It is getting that time of year again to start preparing for our trip to the AAU MS national duals and the USA Elementary National Duals. This year the event will be held April 12-14 in Des Moines, IA and April 12-14th in Ralston, NE for the Elementary team.
The Ohio Grapplers will be taking two teams to the Middle School Duals and we will be taking 1 team to the Elementary national duals in Ralston, NE. We not only had great success on the mat there has also been some great friendships developed since our first grappler team 6 years ago.
I will once again be attending the MS duals and coaching the Scarlet team. I am unsure as of now who is coaching the Gray team but should have that finalized soon.
The elementary team is going to be coached by Erik Burnett. Most of you already know Erik. If not, I will simply say in my opinion he is one of the finest coaches in the country and we are very lucky to have him coaching one of our Grappler teams.
The team training camp is not mandatory but is highly suggested. For those of you that have attended in the past you know what I am talking about. Last year there were 90 of the top kids in the state wrestling hard for 4 sessions. Plus it allows the kids to get to know each other. I think Leigh and I had 65 kids spend the night at the house. It was quite interesting. It will be April 5th and 6th.
Once I have committed to your child I won’t take that spot away from him. I do ask that you don’t commit to the team unless you are “all in” as a last minute cancellation can be very problematic for the team.
The cost of the team this year is $130.00. This includes:
Team Training camp by Erik Burnett @ Delta
What needs to be done by you?
- Go to ohiograpplers.com and fill out the application and the team. Make sure you pick the correct team (Elementary or Middle School)
- Fill out the Apparel form.
- Elementary team- Obtain a USA wrestling card @ www.usawmembership.com
- MS Team- Please obtain an AAU card @ https://play.aausports.org
- Click on the PayPal link and pay.
As always it is important to me that this is a positive experience for your child and family. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding any aspect of the trip.