Tournament Success

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 in Competitions, Invitational Tournament

How can you go wrong with 115 elementary school kids competing their hearts out and having fun? Yesterday’s tournament had everything I’ve come to expect in a youth wrestling event – tons of positive energy, laughter, a few tears, and great sporstmanship from the athletes.

Once again, I was reminded that, left to their own devices, kids usually get it right. Wrestling is fun for them and their passion shows through in every match. They love to win and hate to lose but the results of a single match never seem to make or break their day. They are as quick to make friends and play off the mat as they are to shoot a double leg takedown on it.

As for the Portland Youth Wrestlers, I couldn’t be more proud of their effort. As usual, our kids wrestled hard from start to finish in every match. They are starting to embrace our fundamental approach of leg attacks, hand control and 1/2 nelsons. They still frequently revert to kids wrestling around in the backyard and that’s OK too.

I think the tournment was a huge positive for our youth and high school programs. We learned a ton and have asked for feedback to improve the event for next year. So please share your thoughts with us.

I’d like give a special thanks to a bunch of people that helped us make the tournament happen: Eli Small and Mike Pease for running the brackets, Portland and Deering High School wrestlers who donated their Sunday so kids could learn the sport of wrestling, the Mousam Valley wrestling club for providing equipment for the scoring table, many parents from the Portland Youth Wrestling team and other wrestling fans that helped set-up, clean-up and with innumerable things in between. We thank you and the kids thank you.


  1. Tony
    You and Dave do an OUTSTANDIG job with all the kids. Not just the ones from Portland but others as well.
    You take the time to teach the proper way to wrestle. I myself am learning a lot from you two. In last night meet with Scarborough you were teaching their kid which is great sportsmanship and teaches the kids this as well.
    Keep up the great work. The kids enjoy this greatly.
    And I fit into the large quite well.

    Rudy a proud Grandfather

  2. Tony
    I would like to let you know that both my boys really enjoy wrestling for you and Dave. My son Travis has been with you and Dave for two years, he has learned so much. My son Hilton looks forward to each practice. some of what they have learned will go far beyond the mat! Travis’s and Hilton’s grandfather started the wrestling program at Fryburg Academy in 1965, and became the Bowdoin College wrestling coach. And I know he would be so proud of his grandsons and the way they are being coached.I just want to thank you and Dave.

    The Soule family