Team Wrestling Strengthens Sport & Bonds Friendships!~
Wrestling is an individual sport, one grappler on the mat against another.
But it's a team sport, too.
Off-Season wrestling teams travel from all over the country to numerous events at Lock Haven University, Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan, and to other College Campuses like Trine University located in Angola, Indiana, and Tiffin University in Ohio, and north to the St Ignace, Little Bear Arena attending multiple team competitions.
Club travel teams coached by everyone from High School Coaches, current College Wrestlers and just the everyday Dad willing to help for good cause. Filling rosters full of high-school & youth squads to help the young athletes grow not just as individuals but also as teams that create a list of lifelong friendships and memories.
Tim Cooper, Rick Stenberg, and Mike Gohn organized and coached the Michigan Chub Chub team. They used their experience as Wrestling Dad’s to make wrestling more of a team sport for many young athletes and give them great experiences.
"When the kids are organized with a full team, they're not only building as individuals, they build as a team, too," say’s Tournament Director Rob Stehley. "Everyone on the team is learning and everyone is improving in many ways. It's a team environment, a lot of High School kids don’t get as much Team competition during the winter season as what they can get with a Spring/Summer Travel team.
The team-events help wrestlers thrive in a competitive environment. Clubs are pitted against each other and conduct full 14-weight duals meet. Participating wrestlers can end the summer with as many as 50-60 matches.
Going to Individual Tournaments is good "But if you come as a team, you get that team building, you get the team unity, and you get a stronger bond. That's really important in wrestling, to have a strong bond between your team." It’s a bond that these kids will share and talk about when they are taking their own kids to events 15-20 years from now.
The teams travel with their coaches, and compete in a good mix of 5-6 matches facing a range of opponents from returning JV wrestlers to elite State Champions and top National talent at every event. Coaches comment on a good mix of matches because they have kids throughout the roster that are in all of those levels of skill and experience.
"The coaches, parents, and wrestlers participating see a tremendous value, and the Folkstyle development, the amount of improvement a young wrestler can gain over a steady summer of wrestling is insurmountable. There’s no substitution for a lot of live matches in a competitive environment event Director Stehley say’s”
Training sessions and Camps are important, but there are tremendous benefits for Folkstyle wrestling when Summer Teams are set against each other to perform in a dual meet, scored just as it would be in high-school competition. There's one match happening at once. Twenty six other wrestlers, plus coaches from both teams, are watching a one-on-one battle. Filling an Arena full of Teams and Fans during the summer, eighteen to twenty mats with non-stop action everyone is hooting and hollering, and it's a lot of fun. It’s something very phenomenal for the sport. Grand River Rumble Dual Series sanctioned by Border Wars & NUWAY National wrestling organizations will continue with Team events for all ages throughout the upcoming year. If you’re more interested in upcoming opportunities contact the Duals event Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.