Coach’s Corner

Consolation finals action from the 2017 NCS Wrestling Championships.

How to get the most out of average wrestlers … and why it matters

Matt Krumrie, MATBOSS Contributor
August 23, 2017

Ask any dedicated coach, and chances are, they relish the chance to develop and build the average athlete, just as much as they do the chance to lead the star athlete. While the star athlete may bring wins, program recognition, and put a team and/or coach in the spotlight, the long-term success of any athletics program –wrestling included — hinges on the ability of coaches to develop the average athlete.Because there are a lot more average athletes than there are star athletes.

Read more here.


If you are the parent, grandparent, relative, or friend of the family of a young wrestler and want to help that young person have the opportunity to pursue their dream of wrestling in a college or university in Oregon, then get involved in our efforts. The more wrestling programs we can restore at Oregon colleges and universities, the better the prospects for you to enjoy opportunities to watch your college wrestler compete in person.

Tell your friends and neighbors about RCWOR and invite them to visit our website and social media. Encourage them to join you in answering our call to action. Together, we can forge the future of college wrestling in Oregon.


Looking Back 80 Years: 1937 NCAAs On Film

Mark Palmer, InterMat Senior Writer
March 27, 2017

Want to know what the oldest and greatest sport looked like 80 years ago?

The finals of the 1937 NCAA Wrestling Championships — held at Indiana State University — provide a glimpse of college wrestling as it was eight decades ago, in what may be the oldest surviving film of the NCAAs available for viewing online.

The black-and-white, silent film of the finals — posted to YouTube by Oklahoma State — provides nearly an hour of footage of most of the title matches that year.

Read more and watch the footage here.

A Message For Parents and Grandparents

I too often forgot my role, do you too? Now that I’m a grandparent, I have a do-over. How about you?

When Should You Be Journaling?

Katherine Shai,
February 10, 2017

Having a journal for sport is so much more than writing down a specific technique, or pouring out your emotions on the page. Journaling becomes a log of where you are at a certain point in your training. You begin to see patterns in your behaviors or actions, and how you handle situations that arise in sport. Journaling can become your place to tell it like it is, and learn to move forward despite how you felt.

It takes another level of discipline to sit yourself down and recognize the good, the bad, and the ugly of a practice session or of a workout. I firmly believe that if you are challenged and uncomfortable by journaling, then it is even more imperative that you begin. Challenge is the essence of growing, and in sport and life, we need every opportunity to practice being uncomfortable.

Click here to read the rest of the story on the FulpAllen Wrestling website.

The Rule of One: How One Person, One Comment, One Time Can Change A Life Forever

John O’Sullivan,
November 21, 2016

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was a junior in high school, and sat three rows back, middle row of my english literature class at St Anthony’s High School in New York. Brother Jeff, a Franciscan brother who was a pleasant combination strict and jovial, was my teacher. He was handing back some essays we had written.

I eagerly awaited mine, as I could write a pretty good paper with minimal effort. When Brother Jeff handed my back my paper, I thought it was a mistake. There was a big, red “F” on the top.

“Brother Jeff, there is no way this paper was an ‘F,’” I protested. “I know it’s better than that.”

He put his hands on my desk and looked me in the eye. “I didn’t give you an ‘F’ based upon what everyone else can do. I gave you an ‘F” based on what you are capable of doing, and your paper is garbage (actually his language was a bit more colorful.)”

Click here to read the rest of the story on the Changing the Game Project website.

Olympic wrestler Helen Maroulis: My darkest secret that’s greater than gold
November 11, 2016

Go ahead. Google me. When you do, here’s what you’ll see: First American woman to win Olympic wrestling gold … Stuns Japan’s 16-time world champion and 3-time gold medalist … Historic Olympic triumph recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama.”

And all of it is true. But there’s something even truer that you won’t see. It’s a secret. Something you can’t Google, until now.

Come close; I’ll whisper it to you…

I’m afraid.

Click here to read the rest of the story on the Sports Illustrated website.

3 Reasons Why Your Kid Should Join A Wrestling Program
October 31, 2016

Wrestling has been referred to as the sport of the gods. So it should be a great idea for your kids to start it right? With the rise in popularity of combat sports such as MMA and fight leagues like the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), wrestling has been seen as a cornerstone of the sport and with good reason, wrestling has proven to be a very effective grappling technique that has produced hundreds of champions over the years.

It should be no surprise to you when your kid comes into the den one afternoon and tells you that they want to join their schools wrestling program. Wrestling is taught in almost every high school sports program and there are thousands of Youth wrestling clubs all across the country.

Getting your kids started in a wrestling program is a great idea for a multitude of reasons, let’s look at what you can expect from getting them involved in the sport at an early age.

Click here to read the rest of the story on the website.

8 Coaching Mistakes I Wish I Never Made

John O’Sullivan,
October 19, 2016

In 2002, I received a phone call from Patrick, a former high school player I had coached. He had graduated college and was applying to medical school.

“Coach,” he said, “I just wanted to let you know that I am studying for my medical school exams, and it is really hard. But every time I want to put down my books, or if I am in the gym working out, I think of you coaching our team. I picture you telling us “Is that the best you can do? Can’t you do one more? Can’t you do it a bit better?’ and I keep going.”

Click here to read the rest of the story on the website.

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What Separates Champions From ‘Almost Champions’?

Brad Stulberg,
September 20, 2016

Great athletes are fascinating. It’s a thrill to watch the very best of the very best. And though your natural abilities (or lack thereof) may prevent you from becoming as good as the champs, you can improve yourself by emulating their behavior.

Click here to read the rest of the story on the website.

Grappling with the future: The story of how Olympic wrestling was saved

Shawn Smith,
August 18, 2016

Wrestling is one of the oldest Olympic sports, dating all the way back to the Ancient Olympic Games held in Greece in 708 B.C. When the modern Olympics were founded in 1896, wrestling was, of course, one of nine sports on the program. It’s been held at every Olympics since then, with the lone exception of the 1900 Games.

That’s why it came as such a surprise when, in February 2013, headlines popped up everywhere stating that the sport had suddenly and unexpectedly been removed from the Olympics. There was shock and there was anger, but most of all, there was bewilderment. How could something like this happen? Could anything be done to reverse the decision?

Click here to read the rest of the story on the NB C Olympics website.


Dear Dad, Dear Coach

Katherine Fulp-Allen, June 18, 2016

My dad, Lee Allen, was a remarkable human being. Quiet and reserved, he was a two-time Olympic wrestler, arguably the most grueling sport in the world. A self-made man in every sense of the word, he grew up with nothing but the support of his family, working for everything he had.

My father was born in Kansas and due to the Dust Bowl, his family moved to Oregon when he was a baby. In Oregon, his family became strawberry farmers.

Dad was a feminist before it was cool– he believed that women were just as capable as men in wrestling. My sister and I started wrestling because our dad knew the benefits of sport.

Click here to read the rest of the letter on website.

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Life Lessons from my “Old School” Sports Dad

John O’Sullivan, June 14, 2016

I remember the conversation like it was yesterday.

I was a sophomore in high school, and I was mad. I was offended. I was aggrieved… I had been benched.

When I got home from school, I wanted someone to tell me how I was right, and the coach was wrong. I wanted someone to tell me that I was great, and my teammates who had replaced me were not. I wanted someone to validate my feelings.

Luckily for me, I had chosen to have my “woe is me” talk with my dad. He was an old school guy, born and raised in the Bronx. He had been forced to retire from his dream job — the NY City Fire Department — after destroying his back during a fire. Life had been good to him, and tough to him, and he certainly wasn’t intending to make it easy on me.

His goal wasn’t to make me feel better that day. His goal was to make me BE better.

“John,” he said, “regardless of whether you think your coach is right or wrong, regardless of whether you think you are better or worse than your teammates, that is really all beside the point.”

I sat quietly. You do not interrupt my dad.

Click here to read the rest of the story on the Changing the Game Project website.


Women’s Wrestling Experiencing Exponential Growth

There were 11,496 girls in the nation competing at the high school level in 2014-15.

June 2, 2016

A decade before Kiera Gabaldon was a college All-American wrestler, she was an elementary school student competing in a male sport.

When a high school near her home in Salem held a wrestling camp, she went. Among the other participants was a high school girl who had made a name for herself as a wrestler.

Gabaldon didn’t approve.

“When I was younger I had the same mindset boys did: Girls shouldn’t be here, not realizing what I was,” said Gabaldon, now a sophomore at Warner Pacific.

The 10-year-old version of Gabaldon matched up with that comparatively sized high school girl in the practice room, took her down with ease and threw her around the room.

“Wrestling with (her) and beating up on her, I’m like, is that wrestling like a girl?” Gabaldon said. “I don’t want to wrestle like a girl.

“Obviously, that mindset has changed. It’s something to be proud of to wrestle like a girl today, but back then it wasn’t. I guess I was ashamed of myself as a kid to be a women’s wrestler.”

In the past 10 years, Gabaldon has gone on to be a multi-time state champion wrestler at North Salem High School in girls tournaments. She placed fourth in her weight class at this year’s Women’s College Nationals.

Though wrestling remains a male-dominated sport, female participation has grown exponentially at all levels — and could bring the change that saves the sport.

“Wrestling needs all the help it can get. We all know that,” West Salem wrestling coach Mikey Baker said. “We’re always still going to be fighting the, ‘Are they going to cut it?’

“I like it. I’m not against it. It’s just different and I’m OK with it. I’m OK with something new and a little bit of a change.”

Read more…

A Saint In The City

May 9, 2016

In A Saint in the City: Coaching At-Risk Kids to Be Champions, Scott Glabb shares his inspiring wrestling experiences from years of coaching the boys of Santa Ana High School. Without a prayer of winning, Coach Glabb roused his athletes to bravely overcome their disadvantages to raise their school from being the pariah of Southern California wrestling to one of the most respected athletic programs in California. Through Coach Glabb’s reflections and his athletes’ own words, A Saint in the City chronicles the tribulations and triumphs of one team that wrestled for victory.  Read a chapter from the book where Coach Glabb tells the story of one wrestler, Gilbert Melendez, who eventually went on to fight for a Mixed Martial Arts World Title at 155 lbs.

Coach Glabb graduated from Evergreen HS in Vancouver, Washington, wrestled 2 years at Pacific University, and graduated from Eastern Washington University after wrestling there for 2 years. He was inducted into The National Wrestling Hall of Fame by the California Chapter in 2014. Read a short biography of Coach Glabb here. Purchase a copy of A Saint in the City: Coaching At-Risk Kids to Be Champions here.

Coach Glabb personally invites high school coaches across the Pacific Northwest to bring their teams to the ASICS Southern California Challenge Wrestling Tournament. Visit the tournament’s Facebook page for more information.

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