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2017 National Wrestling Hall of Fame -- West Virginia Chapter
Banquet and Induction Ceremonies -- Sunday October 29, 2017 -- Embassy Suites, Charleston West Virginia
2017 Banquet Registration Form West Virginia Chapter Main Page Directions to Embassy Suites, Charleston WV
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame, West Virginia Chapter, cordially invites you to attend the 15th Annual "Hall of Fame Day" banquet Sunday, October 29th, 2017, at Embassy Suites, Charleston, West Virginia. The banquet will begin at 1:00 pm with a social hour and memorabilia display. Dinner will be served at 2:00 pm with the award presentation following. The purpose of this banquet is to honor and recognize people for their years of commitment as positive role models to our student athletes.

This year we are honoring...
Buddy James, Outstanding West Virginian
Jim Crawford, Lifetime Service To Wrestling
Troy Owens, Coach
Bill Donohew, Coach
Pete Cuffaro, Medal of Courage
These individuals have given countless hours of their time instilling in young people the skills needed to succeed in all areas of life. They will be permanently recognized at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

This is an opportunity for you to honor these great individuals and promote the positive aspects of our oldest and greatest sport ' "Wrestling!"

We are looking forward to October 29th. A great day for West Virginia's outstanding individuals and the sport of wrestling. West Virginia can be proud of these deserving honorees!

Make Plans Now To Attend!!
Ticket information and registration form AT THIS LINK
Scholastic
Headline Events

High School



Middle School


High School

2017-18 Season begins: November 13, 2017
First matches may be held: November 29, 2017

Regional Tournaments: Weekend of February 9-10, 2018
State Tournament: February 22 - 24, 2018

2017 State Tournament Underclassmen: AAA || AA/A

2017-18 High School Tournament Dates

December 1-2, 2017
Hedgesville Duals


December 2, 2017
Raider Rumble, Liberty Raleigh High School
Mike Ellis Invitational, Hurricane High School

December 8-9, 2017
Jason Eades Memorial Duals, Point Pleasant
Berkeley Springs Max Horz
Ritchie Duals

December 8, 2017
Nicholas County - Grizzly Duals Tournament
Date: Friday Dec. 8, 2017
Location: Nicholas County High School

CANCELLED per email 9/29/17

December 9, 2017
Keyser Kiwanis Invitational

Lee Parlier Memorial Duals
Date: Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Location:Richwood High School
Flyer to be posted at a later date


December 15 & 16, 2017
Webster County Hardwood Duals

WCHS Wrestling
Coach Marty Miller
Assistant Coach Allen Boyce
wrestling_wchs@yahoo.com
1 Highlander Drive, Upperglade, WV 26266
(304) 226-5772
Emergency Cell (304)613-7064

Musselman Invitational

December 16, 2017
Superior Photo Scholarship Tournament, University High School
        Website
Hoops Children's Hospital Invitational, Buffalo High School
Jackson County Invitational December 16, 2017
Greenbrier Duals, Greenbrier East High School
Cabell Midland Grapple at the Castle
Tyler Consoldated Larry Richie Memorial
   Contact Coach Chad Snider casnider@live.com


December 23, 2017

Mike Stump Invitational

December 23, 2017
Calhoun County High School
Looking for 10 teams for a duals format tournament
Contact Coach Brian Ritchie
Contact number: 304-354-0118
Email: Brianritchie27@yahoo.com

December 28, 2017
LANDMARK FORESTRY WRESTLING DUALS
Lewis County High School
We will run three mats, each team will get 5 matches. Pairings will be completed on the day of the tournament.
If you have any questions, please contact: Steve Rogers 269-7250
mltrogers@msn.com
Further info AT THIS LINK

December 28-29, 2017
Wheeling Park Duals

December 30th, 2017
Sissonville Duals

AT Sissonville High School
Tournament Set-up: 8 teams total. 2 pools of 4. After initial pools are complete teams will be matched up based on initial pool results. Running 2 mats. All 8 teams will get 5 matches.
If interested or for more information please contact: Coach Ronnie Burdette Cell: 304-541-0487 Email: sissonvillehswrestling@gmail.com
Tournament Information

Grafton Duals

January 5-6, 2018
Nitro Pat Vance
National Guard Duals


January 6, 2018
Cameron Tournament
Jefferson Invitational Duals Tournament
South Classic
    Parkersburg South High School, Parkersburg WV


January 12-13, 2018
Braxton County Invitational
Winners Choice, Fairmont

January 13, 2018
St Marys Blue Devil Alumni Tournament
Snap Fitness, Bill Hughes Wrestling Invitational Tournament RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 3, 2018


2nd ANNUAL CORNELIUS GODFREY MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL
CONTACT: Logan High Wrestling Coach Jason Davis 304-784-2852, wjdavis@k12.wv.us or Man High Wrestling Coach Tim McCoy 304-752-0774 mccoyt66@yahoo.com mccoyt66@yahoo.com
Tournament Information


January 18-20, 2018
OVAC Tournamennt

January 19-20, 2018
WSAZ Invitational, Huntington
Mountaineer Duals AT Clarksburg

January 26-27, 2018
Petersburg Viking Smash

January 27, 2018
Appalachian Fasteners Invitational, Shady Spring
Frank Ferguson Brooke Classic
WILLIAMSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL BOB ZIDE YELLOWJACKET WRESTLING RUMBLE
     DIRECTORS: Jeff Givens & Ryan Scott 304-375-6151

Cardinal Conference Tournament
    AT Herbert Hoover High School Jan 27
MSAC Tournament AT Parkersburg High School

February 3, 2018
Bill Hughes Snap Fitness Wrestling Invitational

Winfield High School
Mike Cochran
winfieldwrestling@earthlink.net
Event flyer AT THIS LINK

EPAC Tournament

February 3-4, 2018
WVWAY Nuway Championship
February 3-4, 2018
Form will be coming.


Middle School

Season begins: November 6, 2017
First matches: November 29, 2017
Season ends: February 17, 2018

2017-18 Middle School Tournament Dates

December 1-2, 2017
2017 CHARLESTON INVITATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL DUALS
George Washington High School
FORMAT: Team Duals 20 Team Limit 7-8 Matches Each Team
Contact Coach Neal 304-900-3918, aneal@mail.kana.k12.wv.us
Event flyer AT THIS LINK


December 2, 2017
10th Annual Wayne Bennett Duals
Dec 2, 2017
Park Middle School, Beckley WV
Time: Weigh-ins 7:00 - 8:00 AM
Coaches Meeting: 8:15 AM
Wrestling begins: 9:00 AM
Any Questions please call: Jeremy Reeves, Head Wrestling Coach, 681-220-4389; Laura Zutaut, Athletic Director, 304-256-4586 EXT. 7
Event flyer AT THIS LINK

December 8, 2017
Nicholas County - Grizzly Duals Tournament
Date: Friday Dec. 8, 2017
Location: Nicholas County High School

CANCELLED per email 9/29/17

December 8-9, 2017
John Adams Middle School Falcon Invitational
16 man double elimination bracket (may be increased to accommodate JV wrestlers)
Rosters will be due by 12:00 on December 6, 2017 via email at jamsleadershipclub@gmail.com
Any questions contact Mike Anderson via text at (304)389-9372 or jamsleadershipclub@gmail.com
Further details AT THIS LINK

Huntington Middle School Invitational
December 8-9, 2017
This tournament will be held at Huntington High school.
Info AT THIS LINK


December 9, 2017
Independence Middle School Duals

Lee Parlier Memorial Duals
Date: Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Location:Richwood High School
Flyer to be posted at a later date



December 16, 2017
Big Ben Classic Duals, Point Pleasant
Woodrow Wilson Middle School Duals

Ritchie County Middle School - Junior LKC Championships
When: December 16, 2017
Where: Ritchie County High School Gym
201 Ritchie County School Road Ellenboro, WV 26346
Detail AT THIS LINK



December 29-30, 2017
Mountain State Clash
AT Blennerhassett Middle School



January 12-13, 2018
Marshall Health Milton Middle Invitational
Friday night will be pools and Saturday bracket tourney double elimination.
Flyer to follow. We will do the same as last year

Hayes Middle School Hornet Invitational



January 19-20, 2018
WSAZ Invitational, Huntington

February 3, 2018
Man Middle School "Pioneer Rumble"
Man Middle School

February 3-4, 2018
WVWAY Nuway Championship
February 3-4, 2018
Form will be coming.


Youth/Open Wrestling




West Virginia Youth Wrestling Association

West Virginia Youth Wrestling Association Rules

WV-Mat Youth/Open Tournament Listings
Youth/Club team directory - West Virginia

Coaching Youth Wrestling
Promote the Sport!
The Mindset and Tactics of a Champion
    by Ken Chertow

A Syllabus for Youth Wrestling
    by Dr. Bill Welker


Freestyle




Follow this link for information on Team West Virginia Freestyle/Greco-Roman wrestling

Why Wrestle Freestyle
by Zeke Jones



West Virginia AAU Wrestling
www.wvaauwrestling.org
Contact info: Jim Smith
CompetitiveEdgeWrestling@gmail.com
304-881-1038



West Virginia University Wrestling

Sammie Henson, Head Coach
shhenson@mail.wvu.edu
304-288-0676

WVU Wrestling at WVUSports.com
WVU Website

Next Event:
2017 season complete

West Liberty University Wrestling

Mitch Smith, Head Coach
msmith1@westliberty.edu;

West Liberty Wrestling at hilltoppersports.com

West Liberty University Website

10/10/2017 WEST LIBERTY MAT MINUTE.

Next event:
2016-17 season complete



WVU Tech Wrestling

Dustin Stough, Head Wrestling Coach
Office: 304-442-3276
Cell: 240-321-3679
dpstough@mail.wvu.edu
Athletic Office: 304.442.3121

WVU Tech Wrestling at goldenbearathletics.com
Visit the WVU Tech Website

Follow WVUTech Wrestling on Facebook WVUTechWrestling

Next event:
2017 season complete



Ohio Valley University Wrestling

Pat Sole, Head Coach

OVU Wrestling at fightingscots.ovu.edu
Ohio Valley University Website


Next event:
2016-17 season complete





Wheeling Jesuit University Wrestling

Danny Irwin, Head Coach
6/8/2017 Irwin named Head Coach

Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling Jesuit Wrestling at Wheeling Jesuit Athletics

Wheeling Jesuit Wrestling Apparel

10/12/2017 Wheeling Jesuit Recruits Ranked #6

Next event:
2016-17 season complete





Alderson Broaddus University Wrestling

Sam Gardner, Head Coach
gardnerst@ab.edu

AB Wrestling at gobattlers.com

Follow us on Facebook at Alderson Broaddus Wrestling

Next event:
2016-17 season complete
Rick Welker Wrestling Radio Show
WKKX -- 1600 AM -- Wheeling WV
Each Monday at 7:00pm
Live stream at watchdognetwork.com

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Officials / Comments on the Rules
WVSSAC
National Wrestling Coaches Association Website
Trackwrestling.com
The New WVSSAC Weight Management Program
New WVSSAC Weight Management Program - FAQ
Legal Hair Covers for Wrestlers
Recent Major Rule Changes
The Tiebreaker System for Dual Meet Competition
WVSSAC High School Classifications
Central West Virginia Wrestling Officials
Overview of Wrestling Rules
How Wrestling Tournament Brackets Work
Rule Interpretations for the Safety of Wrestlers
Interested in becoming a Wrestling Official?
WVSSAC Forms, including...
     Communicable Skin Disease Form
     Physical Exam Form
2008-09 WVSSAC Interpretation - Weight Management Program
Important note regarding Weigh-Ins
Rules clarification regarding mouth appliances in wrestlers
CONCUSSION CONCERNS AND MANAGEMENT IN ATHLETICS
Team Advancement Tournament Rules
Changes for State Wrestling Tournament for 2016
Directive for checking weight at the regional and state tournaments
Wrestling from the Rear Standing Position
State Tournament Weigh-in Procedure
ALPHA DATE RULING ON OFFICIAL WVSSAC SITE


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The Sparrow's Spirit, by Dr. Bill Welker, Ed.D.
A Champion Wrestler's Lifetime Reflections on Prayer and Perseverance

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Publication Notes



This website is maintained and edited by:
Timothy C. Miller, M.D.
201 East High St.
Kingwood, West Virginia 26537
PHONE: (304) 329-3830
e-mail to: tmiller@mountain.net
Endorsed by The West Virginia High School Wrestling Coaches Association
Special Award, 2000 WVSSAC State Tournament
Recipient of the West Virginia Coaches Association Wrestling Sportswriter of the Year Award, 1997, 2004
Wrestling USA Magazine State-of-the-Year Award Winner 1997, 2007
Member, West Virginia Chapter, National Wrestling Hall of Fame

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