Tag: ‘high school’


Why Wrestling Moms Should Save Wrestling in Olympics

Michele Weldon | February 26, 2013

There’s been a furor over the decision not to guarantee wrestling a spot in the 2020 Olympics. Rightly so. I know first-hand what the sport does for young men (including my three sons) and an increasing number of young women. Fortunately, the decision is not final. It’s time to speak out.


Jonna Borgdorff on Being an All In Wrestling Mom

Michele Weldon | February 22, 2013

I am proud to be a Wrestling Mom. An All In Wrestling Mom. My two sons have always been active in sports. Each sport has value and teaches its own lessons. Unlike other sports, wrestling lessons, both physical and mental benefit every sport and benefit life in general. What the t-shirts say is true, “Once you have been a wrestler, everything else is easy.”


The International Olympic Committee Is All Wrong

Michele Weldon | February 13, 2013

Help save wrestling for The Olympics.


Stuff Wrestling Moms Say- Part 2

Michele Weldon | February 16, 2012

Headed to state tonight to watch our Huskies wrestle at Inidivual Illinois High School Association, Class 3A. Go Huskies!


Regional Champs are 14 for 14 & Why The World Will Soon Love Our Man In Full, Coach Powell

Michele Weldon | February 7, 2012

The team’s amazing first-time ever in OPRFHS history feat of advancing 14 of 14 wrestlers on the roster to regionals in hopes of sweeping at state was a nerve-wracking blast to witness.


Winning is Best

Michele Weldon | December 30, 2011

I know we are all supposed to be above this kind of thing. We are not gloat. We are in it for the challenge and the discipline of the sport. But oh my, it is one of the 10 best feelings in the world when your son has his hand raised in victory in a […]


Caryn Brooks: You Know You’re A Wrestling Mom (or Dad) When…

Michele Weldon | December 28, 2011

You know you’re a wrestling parent when: Beyonce sings about all the “single ladies” and you hear “all the single legs” and wonder why Beyonce has a song out about wrestling?…The smell of wrestling shoes brings back memories of matches rather than makes you sick to your stomach (ok, it might make you sick to your stomach as well)…You know more about rashes than your doctor.


Nowhere else I’d rather be: Gearing up for Colin’s final high school wrestling season

Michele Weldon | November 16, 2011

In the stands every wrestling season since 2004 I have had plenty of anxiety attacks about what work I needed to do once I got home, what I needed to get accomplished for the house or for life, how to keep all the pins juggling in the air. But it was always worth it to go, spend most of the day in a gym wearing the orange and the blue just to see what splendor my sons could create. And it was splendid, even if the gym smelled bad and the other parents were sometimes hostile and some kids cried when they lost.


Caryn Brooks: What I Wish I Knew About Recruiting

Caryn Brooks | November 14, 2011

Coaches know what a 17 or 18-year-old wrestler cares about. They play to hopes and dreams of championships and gold medals. On one official visit the coaches were sure to take a route that passed the outdoor pool with hot tubs and a waterfall at the rec center. It was an especially warm weekend at the end of August and plenty of young women were working on their tans while wearing very little.


We always knew Ellis was destined to be great

Michele Weldon | August 2, 2011

Many of us who are members of the Huskies Wrestling Family have been watching Ellis Coleman for years, since he was an eighth grader member of the Little Huskies. And here he is, a 2009 graduate of Oak Park-River Forest High School, this week making this crazy flying squirrel Ellis move that landed him on the home page of Yahoo, ESPN and so many sites.