Scholastic wrestling is the style of amateur wrestling practiced at the high school and middle school level in the Vermont. In wrestling, great emphasis is placed on one wrestler's control of the opponent on the mat, usually by controlling the opponent's legs or torso. When a wrestler maintains restraining power over an opponent, as seen here, he is said to be in the position of advantage.
Scholastic wrestling is regulated by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Each state high school association has adopted its wrestling rules, with each making some modifications. The NFHS generally sets the standard for weight classes for high school-level dual meets, multiple duals, and tournaments. In Vermont, high school wrestlers can compete at 14 different weight classes, ranging from 103 lb to the Heavyweight division of up to 285 lb. Weight classes for junior varsity, and middle school teams may differ from state to state. Each state high school association that sanctions wrestling also has a defined weight-control plan that prohibits excessive weight loss and dehydration during the season. The plan would include at least a minimum seven percent body fat for males and 12 percent body fat for females. These weight control plans include provisions for weight assessment by the school's athletics medical staff, and certification of the lowest allowable weight class with the team's head coach and the person that performs the weight assessment. All of this is done in order to protect the wrestler's health.
Wrestling is back on the athletic agenda of U-32 as a club sport. Built around a core 6 experienced wrestlers, the 14 men and 1 woman create the framework for a solid team. Soon we will soon add 8 to 10 middle school students for a separate team at that level. Daily the wrestlers learn what it takes on the mat. The lessons of wrestling are being quickly absorbed. Watch us as we lay the foundation for a strong program in the coming years.
Wrestling is a sport for people of any size. With 12 weight classes to divide the sport, you get to compete in matches with someone your own size--from 103 pounds up to 285 pounds. The only variables are skills and experience, both of which can be gained in practice and matches.
The team is coached by John Kuske with the help of Rick Gordon. (Rick, at one time, coached a wrestling team at U-32. Other experienced help is being sought as well). Both have 4 years of experience in high school with some college wrestling and enjoy sharing their love of the sport with the young people on the team.
Our purpose is to teach the fundamentals of wrestling, learn to enjoy the total, intense physical dimension of the sport. Each individual will contribute to the team effort. Our theme for the year is: Compete, Improve and Finish Strong
Parents who have questions can contact John Kuske at the numbers below. Home/office: 802-223-6878 - Cell: 414-339-6487