November 1, 2009
Updated: November 1, 2009
Angelina Miranda and
Shanna Young grappler during a recent practice at King College
Moorman doesn’t see any differences between coaching
men’s or women’s wrestling.
They’re all treated
the same in the wrestling room, he said.
All the wrestlers have to prove
themselves, whether they wear a jock strap or a sports bra.
Once they toe the line on the
mat, they all need to have the intensity and that touch of nerves that
keeps them “even keeled.”
Then there’s the
said. “We’re dealing with that. I’m not
going to get used to it. We’re working on a no-giggle
As if on cue, King College
wrestlers Anna Cummings, Andrea Dorner and Samantha Lopez all giggled.
In all aspects (including the
giggling) Moorman is right. The inaugural King College
women’s wrestling team’s practice the Thursday
before its first meet Saturday was ran with the same intensity as any
lighten his voice either, barking instruction and words of wisdom in
between the cadence of bodies slapping mats and grunts as they worked
on escapes and defense.
“You have 15 seconds
to weather the storm,” he told his wrestlers.
“It’s gonna hurt. Bite the bullet. Beat the pain.
You just got to weather the storm and get to your feet.”
He ended practice with a
conveyer-belt conga line of twitching calves and flexing forearms as he
blew the whistle to signal the girls to find a new opponent.
said as the girls ran up the line to find their next match.
Followed by a rhythmic thud of
bodies hitting the mat that thundered through the room.
“We told them they
were going to be treated like men,” he said. “One
reason they survived their high school [wrestling] rooms is because
they were treated that way.”
Cummings, Dorner and Lopez all
wrestled in high school. They’re used to the treatment.
“I was always treated
like one of the guys,” Cummings said. “They were
all like buddies to me. I never really felt any different.”
Lopez, who wrestled on her West
Covina (Calif.) high school team with the boys before a girls team was
initiated, went so far as to look as other girls on the team (there
others) as enemies.
“I was never allowed
to wrestle the girls,” she said, breaking out into a sly
smile. “My goal was to get them out of the room.”
Getting themselves into the
room on the high school level was another challenge with a large
opponent standing in their way – dad.
“I told my mom and
she was OK with it,” Cummings said. “Told my dad
and he said, ‘No you’re not.’ ”
Cummings let dad know she was
already on the team. He relented, but didn’t want to see her
crying on the mat, she said.
“That first match he
sees you’re hand being raised, you look out and your dad is
smiling,” Dorner said. “Yeah, my girl just beat
By Allen Gregory | Sports Writer / Bristol Herald Courier
Published: November 1, 2009
Updated: November 1, 2009
Andre Teague/Bristol Herald Courier
King College wrestler Anna Cummings listens to instructions
during a recent practice.
Shanna Young spent months preparing for her first major college exam.
She lifted weights, ran sprints and trained for hours.
Young earned her reward
Saturday morning in dramatic fashion. The freshman from Franklin
County, Va., earned the first pin in the history of the King Tornado
women’s wrestling program against Missouri Baptist.
“That came from a lot
of hard work and practice,” Young said.
Saturday marked the first
female collegiate wrestling matches ever held in the state of
Tennessee, and King faced the ultimate challenge.
The Tornado opened the day with
a 39-3 loss to defending Women’s College Wrestling
Association national champions Oklahoma City University, then dropped a
30-15 decision to powerful Missouri Baptist.
Freshman Anna Cummings emerged
as the other hero for King, winning her 48 kilogram match by decision
against Oklahoma City.
Cummings, Young and most
collegiate female wrestlers are forced to hone their skills by
competing against males in high school. Cummings, a pre-engineering
major from Marcellus, N.Y., was not intimidated by the challenging
nature of her college debut.
“I definitely think
it’s good to come out and face some of the top teams. This
way we know what we’re going to face against later on, and it
will help calm down our nerves,” said Cummings, who compiled
over 100 wins during five years of high school wrestling.
Young displayed aggression,
quickness and technical skills in the 67 kilogram weight class. Young
led after the first period in her first match against 2008 WCWA
Tessa Plan from Oklahoma City before losing by decision.
In her second match against
Courtney Kinimaka of Missouri Baptist, Young appeared to be in trouble
when she suddenly reversed holds on her opponent and scored a pin.
“[Kinimaka] put me on
my back, but her positioning was off and I felt that I had an
opportunity,” Young said.
Even Young seemed surprised by
her compelling victory.
know how I did that, but it feels good,” Young said.
In addition to winning two
state titles in the female class in Virginia, Young finished second in
the Kentucky-Tennessee state tournament as a senior.
“I was the only girl
on the boys team most of the time in high school,” Young
said. “I also used to do karate and weightlifting. It
definitely helps with flexibility.”
Young considered wrestling at
the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., but
she’s happy that she took the route down Interstate 81 to
“The program here is
wonderful, and we’re definitely going to keep working to get
better,” said Young, who was supported by five family members
King coach Jason Moorman hopes
the trial-by-fire approach will pay dividends for his
anytime you compete two of the top teams in the country like this, but
it’s important to let these women know what they need to do
to be the best,” Moorman said. “A lot
of these girls have Olympic aspirations and dreams of competing on the
world level, and they’re gonna have to beat wrestlers like
this to reach that level.”
For King, the preparation for
Saturday’s match was rigorous. Moorman led his athletes
through twice-weekly weightlifting sessions at 6:30 a.m. along with
sprints up infamous Mockingbird Hill near campus, seven-mile runs and
daily practices which often lasted over two hours.
“Our athletes have
been working really hard to get to this match,” Moorman said.
“We’ve just got to focus on not making as many
mistakes in the future.”
Oklahoma City assistant coach
Link Davis was impressed with the commitment and fundamentals of the
“I see good things
with King’s program,” said Davis, who wrestled on
the men’s team at the University of Central Oklahoma.
“King’s wrestlers stay in good position and their
coach is doing a solid job with the team.”
women’s wrestling coaches must be resourceful in the
recruiting process. The Oklahoma City roster includes just one
competitor from Oklahoma.
wrestlers from just about everywhere, including California and
Alaska,” Davis said. “Female wrestlers work hard
and are eager to improve. It just takes a while to build a
Oklahoma City has fielded a
women’s wrestling team for three years.
The next match for King is Nov.
12 at the University of the Cumberlands.
“Cumberland won three
national [WCWA] championships before finishing second in the nation
last year,” Moorman said. “We might as well see
these teams now rather than later in the season.”
Despite the losses Saturday,
Moorman was pleased with the desire and excited about the potential.
“Nerves got to us a
little bit and that’s to be expected,” Moorman
said. “We know that we’ve got work to do, but I saw
improvement in the second match and we’re going to leave here
on a positive note.”
And Young earned a lifelong
memory with her historic pin, which earned an ovation from King fans.
“It was a
nerve-wracking day against tough teams, but we will all remember
this,” Young said.
U.S. women's coach
shows wrestlers all the right moves
By Kalani Takase
Advertiser Staff Writer 11/1/09
The chance to learn from a wrestling luminary was enough for Kalani
High senior Megan Yamaguchi to give up her weekend.
Yamaguchi and about 75 other wrestlers took to the mat the past
three days for the 10th Annual Fall Wrestling Clinic at Moanalua High
The four-day clinic, which concludes with today's session from 2:30
p.m. to 5:30 p.m., features U.S. women's national team head coach Terry
Steiner, who won an NCAA championship at the University of Iowa in
1993, has headed the U.S. women's program since 2003 and produced
several Olympic medalists and world champions, including Kapolei's
Clarissa Chun, who won a world title in 2008.
"Every day has been something different; he's shown us so many
different moves," said Yamaguchi, who was the state runner-up at 120
pounds last season. "The way that he coaches and the way that he
teaches, it seems like there should be no way that you can't finish a
move or not get the shot that you want. It's been really interesting."
Twelve-year-old Teshiya Alo, who has about a dozen national
wrestling titles, was the youngest participant at yesterday's session.
"It's been awesome because I've learned a lot of new moves," Alo
said. "When we get used to the techniques, then he has us spar to make
sure we've got it and if we don't, he makes us do it over and over
Steiner said he hopes to instill a solid foundation, which the young
grapplers can build upon.
"I'm not big on flashy or fancy stuff," Steiner said. "Basic
wrestling is what wins matches and that's really what we're trying to
cover. You don't really want to overload them with too much —
it's only 12 hours of clinic — so you can't throw everything at
It's an approach appreciated by Punahou senior Jordan Ng.
"The clinic has been very educational and what I like about it is it
teaches the basics and really reinforces them," said Ng, who placed
second in the state last year at 108 pounds.
Despite a hectic travel schedule that will take him from Honolulu to
New York City via Colorado Springs, and Vancouver, Canada and Tunisia
all within the next month, Steiner said he couldn't miss this stop.
"I think it's important as a national coach to show up and get out
across the states," Steiner said. "Particularly when they have these
camps and clinics — and Hawaii's not a bad place to come."
Steiner also noted with the prep wrestling season coming up, it gave
him more incentive.
"I can tell that the coaches have really put to use what we talked
about before, because a lot of the stuff we're going over, the kids
already know it a little bit," he said.
Ng said he jumped at the opportunity to participate in the clinic.
"This was something that I was very excited to attend," he said. "To
have an Olympic coach here helping us out inspires me to just keep
Yamaguchi said she hopes to add to her repertoire with what she
learned from Steiner.
"I think I'm probably going to pick and choose what I think I would
be best at and work on it leading up to the season," she said. "I think
it should give me some confidence when I shoot."
Besides the takedowns and turnovers, Steiner taught the wrestlers to
"Our society today, we want things now, we want to see results right
away and wrestling is just not a sport like that," Steiner said. "It's
an art and you don't learn an art like that. It takes time, it's not
going to come overnight and you have to put in the commitment and hard
work to get there."
Steiner added: "I've been fortunate to have a lot of success in
wrestling, but it didn't come with a lot of failure. There was a lot of
failure and a lot of times when I was left shaking my head and
wondering, 'What the heck am I doing?' But if you keep working and you
persevere, good things will happen."
Friday, October 30, 2009
Valley freshman Randi Beltz shows off
her gold medal from the Pan American Junior Championships.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Freshman Randi Beltz of St. Clair made an
impressive introduction to the Missouri Valley College women's
wrestling program Friday.
Beltz won three of four matches to take first place in the
63-kilogram weight class in the FILA Pan American Junior Championships
at Guadalajara, Mexico. Beltz was one of three members of Team USA to
claim gold medals as it finished first among eight national entries.
Beltz was the first female wrestler to medal at the MSHSAA
Championships, doing so twice.
The Lady Vikings take part in their first tournament this season
Saturday at the McMaster Open in Hamilton, Ont.
October 30, 2009 5:12 PM
Wrestling is a new sport to most in Santa Rosa
As the sport continues to grow clinics and
opportunities to work with and learn more about the sport are rare and
On Nov. 7, a free clinic will be hosted by Milton
High School featuring the current U.S. Women’s Olympic wrestling
coach Tadaaki Hatta.
Hatta, who has coached for his native Japan,
Mexico, and USA in Olympic games since 1968, is a former NCAA Champions
while attending Oklahoma State University.
During his bid to defend his 1965 Championship,
Hatta finished third in 1966.
Following his graduation from OSU, Hatta finished
the runner up in the USA National Freestyle Championships in 1964,
1967, and 1969.
Hatta also holds a black belt in judo and kendo.
The clinic at Milton High is free of charge and
open to all ages.
This clinic is set to run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m
10/30/09Alison Allmer and Jordan Piatz of Jamestown High School and
Jamestown College’s Tiffany Sluik and Michael Sandness have been
named athletes of the week by the Jamestown Optimist Club.
Alison Allmer and Jordan Piatz of Jamestown High School and Jamestown
College’s Tiffany Sluik and Michael Sandness have been named
athletes of the week by the Jamestown Optimist Club.