Dec 31, 2018 Well I hope you have all had a great Christmas break. Now the last 1/3 of the season is upon us. This is a busy week.
First here is a reminder to sign up to help with the Caveman Classic Wrestling tournament this week end. Here is the email with the links that was sent out a while back. If you have questions about where you can help please contact Tammy Sandstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org The Caveman Classic will be here before we know it - IT TAKES A LOT OF HELP TO MAKE IT WORK! But AF has the best wrestling family around.
Please figure out where you can help and use the sign up links below. Also feel free to reach out to extended family and friends of Caveman Wrestling to join the cause. Please contact me with any questions. There is also a message from coach at the bottom.
From Coach Spencer I am need of trucks, trailers, and man power to help move mats on The evening of January 3rd and morning of January 4th. I am looking for dads hopefully that can plan to help us move mats as the district will not be able to help us again this year. Please let me know if you can help with any of this.
The plan would be to pick up mats at Westlake (1), Skyridge (2), Mountain View (2) and Maybe Pleasant Grove High (1) Schools.
Please call me if you have any questions. 801-400-5932. leave a message if I don't answer. Thank you. Now for this weeks schedule: Monday Dec. 31 We will have practice at 7:00 am. We will end at 9:30. Please be ready to start warming up at 7 not show up to get ready at 7:00.
Tuesday Jan. 1 We will not have practice on the 1st. But all wrestlers should workout on their own. Lots of stairs, sprints, hill climbs, stance and motion.
Wednesday Jan. 2 Practice again at 7:00 am.
Thursday Jan. 3 Our first day back to school. I am sure you are all very excited (not). We will also start our 2-a-day workouts. We will have our conditioning practices (bring running shoes) starting at 5:45 am. We will meet in the wrestling room, but have your running gear (ear phones, running shoes,...). We will be running the halls of the school until 6:45. At that point you will go shower and get ready for school. Then you will go to school (yea).
Then at 3:30 pm we will all meet in the wrestling room to start setting up the mats for our final home Dual of the season (not counting the Caveman Classic this weekend).
The weigh in will happen when Bingham gets here, around 4:00. JV/Extras will then wrestle starting between 5:00 and 5:30 ish. The Varsity matches will start at 7:00. Once the matches are done we will then have to set up the Cave for the next days tournaments. We will need to carry our four mats into the gym so that we can set them up, tape them, clean them, and also set the computers, up for the tournament.
I am also in need of as many dads and former wrestlers, and coaches that can help us pick up mats. I have a few that emailed me back about helping and a few that said they had trucks. Still looking for trailers (or I may just go rent 2 moving trucks) to load the mats onto. Please arrange your schedule and plan the evening (right after the matches to help us). We will also need help the next morning to to gather the rest of the mats that we did not pick up that night. There are 5 mats in all that need picked up.
Friday Jan. 4 All wrestlers will go to school and be excused at 10:54 (end of flex for those 10 - 12 graders). Junior High Wrestlers will get excused at 10:55 (before CAVE time starts). Please come to the wrestling room and continue to help setting up for the tournament. We will also need any of the fathers and former wrestlers there to help with set up. Please see the links above to help in other ways as well.
Saturday Jan. 5 All wrestlers will need to be at the wrestling room at 6:45 am. We will clean the mats, and get ready for the tournament that day. We will have weigh ins at 8:00 and start wrestling at 9:00. After all matches are done that day we will have to clean up. Usually about 2 - 3 hours.
Dec 10 - 15, 2018 Well after a great opening dual and ending with a second place finish last week, we will now see where we really are. A few items before this weeks schedule: 1) If you are not getting the booster club emails from Tammy Sandstrom, please email her at email@example.com to be added to the list. 2) Next week on Thursday December 20th we will have an early morning practice. It will start at 7:00 and finish at 9:00. We will then have breakfast and then go to Tabitha's Way to do some service that morning. Not sure yet on the time we will get there or time we will finish. We will have more details on the service project. Just wanted you to know and plan for that. After that we will not have practice during the Christmas break, but I'll have options for you to pick up some workouts with former college athletes and coaches. More details to follow.
Now for this weeks info. This week will be our toughest week of the season. It will be as follows:
Monday practice and normal time 2:45 - 5:00
Tuesday practice and then Mindset training at 5:30.
Wednesday we will host PG ranked #2 in the state, and your returning State Championship team. This will be a true test of where we are at this point. We'll have to wrestle tough start to finish to hang with this team. But let's just go do what we do, wrestle to score points and get better. All wrestlers will need to be at the wrestling room at 3:30 to help set up the gym for the match. Once PG gets here we will weigh in and then continue to set up. The JV and Extras will wrestle starting between 5:00 and 5:30. Varsity will start at 7:00. Please plan to bring money to support our concession stand by getting you dinner here.
Thursday we will leave for Fremont at 1:50. Junior High Wrestlers will get out at 1:30. High School wrestlers and Stat Girls will get out at 1:40. Please hurry to the wrestling room as soon as your appointed checkout time comes. We will then leave for Fremont to take on the # 5 ranked Silverwolves. Weigh ins will be at 4:00 ish and JV/Extras will start wrestling at about 5:00-5:30 ish . Varsity will be at 7:00 ish.
Friday and Saturday we will be going to the Viewmont Invitational Wrestling tournament. We will plan to leave at 11:45 on Friday. Junior High wrestlers will be excused at 11:25. High School wrestlers and Stat girls will be excused at 11:35. We will not return until Saturday after the tournament is over. This is a bracketed style tournament, so you will be put into a bracket and stay in as long as you keep winning. It will be a double elimination format (unlike the last two tournaments which you were guaranteed more matches than just two) Please hurry to the wrestling room at at the appointed time. We will be staying again in a hotel, and so plan meals and money accordingly. Please note that Credit Cards will not be taken for concessions.
The tournament schedule and info is as follows: Friday, Dec. 14 1:30 Weigh ins (+2 lbs.) and skin check 2:45 Doors open for spectators 3:30 Wrestling begins (Varsity will wrestle on 5 mats in Big Gym from 3:30-conclusion of championship quarterfinals and consolation Rd. 2. JV will wrestle on 3 mats in the Small Gym and Mat 6 in the Big Gym from 3:30-conclusion of varsity matches, and then on all 9 mats until 9:30 PM. 9:30 Conclusion
Saturday, Dec. 15 8:00 Weigh ins (+2 lbs.) 8:45 Doors open for spectators 9:30 Wrestling Begins through conclusion 1-hr. break for finals set up at conclusion of varsity medal matches Finals on 1 mat in Main Gym, start time TBA (estimated around 3:00 PM) JV Awards to be presented prior to varsity championship finals Varsity Awards to be presented at conclusion of varsity championship finals.
ADMISSION FOR ENTRY: Adult/Student Tournament Pass $10 Family Tournament Pass $40 (up to five people from same household) Kids 5 & under Free
PARKING: Buses are asked to park in the northwest corner of the parking lot but not until after 2:45 PM Friday. The school parking lot will not be open to the public until after 2:30 PM on Friday. Be advised that the parking lot will be busy with students and faculty leaving school until around 2:45 Friday.
CONCESSIONS: A full concessions stand will be on site serving many foods and beverages. Cash or check payments only please.
Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2018 Updated I mentioned earlier that I was waiting to hear the details for weigh ins for the Junior Varsity and Exhibition wrestlers. I now know the plan.
Thursday night I will know which of the wrestlers (JV and Exhibition) will be wrestling on Friday and which ones will be wrestling on Saturday. I want to clarify that all JV and Exhibition (3, 4, 5...string wrestlers) will compete one of the two days either Friday or Saturday. The weights with the larger amount of wrestlers will wrestle Friday and possibly Saturday if needed. The smaller weight classes will only compete on Saturday. I will know late tomorrow night which ones for which days.
Friday morning at 6:00 am I need all JV and Exhibition Wrestlers at the wrestling room for weigh ins. We will write down your weight and then you'll go to school at the normal times.
All 10-12 grade wrestlers and Stat girls will get excused (be watching in case your teachers forget to release you, which most rely on you to let them know) at 10:15. All 9th graders will get excused at 10:00. Everyone is to go right to the wrestling room for roll call and then we will get on the bus to leave for Syracuse High School. Remember that we will not be coming home Friday night. We will be staying in the Comfort Inn hotel in Layton. Plan accordingly. Remember that each wrestler/stat girl is in charge of their own food for the duration of the trip.
The tournament schedule should be close to the following: (as this was sent to me) There is a fee for spectators. The cost is $10 per person (kids 5 and under are free). Thursday: I will let you know Thursday night which jv weights will wrestle on Friday and which will not start until Saturday. Friday: BEFORE SCHOOL @6:00 am: Weigh in ALL jv and extra wrestlers before school and input their ACTUAL weights by 9:00 am. Remember they have to make weight. If they are .2 over then they need be moved up to a higher weight class. Scratch +2
12:30 pm: Varsity weigh-ins and jv skin checks in the small gym. We are requiring the wrestlers to have either a school issued singlet or school issued fight shorts on at weigh-ins. Please let your wrestlers know so they can plan ahead. Scratch +2
1:00 pm: Coaches meeting 3:00-5:30 pm: Wrestling 5:30-6:00 pm : Dinner 6:00-8:30 pm: Wrestling (We will shut down jv brackets at 9:00 pm no matter what, if their brackets are not complete they will need to come back Saturday)
Saturday: 8:30 am: Varsity weigh-ins and JV skin checks in the small gym. Scratch +2 9:30 am-12:00 pm: Wrestling 12:00-12:30 pm: Lunch 12:30-4:30 pm: Wrestling
Nov 25 - Dec 1, 2018 I hope Thanksgiving went well for all of you. I know that it was a much needed break for me, and now I am ready for the season. Bring it on.
Monday - Thursday Practice at 2:45 - 5:00 (for those that did not take the Hydration test yet, I need to know ASAP so I can hopefully get you one scheduled for Monday right after school over at PG. Please let me know by text and email. 801-400-5932). Friday we will travel to the Syracuse Tournament. They are changing some of the structure of this tournament for JV and Exhibition (3, 4, 5 .... string wrestlers in each weight). I will know which wrestlers will be wrestling on Friday, and which ones will be wrestling on Saturday. Not all JV and Extras will compete both days, but I won't know who until Thursday night.
We will be staying in a hotel in Layton Friday night. (We will be taking the whole team for both days so all will be staying in a hotel with the team). Please let me know if you are not planning on attending this event so I can plan hotels accordingly. The bus will leave on Friday morning at 10:45. Wrestlers will be excused at 10:15 am (Junior High at 10:00 am). Please plan accordingly and make sure you have all of you gear. (Singlets, head gear, mouth guards for those with braces, and wrestling shoes). Also clothes to warm up in (sweats, shorts, tee shirt) and then clothes to wear on the bus and around the hotel.
All wrestlers are in charge of their own food for the 2 days. They do offer concessions at the event that are reasonably priced. You will need to plan for lunch and dinner Friday and then 3 Meals on Saturday. A lot of the wrestlers bring coolers with their own food and that is a good option as well.
I am waiting for confirmation on how they want to do weigh ins for all the JV and Extras. They may have us do it on Friday morning before school starts. But I'll let you know as I find out.
The weights will be scratch +2 pounds (so 106 will be 108, 113 will be 115...) Please know that Varsity will need to make weight both Friday and Saturday at Syracuse High School.
Please let me know if you have questions. All JV and Extras should get about 3-5 matches. Varsity Wrestlers will get about 7-9 matches over the two days.
Wrestling will start in Friday at 3:00 ish. Saturday wrestling will start at 9:30 ish.
Nov. 18, 2018 The schedule for this week is as follows:
Monday practice at 2:45 - 4:20. Then the team will need to car pool to Pleasant Grove High School for the State mandated Hydration test. We will need to be there by 5:15. Each wrestler will need to have a singlet, and a photo ID. Please plan accordingly.
Tuesday practice at normal time 2:45 - 5:00.
Wednesday Practice at 7:00 am until about 10:00 am.
Thursday - Sunday there will be no scheduled team practice, but it is encouraged that all wrestlers workout on their own 3 of the 4 days. The workouts should include lots of sprints and stairs or hill climbs. Long distance running is not encouraged, but rather short sprints (50 - 100 yards each set).
$100 Participation fee, $150 Uniform fee, and the extra $250 fees need to be paid before you will get your team gear. Each team member will be getting 2- singlets, 1 set of fight shorts and rash guard (compression shirt) and a hoodie. If you have earned it through selling of potatoes your fees will be considered paid. Please let me know if you have any questions.
For those that have not signed up for the remind please do so by text the number 81010 and send the message @ericspe This will sign you up for the teams remind.
Oct. 25, 2018 Please see the information below for the high school wrestling season. Also see the link above for information about our dual and tournament schedule for the 2018-19 season.
Oct. 4, 2017 See the elementary team page for details about our annual Cave Club Fall Intro Camp. Details about the upcoming season will be coming soon.
Feb. 17, 2017 SPRING Practice schedule for Junior High and High School teams is as follows: First Practice will be Tuesday February 21st at 3:15. We will practice each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:45. Each Wrestler will need a USA Wrestling Card which can be purchased by clicking here and viewing the PowerPoint that walks through the steps to purchase. The Club Team name is Cave Club. Please spread the word to let others know that the Spring season is here. We will Focus on all 3 style of wrestling; Freestyle, Greco, as well as Folkstyle. We hope to see you all there.
Dec. 4, 2016 I wanted to give a big shout out our High School team, on all levels. They opened up their competitions this past weekend at the Syracuse Scuffle. The varsity had 8 total duals in the two days. With some pretty stiff competition the team went 5-3. They had 5 varsity wrestlers go 7-1. Those wrestlers were James Holman, Joshua Bartholomew, Tayler Durfee, Shadrach Preece, and Jacob Rhoton. Over all the team did well, and gave the coaches a chance to see where we need improvement. The JV and Exhibition wrestlers also had a great showing. The following individual wrestlers placed in the top four of their individual weight classes: Payson Murdoch was the Champion at 120 pounds, while Jessy Hussey-Isom was 3rd in the same bracket. Jadin Brandow and Braige Damon placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 126 pound bracket. Jacob Wright and Abe Chidester also placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 132 pound bracket. At 182 pounds Nate Jackson placed 4th. Congratulations on a great showing at the Syracuse Scuffle tournament. As Coach Lewis would say, “Today is another day of training. “ We hope you will all come out This next weekend the team will travel to Juab High School for the Winter Classic. It will be another opportunity to gain some insight on where we need to prepare to finish the season where we want to be.
The Varsity team scores were as follows: American Fork lost to Mountian Crest 45-19 American Fork won highland 52-30 American Fork Lost to Syracuse 55-12 American Fork won Northridge 55-15 American Fork won Granger 54-25 American Fork won Weber 39-36 American fork Lost to Bear River 49-19 American Fork Won Kearns 42-32 All results can be found at trackwreslting.com and doing a browse/search for the syracuse scuffle tournament results. The JV Stats can also be found by searching for the Syracuse Scuffle JV.
Nov. 6, 2016 Another Season is here. Starting tomorrow our high school team will officially start our practices. After another great season (the best AF Wrestling Team has ever done) last year, the Caveman Wrestling team will look to improve yet again. We have 7 of last years State qualifiers returning back again this year. 3 of those were all-State last year. so with the season upon us and practices beginning, let's Get Ready To Rumble.
October 2, 2016 Welcome October. Glad that October is here. With fall comes two of my favorite things. 1st is hunting season. 2nd is the start of wrestling season. We will be starting our Kids camp in 2 weeks. See the attached flier for information, dates, and times. we are also excited to announce the hiring of Victor Rios as the new Junior High Coach. we are excited to have Victor help us continue to get better as a program. They will be starting practices on October 10th at 5:00. They will practice on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. More details to be posted on the Junior high page in the near future.
Sept. 4, 2016 Back to School Team BBQ will be held on Monday Sept. 12, 2016. See attached Flier for details. Please sign up to bring something and invite anyone who may be considering wrestling for the high school team.
May 25, 2016 Lets Give another big Shout out to our Wrestling team. This time it is to honor Cameron Hunsaker as the American Fork High School Male Athlete of the Year. This is the 3rd consecutive year that a Wrestling team member has been awarded the male Athlete award. The first was 3 years ago with Andrew Bartholomew, then Last year was Morgan Palmer, and Now we can add Cameron Hunsaker to the List. What a great accomplishment for all 3 of them, and for our team. I think the other teams may be getting a little jealous.
Cameron Hunskaer 2016 High School USA Honorable Mention Team
May 4, 2016 It's been a while since I updated this. I wanted to give a couple of big shout outs to our team this past year. On April 2, 2016 we had some great recognition for our teams accomplishments. The Daily Herald reporter Beky Beaton, with the help of Brian Preece, posted the All-Valley Wrestling team for 2016. Included in the article which can be found here was Cameron Hunsaker to the all-Valley Team. Coach Eric Spencer was nominated as the Coach of the year. Tayler Durfee, Jacob Rhoton, Shad Preece, and Porter Johnson were selected as Honorable mention for the All-Valley Wrestling team. Cameron Hunsaker was also nominated to the USA Wrestling 2016 High School Honorable mention Team. See Photo Above. This information about the USA Wrestling Teams will be published in the May 30, 2016 issue of USA Wrestling Magazine. Congrats to Cameron and all other team members that have been honored.
Jacob Rhoton 3rd Place 182 lbs @ Super State
Josh Bartholomew 5th and James Holman 6th place 120 lbs. @ Super State
Tayler Durfee 5th place 138 lbs. @ Super State
February 23, 2106 Of the 9 Wrestlers that qualified to go to Super State, 5 participated in the event last Saturday. Thanks to those of you that came and supported us. I want to give a brief update from that event and then give details about our off season weights and practice schedule.
At super State Rhett Miner had a great showing. he wrestled tough, and with a little bit of improvement should be a force at his weight class next year. He fought hard, and hopefully learned a ton this year in preparation for next season.
James Holman decided to go up a weight group for this event which meant that we had both James and Josh Bartholomew at 120 lbs. They both had some close matches and actually ended up placing in the top 6. They wrestled each other for their 5th & 6th place medals. Josh came out ahead in overtime. It was a Very tough, hard fought match between the two of them. Congrats to both of you for placing in the top 6.
Tayler Durfee also had some hard fought matches and ended up placing 5th place. Things are starting to click for him on what it is going to take to win state next season.
Jacob Rhoton made it to the Semi-Finals, and then ended up taking 3rd place. His only loss came to the eventual Champion.
Now for details for our Spring season. We Will start practices 2 times per week on Wednesday March 2nd at 3:30 until 4:45. We will practice on Wednesday and Thursday each week. There are tournaments each Friday and Saturday for those interested. It is a lot more laid back, and easy going. Please plan to attend if and when you can.
We will also start our off-season Weight Training next week on Tuesday. This will be in the weight room at 2:30 - 3:30. (Those in 9th grade get there ASAP after you get out of school). Weights will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 2:30. This is going to be a great way for you to increase in strength and hopefully separate from the rest of the pack so that next season we can bring some team hardware home from divisional's and State.
132 lb. 2X State Champion Cameron Hunsaker
152 lb. 2nd Place Porter Johnson
182 lb. 4th Place Jacob Rhoton
145 lb. 4th Place Shad Preece
138 lb. 5th Place Tayler Durfee
February 13, 2016
I have to say sorry that this is so long, but I think it is very necessary.
Well, what a great week. I have to preface this email with gratitude for all of the great opportunities I have had this season. I have seen this team divided at the start of the wrestling season. There were little clicks. Then with some of the conflicts, we have come together as a team, a band of brothers. They stepped up big this past week.
After taking 4th place in last weeks divisional, and then losing 1 of our 10 qualifiers to illness, it was looking like the odds were stacked against us of meeting our goal to break into the top 5. Well for those faithful followers and supporters, you now that this team stepped up in a big way.
We finished with the best placing that I am aware of in school history at the State Tournament. We had 5 placers, all of which are considered All-State. We placed 3rd overall. Great job.
Cameron Hunsaker led the way. He won his second State Title at 132 pounds dominating from start to finish in all 4 matches. He is only the second wrestler in school history to win two State Titles. I wish all of you knew the great experience it was coaching Cameron over these last four years. He, more than any other wrestler I have coached, has grown tremendously as a young man. We have had our struggles, but have grown closer because of those struggles. Cameron is probably the best wrestler this school has ever had, and it will be tough for others to better what he has done. I consider it a great privilege to have been a part of his growth as an athlete and a young man.
Our second highest placer was Porter Johnson at 152 pounds. Porter placed 2nd. He also has had challenges this year. 3 weeks ago he had to miss 1-1/2 weeks of practice due to Mono. Through prayers and mental toughness he was given the okay to participate. He worked hard and got his conditioning level back up and had a great last two and a half weeks, capping it off with a 2nd place finish (his only loss at State was to a 4 time State Champion). Porter is one of 4 athletes that I have coached that bought 100% into my philosophy as a coach. Again, I consider it a privilege to have coached him for 4 years.
Both Shad Preece and Jacob Rhoton placed 4th. They both set themselves up for a great season next year. They have both been great team leaders this past season.
Tayler Durfee was our last State Placer. Tayler ended up 5th place, improving on his 6th place finish from last year. Tayler has also been a great key in this team coming together this year.
Tayler and Jacob both juniors, and Shad a sophomore look to lead this group to another good season next year. They will look to have help from Josh Bartholomew, Rhett Miner, and Ian Filoso (all who qualified for state this year and return next year), as well as others whom will need to rise up to the challenge.
Thanks to those of you we saw at our matches and tournaments. Next year we are hoping to be able to get more student support by pre-selling tickets next year for the state tournament. (I learned from PG that we can earn money for our program if we pre-sell tickets, and PG had about 400 students there to support their team. It was awesome) Let's see if we can get that kind of support.
For next week we will have practice on Tuesday - Friday. We will then take all of the wrestlers that Qualified this past week at State to the Super State Tournament. This is a great tournament to showcase all the best wrestlers in the state from all 5 divisions. We will then give the boys a week off, and then we will start our spring season on Wednesday and Thursday the 2nd and 3rd of March at 3:30 - 4:45 (only two days a week).
Shad Preece 2nd Place
Tayler Durfee 3rd place
Jacob Rhoton 2nd place
Porter Johnson 2nd place
James Holman 5th place
Cameron Hunsaker 1st place
Coach Spencer and Cameron Hunsaker with Outstanding Lower Weight Wrestler Award and Coach of the Year Award
February 7, 2016 Well, as coaches we have been saying this to the boys all year "Today is just another day of training for February". Well that day has come. With the help and support from the rest of their teammates, parents, coaches and friends 10 of our Caveman Wrestlers are headed to UVU on Wednesday and Thursday for a chance to win matches, medals, and All-State honors. The long hours at practice, early mornings conditioning, and the many missed lunches will all hopefully pay off as the cavemen take to the mat this week.
But before we get to this weeks schedule, let revamp what happened at the Division A 5A Championships. First we placed 10 wrestlers in the top 8, which qualifies them for State this week. Those 10 will try and push themselves to another level these last two days of practice, with the help of their teammates there to push them. Rhett Miner 106 lbs. (freshman) 7th place, James Holman 113 lbs. (junior) 5th place, Corbin Mitchell 113 lbs. (senior) 7th place, Josh Bartholomew 120 lbs. (sophomore) 7th place, Cameron Hunsaker 132 lbs. (senior) 1st place, Tayler Durfee 138 lbs. (junior) 3rd place, Shad Preece 145 lbs. (sophomore) 2nd place, Porter Johnson 152 lbs. (senior) 2nd place, Jacob Rhoton 182 lbs. (junior) 2nd place, and Ian Filoso 285 lbs. (sophomore) 7th place will all be trying to make it to the second day at the State Tournament. A few even have hopes of winning their individual weight class and be crowned the State Champion.
At last weeks tournament the Caveman wrestlers showed themselves very well, by not only placing 10 individuals, but also placing 4th as a team. They were also recognized by having one of their own wrestlers crowned as the Outstanding Wrestler for the Lower Weights. Cameron Hunsaker was voted as the OW of the tournament by the coaches in attendance. Another great award came as a shock to the coaches when Coach Spencer was named the Coach of the Year. Also had a good showing at JV State on Saturday with 5 placers. Coach Freestone and Thomas Atkinson's dad did a great job coaching 13 wrestlers from AF. 109 Payson Murdoch 2nd, & Tomas Richardson 3rd, 113 Wyatt Freestone 6th, 185 Noah Josselyn 5th, and 223 Quinn Rose 4th. All of These honors come due to all of the hard work this team puts in. They come because of the Brotherhood that they have formed. Thanks go out to our fans, teammates, coaches, and Caveman Wrestling Brothers for all of the work. Now let's take another few steps up the ladder and strive to finish what we started back in November. Go CAVEMAN WRESTLERS!!
The schedule for this week is as follows: Monday 2:45 practice (everyone on the team still needs to attend practice this week and next week in order to stay in good standing with being a part of the team). Missed practices will need to be excused by Coach Spencer, and should be limited like mentioned in the handbook handed out at the start of the season.
Tuesday 2:45 practice Wednesday and Thursday all wrestlers that have good enough grades may ride the bus with the 10 team members wrestling at State to UVU. They should bring money to pay to get in if the State will not allow them to enter with out tickets. I will try and get you in for free, but sometimes they refuse. Even if you cannot make it during school hours, we would hope that you will come and support those teammates by being in the stands cheering them on. Please plan accordingly.
Jan. 28, 2016
If you missed out last night at the Wrestling 5A State Duels Championships, I am sorry but you missed two great matches. We first wrestled Fremont High school and won by a score of 43 - 33. There were a lot of hard fought matches, but we came away victorious.
We then wrestled 5A power and top 5 ranked team Viewmont High School. In my 7 years as a head coach, I have never coached a team that beat Viewmont. In fact my first year here at AF they wrestled us and shut us out 56 -0. Well last night the scores continued to go back and forth all night. It cam down to the final matches. Our Sophomore Ian Filoso pinned a very tough opponent to keep it close. The last match of the night was Freshman Rhett Miner at 106 pounds. He had a great match. At this point we were down by a score of 31 - 34. Rhett dismantled his opponent and ended up securing the pin to lead us to a score of 37 AF to 34 Viewmont. It was a great moment, and I am sorry that most of you missed it.
Well tonight we have another tough opponent in Herriman High School. This is like making it to Rice-Eccles Stadium in football. Semi-Finals here we come. Our opponent Herriman High School, beat us a few weeks ago by 9 points. We are hoping to make up for that loss tonight at the Maverick center. See you all there at 5:00.
Jan. 27, 2016 JR Crosby asked the following about our last post: "So in the team battle will the team win be decided by total individual wins, or total individual points per win?" I thought I would explain it in more detail. It does not really matter if you win more individual matches. What does matter is how many team points you get. There are 14 weight classes. If Lehi wins 8 of the 14 weights and AF only wins 6 of the 14, AF could still win the team score. If Lehi's 8 wins were all decisions that would only account for 24 points (3 points per win by decision). AF only won 6 matches but won them all by Fall or Pin. This would account for 36 team points (6 points per match won by fall). So the final team score would be 36 AF and 24 Lehi.
So it will be decided by team points. Below is an example of how you earn team points.
So let's say our 106 pound wrestler wins by a score of 10 - 8 (a margin or spread of less than 7 points). This would be what is called a decision. Win by decision is worth 3 team points. Then let's say our 113 pound wrestler wins by a score 10 - 2 (a spread of 8 - 14 points, in this case 8 point spread). This would be a Major Decision which is worth 4 team points. At this point in the dual, we would have 7 points and our opponent would have 0 points as a team. Now lets say our 120 pound wrestler wins by a spread of 15+ points. This would result in what is called a Technical Fall (similar to a 10 run rule in baseball). The match would end once the 15 point margin is established. This would result in a Technical Fall worth 5 team points. Now let's assume at the 126 pound weight we secure a pin (really called a fall). This would result in a Fall worth 6 team points.
Hope this helps. Jan. 27, 2016 I wanted to make each of you aware of something that you probably won't have heard about unless you follow the wrestling community. This year the UHSAA has decided to sanction and sponsor an event like none other in wrestling. Most of the time wrestling is looked at as a sport where individual athletes can excel regardless of their teammates. Well that is partially true. But this year for the first time ever the state of Utah will get a chance to see which 5A school has the best team in the 5A classification (they are also doing this for the 4A classification). They are taking the top 4 teams from the four 5A regions and putting them in a Team (or Dual) State Tournament (16 team bracket). The way that each team will progress is to win the duels against the other teams. This format is similar to that of the other mainstream sports (BBall, Football, Baseball...).
We open our first round at this State Duels Tournament Tonight at Viewmont High School. We will be wrestling Freemont High School in the first round starting at 5:00. If we win that match, which we should, we will then wrestle in the quarter-finals the winner of Viewmont and West Jordan. If we win that match we will wrestle tomorrow at the Maverick Center in the Semi-finals. I will attach the bracket and information for the entire event. We hope to see you there to support our team.
Also attached I have added a document entitled Wrestling 101. This is for those that don't know how to score a match, or how team points are accumulated at a dual meet vs. another team. Enjoy, and again we hope to see you there tomorrow night.
After this week, next week our team will travel to Pleasant Grove High school Wednesday January 3 and 4th for our State Qualifying Divisional tournament. Each wrestler that qualifies (top 8) in their weight class next week will travel to the UCCU Center on Wednesday February 10 and Thursday the 11th for the individual (normal tournament they have had for years) tournament. Come and support us at these last three events. Love to see you there. Jan. 24, 2016 What a great end to our regular season. We had a great dominating win over a highly competitive team on Wednesday vs. North Summit. There were some great matches and we came away victorious.
Then yesterday we hosted the 2nd annual Alpine District Championships. This was an event for Prek - 9th grade. There were over 250 wrestlers that competed. It was a huge success thanks to our wonderful parents, wrestlers and fans. Thanks for helping us run this event.
Now onto this week. What an exciting time to be a wrestling fan in Utah. For the first time ever the State of Utah is sponsoring and sanctioning a Dual Team State Championship event. Attached is the information about the event. As the 3rd place finisher from Region IV we will travel to Viewmont High School on Wednesday afternoon. In the first round of the tournament we will face perennial power Freemont High School. If our team wins that dual we will move forward to the winner of either Viewmont (which would be the likely opponent) or West Jordan. See attached schedule.
This tournament is similar to the football, basketball, and baseball State Tournament as we have to progress as a team. Even if we have individuals win, they will not progress if we as a team do not win. This makes every weight and individual match very important. Our stud wrestlers need to get bonus point wins and pins where possible, and our others, though they may not win, need to keep it a close match and not give those bonus point wins or pins to our opponents. Every point will be critical here at this event.
We will have morning practices each day this week. Afternoon practices will also be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Saturday we will practice that morning starting at 7:00 am. If our team does not make it to the Semi-Finals for Thursday, we will also practice on Thursday afternoon.
The Bus will leave on Wednesday at 2:05. We will meet in the wrestling room at 1:50. This will allow us to get to Viewmont High School and weigh in and get ready for the event.
Thursday, if we are still in the tournament, the bus will leave at 2:30. If we are not in the tournament still, practice will be at the normal time
Jan. 20, 2016 Today we have another home dual with 2A power North Summit High School. There should be quite a few good matches and a hard fought dual. They beat us in a dual at the Juab Classic. WE will also be having our Junior High Team dueling the Timpanogos Junior High Team. This will start at about 4:30ish and then the JV/Exhibition Matches for the High School will start at about 5:00ish. The Varsity will be starting at 7:00. All High School wrestlers need to be there at 3:30 to help set up for the evenings events. January 11, 2016 Another week has come and gone. Last week was a good test of where we are thus far in the season. We had a very good Mountain View team at home and they gave us all that we expected. WE ended up losing the varsity dual by 2 points. But I am very pleased with most our wrestlers efforts in the dual. Then on Friday and Saturday we went to the Vernal TOC. We had a good showing and had multiple JV and Extra wrestlers place in the JV tournament. We also had 2 varsity wrestlers place in the Varsity tournament. Congrats to Jacob Rhoton and Tayler Durfee for placing in the Varsity portion of the tournament. Great gauge for state the end of the year. I think we are right on track to where we want to be headed going into the last month of the season.
This week our morning practices will continue. We will run Monday - Thursday (there will not be practice in the morning on Friday).
Wednesday We will be headed to take on the Brighton Bengals on Wednesday. They will be much like the Bruins were last week. Should be a great dual. Bus will leave for Brighton at 3:20. Be in the wrestling room at 3:05.
Friday Bus will leave at 7:30 am. The JV and Exhibition will be at the JV Rumble at Mountain View High School. The Varsity will be at the UCCU Events Center at UVU. Visit the following link for the Varsity info. http://www.mettlewrestling.org/rumble Jan. 4, 2016 Wow the wrestling season is going quick. While of you were enjoying your last few days of the break, our Caveman wrestlers were hard at work. Last Saturday the attended the Region 4 Championship Duels Tournament. We placed 3rd behind Herriman High and the champion Pleasant Grove (PG is the wrestling power in the state in all 5 divisions, they have won 5 State Championships in a row, going for 6). We only lost to Herriman by 9 points, and we gave them 6 due to a forfeit. Placing 3rd puts us in the first ever State Duels Tournament that will be held the end of January.
Cameron's opponent is Tayler LaMont from Maple Mountain. Tayler is going for his 4th State Title, and is a 2 time National Champion. He is tough. But Cameron is no slouch himself. He has 4 losses the last 3 years. He placed 2nd in state as a Sophomore, 1st as a Junior, and won the Super State Tournament last year. He is hoping to pull the upset with his tough, high paced wrestling. We would love to have each of you there to support him in his attempt. Cameron is the definite underdog, but we are hoping he can out wrestle Tayler tomorrow night. Both competitors have signed to wrestle for UVU next season.
Then on Wednesday we host the Mountain View Bruins here in the Cave. We will have our Junior High team, Cave Club Wrestling,wrestling with us Wednesday evening. The Junior High Matches will start as close to 4:30 as possible. The JV and Exhibition High Schoolwrestlers will start about 5:00 along side the Junior High team. Our Varsity will start at 7:00 pm.
Friday and Saturday our team will travel to Vernal to participate in the Vernal Tournament of Champions. This will be another good gauge of where our team is as this point in the season. The week of Dec. 14th - 19th Thursday we traveled to Spanish Fork For the 3rd annual BATTLE OF THE FORKS. It is fun for both teams as my younger brother Kip is the head coach. The first year Spanish Fork won the dual at Spanish Fork. Last year the Dons came here to the cave and we won the dual. Well this year we were determined to not allow the Dons to win at their home again. So it actually did come down to very last match. It was fun to watch the team scores change back and forth throughout the dual. WE ended up winning by 8 points finishing off the night with a pin by Tayler Durfee.
We then traveled to the Viewmont High School Invitational at the Farming Legacy Center. There were 36 teams from Utah Wyoming and Idaho. WE placed 9th overall. WE had one champion on Varsity in Cameron Hunsaker at 132 pounds. Cameron was also voted by the coaches as the Outstanding Wrestler for the lower half of the 14 weight classes. We had 3 other placers in James Holman at 113 pounds, Porter Johnson at 152 pounds, and Jacob Rhoton at 182 pounds. We also had 3 or four other wrestlers really close to placing in their respective weight classes.
Dec. 10, 2015 In my 7 years as a head coach here at AF we have not won a head to head dual against Davis High School or Syracuse High School. Last week we beat Syracuse High School in a head to head dual at the tournament they hosted. It was a great and exciting match.
Well, last night the Caveman Wrestlers hosted the returning 5A State runner up Davis High School. We knew going in to the match that it was going to be a tough match-up. Our Cavemen fought hard, and in the end were victorious by a score of 39 AF vs. 29 Davis. If you were not there you missed out. Congratulations to our Caveman Wrestlers. This now puts our Varsity team at 10 - 1 in head to head duels on the season. But we are not satisfied yet, as we are still training for the big show in February. Thanks to those fans that came out and supported the team.
This Friday and Saturday the Caveman squad will travel the Winter Classic at Juab High School. They will receive about 7 - 9 matches over the course of the 2 days. Want to see some great wrestling and support your Caveman Wrestling team, make the trip to watch us compete.
Dec. 5 2015 First I wanted to say congratulations to the wrestlers for a great showing at the Syracuse Scuffle on Friday and Saturday. We had 4 Varsity and 3 JV wrestlers all go undefeated in their respective weight classes. The varsity team ended up second place. This is the best showing we have had in my 7 years as head coach. We usually are around 3-4th place. Nice job guys. Now let's keep improving 1% every day, and we will be where we want to be in February. The Pictures above are of all wrestlers holding the 2nd place trophy. the other one is of the Undefeated wrestlers at the tournament.
Dec. 4, 2015 The Caveman Wrestlers were excited to get their new sweat tops. See picture above.
Wow what an exciting night Of wrestling for the caveman wrestling program. The JV and Exhibition teams were shown what wrestling is all about. They now realize that 5A vs 2A does not always mean the bigger school wins. I think the final score was 96 - 12 in favor of South Summit.
But then on the varsity level it was a hard fought match. The match score continued to go back and forth with the final score ending up 37 for AF and 28 for South Summit. It was definitely a nail biter. Over all it was a good match between two teams that look to be a force at their individual state levels. Today the Caveman Wrestlers will head to the Syracuse Scuffle for a long weekend of matches. Most of the Varsity wrestlers will have 10 matches before Monday rolls around. GO CAVEMAN WRESTLING team.
Dec. 2, 2015 Weeks Bus Schedule THURSDAY We will first travel to South Summit High School in Kamas. The Bus will leave at 2:30. Please meet at 2:15 so we can take roll and check weight. Those in 9th grade will be checked out at 2:00. We will meet in the wrestling room. Be sure you have your wrestling gear (singlet, headgear, shoes, and mouthpiece if needed). Once we get to South Summit we will weigh in and then JV and Extras will wrestle at about 5:30 ish. Varsity will wrestle at 7:00.
FRIDAY We will then also travel to Syracuse High School on Friday. The bus will leave at 10:45. You will get checked out at 10:25 (Junior High at 10:15, they must coordinate to get from the Junior High to the High School by 10:35 ish). We will be staying in a hotel Friday night, and be coming home late Saturday evening. When the team travels to hotels, we ask that each wrestler pay $20 per hotel we stay in. This year we will be staying in 3 hotels (Syracuse Scuffle, Viewmont Invite, and Vernal Tournament of Champions). For all those making all 3 trips that would be $60. This can be paid in advance or within 2 weeks of staying in each of the hotels. I have attached the information for the schedule for those planning on making the trip to support us in an email earlier this week. This format is different than other bracket style tournaments in that the varsity will be in a team format. The attached information is for tournament at Syracuse. All wrestlers will wrestle, but some will be in the round robin tournament that is separate from the Varsity matches. All JV and Extras will be placed in pools of 5-8 based on actual weight (not necessarily weight classes) and will wrestle a round robin. Syracuse High School 2000 W 665 S. Syracuse, UT 84075
Nov. 13, 2015 Don't forget to bring a black Tee to practice today for pictures right after practice.
Lucie Holman and her family have invited all of the wrestlers and their parents over to their home after the Hydration test on Saturday. Please email her or text her so she can plan on how many will show up. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Her phone number is 917-647-3570. The address us 6391 west 9960 north in Highland. It is the house at the top of the Cul de sac. If you are willing to help her in anyway, please touch base and work out the details. Hope to see you all there. Our Hydration testing time is 11:00. But they are usually running behind, so we probably won't be done until 12 at the earliest. But I have been wrong before. There is a mandatory hydration test this Saturday morning November 14th @ 11:00. We will meet at Pleasant Grove High School in the gym (South gym) at 10:30. Our actual test time is 11:00, but we will meet at 10:30. You will need a picture ID and a wrestling singlet (I will have the wrestling singlet for you if you don’t have one). Please wear flip-flops or shoes that will come off very quickly. I feel that this test is a great tool (even with its flaws) to help us ensure that our wrestlers are wrestling at a safe body weight to fat percentage. Every wrestler should have a picture ID with them at the Hydration Test Site. I also want to encourage all wrestlers to remember the following:
1) In order to make sure you are hydrated on the 14th of November (which is when the test will be taken) you need to be begin drinking 2 to 3 quarts of water a day MINIMUM. Begin now! Even if you are at the weight you want to wrestle, you must first pass the hydration test.
2) All wrestlers should be down to the weight they want to compete at for the season on Saturday November 14, 2015. This is the date we will be testing our hydration and body fat to determine what weight each wrestler may compete for the rest of the season. Again, the wrestler should be down to weight as well as be hydrated.
3) Remember that this system is in place to help protect athletes from hurting themselves by cutting large amounts of weight. My suggestion to all AFHS Wrestlers is to compete at a weight where you feel comfortable, strong and competitive. This is what will really make the difference. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns.
Wrestlers will be required to present a picture I.D. (driver license, school activity card, state ID card, etc.) Wrestlers without proper identification will NOT be tested.
Wrestlers will present a completed BIA test card (provided by coaches) at the test site.
Wrestlers will be required to give a urine sample. The sample is to be offered at the test-site.
For the body fat test and weigh-in, wrestlers are to wear a high school competition legal, as defined in rule 4-1, singlet only.
In order to avoid late fees and individual appointment fees all wrestlers who could possibly wrestle during the year ought to test at the school’s initial test appointment.
Tips for Passing the Hydration Test
No VIGOROUS activity on the evening before and the day of the testing (do not practice on the day of the test prior to testing).
Avoid any caffeinated beverages within 48 hours prior to testing.
On the day of the test, drink 17 oz. of fluid (water is recommended but sports drink ok)
Avoid supplements of any kind (including vitamins and minerals) for two days prior to the
Be awake 3 hours prior to testing. Urine sample should not be the first urine after waking up.
Do not eat within 2 hours prior to testing.
Nov. 9 2015 The time has come. ready or not the season is now here. Practices will start today at 2:45. Please make sure you have all three of the items in the post below completed.
Also wanted to inform you of our Team/parents meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in room 102 (across the hall from the finance and attendance offices). We will do brief introductions, and then go through the season and new things for this season.
Hope to see all of the wrestlers in a few hours and the parents and wrestlers on Wednesday.
Nov. 1, 2015 Well tomorrow the Junior High Teams Start their season. they will be meeting in the high school wrestling room at 5:00 pm.
Also wanted to send out a reminder to all those going to come out for the high school team. each wrestler will need to complete the following 3 things: 1) the register my athlete process. Click on the register my athlete tab above to start and complete the process.
2) complete the concussion training by clicking on the concussion training tab above.
3) pay your fees in the finance office. The participation fee is $100 and the Uniform fee is $150.
Practices for the High school team will start Monday November 9th at 2:45 pm in the wrestling room. In order to be cleared for practice you must have completed steps 1 and 2 above. Step 3 will need to be in before we will order your gear, and before you can rank for varsity.
Oct. 4, 2015 Wanted to stay thanks to all those that came on Saturday morning to help with sorting potatoes. Please keep selling. We have about 180 russet, 80 reds, and 90 Yukon golds still here at mine and Devon's houses. Please come and get them sold. If you have more at your house please get them sold. Turn the Money in as you sell.
I also want to send reminder (or for those that did not know, a plug) to get your Register my athlete profiles and registration done. Each wrestler will have to complete the register my athlete registration process. They will also need to complete the concussion training and bring me a copy of the certificate. Please do these things ASAP as you cannot start practice with out them being done. Links to register my athlete and concussion training are in the tabs on this page of the website.
A third thing is that all those wrestling this year will need to pay the fees before they can rank for position. the fees need to be paid in the finance office at the high school. The cost is $100 participation fee and $150 uniform fee. Please pay these asap.
Oct. 1, 2015 We will be starting our introductory camp for those that would like to give wrestling a try in two weeks. you can find the flier here. please spread the word. Oct. 1, 2015 There is an article that talks about how we in the world of wrestling can better promote our great sport (read article here). i wanted to share my thoughts about it below. Here at AF we need to help grow our sport. You will see that is a big part of our mission. I believe we can do this when we step outside of our comfort zone as wrestlers, parents and fans. we need to engage our neighbors, friends and everyone we can in learning about our sport. sit next to someone at matches and tournaments that does not understand the strategy and scoring system. Teach them. help them become a fan. i think we can also do better at making the experience at our home duals bigger and better. We have improved this aspect, but we can do better. we need to have more crowd, community, and student involvement. Get them on their feet and excited. Make them want to never miss another match. Let us try harder to help AF wrestling become a staple for those in our school and community, something they look forward to attending.