Thursday, September 29th 2016
$20 per camper - Contact Jason Grindstaff for group (10 or more) rate.
Contact information - Jason Grindstaff, 615-939-1190 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To register, click on the link on the left side menu for more information.
I hope everyone is having a successful end of the school year and I am sure everyone is getting excited for the summer that is right around the corner. As we approach the summer I wanted to make you aware of a great opportunity for your wrestler to attend this summer, the Indy Youth Wrestling Camp.
We are hosting our youth wrestling camp for the 8th consecutive year for any rising 9th grader and below and all experience levels. Over the past 9 years that I have been the head coach at Independence we have been successful at helping our student athletes grow physically and mentally.
Indy Wrestling 2007 to 2016:
The goal for our camp is to show your athlete what our program is all about and show them how to train to become a champion on and off the mat. The individual and team stats are always fun to look at and be proud of but we truly pride ourselves on helping our young men and women grow as student athletes. At our camp we will teach the wrestlers how to become successful on the mat and in other areas of life as well. We do spend a large amount of the time teaching them wrestling skills that have been proven successful on the high school level and ones that we feel will translate into success at any level. We do also play a lot of competitive games to keep the kids motivated and interested throughout the day.
Each camper will receive an Indy Wrestling T-shirt which will also get them into all home matches next season for free! For those planning on wrestling next year(especially the rising 9th graders) and wanting to learn alongside the high school team, this will be a great opportunity. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me anytime. ANYONE can attend this camp, male, female, wrestling experience or no experience, all are welcome! Over the years we have had many athletes start wrestling at our camp and the go onto have an extremely successful wrestling career. We hope to see you on June 7th and for more information and to register, please click on the link on the left for “Youth Summer Camp”
Thank you and we look forward to working with your wrestler this summer!
The season has come to an end and the 12 state qualifiers won the most combined matches in school history at the TSSAA State Tournament over the past week. As a team we wrestled a total of 53 matches, winning 29 of them. Macy DeBlois finished in 4th place @ 120. Brady Ingram (132) and Isaiah Demello (220) also finished in 4th place. All three medal winners return next season plus 4 of the other state qualifiers. The team finished in 9th place overall and going into the 2016-2017 season, the eagles will be primed for another strong showing. Congratulations to the entire Independence Wrestling community!
The independence wrestling team competed over the weekend at the Region 6 Individual tournament (the individual qualifier for the TSSAA State tournament). Going into the weekend it looked like the team would have around 6-8 wrestlers that should be able to qualify for the TSSAA State tournament by placing top 4 in the region tournament. Although it is an individual tournament they still keep track of total team points and it was looking like Indy would have a good chance to finish somewhere in the top 3 for the team race. Independence ended up winning the overall team championship and it wasn’t even close. Over the past 9 years, the wrestling team has NEVER had a performance like they had this past weekend. The team championship was wrapped up at about the half way point of the tournament. A total of 11 wrestlers (out of 14) finished in the top 4 and will be advancing to the state tournament this upcoming week at the Ag Center here in Williamson County. Last year the team only had 4 make it to state, 1 was a senior so only 3 returned state qualifiers were on the team this season. Increasing that number to 11 for this year was very impressive (Actually has 2 others place 5th and narrowly missed qualifying for the state tournament, could have been a bakers dozen).
Congrats to the entire Indy wrestling community! Now let's go get some state medals!!!
Top 4 place winners advance to State:
106 – Gavin Schoeberl 2nd Place
113 – Ezekiel Demello 5th Place
120 – Daniel Fowler 3rd Place
126 – Owen Schnedler 2nd Place
132 – Brady Ingram REGION CHAMPION!!!
138 – Collin Lynn 3rd Place
145 – Chaz Savage 3rd Place
152 – Logan Roberts DNP
160 – Austin Ryan 2nd Place
170 – Brandon Sligh 2nd Place
182 – Drew Cannon 4th Place
195 – Ian Grau 4th Place
220 – Isaiah Demello REGION CHAMPION!!!
HWT – Chris Keller – 5th Place
Region 6 Team Scores:
Congratulations to Macy DeBlois for qualifying for the TSSAA State Tournament on Feb 19th and 20th. Macy placed third at the region tournament this past week. Macy finished 6th place at the state tournament last season and she currently competes at the 120 pound weight division. Best of luck to Macy at the state tournament!
The Independence wrestling team went 10-1 throughout the district and region competition this season and will be advancing to the TSSAA State Dual Tournament on Friday February 5th 2016. Indy beat Overton 51-20 in the semifinal of the region tournament and then defeated Centennial for the 3rd time this season for the Region 6 Championship by the score of 38-33. This will be the 6th trip to the TSSAA State Dual Tournament for the Eagles in the last 9 years.
For more information regarding the state dual tournament please visit www.tssaa.org
Mondays-Thursdays 2:45 to 3:30 after school weights/conditioning. Tuesdays will be a mix of wrestling and weight conditioning. Optional wrestling on Thursdays from 5-6 pm, live wrestling at Blackman HS wrestling room, located at the Blackman Middle School. Leave at 4 pm, get back to school at 6:30
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Summer Wrestling Camps
We have 2 things left for the summer, UTC Camp and Ohio State Camp. I have attached the list of individuals that have confirmed for the camps. If you still want to attend either UTC or OSU Camps you can, I just need to know ASAP. Details for Chattanooga camp are below. Ohio State Details coming soon (July 8th to 11th)
We will be leaving Sunday Morning at 10 am. Will need 1 or 2 parents to help drive the kids down on Sunday. We will return on Wednesday around 1 or 2 pm and we might need 1 additional driver. Items to bring to camp are attached. Medicals Forms are attached as well. If you need a hard copy of the forms please let me know and I can send home tomorrow with wrestlers at Youth camp. Make sure to have forms and payment ready on Sunday when we leave. Have bags and items packed that are on the list. You will also need about $10-$20 of spending money for Lunch on Sunday and nightly snacks at the camp store. Meals are provided at the cafeteria while at camp except for Lunch on the very first day. Other questions, please let me know.
Our spring wrestling season schedule is attached. Also we have three summer trips this season we plan to take:
Pigeon Forge - May 26th to 29th (estimated cost of around $60)
Jeff Jordan Camp - June 10th to 14th (estimated cost of around $400)
Ohio State Team Camp - July 8th to 11th (estimated cost of around $400)
Please go to the following website to sign up:
2014-2015 Season Recap
Coming into this season, things were pointed in the right direction for Independence Wrestling. Indy wrestling was building off a very young team from 2013-2014. The team graduated only 3 seniors, had two returning state qualifiers coming back, one of which won a State Championship! As a team our freshmen class was our largest on the roster and to date was one of the best freshmen classes that Indy had produced. As a dual team, Indy finished 1-5 in the district competition and failed to qualify for the Region 6 dual tournament. With the addition of some rising 9th grader, plus the returning team members, things were look up for the 2014-2015 season.
As the school year started the wrestling team started looking quite a bit different than the team it ended the 2013-14 season with. The team lost both returning state qualifiers. The returning state champion moved out of state and the other state qualifier was sidelined for the season with a knee injury. Along with that the team lost five other starters for various reason. When it was all said and done the team had to replace 10 starters from 2013-2014 season. Just when it seemed like the team was growing out of being a young team, it then became the youngest team since the school opened in 2004. During the 1st half of the season the team went through the growing pains of having so many new wrestlers in the lineup and the team had to consistently try to overcome that inexperience. The team grew as the season progressed and the main focus for the team was on January, when district/region competition began. Going into the most important matches of the season, the team put together a starting lineup that consisted of 6 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 3 Juniors and 2 seniors, with both seniors being new to the Independence wrestling team. With a team even younger than 2013-2014, the district schedule seemed to be an uphill battle again.
As the district dual matches started, the team came together and competing at a very high level. The youth and inexperience was overcome with hard work! The team over performed in almost every district match and the team finished the district dual season with a 5-1 record and won the District 11 Championships! A complete turnaround from 2013-14 season when the team went 1-5 in district matches. By winning the district, the team qualified for the Region 6 Dual Tournament and finished 1 match away from qualifying for the TSSAA state tournament.
As the dual season ended, it was time to for the individuals to focus on Individual Region Tournament with hopes of qualifying for the TSSAA State Individual Tournament. With zero returning state qualifiers in the lineup, it again seemed to be an uphill battle. After it was all said and done, the team qualified 7 individuals for the TSSAA State Tournament, 4 males and 3 females!
The 2014-2015 season seemed to have such a bright outlook coming into the school year and then everything imaginable happen to the team and the challenges that were presented seemed insurmountable. Throughout the season the youth kept growing and growing. The freshmen class became THE BEST freshmen class in Independence history with having 6 finalist at the Middle Tennessee Freshmen Grand Championships. Looking at where the team started in November and finished in February, was quite the accomplishment. Looking toward next season, the team will be returning 12 starters and many more JV wrestlers with experience. Add in another strong incoming freshmen class and the 2015-2016 Indy wrestling team has VERY high expectations!