|Hayden Uhler wrestles in a middle school competition last year. VVN/Sean Morris|
|The most significant changes in weight classes in high school wrestling in 23 years will take place in the 2011-12 season.|
In its April meeting in Indianapolis, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee approved an upward shift of the weight classes, beginning with the 103-pound class moving to 106 pounds, which resulted in new weights for 10 of the 14 classes. The changes in weight classes, along with 17 other rules revisions, were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
The 14 weight classes approved by the committee for 2011-12 are as follows: 106 (pounds), 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285.
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On Saturday, May 14, 2011 the New Breed wrestling team again hosted its own Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament. Leading the charge was Alex Casillas who faced a formidable opponent from out of state.
His adversary had superior strength and at the onset it looked as though no amount of good technique would help Alex defeat the stronger challenger, but Alex was courageous and as the match wore on the once intimidating opponent became just another wrestler.
Alex went on for the major decision. Alex has improved in leaps and bounds. He is well on his way towards next year's state championships.
Another great performance was put forth by Isaiah McReynolds who forced his moves a bit at first, obviously jacked up by the roar of the crowd and the thrill of the moment, but he settled down and when opportunity struck, he pinned his opponents.
McReynolds hit a lightning-fast snatch single, which he eventually finished for a 4-3 lead. His opponent got in on a nice single and their fans smelled an upset, but McReynolds showed why he is one of the best in the state with a beautiful counter for a takedown into a tilt series.
McReynolds simply would not quit, and this bout was the highlight of the day. He is on a convincing mission this year to catch the state championship title that eluded him last year.
Hayden Uhler does many things that will absolutely blow your mind and his wrestling epitomizes efficiency.
He is very strong on top, and is extremely good at securing the pin whenever he gets somebody on their back. Mistakes are virtually nonexistent in his wrestling and his work ethic truly is on another level.
He is one of the best-coached wrestlers in our stable of thoroughbreds. His fifth and sixth grade years are impressive accomplishment wise, but what is more impressive is that he wrestled undersized most of the time, but persevered due to solid technique and hard-nosed wrestling.
Few Camp Verde athletes have dominated the sport of wrestling as Ryan Allred, an outrageous leg rider and a tenacious defensive takedown artist who earned the nickname "Rooster" for pounding all his opponents into submission.
A great athlete is not handed prominence; it is earned by working hard and being dedicated. A great athlete will conquer any and all obstacles to get to the desired goal while keeping a good attitude along the way.
This type of success is not the result of being good at a game; it's the result of commitment to excellence and preparation, particularly during the off-season.
Ryan Allred is an extraordinary competitor, who runs every morning and daily performs his plyometric exercises. In addition, every time those wrestling room doors are open he is in there drilling against those bigger and stronger than himself.
In the little kids division, Hayden Bowers is an upcoming star. Going undefeated his last three tournaments, he has become a conqueror against those who far exceed him in experience. He has aggressively studied his strengths and weaknesses and making all the necessary adjustments to succeed. He represented his town and his family with honor and dignity. We are very excited to have such an outstanding individual in our room. My congratulations to him for becoming this weeks most improved wrestler.
Gabe Sallee was the surprise of the tournament, having defeated a regional champion. Gabe has a lot of potential. His overwhelming spirit in the weight room and football activities have given him the competitive edge needed to have success on the mat. Both sports complement one another with crossover skills such as balance, mental toughness, and explosive movements to name just a few. He earns this weeks "Atta Boy Cowboy Award".
To have a successful program, one must surround themselves with great citizens. People that have known Coach Jonora Mejia for years, consider her a person of immense commitment, integrity and passion for kids. She has a genuine concern for everyone around her, whether it is a school issue or a community issue. She has been the driving force and inspiration behind many hours of playing mentor, fundraising and sympathetic supporter, donating her time and energy to help kids in need. She is determined, highly motivated and action-oriented. She takes personal responsibility for getting things done, and for the success of the New Breed organization. Her efforts earn her this weeks "Unsung Hero Award".
The Coach of the Year Award is given to the Coach whose performance of duties is deemed most valuable to New Breed Athletics. This year's recipient is Coach Tracy Tudor. He is constantly motivating, encouraging and inspiring our youth towards excellence on and off the mat. He helps them develop strategies that enhance their wrestling skills, while nurturing the discipline and direction a wrestler needs to accomplish their goals. He gives each wrestler the personalized time and attention necessary to refine their skills, as well as to use their wrestling prowess to complement their academic achievement and earn their place at a college or university as a student athlete.
The stars of this program, were and always will be our sponsors. Many thanks to Josh McReynolds, Jonora Mejia of Verde Valley Ambulance CO, Janet Humphrey and Patty Pike of Credit Union West, Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin and wife Ann Martin, Gerald Klienfelt, Lara Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brady, Jay Allen, Camp Verde Realty, Bobby Justus, Marlin Parker from Rocky Construction, Robert Lake of Salt River Project and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 266, Darlene Fiore from Gatorade a division of PepsiCo, Greg Elmer Bashas' food store, Harkins Theatres, Mel Boyd from Fry's food store, MATForce Substance Abuse Coalition, Camp Verde School District, Dr. Kirk Westervelt, Bill Schwartz from Bashas', Bill Geyer of BG Automotive, Bob Weir, Steve Lobaugh of Salt River Materials Group (Phoenix Cement), Sophie and Leonard Zellner, Todd Axtell from Arizona's First Choice Appliance, including all the numerous volunteer parents/coaches and the community because without them, none of this would have been possible.
Tournament results for May 14, 2011
Hayden "The Punisher" Uhler - 1st place - 6th grade - 82 pounds
Derrick "Down town" Brown - 2nd place - 11th grade - 140 pounds
Alex "Lightning" Casillas - 1st place - 7th grade - 90 pounds
Alex "Noontime" Noone - 3rd place - 8th grade - 110 pounds
Korben " Mad Dog Killer" Uhler - 4th place - 3rd grade - 80 pounds
Conrad Brady - 3rd place - 3rd grade - 80 pounds
Hayden "Head hunter" Bowers - 1st place - 4th grade - 85 pounds
Matt Mejia - 2nd place - 7th grade - 91 pounds
Christian Salas-Muro - 1st place - 3rd grade - 90 pounds
Mickey Salas-Muro - 1st place - 5th grade - 113 pounds
Jeremy McEachern - 4th place - 8th grade - 160 pounds
James Stilwell - 1st place - 4th grade - 65 pounds
Blaine Mahan - 3rd place - 4th grade - 95 pounds
Racer Uhler - 1st place - preschool - 30 pounds
Ryan Allred - 1st place - 8th grade - 130 pounds
Skyler "The Beast" Pike - 3rd place - 5th grade - 73 pounds
Gabe Sallee - 1st place - 10th grade - 150 pounds
Isaiah McReynolds - 1st place - 9th grade - 110 pounds
Tyree Leonard - 2nd place - 6th grade - 90 pounds