Blackman Wrestling Club

 

Youth Team Photo

The Blackman Wrestling Club is dedicated to promoting and encouraging the sport of wrestling in the Blackman community by providing opportunities for young athletes to get introduced and compete in the sport of wrestling.  The goal is to always be a top program within our great state.  Youth wrestling is an excellent sport to introduce to young athletes who are looking for ways to enhance their athletic abilities and participate in a sport that does not require inherent special skills or talents.

The Blackman Wrestling Club strives to do more than just create good wrestlers.  We are committed to helping our youth athletes become better young men and women and helping them to build character, self-control, physical health, sportsmanship, self-confidence, self-esteem, discipline, persistence, community service and hard work  –  through wrestling.

“Wrestling closely mimics life:  the struggles, adversity, sacrifice and the tireless effort to stand out; everything that is means to be human.” – Jordan Burroughs – Olympic Gold Medalist

No matter what age or size, youth wrestlers will have competition with other kids of similar age and size.

 

How it works:

Our youth wrestling season usually runs from the end of October (when first practices begin) and for some athletes, through the end of February (AAU State Tournament).  There are two sides to our season that are important to understand: Middle School Dual Season and AAU Individual Season.

The Blackman Wrestling Club is a part of the Central Tennessee Wrestling Conference (CTWC).  Our club competes in dual meets at the middle school level with other clubs from around the mid-state.  A dual meet is a contest between two teams in which there are 15 matches; one from each weight class.  After wrestling a schedule of duals, the conference holds a final Dual Meet Championship in December to decide who has the best team.  Last year the best team was Blackman!!  After Middle School Dual season ends, wrestlers can choose to participate in individual tournaments if they want to continue their season.

While middle school dual season is going on, everyone has the option to preparing for AAU and other Individual tournaments.  These tournaments are the heartbeat of the wrestling season and shouldn’t be missed!  Tournaments are usually held every weekend (or every other weekend) and the individuals are the sole focus.  Winning gold medals is not easy but nothing worth doing is.  The individual season ends with the TNAAU State Tournament at the end of February.

 

Rough Club Schedule:

September: Parent Meeting and Registration (usually 2nd week of Sept)

October: Practice Begins around the first of the month

November: Middle School Dual Season begins

December:  Middle School Conference Finals

January: AAU Individual Season in Full Swing

February:  AAU State Tournament

March: National Tournament Season Begins

 

Practice Time and Location:

As of 11/6/17, practice has begun for both youth and middle school groups!  Practice is held at the Lane Agri Park.  The address is 315 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN.  We are in the center building of the complex.

Youth Practice Times – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 6:00PM to 7:30PM.
Middle School Practice – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:00PM to 7:30PM.

 

How do I join?

If you decide to join the Blackman Wrestling Club you must:

  1. Download the Information packet HERE
  2. Get an AAU Card (required for club insurance).  Visit the AAU Website HERE (Use Club Code WYW64A)
  3. Fill out the registration form:  2017-2018 Registration Form
  4. Pay the registration fee of $50 for Grade 5 and below, OR pay $100 for Grade 6 and above.  (Checks payable to Blackman Wrestling Club)

You do not have to be zoned for Blackman to participate!!  There are a few rules that we have to follow but anyone can join.  For specific questions, please contact us!!

 

What Equipment Do I Need?

If you have not made up your mind yet, come to a practice and all you will need is shorts and a t-shirt.

Once you make up your mind to join, you will need wrestling shoes, a singlet and headgear.  Club singlets are available to order at the beginning of the season.  Shoes and headgear are usually available locally at Dick’s and Academy Sporting goods.  The best bet for size and variety is to order online.  We have had good success with www.eastbay.com.

Read this excellent article by Justin Ruiz on why kids should participate in youth wrestling.

WHY KIDS SHOULD WRESTLE

Blackman Wrestling club is coached by longtime Murfreesboro resident and wrestler Zack Fowler.  We have a host of other experienced coaches who have been supporting the wrestling community for many years.  The club is a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).  If you have questions about participating in youth wrestling, please visit our contact page HERE.