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OWNING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 8)

Owning the Mat Blog 8 Week 8 Dang! Just found out that our wrestler who took first place over last weekend's wrestling tournament caught Covid there and is now out for the next ten days. Two other wrestlers are considered close contacts, so now they are out too until at least the end of the [...]

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OWNING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 7)

Owning the Mat Blog 7 Week 7 This season doesn't seem to be getting any easier or closer to normalization. I found out over the weekend that two more of our wrestlers have Covid. My heart goes out to them and their families. In regards to wrestling, thankfully, no one on the team is considered [...]

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OWNING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 6)

Owning the Mat Blog 6 Week 6 Here we go. Week six! It's Monday, and we have 8 of our 10 wrestlers back for practice. For 90% of them, this is their first wrestling practice in 10 days. The boys looked like they were moving in slow motion today. The wrestlers were slow at everything [...]

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OWNING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 5)

Owning the Mat Blog 5 Week 5   As a wrestling coach, I've never experienced a week like this before. Sunday, the day after Christmas, I took Dakota and the rest of my family, all seven of us, to Rec Park in Windham. There, the medical professionals gave us the PCR Covid test. I was [...]

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OWNING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 4)

Owning the Mat Blog 4 Week 4   Mentally, Dakota seemed to be in a better place this week. Last Saturday was hard on him. But, I asked him how he was handling it, and he said he was fine. I watched him a little bit in practice Monday night, and he looked like the [...]

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OWNING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 3)

Owning the Mat Blog 3 Week 3            I asked Dakota on Sunday morning how his elbow and arm were doing. Sometimes things hurt more the next day. To my delight, he said his arm was still feeling pretty good. However, he complained that the knee he had surgery on was [...]

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OWNING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 2)

Owning the Mat Blog 2 Weeks 1 & 2 Wow! I can't believe it's here. It is the Monday after Thanksgiving in my son Dakota's senior year of high school. And that means that it is the first day of wrestling season for Dakota. In addition, Dan Gable just called Dakota to wish him good [...]

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OWNING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 1)

Blog 1 Preseason While in the pandemic lockdown, nobody was wrestling anywhere around us in Connecticut. Fortunately, though, we received a stimulus check that gave us the ability to buy a small 10X10 basement wrestling mat. It isn't big enough for us to go full speed on. But it is big enough for us to [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 42)

Blog 42 March 13, 2021  Well, wrestling season in Connecticut has come and gone, and there aren't any post-season tournaments. The New England's would have taken place last weekend. This is such an exciting tournament. I was hoping Dakota would have gotten to experience it this year, but it didn't happen. There had been some [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 41)

Blog 41 Junior Year, February 20th    This is the weekend of February 20th. It's supposed to be the weekend of the Class L State Championships here in Connecticut. My son, Dakota, was supposed to have had a great season racking up many wins. I also pictured him placing in the States at 145 pounds [...]

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