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New Wrestlers – and Parents – What to wear for the 1st Practice (and where to get it if you don’t have it)

November 26, 2013 Leave a comment

For anyone new to our sport, it’s not unusual to be a little uncertain about how to prepare and what to wear during practices (and later on, during competition), particularly on the 1st day.  

Let’s begin with a reminder that wrestling is a contact sport.  You can imagine that a few dozen (keep recruiting, guys!) wrestlers exerting themselves, even in the cavernous field house at WHS, are going to get sweaty.  That means that what you wear the first day, and every day, should be clean.  That’s worth noting again.  Every day take a shower immediately after practice and wear clean clothing.  If you stink before practice, take a shower before practice too.  Do not wear sweaty or dirty clothing to practice.

For practice, the clothing should be relatively close-fitting, though you don’t need skin-tight clothing.  The school will provide singlets for competition.  For practice, avoid shorts with pockets or really loose-fitting sweats if you can.  It’s very easy to get fingers caught in loose clothing.  The field house is cool, so wear layers.  It’s easier to remove layers when you get warm than it is to warm up when you’re cold.

If you have wrestling shoes, bring them.  If not, bring an extra pair of socks.  Clean ones.  You can pick up shoes at Sports Authority, Dicks, Modell’s or other sporting goods stores.  Wilton Sports shop may have some, but call first to check.  

If this is your first time with the sport, don’t spend a fortune on shoes.  $40-$60 is reasonable, but more than that is probably too much for your first pair.  You can also get them relatively inexpensively online, but sizing varies dramatically by brand, so it’s best to try some on first before you buy.  And see if anybody has an old pair that’s still usable (and clean).  This link points to a website that sells a variety of shoes, but main reason to go there is to read what it says about how to buy. 

Bring a pair of sneakers/running shoes too.  You’ll be running as well as wrestling.  A jump-rope is another good idea.  And a water bottle.  

By the way, don’t share equipment.  Don’t share water bottles.  Remember, wrestling is a contact sport.  It’s already easy to pass germs along, don’t make it any easier.  

A pair of knee pads is another good idea.  Our mats provide some cushioning, but the floor in the field house is cold and hard.  If you bang your knees too much, they get tender, and wearing kneepads after they’re tender won’t help as much as trying to prevent tenderness in the first place.

If you wear braces, get a mouth-guard.  You’ll need one for each row you have braces on for any competition anyway, so it’s a good idea to get used to wearing them now.

Clean towels (every day) and soap and shampoo — or a combination body wash/shampoo are also essentials.  We will do a periodic inspection of the team room.  If it’s gross, you won’t enjoy the consequences.

Finally, get a lock and a gym bag for your stuff.  The lock is for your own protection.  We haven’t heard of many issues this year, but securing your valuables is smart.  Be smart.  

The boosters will likely be arranging a “spirit-wear” package, so you might want to wait for that before you buy expensive sweats or other clothing.  More on that later. 

Finally — if you haven’t taken care of all the fees you must pay and the forms you need to participate, make sure you do that.  Ms. Prescott and the coaches will be checking.  If you haven’t paid or filled out the forms, you can’t participate.  Here is a link to the emergency treatment card form.  This is a link to the health assessment (physical) form.  Review the athletic manual here.


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Less than a week to wrestling, plus another calendar update

November 26, 2013 Leave a comment

We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! Stay healthy, enjoy your families and friends. Travel safely where ever you go, and return the same way.

The calendar page has been updated again, after some input from our new AD and some conversations with the other winter coaches. There are some changes, mainly to practice times, but also some competition dates and times have been moved to minimize conflicts with other events at the fieldhouse. We’re going to do our best to make the new schedule work.

Click here for a printable copy of the calendar, and review it carefully. Please note that the new practice schedule has us practicing late in December and February, and early in January. That should eliminate many conflicts we’ve had in the past with the other teams’ practice schedules, but it may create some new ones. We will work those out as they come up. The main thing for wrestlers is to communicate with their coaches and parents about any conflicts they see.

On Monday, December 2, 2013, our first day of practice, we’d like to have all new wrestlers report at 3:30. Returning wrestlers should come by 4:30. We’ll need to do some organizational stuff before holding our first practice at 5:30. We plan on wrapping up practice by 7:00, instead of 7:30 that first day.

See the calendar for details. We look forward to seeing you all next Monday!

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Thank you!

November 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Huge thank you to the booster moms and dads who helped with tonight’s concession. Many more thanks to the wrestlers who chipped in as well. We are all looking forward to the season!

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Friday Night Lights…Concession Help Needed and Expected

November 14, 2013 Leave a comment

All WHS wrestlers! The boosters have had a very busy week, not to mention much planning and organizing, getting ready to run the concessions at Friday’s football game.

The proceeds from the concessions go directly to the WHS Wrestling Boosters who use them to fund activities, camp scholarships, and to provide general support for the team. If you’re not playing in the game, or involved in some other school activity that requires your presence, you should be helping out.

Conversations with the boosters indicate that coverage for the 1st half is good, but more hands and help are needed especially for half time, and clean-up.

Think of this as a gift to yourselves and your team-mates — and as a thank-you to all the moms and dads who have already volunteered their time and energy to make the evening’s effort successful.

Please contact Mrs. Sakamoto at or Mrs. Fraccaroli at and let them know you’ll be there to help.

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