Archive for November, 2009

WHS Wrestling Boosters – Help Needed!

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

This just in from Mrs. Helms:

WHS Wrestling Boosters and WHS Football Boosters are sharing the concession for the CIAC football game tomorrow at WHS.

Game is at 6:30 Tues, 12/1 and workers are needed.

Not too sure how many people they are expecting– Xavier is a large Catholic school from upstate and Christy Hayes thinks they will attend the game.

I know it is a difficult, busy time– but if any of you can work for 45 minutes, that would be terrific. Let Kathy Helms or Katie Wilbur know if you are able to help.

Categories: Parents

I stronger.

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

A few years ago, the actor Kirk Douglas (who, according to Wikipedia, was also a stand out wrestler) wrote a story that appeared in the NY Times. It was about his Russian peasant father, who, after many years of smoking, was told to stop smoking by his doctor.

His dad quit on the spot, but he put one cigarette in his shirt pocket. Whenever he felt like he wanted a smoke, he would take out the cigarette and growl at it, saying, in his thick Russian accent, “Who’s stronger? You ? Me?” Glaring at the cigarette he’d reply, “I stronger.” And then he’d put the cigarette back in his pocket. Sadly, Douglas’ dad had smoked too long and as a result, passed away just a few years after quitting.

Later in his own life, after getting hooked on tobacco himself, Kirk Douglas looked at a picture of his dad, and remembered how he’d lived and died. Douglas made the same decision his dad did, and quit on the spot, putting a cigarette in his shirt pocket to remind himself who was stronger!

Think about that story the next time you’re tired, the next time your practice partner or your coach wants you to do one more drill, the next time you’re tempted to let up on your training, your conditioning, your homework, or anything else. Who’s stronger? You or the fatigue? You or the temptation to slack off? What will your answer be?

Here’s a link to the original story:

Categories: Team

1st Practice Tomorrow!

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Our season kicks off tomorrow after school!

For those of you with braces — today’s a good day to pick up an upper/lower mouth guard. Walmart was out of them as of yesterday — so you’ll have to go to a sporting goods store. Check Wilton Sports or try Sports Authority, Dicks, or Modell’s. You will need them for competition. (If you don’t have braces, mouth guards are not a requirement.)

Kneepads are a good idea too — volleyball kneepads work fine — and Walmart had those in stock as of yesterday.

If you’ve not gotten a pair of wrestling shoes, the website, which sells a variety of wrestling equipment, has a short video at the link below which will help you understand the differences between entry level, mid-range and more expensive shoes. Check it out.

Locally, Dicks, Modell’s and Sports Authority all have wrestling shoes in stock, with the best selection probably at Dicks.

Once you know your size, you can shop online if you’d prefer, but your best bet as a first-time buyer is to try them on first. As Coach Foldeak noted, you don’t need to spend a fortune on your shoes. (If you don’t have shoes, bring a clean pair of socks to practice — no bare feet or sneakers will be allowed on the mat.)

See you tomorrow. Bring your blue cards, WHS Activity Fund checks ($25, only if you’ve not paid in the Fall for another activity) and your physical forms.

Categories: Uncategorized

Roster Updated

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Coaches have compiled a 2009-10 Team Roster (as of 11/25 and based on the pre-season sign-ups.) Click the roster tab above for a printable roster.

If you’re not on the list, and should be, or if we’ve misspelled your name, got your grade wrong, etc., please let us know and we will correct the roster asap.

Make sure you sign up for e-mail distribution of posts to this website. There are 45 names on the roster — but as of 11/27 at 6:45 PM there are only 26 wrestlers and parents signed up so far. Take a moment and click the link under the photo to the right. Follow directions there, and don’t forget to “confirm” your address when you get an e-mail from the WHS Wrestling Feedburner site. If you don’t confirm, you won’t get e-mails.

Categories: Team


November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

It was great to see so many faces — old and new — at today’s meeting. 1st practice will be on Monday. Check some of the older posts below or in the archive if you have questions about equipment, etc.

Also, please sign up for e-mail updates from this site ASAP, and encourage your parents to do the same. Just click the link under the photo to the right.

The Team Schedule will give you an idea of the practice and competition schedules, bus/travel times, etc.

The Match Schedule will show you meets and tournament dates and times.

If either schedule changes, we’ll post something to the main page reminding you to update your calendars with the changes.

Eventually, we’ll post a roster. Coach contact info can be found on the Coaches Contact Info tab (see above.)

Categories: Parents, Team