Beginning today is the annual Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association Fall Clinic in Green Bay. A long list of clinicians will be on hand (including US Greco Roman National Team head coach Matt Lindland) to provide their insights on preparation, technique, and competition. The yearly event serves as a sort of kickoff for the upcoming season and hundreds (and hundreds) of coaches are expected to be in attendance.
As if the immense gathering of wrestling knowledge wasn’t enough, two Greco Roman matches have been added to the festivities. Four Northern Michigan-Olympic Training Site athletes are set to do battle against one another and three of them were Junior World Team members this year: Dalton Roberts (55/59 kg, MI) takes on Randon Miranda (50 kg, CA); and Jamal DeArmond (66 kg, CA) locks up with Chris Anderson (66 kg, TX). Roberts, of course, is a familiar name to many. He has been a part of two Junior World Teams (2015, 2016) and also won this year’s University Nationals to secure a spot on that World Team (which did not compete at the World Championships last week).
Miranda, the spark plug of the Northern program, made his first World Team this past Spring and finished 1-2 at the World Championships in France. DeArmond is another young prospect many point to as a potential fixture on the Senior circuit going forward. He didn’t snag a win at the Worlds in August, but that doesn’t take away from the growth he has experienced the last couple of years. Anderson is just starting to enter into the fray, so to speak. He has the strength and the relative upside to go with it, but more seasoning is definitely the order of the day for the native Texan.
As mentioned above, US coach and 2000 Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland will be around to give a presentation on the applicability of Greco Roman to other styles.
Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association Fall Clinic
The Hyatt on Main and KI Convention Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin – Friday, November 4th – Saturday, November 5th
Featured Greco Roman matches
Dalton Roberts (NMU-OTS) vs. Randon Miranda (NMU-OTS)
Jamal DeArmond (NMU-OTS) vs. Chris Anderson (NMU-OTS)
Steve Costanzo, head coach – St. Cloud State University, Minnesota
Pete Bush, head coach – Assumption High School, Davenport, Iowa
Dave Mills, head coach – Forest Hills Central HS, Michigan
Spotlight on Wisconsin Collegiate Programs & Coaches
Efrain Ayala, head coach – UW Oshkosh
Dillon Bera, head coach – Lakeland College
Mike DeRoehn, head coach – UW Platteville
Round Table/Mat Discussions
A to Z Wrestling/Skills & Drills Part 4
Scott Arneson, Merrill
WIAA Dual State Championship Coaches
D1 – Jeff Matczak, Kaukauna High School; D2 – Mark Matzek, Ellsworth High School; D3 – Chad Steldt, Fennimore High School
Lakeland College vs. UW-Oshkosh
WWCA Hall of Fame Banquet, Induction and Awards
Inductees: Ben Askren, Marty Loy, John Mesenbrink, Al Poser, and Scott Schmitz
Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated that 1995 World Champion and 1996 Olympic silver medalist Dennis Hall would be appearing to demonstrate his new SPIKE Functional Strength Training program. That is no longer the case, hence the adjustment to the text.