Tag: ‘Youth Wrestling’


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.


10 Life Lessons I Learned Watching Wrestling

Michele Weldon | January 13, 2012

It’s Friday night and I am in a Coralville, Iowa hotel room, a little weary from the four-hour drive from Chicago west on 88 and then even west-er on 80, past texting truck drivers and horizontal snow winds, miles of empty ice-dusted fields and about 1,000 signs for Subway. I just finished putting six turkey, cheese and spinach sandwiches I made this morning and about a gallon of Vitamin Water in the small humming refrigerator for Colin to eat tomorrow after the weigh-ins for the Iowa City West quad against Apple Valley and Marmion.


Calling All Youth Wrestling Moms for a Docu Series!

Michele Weldon | July 11, 2011

NOW CASTING: “SUPERMOMS” FOR NEW CABLE SERIES!

Do you pride yourself in being heavily involved in your child’s activities? Do you feel that your children are gifted with superior abilities in sports and/or the performing arts? Are you, without question, your child’s biggest cheerleader? Will you go above and beyond to make sure that your child can achieve his or her dreams? Have you and your friends bonded over a shared passion for your children’s activities?
areyouasupermom@gmail.com


Mother’s Day Thoughts for Single Moms, Wrestling Moms and All Moms

Michele Weldon | May 7, 2010

Your children can make you cry, they just can, whether they mean to or not, and sometimes they really mean to. Teenagers can be particularly harsh; I have a friend who says sometimes teenagers are just not good people. I have two teenagers at 16 and 19 and a post-teenager at 21. But any therapist […]


2007 Wrestling Alum Weldon Rogers on Coach Powell, The Ear and What Wrestling Means

Michele Weldon | January 12, 2010

He’s proud of his wrestling career in high school and briefly in college. He’s also proud of the “ear” he earned. Weldon Rogers talks about Coach Powell and his own transformation as an athlete and a young man. Now a college junior, Weldon claims he went from being “garbage” as a youth wrestler to placing fourth in Illinois in 2007 at the IHSA Class AA individual state tournament for 140 pounds.


Wrestling Mom Cubed: Caryn Brooks on The Wrestling Family and Her Three Wrestling Sons

Michele Weldon | December 16, 2009

OPRFHS Wrestling Mom Caryn Brooks talks about the wrestling family, other wrestling moms, youth wrestling and Coach Powell.


Coach Mike Powell on Wrestling Myths

Michele Weldon | November 23, 2009


OPRF Coach Mike Powell on Wrestling Moms

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