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Freestyle & Greco Roman Training Camp

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Bulgaria, Events, News, Practices | Comments Off on Freestyle & Greco Roman Training Camp

Freestyle & Greco Roman Training Camp

We are holding a 5-day, 11-practice freestyle & Greco Roman Training camp as part of our Wrestling & Cultural Exchange Program. Wrestlers will participate in Bulgarian style practices; learn techniques, tactics and strategies from Bulgarian coaches; and train with wrestlers from Bulgaria and Casco Bay Elite.

Zack gets some air compliments of his Dimitrovgrad opponent.

Bulgarian wrestlers, Casco Bay Elite team members and Training Camp attendees will all practice together in the Portland High School Gymnasium. There will be two scheduled practices each day except Saturday. Wrestlers will participate in a mix of training and competition.

Meet our Bulgarian team coaches:

Pavel Mitev attended sports school Vasil Levski in Plovdiv and the National Sports Academy in Sofia Bulgaria. He has been the Greco Roman coach at Vesil Levski sports school for 17 years. In that time his wrestlers have earned many European and World medals. Coach Mitev was the National Team Coach for Samoa helped them earn their first Olympic qualifier ever in the 2000 Sydney games. As National Team Coach for Syria, he led his team to 1st place for Juniors and 2nd place for Seniors in the Arab Wrestling Games. One of his current wrestlers has not lost in 2 years and is the reigning 2x Bulgarian National Champion.

Petyu Kirev attended sports school Stephan Karadja in Haskovo and the National Sports Academy in Sofia Bulgaria. He was a Bulgarian National Champion at the cadet and junior level. Coach Kirev has coached at boys Greco Roman and girls freestyle at Stephan Karadja  since 1990. He was named as coach of the year in 2015 and 2016. In the 2016 winter National Championships, his team entered 5 wrestlers in the women’s division and won 5 gold medals. He also coached wrestlers to 2nd place and 9th place at the last cadet World Championships.

The Casco Bay Elite coaching staff will be at all practices.

Cost for the training camp is $150 for all 11 practices. Wrestlers may drop in to a practice for $20. Wrestlers can register online using one of the links on this page or register at any practice. All proceeds from the Training Camp go to support the Exchange.

Click below for an informational flyer about the Training Camp

 

Click here to register for the training camp:

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/PortlandYouthWrestling

Setting Smart Goals

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Motivation, Practices, Wrestlers | Comments Off on Setting Smart Goals

Setting SMART goals is the first step to creating an effective off-season improvement plan. It’s impossible to plan a trip if you don’t know your destination but many wrestlers approach their off-season without and specific goals in mind. Starting your journey with a clear destination and milestones is the best way to make sure you don’t get lost along the way.

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of SMART goal setting, there are a couple pre-requisites.

  1. Make sure the goals are YOUR goals. If they are your parents’ goals for you or your coach’s goals, this isn’t going to work. eek advice and input from the people that support you but make sure the final goals are coming from your heart and you are bought in 100%
  2. Write your goals down, post them where you see them often and say them out loud. Writing them, reading them and saying them will make your goals real for you.

Here are some examples of SMART goals a wrestler might set for himself or herself.

I will win a State Championship next season.

I will squat 2x my body weight before next season.

I will be a Fargo Freestyle All-American by the end of my High School career.

SMART Goals have 5 characteristics. They are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. Let’s look at our first example: I will win a State Championship next season.

  • It’s very specific. The expectations are crystal clear
  • It’s measurable. The wrestler either wins the State Championship or does not
  • It’s attainable. This part of goal setting can be tricky. You want to aim high but not so high that you don’t really believe it’s possible. This is a great place to bounce ideas off coaches, peers and parents.
  • It’s relevant. Considering we are talking about wrestling, this goal is definitely that.
  • It’s timely. This goal has a definite timeline associated with it – next season.

As you sit down and map out your goals for the future you’ll find some of them feed into each other. For example, A goal of squatting 2x your body weight could be an important milestone on your way to winning a State Championship next season. It’s important to build levels and details into your goal setting so you know exactly how you are going to reach that final destination.

If your overall goal is to win a State Championship next season and one of your intermediate goals is to squat 2x your body weight at the start of the season, you need a roadmap of how to achieve that goal. Here are examples of the kind of detail you will create to reach that intermediate goal:

  • I will work with the school strength coach to perfect my squat form in 1 month
  • I will follow my lower body strength plan 2x every week
  • I will write down the weight I use during every workout so I can continually improve
  • I will test my max squat every 6 weeks to track my progress

Based on this example, you can build out an entire plan to help you reach your important goals for next season and beyond. The big goals will have a number of intermediate goals or milestones that feed into them. And the intermediate goals will have their own detailed plans for how you will achieve them.

Remember, these are your goals. Embrace them, feed them, nurture them and you will achieve great things. Also, don’t be afraid to adjust your plan or change your goals along the way. If you find yourself getting off track, review your plan and make changes as needed.

Stay tuned for the next article with information about off-season strength and nutrition planning.

Build Your Foundation for Next Season Now

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Practices, Technique | Comments Off on Build Your Foundation for Next Season Now

As this winter wrestling season winds down, the best wrestlers, and those looking to make a big jump, are already plotting for next year. They are building their plans now – before the satisfaction of their accomplishments or the sting of coming up short starts to fade away.

Wrestlers that have been on top know you start laying the foundation for next season’s success early in the offseason. And the best foundations are built on 3 pillars:

  1. SMART goal setting for next year and beyond.
  2. A well-structured strength improvement and nutrition plan
  3. A commitment to off-season wrestling, especially Olympic styles

SMART Goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely. When you build a set of long-term, intermediate and short-term goals using the SMART methodology, you are creating a roadmap for success you can follow every day.

Strength improvement and nutrition go hand in hand but many wrestlers ignore one or both during the off-season. In general, the best wrestlers are exceptionally strong, lean and athletic. If you don’t have a focused approach to your strength and nutrition, you’ll never get there.

Participating in off-season practices, competitions or camps will make you a better wrestler. If you really want to supercharge your improvement, try freestyle or Greco Roman wrestling. Whether it’s new coaches, workout partners, a different competitive environment or a new style altogether, the change in perspective will help you jump levels.

Stay tuned if you want to start building your wrestling foundation for next season. I’ll break down each of these important areas for success in upcoming articles.

Registration Open for Casco Bay Elite

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Events, News, Technique | Comments Off on Registration Open for Casco Bay Elite

Registration Open for Casco Bay Elite

It’s that time of year again! Casco Bay Elite freestyle & Greco practices will start up April 2 and run through June. We will be practicing 6 – 7:30 this season on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the same location. Come train with serious college, high school and middle school wrestlers. Learn from coaches that have competed at the college and senior level. We are looking forward to another great season!

Click here for our registration page: http://www.portlandyouthwrestling.com/casco-bay-elite/

Registration Open For Winter Youth Wrestling

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in News, Practices, Technique | Comments Off on Registration Open For Winter Youth Wrestling

Registration Open For Winter Youth Wrestling

Registration is now open for the Portland Youth Wrestling Sharks and Travel Team programs that will start in early January of 2016. Visit our youth wrestling page for more information and registration forms.

http://www.portlandyouthwrestling.com/pyw-sharks/

Fall Wrestling Registration Open

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Technique | Comments Off on Fall Wrestling Registration Open

Fall Wrestling Registration Open

 

 

Registration is now open for the fall session of Casco Bay Elite. This session is designed to prepare wrestlers for their upcoming folkstyle season. Athletes will receive instruction on core skills, fundamental and advanced techniques, as well as match tactics and strategies. Practices will include technique instruction, drilling, live wrestling, strength and conditioning.

Fall 2015 Casco Bay Elite Registration Form

Click here for more information and to pay online.

Philosophy

Our philosophy can be broken down into two simple tenets:

First, the best indicators for success in all areas of life are a positive attitude and maximum effort. Wrestling is no different except that these two inputs may be even more important on the mat. The best wrestlers realize if they focus on the aspects of wrestling they can control the wins will take care of themselves.

Second, great wrestlers build their success on a foundation of essential skills, solid position and fundamental techniques. The best wrestlers in the world constantly hone these elements of their game and then add advanced techniques that complement their individual style. We will help wrestlers build their foundation and develop their individual style so they can continuously improve.

Coaching

Wrestlers that train with Casco Bay Elite work with a diverse and accomplished coaching staff. Our coaches have trained, competed and had success in all levels of wrestling including college and international level competition. Additionally, University of Southern Maine wrestlers often prepare for their season by training with us. This provides an incredibly competitive training environment for middle school and high school wrestlers.

Train and Wrestle in Bulgaria

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Events, News | Comments Off on Train and Wrestle in Bulgaria

Train and Wrestle in Bulgaria

 

 

Casco Bay Elite Freestyle & Greco wrestling club is sponsoring a wrestling and cultural excursion to Bulgaria for experienced wrestlers in grades 6-12. The trip will happen around the 3rd week in April 2016 (April vacation for Maine schools).

Wrestlers will train and compete in Olympic styles of wrestling at Bulgaria’s famous sports schools. Our home base will be Vasil Levsky (www.vasillevskisport.com), the county’s oldest sports school located in Plovdiv. Wrestlers will also have time to sightsee and experience Bulgarian culture during the trip.

Train & Wrestle in Bulgaria

Coach Morin Named 2015 Coach of the Year

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Practices, Technique | Comments Off on Coach Morin Named 2015 Coach of the Year

Coach Morin Named 2015 Coach of the Year

Mike Morin, Casco Bay Elite Head Coach, has been named the New England Wrestling Association Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2014-2015 season! Coach Morin was recognized for his tremendous work with individual student-athlete development, having coached NCAA qualifiers on seven occasions. Most recently he worked with Daniel Del Gallo and Jonathan Deupree, two NCAA qualifiers from USM that frequently volunteer their time to help Casco Bay Elite wrestlers.

Registration Now Open for Casco Bay Elite Freestyle & Greco Team

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in News, Practices, Technique | Comments Off on Registration Now Open for Casco Bay Elite Freestyle & Greco Team

Registration Now Open for Casco Bay Elite Freestyle & Greco Team

 

Registration is now open for Casco Bay Elite’s 2015 season. Click here for information about the team, registration information, flyers and more details.

Casco Bay Elite Registration Page

http://www.portlandyouthwrestling.com/casco-bay-elite/

Casco Bay Elite at ME State Freestyle Championships

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Competitions, News | Comments Off on Casco Bay Elite at ME State Freestyle Championships

Casco Bay Elite at ME State Freestyle Championships

Congratulations to all the Casco Bay Elite wrestlers that competed in the Maine Freestyle State Championships this weekend. The following wrestlers earned medals in their respective weight classes.

Shamus C 2nd
Christian J 4th
Jesse M 3rd
Zane T 4th
TJ K 2nd
Brian L 3rd
Michael N 4th
Josh H 2nd
Pierce Knorr 2nd

2014 Youth Wrestling Registration Open

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Competitions, News, Practices, Wrestlers | Comments Off on 2014 Youth Wrestling Registration Open

2014 Youth Wrestling Registration Open

Registration is now open for Portland Youth Wrestling’s 2014 programs. There are options for kids in grades K-8th with all levels of experience and competitive goals.

Go to http://www.portlandyouthwrestling.com/pyw-sharks/ for more information and to download registration forms.

Pre-Season Training Plan

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Motivation, Practices, Technique | Comments Off on Pre-Season Training Plan

With about 12 weeks left before wrestling season, it’s time to build on your spring/summer training and make a final push to get ready for the season. There are many options for pre-season training based on a wrestler’s experience and goals but they should all address the following areas:

Strength: High school athletes should perform full-body weigh lifting programs at high intensity. For youth wrestlers, a regular full-body routine of body weight exercises at moderate intensity is appropriate.

Speed: Use explosive exercises like Olympic lifts, plyometrics and running drills to increase your speed on and off the mat.

Quickness/Agility: Quick feet kill. Jump rope, do agility ladders and other quickness drills to improve your footwork and takedowns.

Flexibility: Increased flexibility makes you faster, stronger and less prone to injury. Work at it every day.

Fundamental Skills: USA Wrestling identifies 7 basic skills. Work until you master all 7 and then work at them some more.

Winning Positions: Wrestling matches are full of common positions. Learn them, get comfortable wrestling in them and figure out how to win them.

Winning Situations: Identify important match situations, develop your plans and tactics for winning them.

Goal Setting: This is the perfect time to evaluate your goals and refine them for the coming season. Aim high, set intermediate goals and build your plan.

Registration Open for Fall Casco Bay Elite Session

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in News, Practices | Comments Off on Registration Open for Fall Casco Bay Elite Session

Registration Open for Fall Casco Bay Elite Session

Registration is open for the Fall Casco Bay Elite training session.  The program is open to experienced wrestlers in 3rd – 12th grades. We will have two practices per week that include technique instruction, drilling, live wrestling, strength training and conditioning. This session is designed to help wrestlers get ready for fall competitions and the winter competition season.

Click here for information, registration forms and a flyer for the team.

Casco Bay Elite at ME Freestyle State Championships

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Competitions, News, Wrestlers | Comments Off on Casco Bay Elite at ME Freestyle State Championships

Casco Bay Elite at ME Freestyle State Championships

Congrats to Casco Bay Elite wrestlers that competed at the Maine Freestyle State Championships this weekend. We had a great showing as a team and 10 wrestlers placed top 3 in their respective weight classes.

 

Joe Kenney – Champion
Tyler Smythe – 2nd
Kidayer Aljubyly – Champion
Aiden Whitis – 3rd
Cordell Brooks – Champion
Iain Whitis – 2nd
Clautel Buba – 3rd
Greg Cassella – 2nd
Nick Vogel – 3rd
Mike Darling – 2nd

Portland Youth Wrestling Invitational Results

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Competitions, Events, Invitational Tournament, News | Comments Off on Portland Youth Wrestling Invitational Results

Portland Youth Wrestling Invitational Results

More than 200 Maine youth wrestlers representing 10 teams competed in the Portland Youth Wrestling Invitational this weekend at Portland High School. Wrestlers started off the day by showing their support for Olympic Wrestling and then took to the mats.

Here are the tournament results: Mite DivisionBantam DivisionIntermediate DivisionNovice Division.

 

 

The PYW Sharks had another great tournament with more than 30 wrestlers competing and 22 taking home medals including:

Lachlan G. 3rd
Hunter T. 3rd
Jaxson B. 4th
Santino C. 4th
Ryan G. 1st
Ishmael S. 2nd
Bryce B. 4th
Carson P. 1st
Christian I. 2nd
Anthony N. 3rd
Cameron F. 1st
Jack C. 3rd
Malcolm G. 1st
Tyler B. 4th
Shamus C. 4th
Travis S. 2nd
Eddie S. 3rd
Ryan B. 4th
Ben L. 3rd
Anferni L. 2nd
Satchel B. 4th
Oliver B. 3rd

 

Sharks Shine at Youth New England Championships

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Competitions, News, Wrestlers | Comments Off on Sharks Shine at Youth New England Championships

Sharks Shine at Youth New England Championships

Congratulations to the 6 members of the Portland Youth Wrestling team that competed this weekend at the Youth New England Championships in Lowell, MA. These wrestlers put it all on the line to test themselves against the best wrestlers in New England. They all represented themselves and their team well but two stood out among the best wrestlers in the tournament. Carson P. and Zack E. both demonstrated some of their best wrestling of the season and placed 2nd in New England in their respective weight classes. Well done gentlemen!

Shamus, Anthony, Zack, Michael, and Tyler. Carson must have been in the cafeteria!

Carson places 2nd in New England!

Zack places 2nd in New England!

Eagles Youth Wrestling Tournament Details (3/3/13)

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Competitions, Events | Comments Off on Eagles Youth Wrestling Tournament Details (3/3/13)

The Eagles Wrestling Club Youth Tournament is Sunday March 3 at Mt Ararat High School on Rt. 201 in Topsham.

The tournament is open to all wrestlers Pre-K through 8th grade:
Pre-K and K (Four-Person Bracket)
1st and 2nd grade (Four-Person Bracket)
3rd and 4th grade (Eight-Person Bracket)
5th – 8th grade (Eight-Person Bracket)
Medals awarded to the top four positions

All PYW wrestlers are pre-registered so anyone can come wrestle. The registration fee is $15.00 per wrestler. Just meet the other PYW families in the bleachers and pay one of the coaches when you get your wrestler’s weigh in slip.

Weigh-ins for Pre-K – 4th grade wrestlers is from 7-8 am. Coach Napolitano will be there by 7:30. Weigh-ins for 5th-8th grade wrestlers is from 10-11 am. Coach Elowitch will be there by 10:30.

Casco Bay Elite Wrestlers at State Championships

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Competitions, Events, News, Wrestlers | Comments Off on Casco Bay Elite Wrestlers at State Championships

Casco Bay Elite Wrestlers at State Championships

Congratulations to members of the Casco Bay Elite Freestyle & Greco team that placed in this weekend’s Class A Wrestling State Championship Tournament!

Kidayer Aljubyly, State Champion, 106 lbs
Iain Whitis, State Champion, 126 lbs
Dominick Day, 2nd place, 132 lbs
Scott Kirkpatrick, 4th place, 138 lbs
Greg Cassella, 4th place, 145 lbs
Nick Vogel, State Champion, 160 lbs

Nemo Can’t Stop the Sharks!!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in Competitions, Events | Comments Off on Nemo Can’t Stop the Sharks!!

Nemo Can’t Stop the Sharks!!

The Medomak youth wrestling tournament is still happening tomorrow. PYW will be there. Here are the details:

The tournament will be at Medomak Valley High School (320 Manktown Rd., Waldoboro, ME). It will have staggered starts. Pre-K – 4th grade wrestlers will weigh in from 7-8 am and wrestling will start at 9:00. Wrestlers in grades 5-8 will weigh in from 10-11 am and wrestling will start at Noon. All wrestlers will compete in round robin brackets.

Coach Napolitano will be there by 7:30 am to coordinate weigh-ins and registrations for the younger group. Coach Elowitch will be there by 10:30 to coordinate registrations and weigh-ins for the older group. Please meet in the bleachers and get your athlete’s weigh in slip from the coach. Registration is $15 per wrestler and you can pay the coach when you get the weigh in slip.

Admission for families is $3 per adult and $1 per student. Please let us know if you have questions.

Sharks Compete at Oxford Hills

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Competitions, Wrestlers | Comments Off on Sharks Compete at Oxford Hills

Sharks Compete at Oxford Hills

Congratulations to the Portland Youth Wrestling Sharks that competed and gave it their all this weekend at the Oxford Hills Youth Wrestling tournament. Eight of the 12 wrestlers brought home medals.

Lochlan G 1st
Hristian I 2nd
Carson P 3rd
Tyler B 4th
Anthony N 3rd
Malcolm G 2nd
Zack E 1st
Michael D 4th