  

CHSAA is considering making attendance at the annual coaches meeting mandatory at least once every two years.  The majority of those in attendance this year elected to return to the OTC in 2015, although the clinic’s highest attendance was in 2012 at the Black Hawk venue.  If you have an opinion in this regard, please let us know as we are in the process of securing next year’s venue.

At the Annual Meeting, Keith Wollert received an honorary plaque commemorating his service to Colorado wrestling, including 8 years as CWC vice-president and president, as well as his coaching contributions over 35 years at Lamar, Holly, Eads, Wiley, Las Animas, and CSU-Pueblo.  The plaque dedication read:  “For the lives you have touched and changed forever:  thank you for your ceaseless dedication, for your warm enthusiasm, and for sharing your unabiding love of wrestling.”  We also presented plaques to the Coaches of the Year as voted on at the State Championships:  2A – Cody Haga, Ignacio; 3A – Mike Caciari, Valley; 4A – Dave Jurgensen – Thompson Valley; 5A – Ken Taylor, Rocky Mountain.  Members in attendance voted unanimously to elect Bill Barron as the new president along with Platte Valley’s Matt Weber as Vice-President. 

On the Saturday following the CHSAA State Championships (February 28, 2015), Colorado USA Wrestling sponsors the annual Freshman–Sophomore State Meet at Castle View High School.  Registration will be online through Track Wrestling (  Contact Cam McElhany with any questions (  Wrestlers and coaches must have current USA Wrestling participation cards.

Attached you will find an outline for an athlete course and book, which Bill Barron is developing in coordination with USA Wrestling, in order to provide an educational forum for wrestlers to better educate themselves on sports psychology and physiology, nutrition and weight management, proper strength training, character and sportsmanship.  Thoughts and contributions are welcome!

Bill X. Barron:; Cell / Home: (207) 837-3223
15470 State Highway 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 

President - Colorado High School Wrestling Coaches
Mat Officials Director - Colorado USA Wrestling

CHSAA Message to Coaches – Harry Waterman, CHSAA Asst. Commissioner

1.    Double check that your team/individuals do not exceed 28 points for the season.  Both the wrestling bulletin and a link to the wrestling point system can be found on the website: (>>sports and activities>wrestling).

2.    Be sure to enter your weigh-in and match results following matches.  Both items will be required for regional entries. Keep original copies of signed weigh-in sheets; regionals directors will ask for them.

3.    The wrestling committee strongly recommends that all coaches keep professionalism at the forefront at all times.  This is not limited to but includes coaching attire.  It is recommended that coaches refrain from wearing shorts, hats, flip flops or other casual street attire while coaching on the mat throughout the season, and especially throughout the State Championships.

4.    Regionals will take place on February 13-14, 2015.  Teams and sites can be found on the wrestling page:

5.    State Championships will take place at the Pepsi Center on February 19-21, 2015.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the CHSAA ticket office at 303-344-5050.

Wrestling Coaches Agenda for 2014-15


     CHSAA realigned schools for 2014-15, using enrollment numbers specific to wrestling in order to balance the number of schools in each division. 

a.    Class (Enrollment Cut-Off) – Number of Schools [229 total]:

2A (1-275) – 61; 3A (276-780) – 53; 4A (781-1410) – 53; 5A (1411+) – 62.

b.    We need to monitor and assess the competitive distribution of teams in the four classes.  How many levels can be competitive at the State Meet?  Should we have more or fewer classes?  Does an equitable number of schools per class by itself balance the competition? 


a.    Each team may nominate up to three seniors to be considered for the All-State Games at Adams State College.  The wrestling portion will take place June 11-12, 2015:  Thursday practice and Fridayafternoon match (prior to the football game and banquet).

b.    Nominations will be done entirely online this year.  A nominating coach must have a current CHSCA membership.  Nominations must be submitted no later than Wednesday, Feb. 18th.

c.    CHSCA coaches may also nominate outstanding senior wrestlers in any weight class who compete for any other team in the state.

d.    Nomination and selection criteria for coaches and the All-State Committee will include:

                                          i.    Academics:  nominees must have a consistent record of academic excellence.

                                         ii.    Character:  nominees will demonstrate leadership and serve as peer role models.

                                        iii.    Contribution:  nominees will have shown dedication and commitment to the sport.

e.    Potential All-State selections will be evaluated throughout the State Championships; however, placement at Regional and State will be one of many criteria for selection.

f.     There will be an open selection meeting at the CHSAA Office on Thursday, Feb. 26th, following the annual CHSAA Wrestling Meeting.  (Start time will begin when the general and division meetings conclude in the early afternoon.)  Any CHSCA member coaches who would like to contribute are invited to meet with us or submit your thoughts in writing.


a.    Focus efforts in all four corners of the state:  encourage representation from every direction on the eastern and western slopes, and host more western slope tournaments.

b.    Provide opportunities to compete at a higher level:  reach beyond the state to increase Colorado’s participation in national individual and dual team championships.

c.    Value our clubs and youth programs:  actively support relationships in order to sustain level of participation and interest once the athletes reach high school.

d.    Hold a State Dual Meet Championship:  provide an additional forum to grow interest in and support for wrestling, and increase pride in teams and schools.


a.    Lead by our conscience:  respect our guidelines for appropriate relationships with youth development clubs and consistently adhere to the recently specified recruiting standards.

b.    Promote safe practices with regard to weight management and concussion protocol.  While the Optimal Performance Calculator is now mandatory procedure, let us also remember the principles of healthy as well as safe daily and year-round weight management.

Colorado Wrestling:  Agenda for the Future


Through our joint cooperation, we plan to:

a.    Improve the level of participation in wrestling at all levels and ages.

b.    Raise the skill level and quality of participants once athletes reach high school age.

c.    Develop wrestlers who will continue to represent the best of Colorado at the collegiate, national, and international level.

d.    Partner with Colorado USA Wrestling to co-sponsor state representative middle and high school national dual meet teams.


a.    Benefits:  $1 million insurance, All-State athlete/coach selection, Coach of Year eligibility. 

b.    Raise attendance and participation in annual clinic.  Includes mandatory concussion training, annual rules clinic, technique sessions, coaching philosophy, nutrition, and strength training. 

c.    Create new value:  we are seeking sponsorship for a Pepsi Center State Championship coaches meeting area with refreshments.

d.    We have partnered with wrestling gear / mat companies to offer discounts to CWCA members.  Current deals:  All-American Sports – free $200 box of mat tape with team uniform order (; Extreme Pro Apparel (Rocky Mountain Nationals) – will meet and beat any advertised price (


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