To increase knowledge and interest in the sport of wrestling, West Ottawa and Myrmidon Training Systems will be hosting a 4 week, 2 session camp at the North High School wrestling room beginning in October. The aim will be to introduce new athletes to the sport and teach rudimentary skills that will help on and off the mat. This camp will be set up for kids that have little to no experience in the sport, and will prepare them (if they wish) for the competitive season in November.
This September we are also hosting our advanced high school camp aimed at preparing wrestlers in the West Michigan area for fall competitions. 7th-12th Grade athletes that are serious about the sport should apply.
All camps are lead and instructed by Myrmidon Training Systems staff.
KIDS DEVELOPMENTAL CAMP
Two 2-Week Sessions
Session 1: Oct. 1-3 & Oct.8-10
Session 2: Oct. 15-17 & Oct. 22-24
Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Times: K-2nd meets 5pm-6pm
3rd-6th grade meets 6pm-7pm
Cost*: (Register by what grade you are entering)
K-2nd: $20/session or $35 for all fall sessions
3rd-6th: $20/session or $35 for all fall sessions
*All siblings are half priced.
Session 1: Takedowns
Session 2: Top and Bottom
FALL TRAINING CAMP
September 3rd –October 31th
Ages: 7th-12th Grade
Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Cost*: (All members have a mandatory fundraising requirement of $45
(you can select to opt-out of this requirement by paying the $45 yourself).
*All siblings are half priced.
2019 COMPETITION SCHEDULE
Sept 08 Hoosier Preseason Open Ft. Wayne, IN
Oct 05 Michigan Grappler Fall Classic East Lansing, MI
Oct 20 Myrmidon Attack Tournament Holland, MI
Oct 25 USAW Preseason Nationals Des Moines, IA
Nov 02 Barbarian Nationals Harrison, OH
Summer Wrestling League (COOPERSVILLE)
Grades: 7 - 12
Wednesday Night Duals:
June 12, 19, 26
Wrestling Starts at 5:00 pm Each Week.
45-minute Dual limit
Matches: 3 minutes Maximum - No Stoppage
Take Downs Only (10-point lead ends the match)
Weight Classes: Light, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 165, 180, 200, 225, Heavy
These weights are just a suggestion to try and fit athletes in a weight class. Coaches will match up athletes before the dual begins. The goal is to get every athlete a competitive match. Be cautious of size and experience when matching wrestlers up. All matches will count towards team score.
Duals will run for 3 weeks at :
Coopersville High School
198 East Street
Coopersville, MI 49404
Welcome to the Team Michigan Hub, a centralized page for all West Ottawa wrestlers to keep in formed on the summer. Check back periodically for updates on the Michigan National Team and the requirements needed to participate.
Questions? Send them to the MUSAW Board.
National Team Practice
May 18th- Holt High School
May 25th- NO TRAINING CAMP
June 1st- Michigan Matcats/South Lyon
June 8th- Michigan State University
June 15th- Brighton High School
June 22nd- Michigan State University
June 29th- Central Michigan University
July 6-7th- Olivet College
2019 USAW Central Regional
May 26-28, 2019
2019 Schoolboy Duals
June 12-16, 2019
Team Michigan Info
2019 Cadet Duals
June 11-15, 2019
Team Michigan Info
2019 Junior Duals
June 18-22. 2019
Team Michigan Info
2019 Kids National Championships
June 27-29, 2019
Wisconsin Dells, WI
2019 Cadet & Junior Nationals (Fargo)
July 12-20, 2019
Team Michigan Info
In the words of former president Harry S. Truman, “The successful man has enthusiasm. Good work is never done in cold blood; heat is needed to forge anything. Every great achievement is the story of a flaming heart.”
The passion that West Ottawa wrestlers have sines in the “off-season.” The idea of their being space between the seasons is a bit of a misnomer, as you can find a handful of wrestlers on the mat given the day. Of those wrestlers, a few have decided to dedicate themselves to a higher goal and mindset of a state champion. The MHSAA finals are often the pinnacle of any wrestler. But not the Panthers.
“I’ve said it since I was hired in four years ago, “states Ryan Lancaster, the West Ottawa varsity head coach. “ I am not chasing state titles; I am chasing stop signs. If we have kids continually proving themselves at the national level, the team titles will trickle down eventually.”
The stop sign is the All-American plaque, which is awarded at the US Marines Cadet and Freestyle National Championships every year to the top 8 wrestlers in each weight class. The tournament, which is dubbed the simple moniker of “Fargo,” as the event takes place in the Fargodome in the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo, North Dakota. The ultimate prize for West Ottawa wrestlers is the title of All-American.
Each year the pinnacle of high school freestyle and Greco roman wrestling in the United States takes place over a week in Fargo. The Junior and Cadet National championships will crown individual national champions in boys and girls freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Many of these all-American and national champions will go on to greatness at the NCAA level and into the senior level world and Olympic Games.
“The first step to the national event is placing at the MUSAW state championships.” Lancaster says. “If you place top four in the state you most likely have a shot on the national team.”
This year, three athletes aim to find their way to a state title and eventually an All-American stop sign.
Sophomore Mathew “Mad Dawg” Hakken aims to make his second appearance at the national tournament and hopefully win his first state title. Lancaster’s thoughts on Mathew mirror is former sentiments:
“Mathew is such a hard worker. He knows more than most that the ticket to success is not handed out but needs to be earned daily. His commitment to himself and this team is herculean and is a great role model for future Panther wrestlers.”
Joining Mathew Is 8th grader Owen Foster. Owen placed last year and the state finals his has high aspirations. “Owen is the prototype athlete we want at West Ottawa. Strong, smart, and hard working. He has all the tools to succeed at any level.”
Owen’s brother James also is entering the fray. James, a 5th grader, fines a balance between dedication and fun. “James is out there having fun. He really enjoys the Olympic styles of wrestling and it show. He is a great reminder of why we do what we do.”
The 2019 MUSAW State Finals are May 10-11 at Olivet College. Fans can follow along at trackwrestling.
FORMER MUSAW ALL STATE WRESTLERS*
The pinnacle of sports is crowing a champion at the end of the season. The emotional rollercoaster of victory coupled with the anguish of defeat are a gamut of feelings that few will truly ever experience. But with the youth wrestling program at West Ottawa these are the status quoi. This past weekend, a new crop of athletes competed and qualified for a chance at the MYWAY (Michigan Youth Wrestling Association) State Individual State Champion ships.
With its inception last season, the Panther Elite program had 4 youth state qualifiers. This year they are bring 11. “While we have had a youth program that last few seasons, the Elite portion of our club was created to give advanced wrestlers a better workout and a better opportunity to compete on the state wide and eventually national stage,” said West Ottawa Wrestling Director. “These kids are reshaping the culture of this program.”
The Panther Elite Wrestling Program is an off shoot of the Little Panthers Wrestling Club at West Ottawa. With specialized practices and advanced technique covered, these practices have proven to being a determining factor for the success of the club. This is coupled by the wide array of coaching staff that volunteers their time with the young grapplers. This includes 4x MHSAA state finalist and former Michigan State standout Dr. Karl Nadolsky.
“While we have an amazing coaching staff from top to bottom, a great selling point to the community is having a guy like Nadolsky in the room,“ Lancaster said. “He has a great wealth of knowledge with the ins and outs of the sport, and offers up great guidance for these athletes.”
Nadolsky is not the only coach/parent this season. Panther Elite has a robust staff of volunteer fathers that are dedicated to their children as well as the sport. Their hours in the room have really paid off for each of their state qualifiers.
"Josh Shults, Derek Foster, Troy Cates and Arik Jurries do an amazing job with these athletes. We are truly blessed to have such dedicated staff working within a community they are care a lot about."
Abel Anaya is a 10-year-old from Holland. Abel joined Panther Elite this year bringing a strong work ethic and natural athletic ability. Wrestling in the novice division the majority of the season, Abel made the jump to the open division and placed 2nd at the West Regional finals in a crowded field. Also joining Anaya from Holland is Braylon Cates. Braylon in a real journeyman wrestler going to tournaments almost every weekend which started back in last December. Braylon currently has a MYWAY record of 36-8 for the season and was also able to make the jump from novice to open division, placing 2nd in the West Regional for his age and weight.
Brothers James and Owen Foster from West Ottawa both qualified this season. James, a fifth grader has been wrestling since kindergarten and is one of the veterans of the program as he gets ready to transition to Middle School next year. This is his 3rd time qualifying for MYWAY States by placing 3rd overall in the West Region in a very tough age group. James also wrestles the Olympic styles and placed 2nd in Michigan at the MUSAW Freestyle and Greco Roman State Finals last year.
His brother Owen also started wrestling in kindergarten and is one of the original Panther Elite club members. Owen wrestles all year round with Myrmidon Training Systems here in Holland competing in national level tournaments, WAAAM, Beach and Olympic Style Wrestling. Owen is a two time NUWAY All American, 3 time MYWAY State qualifier, and placed 3rd in Michigan for both Freestyle and Greco in 2018. Owen has a combined middle school and MYWAY record of 45-11 for this season and is aiming to place at States for his final season of MYWAY. Everyone is excited to see what he can do in high school next year. Owen finished 3rd in the West Region for his age and weight.
Hunter Jurries is a freshman from Zeeland East who we claim as our own since his father, Arik Jurries, is one of our club coaches. Hunter has been wrestling his whole life and offers his expertise to the youth when he can attend practices. Hunter will compete at MYWAY State in the high school division, the clubs lone state qualifier.
Alexzandir (Zandir) Kladder is an 11-year-old from West Ottawa. Another journeyman wrestler and 2-time State qualifier, Zandir has an insatiable drive to compete and wrestles in tournaments almost every weekend. His hard work and competitive spirit will have a positive impact on the West Ottawa Wrestling program for years to come. Zandir finished 4th for his age and weight in the West Region.
Karl (Trey) Nadolsky is a 7-year-old from West Ottawa. Trey is following in the footsteps of his highly accomplished father Coach Nadolsky. From the moment Trey stepped on the mat he already had a natural athletic awareness you cannot be taught. This is Trey’s second state tournament qualification in as many years of wrestling. The Nadolsky legacy is in good hands with Trey.
Brother and sister Chase and Layla Shults join us from Zeeland. Chase is a second time state qualifier and is the West Region Champion for his age and weight. He is a tour de force achieving an impressive MYWAY record of 8 first place tournament finishes this season in one of the most athletic divisions. Chase’s speed, technique and strength makes him one of the strongest wrestler’s in our club. His six-year-old sister Layla is in her second year of wrestling and qualified for state this year becoming the West Region Champion for her age and weight. Layla is the youngest female wrestler and smallest in our prgram, tipping the scales at 37lbs! She is competing with the boys and finished 1st place in 5 MYWAY tournaments this season.
8-year-old Brycen Soto from Holland competing in his first MYWAY season and another wrestler that made the jump from novice to placing in open at the West Regional. Brycen has a positive enthusiasm for wrestling and one of the most fearless double-leg attacks on the team.
Abrielle Vander Zwaag is a West Ottawa middle schooler. Abby joined the program this season, transitioning from gymnastics to wrestling. In her first year wrestling she competed right away in MYWAY tournaments and WO Middle School. Her athleticism and flexibility from gymnastics carried over well into wrestling. Abby placed 3rd in the West Region and will compete against all the boys at State. She will also compete in the all-Girls State competition that weekend as well.
The MYWAY Individual State Championships will be held March 29-31 at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Fans can follow results at trackwrestling.com
Featuring a high-profile slate of national and regional coaches and athletes, the West Ottawa Wrestling Camp emphasize technical skill development and strategy. Our curriculum covers everything from basic 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 his or her skill and experience level. The philosophy of our camp also relies on teaching a disciplined, focused mindset that is the trademark of the "Pantherstyle" Ethos.
The West Ottawa Wrestling Camp is directed by college coaches 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 are the foundation of our camp. This is all done at no cost to all West Ottawa Public School athletes.
WEST OTTAWA WRESTLING CAMP
West Ottawa High School
All WOPS K-12 Wrestlers: FREE
All Others: $20.00
CLINICIANS AND CAMP COUNSELORS
Former West Ottawa Wrestling Camp Clinicians and Camp Counselors
2019 OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
March 12th-May 28th
West Ottawa High School (PE-RTC) and Myrmidon Training Systems
Group One 2nd-5th Grade
Group Two 6th -12th Grade
Both Group One and Two
Scrimmages (Myrmidon Friday Nights)
Format: Wrestlers blocked into 5-8 groups. At the start of each round, wrestlers in that group will report to the mat and find a partner. All matches will be 4 minutes (2-2). Our Goal is to wrestle 4-5 rounds.
05.05.19 Myrmidon Spring Classic
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6th Annual Little Panthers Youth Tournament
Who: Youth Wrestlers K-5th
When: February 23rd, 2019 at 5pm
Where: West Ottawa High School
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
Plaque for 1-2 Place Team
Spectators: $3.00 Adults/ $10.00 per Family
MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED BY 10pm ON 02/22/19
Today, we look at some of our alumni that are still competing at the collegiate level. Ethan Garcia (Adrian College), Ethan Curtin (Michigan State), Jace Garza (Merchant Marine Academy) and Ramon Correa (Coker College) all have begun competing at their respective programs. If you';d like to follow along, their schedules are posted below. Good luck to all our former wrestlers!
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ADRIAN COLLEGE SCHEDULE
11.3.18 Adrian Invitational
11.10.18 at Mount Union Invitational
11.16.18 at Manchester
11.17.18 at Olivet College Duals
11.29.18 at Lourdes
12.01.18 at Ohio Northern Invitational
12.08.18 at North Central College Invitational
01.06.18 at Lakeland College
01.10.19 at Alma
11.12.19 at Al Hanke Invitational
11.15.19 at Trine
01.17.19 Case Western
01.19.19 Mel Berry Duals
01.25.19 Pete Willson Invitational
02.05.19 at Defiance 7:00 PM
02.09.19 at Mid-States Conference Championships
02.22.19 at NCAA Division III Central Regional Championships
03.08.19 at NCAA Division III Championships
Michigan State University
2017-18: (Redshirt Freshman) 7-14 Overall, 0-0 Duals, 7-14 Open Tournaments: Grady Peninger Scholastic Achievement Award recipient ... Tied for sixth on the team in major decisions with two ... Finished eighth at the Storm Open, posting a major decision while going 2-2 at the tournament ... Recorded a fall at the CSU Open at 3:45 over Cody Moosman of Cleveland State ... Tallied second major decision of the season against Hunter Lajiness of Henry Ford at the Alma Open ... Went 2-2 at the Edinboro Open to close out the season.
MICHIGAN STATE SCHEDULE
11.03.18 Michigan State Open
11.17.18 at Navy Classic
12.20.18 Reno Tournament of Champions
12.29.18 South Beach Duals
01.13.19 at Ohio State
01.25.19 at Rutgers
01.27.19 at Maryland
02.02.19 Bloomsburg/Northern Illinois
02.10.19 Cleveland State
02.15.19 at Penn State
01.22.19 Central Michigan
03.09.19 Big Ten Championships at Minneapolis, MN
03.21.19 NCAA Championships at Pittsburgh, PA
US. Merchant Marines Academy
US MERCHANT MARINES ACADEMY SCHEDULE
11.03.18 Roger Williams Invitational
11.18.18 New York State Championships
11.30.18 New Standard Corp. Invitational
12.09.19 Mariner Duals
12.15.18 Long Island Open
01.05.19 at North/South Duals
01.12.19 at Mule Duals
01.19.19 at Centennial Tri at Gettysburg
01.26.19 at All-Academy Championships
02.02.19 at Centennial Tri * at Johns Hopkins
02.06.19 at Coast Guard
02.09.19 Centennial Championships
02.23.19 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships at Brockport, N.Y.
03.08.19 NCAA National Championships at Roanoke, Va.
COKER COLLEGE SCHEDULE
11.02.18 Blue vs. Gold Intersquad Match
11.04.18 at Hokie Open
11.11.18 at King Open
11.17.18 at Georgia Open
12.02.18 Newberry Duals at Newberry, S.C
12.15.18 vs. Midwest Classic at Indianapolis, Ind.
01.08.19 at Limestone
01.12.19 Coker Duals
01.19.19 at Emmanuel
01.25.19 Belmont Abbey
02.10.19 at King
02.22.19 at NCAA Super Regionals
03.08.19 vs. NCAA DII Championships at Cleveland, OH
NEXT LEVEL CLUB
James Tietema Muskegon CC, University of Findlay
Karl Nadolsky Michigan State
Rory Lancaster Muskegon CC
Ryan Lancaster Muskegon CC, Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley State
Spencer Nadolsky North Carolina
Prescott Slee Indiana
Mathias Sarli Muskegon CC
John McClure Eastern Michigan
Kareem Naguib Binghamton
Michael McClure Michigan State
Miguel Correa Grand Valley State
Nate Colvin Grand Valley State
Ramon Correa Muskegon CC, Coker College
Anthony Inthavong Grand Valley State
Ethan Curtin Michigan State
Keenan Montoya Elmhurst College
Quinten Reid Grand Valley State
Ethan Garcia Adrian College
Jace Garza US Merchant Marine Academy
We have teamed up with the Embroidery House, Addix, and NBS Fightwear to provide the West Ottawa wrestling family its fan and team gear this season.
This order from the Embroidery House is put together to ensure friends and family have wrestling shirts to wear during our matches. Or our athletes have team wear to work out in. Please print off a flyer and return it with cash or check to one of the coach prior to Nov. 20th, 2018. All checks MUST be made out to West Ottawa Public Schools (No exceptions).
If you have any questions, email them HERE.
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 and Addix will ship it directly to you (NBS Fightwear Store will open next month to coincide with our Little Panthers program).