Greetings wrestling family! We wanted to let you know about all the opportunities that we have available to us this spring. This page may (or may not) be periodically updated to keep you informed.
For full offerings, check out our Off-Season page:
AWARDS CEREMONY BEING PLANNED
We are currently putting together our end of the season awards program K-12. We will be posting the plan soon.
Here is another (free) opportunity you get better this off-season:
WO SPRING OPEN MAT
Questions? Please contact Coach Keenan Montoya at email@example.com or text 616-212-7769
*For reps to count towards off season points they must be done on a workout partner and must be supervised by coaching staff.
Click the button below to learn more about this opportunity:
WEST OTTAWA OFF-SEASON POINT SYSTEM
West Ottawa will be utilizing its Off-Season Point System again to ensure that all wrestlers are working towards the next season. It is no secret that hard work is the greatest weapon at the disposal of the wrestler. With that in mind, this way the coaching staff can actually quantify the work ethic of the athletes on the team and keep them steadily moving towards their goals.
The program works as such, review the list of approved activities. when you complete one of the tasks, please notify coaching staff so that it can be documented. At the start of the next season, points will be calculated for each team member. The top seven scorers will become that season's captains. All wrestlers will be able to cash their points in for various gifts or gear (not exceeding $25)
Any Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
FORMER OFF-SEASON CHAMPIONS
WEST OTTAWA SUMMER WRESTLING CAMP
Featuring a high-profile slate of national and regional coaches and athletes, the West Ottawa Wrestling Camp emphasizes technical skill development and strategy. Our curriculum covers everything from fundamentals—stance, positioning, takedowns, and escapes—to advanced technique and strategy, including set-ups, finishes, and drilling. We separate wrestlers into smaller groups determined by age, weight, and ability, so each wrestler will receive a level of training that fits their skill and experience level. Our camp's philosophy also relies on teaching a disciplined, focused mindset that is the trademark of the "Pantherstyle" Ethos.
College coaches direct the West Ottawa Wrestling Camp along with All-American wrestlers. Active college wrestlers serve as counselors at this camp, as well as regional all-star talent. Our premier roster of coaches and wrestlers will train side-by-side with camp athletes and lead by example with the discipline and work ethic that is the camp's foundation. This is all done at no cost to all West Ottawa Public School athletes.
Who: Youth Wrestlers K-5th
When: March 28th, 2021 at 5pm
Where: West Ottawa High School
DIVISONS: Panther Cubs (Attack Bandz ONLY) and Little Panthers
Madison Block Weights (no weight classes)
Kids ranked 1-3 and paired against wrestlers of same ability
Register at www.westottawawrestling.com
Check in by 4:30pm
Awards for top 4 wrestlers in each weight class
MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED BY 10pm ON 03/26/21
DUE TO MDHHS RESTRICTION, ALL COMPETITORS AND SPECTATORS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR FACECOVERINGS AT ALL TIMES
Results of our 2020 strength and conditioning combine are listed below. Testing involved grip strength, bench press, squat, 40 time, and pull ups. Overall, an improvement from last year. Also some lifting records were broken this year (also view-able below).
Grip Ricardo Flores 149 psi
Bench Andrew Vandyke 255
Squat Andrew Vandyke 365
40 Emilio Castaneda 4.88
Pullup Owen Foster 26
<125 Julio Sanchez 106
126-139 Emilio Castaneda/Santos Ajpop 122
140-159 Avont Chanthalanon 123
160-200 Ricardo Flores 149
200+ Andrew Vandyke 141
<125 Julio Sanchez 155
126-139 Owen Foster 180
140-159 Christian Quintanilla 155
160-200 Ricardo Flores 235
200+ Andrew Vandyke 255
<125 Julio Sanchez/Jaicob Un, James Diel 185
126-139 Santos Ajpop 260
140-159 Christian Quintanilla 250
160-200 Ricardo Flores 275
200+ Andrew Vandyke 365
<125 Jaicob Un 5.3
126-139 Emilio Castaneda 4.88
140-159 Damian Fernandez 5.06
160-200 Michael Higgins 5.56
200+ Jaykob Gaytan 5.2
<125 Julio Sanchez 20
126-139 Owen Foster 26
140-159 Damian Fernandez 19
160-200 Ricardo Flores 19
200+ Andrew Vandyke 6
Check out our All-Time Team and our All-Decade Team as well as our records.
While we all miss wrestling season during this Pause to Save Lives. In an effort to keep wrestling on our minds, here is our West Ottawa All-Time Tournament. The top sixteen wrestlers were selected off of several criteria:
Each day, we will offer up a match up that fans will vote on the wrestle they deem the more prolific.
Scoring System (by percentage difference):
5%< Sudden Victory (SV)
5.1%-14.9% Decision (Dec)
15%-24.9% Major Decision (MJ)
25%-34.9% Technical Fall (TF)
>35% Fall (Fall)
Voting has now CLOSED
1st Karl Nadolksy Jr ('98)
2nd Michael McClure ('09)
3rd James Tietema ('96)
4th Spencer Nadolsky ('02)
5th Rob Renes ('95)
6th Jason Fuller ('02)
7th John McClure ('04)
8th Kareem Naguib ('06)
Karl Nadolsky Jr.
Bout 1: Karl Nadolsky Jr. ('98) over Nate Colvin ('13) FALL 76%-24%
Bout 2: Steven McClure ('10) over Tony Phetdara ('06) FALL 69.7%-30.3%
Bout 3: Kareem Naguib ('06) over Kip Plaggemars ('79) FALL 71.6%-28.4%
Bout 4: John McClure ('04) over Lance Lamar ('79) TECH FALL 63%-37%
Bout 5: Spencer Nadolsky ('02) over Gaven Daniels ('13) FALL 75%-25%
Bout 6: Rick Moralez ('00) over Ethan Curtin ('16) TECH FALL 65%-35%
Bout 7: Rob Renes ('95) over Auggie Mata ('10) FALL 80%-20%
Bout 8: Ryan Lancaster ('02) over Tim Tietema TECH FALL ('91) 65%-35%
Bout 9: Michael McClure ('09) over Jace Garza ('17) FALL 95%-5%
Bout 10: Ryan Kruithoff ('98) over Joey McClure ('11) FALL 80%-20%
Bout 11: Prescott Slee ('03) over Herk Jordan ('87) FALL 82.5-17.5
Bout 12: Cory Fuller ('01) over Rory Lancaster ('00) FALL 75%-25%
Bout 13: James Tietema (96) over Gage Keene ('14) FALL 82.9%-17.1%
Bout 14: Ramon Correa ('15) over Troy Shults ('00) FALL 77.6%-22.4%
Bout 15: Jason Fuller ('02) over Julian Jimenez ('19) FALL 81.6%-18.4%
Bout 16: Miguel Correa ('13) over Phil Tracy ('01) DEC 55%-45%
Bout 17: Karl Nadolsky Jr ('98) over Steven McClure ('10) FALL 90.5%-9.5%
Bout 18: John McClure ('04) over Kareem Naguib ('06) MAJOR 58.2%-41.8%
Bout 19: Spencer Nadolsky ('02) over Rick Moralez ('00) FALL 90.5%-9.5%
Bout 20: Rob Renes ('95) over Ryan Lancaster ('02) SV 51%-49%
Bout 21: Michael McClure ('09) over Ryan Kruithoff ('98) MAJ 61%-39%
Bout 22: Prescott Slee ('03) over Corey Fuller ('01) DEC 56.3%-43.7%
Bout 23: James Tietema ('96) over Ramon Correa ('15) FALL 80.1%-19.9$
Bout 24: Jason Fuller ('02) over Miguel Correa ('13) FALL 93.8%- 6.2%
Bout 25: Tony Phetdara ('06) over Nate Colvin ('13) FALL 75.4%-24.6%
Bout 26: Lance Lamar ('79) over Kip Plaggemars ('79) FALL 89.7%-10.3%
Bout 27: Ethan Curtin('16) over Gaven Daniels ('14) FALL 69.1%-30.9%
Bout 28: Tim Tietema ('91) over Auggie Mata ('10) FALL 72.1%-27.9%
Bout 28: Jace Garza ('17) over Joey McClure ('11) DEC 56.3%-43.8%
Bout 29: Rory Lancaster ('00) over Herc Jordan ('87) FALL 68.8%-31.3%
Bout 30: Troy Shults ('00) over Gage Keene ('14) FALL 87.5%-12.5%
Bout 31: Julian Jimenez ('19) over Phil Tracy ('01) TECH FALL 62.5%-37.5%
Bout 32: Karl Nadolsky Jr ('98) over John McClure ('04) FALL 73.9%-26.1%
Bout 33: Spencer Nadolsky ('02) over Rob Renes ('95) DEC. 56.6%-43.4%
Bout 34: Michael McClure ('09) over Prescott Slee ('03) SV 50.5%-49.5%
Bout 35: James Tietema over Jason Fuller ('02) SV 50.1%-49.9%
Bout 36: Ryan Kruithoff ('98) over Tony Phetdara ('06) FALL 86.4%-13.6%
Bout 37: Cory Fuller ('01) over Lance Lamar ('78) DEC 54.5%-45.5%
Bout 38: Ramon Correa ('15) over Ethan Curtin ('16) FALL 81.8%-18.2%
Bout 39: Miguel Correa ('13) over Tim Tietema ('91) SV 51%-49%
Bout 40: Steven McClure ('10) over Jace Garza ('17) FALL 81.3%-18.7%
Bout 41: Kareem Naguib ('06) over Rory Lancaster ('00) SV 51%-49%
Bout 42: Troy Shults ('00) over Rick Moralez ('00) FALL 87.5%-12.5%
Bout 43: Ryan Lancaster ('02) over Julian Jimenez ('19) FALL 75%-25%
Bout 44: Cory Fuller ('01) over Ryan Kruithoff ('98) 54.5%-45.5%
Bout 45: Miguel Correa ('13) over Ramon Correa ('15) 68.2%-31.8%
Bout 46: Kareem Naguib ('06) over Steven McClure ('10) 68.2%-31.8%
Bout 47: Ryan Lancaster ('02) over Troy Shults ('00) 54.5%-45.5%
Bout 48: Karl Nadolsky Jr ('98) over Spencer Nadolsky ('02) DEC 53.8%-46.2%
Bout 49: Michael McClure ('09) over James Tietema ('96) DEC 53.3%-46.7%
Bout 50: John McClure ('04) over Cory Fuller ('01) MAJ 59.6%-40.4%
Bout 51: Rob Renes ('95) over Miguel Correa ('13) DEC 56.3%-43.8%
Bout 52: Kareem Naguib ('06) over Prescott Slee ('03) DEC 55%-45%
Bout 53: Jason Fuller ('02) over Ryan Lancaster ('02) DEC 54.5%-45.5%
Bout 54: Rob Renes ('95) over John McClure ('04) FALL 95.5%-4.5%
Bout 55: Jason Fuller ('02) over Kareem Naguib ('06) FALL 92.5%-7.5%
Bout 56: James Tietema ('96) over Rob Renes ('95) SV 51.5%-48.5%
Bout 57: Spencer Nadolsky ('02) over Jason Fuller ('02) DEC 55%-45%
Bout 58 (7th Place): John McClure ('04) over Kareem Naguib ('06) FALL 92.5%-7.5%
Bout 59 (5th place): Rob Renes (95) over Jason Fuller ('02) TECH 65.6%-34.4%
Bout 60 (3rd Place): James Tietema ('96) over Spencer Nadolsky ('02) DEC 53.8%-46.2%
Bout 61 (1st Place): Karl Nadolsky Jr. ('98) over Michael McClure ('09) DEC 54.2%-45.8%
Article originally printed by the Holland Evening Sentinel News
WEST OTTAWA TIES WRESTLING MEET
Dec. 2, 1965
GRAND RAPIDS- West Ottawa’s wrestling team held its first match in history here Tuesday night and the Panthers were impressive as they held Grand Rapids West Catholic to 24-24 tie. Coach Sid Huitema was pleased with the showing West Ottawa in its opening match. Huitema thought the pre-season hard work paid off for the Panthers. With only two seniors on the team, he is optimistic for the team’s success this season and in the future. The West Ottawa reserve team scored a decisive 23-6 win against the West Catholic reserves. Freshman Dan Martinez scored a first period pin in the 112- pound class while sophomore (Al Vander Kooi scored a second-round pin. Scoring decisions for the Panthers were sophomore Roy Alofs and seniors Al Sroka and John Oonk Sophomore Dale Kardux won his match on a forfeit when his opponent couldn’t make weight. The Panthers lost the 95-pound match in the same way. Junior Richard Schultz, outweighed by more than 25 pounds, was pinned with seven seconds left in the third period in the heavyweight class. In reserve action Chris Bade won on a decision and Bill Jaques. Al Chaves, Wayne Stewart and Richard Boyd won on pins. The Panthers host Byron Center in the home opener next Monday in the West Ottawa gym. The reserves begin action at 6:30 p.m. and varsity meet is at 7:30 p.m.
Varsity results in order of finish:
95 pounds-Terry Phome ( WC) won on forfeit.
103 pounds - Dale Kardux (WO) won on forfeit.
112 pounds - Dan Martinez (WO) pinned Jim Patrick (WC) first period
120 pounds - Roy Alofs (WO) dec. Tom Symanski (WC), 15-2.
127 pounds— Ed Pass (WC) dec. Randy Zomermaand (WO), 8-4)
133 pounds - Al Sroka (WO) dec. Ed Owzarscak (WC), 10-8
138- Gary Sosnowski (WC) dec. Jesse Fuerst (WO) 10-3.
145 pounds— Cal Vander Kooi WO pinned Gary Lehman (WC), second period
154 pounds-R. Schulz (WC) dec. Larry Tibbet (WO), 8-0
165 pounds-John Oonk (WO) dec Chuck Dauser (WC), 11-3
180 pounds - C. Mysliwiec WC pinned Larry Schregardus (WO), second period.
In an effort to keep our team engaged during the next few weeks of COVID precautions, we are instituting daily challenges. These challenges will be team based. Each team leader will be encouraged to get its members to participate. The winning team will receive a free shirt for each member. Here are the teams:
We have teamed up with Constant Pressure to provide the West Ottawa wrestling family its fan and team gear this season. Please pay close attention to due date. For those that wish to make a re-order or are a part of the youth and middle school teams, another store will be opened up in 2021.
Though most of this will be gear that the wrestlers use to compete this season, fans will be able to get their hands on it as well. Place an online order.
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In hopes to keep wrestlers, parents, alumni, and fans aware of the massive rule changes for the 2020-2021 season, we have created a central hub to keep everyone informed. Plan on this page being updated regularly, and often. Changes this season will be hourly, if not daily. We will do our best to educate everyone to the best of our knowledge.
PREFACE: MAJOR CHANGES
Ruling from the MHSAA:
Ruling for OK Red Conference
STEP ONE: SIGN UP
It's important that we have up to date information on everyone. If you haven't already, please fill out this form. This will help determine our pods that we will be using to run our practices.
STEP TWO: FINAL FORMS
This is an absolute must, Final Forms must be completed in its entirety and insurance and physicals turned in. This how we will be handling our contact tracing, so wrestlers cannot step on the mat without this completed.
STEP THREE: PRE-SEASON
Pre-season begins Nov. 2 at 3:00pm-4:00pm. We will meet at the high school track between the north and south building. These will not be in pods, but expect cold weather and to remain socially distant. The schedule thus far:
11.04.20 3:15pm-4:15pm (w/ National Guard)
11.09.20 3:15pm-4:15pm (w/ USAF)
11.13.20 3:15pm-5:00pm (US Army/moving mats)
STEP FOUR: GEAR
Team and fan stores are currently closed. It will reopen for the second semester as well.
STEP FIVE: PRACTICE
First Official Full Contact Practice will be Monday February 8, 2021.
High School Practices will take place Monday-Friday from 3:30pm-5:40pm. Each wrestler will report to the wrestling room where outside the door (dressed in running/wrestling shoes and masks) they will be greeted by coaching staff. Coaches will check temperatures, answer all the questions on Final Forms, and get their weight checked. All information will be recorded manually via paper and entered into Final Forms or will entered into Final Forms via Chromebook. Once all has been recorded, wrestlers may enter the wrestling room.
Pods will then break out into different stations:
STEP SIX: ALPHA WEIGH-IN
Currently, no alpha weigh-in is scheduled this season. Instead, when athletes weigh-in for the first time for competition, the weight class you compete in will be considered your scratch (lowest) weight class. This will be the lowest weight class you can compete in this season. However, once a wrestler makes that weight class, they will automatically be given a 2-pound allowance.
EX: A wrestler weighs in at 187.5 for the first competition on Jan. 27. That wrestler's lowest weight class for the season is 171, but may bump up in a dual situation. For the next competition on Jan. 30 (and all following events for the '21 season), the wrestler will need to make at least 191 to wrestle at 189.
STEP SEVEN: SCHEDULE
We will have 10 competition dates this season on both Wednesdays and Saturdays. These will all be quads with 3 other teams. Please not that start times will be in either the morning or evening.
All practices, events, and tournaments for all levels of West Ottawa Wrestling can be found here:
Off season wrestling is important for any program, but at West Ottawa it is a bit different. Unlike other local West Michigan programs, the Panthers rely heavily on training Olympic style wrestling (freestyle and greco-roman) to make improvements in leaps and bounds. The pinnacle of this the high school national championships, held every July in Fargo, North Dakota. Unfortunately due to the corona virus, the event was canceled. So in leu of summer coverage, lets take a look back at the last few decades and our best to represent our school, state, and country in Olympic style wrestling.
The following is a list of West Ottawa Wrestlers that competed on either the MUSAW Dual Team or represented Team Michigan at Fargo (If you don't see your name, let us know at email@example.com):
1999 Ryan Lancaster
1999 Rory Lancaster
2000 Ryan Lancaster
2000 Cory Fuller
2000 David Whalen
2002 Ryan Lancaster
2010 Gaven Daniels
2010 Miguel Correa
2011 Anthony Inthavong
2011 Ramon Correa
2011 Gaven Daniels
2011 Miguel Correa
2012 Miguel Correa
2012 Ramon Correa
2013 Kalib Brunson
2013 Ramon Correa
2013 Anthony Inthavong
2014 Kalib Brunson
2014 Ramon Correa
2015 Ramon Correa
2015 Keenan Montoya
2016 Ethan Curtin
2017 Julian Jimenez
2018 Mathew Hakken
2018 Julian Jimenez
2018 Mathew Hakken
Club State Champions
West Ottawa generally has a good showing at the freestyle and greco roman state finals. Here are the few (on record) that have won state titles:
1997 Ryan Lancaster MWF FR
2000 Ryan Lancaster MUSAW FR
2010 Ramon Correa MUSAW FR
2011 Ramon Correa MUSAW FR
2012 Miguel Correa MUSAW FR
2013 Miguel Correa MUSAW GR
2013 Miguel Correa MUSAW FR
2014 Ramon Correa MUSAW GR
To be top 8 in the country is no easy feat to accomplish, but a few Panthers have made their way to the podium'
AAU Junior Olympic Teams
Another large event that offers high level freestyle is the AAU Junior Olympics. Several of our wrestlers have made the trip, and walked away with 10 matches!
There are plenty of other events that even put West Ottawa on the international stage! If you don't see a name here that should be, or have pictures to share, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
West Ottawa Wrestling has produced many next level athletes and champions the past decade. Lets delve into their history and honor those that have created a lasting impact on the program. There were so many amazing athletes that contributed so much that it was difficult to narrow down to just 14. ( NOTE: The wrestlers may or may not have spent all their time at their weight class)
You can read about our All-Time team as well.
103 Jace Garza (’17)
"Jace was so dominate for his career. His technical style helped him overpower and push past his opponents. He has done some great hings for the Merchant Marines in D3 as well." - Coach Lancaster
112 Ethan Curtin (’16)
"Ethan was one of the most dedicated wrestlers I have ever coached. He could takedown anyone on his feet, and could won close matches." -Coach Lancaster
119 Owen Foster (’24)
"Owen is right at the tail-end of the decade, but he looks to have a pretty promising career ahead of him. It's hard to find him not on the mat. he has an amazing work ethic." -Coach Lancaster
125 Austin Esparza (’18)
"Austen didn't wrestle long for out program, but his freshman year made an impact. He had superhuman strength and could out muscle much older opponents." -Coach Lancaster
130 Shantryl Stevenson (’16)
"Shantryl found himself all over our line-up over the years. He aggressive style made him an important cog in our machine." - Coach Lancaster
135 Christian Quintanilla (’21)
"Christian is one of a slew of competitive wrestlers that have aided us at 135 the past decade. His athletic ability demonstrates he can out scramble most of his opponents." - Coach Lancaster
140 Gage Keene (’13)
"Gage was one of the best top wrestlers I've had the pleasure of coaching. Once he took you down, you weren't getting away unless he wanted to let you go." - Coach Lancaster
145 Auggie Mata (’10)
"Auggie was so well-rounded: a great athlete, wrestler, and leader of the team. He really set the pace for the future of the program and the expectations we looked to fulfill." - Coach Lancaster
152 Clayton Castro (’15)
"You'll be hard pressed to find a quicker and more agile wrestler than Clayton. He was almost serpent like on his feet, taking down his opponent before they even noticed." - Coach Lancaster
160 Julian Jimenez (’19)
"Julian left a huge impact on the program. A 3x regional qualifier that smashed a few of our team records." - Ryan Lancaster
171 Joey McClure (’11)
"Joey comes from the McClure family, arguably the one most important family to come through our program. His leg scissor were guaranteed to pop your rib." - Coach Lancaster
189 Steven McClure (’10)
"Steven would rather throw ya than know ya. I loved his style and he opened up the doors to other wrestlers to go upper body. " - Coach Lancaster
215 Nate Colvin (’13)
"Wrestling Nate was more of a chess match. His cerebral defense made it almost impossible to takedown." - Coach Lancaster
285 Miguel Correa (’13)
."The Correa brothers were such an important part of my coaching story. Miguel gained renowned for his athletic and technical style and he dominated 285 for 3 years. Barring an injury in the semi-finals, I truly believe he should have been a state champion." - Coach Lancaster
There you have it. Anyone we miss? Let us know and we look forward to the next All-Decade Team.
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