FAQs

Why should I wrestle after Football season?

What does wrestling have to offer an aspiring football player? It will teach you "self-reliance" - the ability to make things happen without expecting help from others.  A football player learns from wrestling that although there are 10 other players on the field with you, YOU must perform your job at all times and not lean on your teammates for support when you are tired.

And that's not all.  In the wrestling room, we will improve your agility, coordination, quickness, upper body strength, and stamina - to name just a few benefits.  So, if you are SERIOUS about football and your spending most of the off season on your duff, come out for wrestling. You'll be a much better football player for it!  If you are looking for more proof, here are just a few of thousands who wrestled and played football: (pick a few)

  • Bo Jackson - RB, and MLB player
  • Ray Lewis - LB Ravens
  • Ronny Lott - DB, SF… Bit his own finger off during a game
  • Roddy White - WR ATL - On the cover of Madden Football 09
  • Lorenzo Neal - FB Ravens
  • Tedy Bruschi, LB NE
  • Tiki Barber, RB NYG
  • Jimbo Covert - OT 85 Bears Super Bowl Champs
  • And MANY MORE

Wrestling instills the following in athletes:

  • Agility - The ability of one to change the position of your body efficiently and easily.
  • Quickness - The ability to make a series of movements in a very short period of time.
  • Balance - The maintenance of body equilibrium through muscular control.
  • Flexibility - The ability to make a wide range of muscular movements.
  • Coordination - The ability to put together a combination of movements in a flowing rhythm.
  • Endurance - The development of muscular and cardiovascular-respiratory stamina.
  • Muscular Power (explosiveness) - The ability to use strength and speed simultaneously.
  • Aggressiveness - The willingness to keep on trying or pushing your adversary at all times.
  • Discipline - The desire to make the sacrifices necessary to become a better athlete and person.
  • A Winning Attitude - The inner knowledge that you will do your best - win or lose.

When is practice?

Practices (6PM - 8PM):

  • JV - Typically Tot, Bantam, Intermediate with 2 or 3 practices a week at the Leobe Center
  • Varsity - Typically Novice & Senior with 3 practices a week (4 times a week towards the end of year) at the Leobe Center and Carl Sandberg HS

What are the match lengths?

Match Times (3 Periods)

  • Tot (Under 7) 1min, 1min, 1min
  • Bantam (7 - 8) 1min, 1min, 1min
  • Intermediate (8 - 10) 1min, 1min, 1min
  • Novice (10 - 12) 1.5min, 1.5min, 1.5min
  • Senior (12 - 14) 1.5min, 1.5min, 1.5min

What are the weights for wrestlers?

For the majority of the year (all except about 5 or 6 tournaments) the kids are just broken into groups of 4 or 8 which are very close to each other in weight and age.
During certain tournaments (those 5 or 6) there are strict weight classes, but these are not till the end of year and for the older kids. At the end of the year your son/daughter would be put into one of the highlighted weight classes.

  • Tot (Under 7)
    • None, 4-man blocked weight classes
  • Bantam (7-8)
    • None, 4-man blocked weight classes
  • Intermediate (8 - 10)
    • 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 66, 70, 74, 79, 84, 89, 95, 101, 108, 122, 138, 156, 177
  • Novice (10 - 12)
    • 62, 66, 70, 74, 79, 84, 89, 95, 101, 108, 115, 122, 130, 138, 156, 177, 215
  • Senior (12 - 14)
    • 74, 79, 84, 89, 95, 101, 108, 115, 122, 130, 138, 147, 156, 166, 177, 189, 215, 275

When do the boys & girls wrestle?

Just about every Sunday from December through March.  They are optional, BUT we highly encourage the wrestlers to put their new found skills to use.  Most every wrestler competes in these weekly tournaments.  There are a few weekends off, around the holidays themselves, but again it is almost every Sunday around the greater Chicago land area.  For example:

  • Sandburg HS
  • Providence HS
  • Plainfield Central HS
  • Stagg HS
  • Lincolnway HS's
  • Oak Park River Forest HS
  • LaSalle Peru HS (Probably the farthest)

How are the boys & girls grouped?

The kid's levels are broken down by both age and weight.  All ages are based on the child's birthday on 12/31.

  • Tot (Under 7)
  • Bantam (7 - 8)
  • Intermediate (8 - 10)
  • Novice (10 - 12)
  • Senior (12 - 14)

When does the season begin and end?

The season begins during the 1st week of November and lasts through March.  Based on the length of the season and the time spent at the tournaments, everyone becomes your extended family.  Many stay in touch with each other throughout High School and even College.
 

When is registration?

Registration for the season is generally sometime in September or October.  The specific dates will be posted on this site.