Due to circumstances beyond our control we will have to cancel the intensive training and kids camp scheduled for this summer June 17-21, 2013. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenieces. We intend to host a Fall clinic in October so please watch this site and the facebook page to for updates. Thank you for your understanding.
Wichita State University Wrestling Team will host a five day intensive training camp from June 17th thru 21st. In addition they will also have a two day youth camp on the 21st and 22nd. The intensive training camp will be open to both commuters and non-commuters you will reside in Fairmount Towers for the week. For more information about the camp please visit the summer camp webpage or download the flyer and sign-up sheet.
On March 13 the Wichita State Wrestling Team traveled to Allen, TX for the NCWA National Championships held at the Allen Event Center. Four wrestlers qualified for the event and a summary of each wrestler’s performance is given below.
Evan Amaro qualified for the Shockers by placing 3rd at the conference tournament. He lost first round to Naval Academy’s Brenden Campbell who would later go on to place second in the tournament. Amaro then fell to the consolation side where he lost a 2-3 decision to Austin Vajen of Florida Gulf Coast.
In the 157 pound weight bracket, Kenny Tyler lead the Shockers off with their first win by pinning Alex Amador of Lafayette in 48 seconds. He then faced off with Ryan Madson of M. I. T., the 2 seed, losing a 2-5 decision. After falling back into consolation Tyler pinned Sterling Briscoe of The Apprentice School and Tyler Myers of Pennsylvania College before falling to Martin Mitchell of Maryland – Baltimore County.
Freshman Devin Webber came out with a bang in the 165 pound weight class by pinning two opponents back to back in Tyler Miller of Cincinnati and Jake Himes of Penn State – Dubois. Webber would then lose a close 2-3 decision to Sergio Ardilla of Georgia. He then fell back into consolations where he lost to Alex Bergman of The Naval Academy.
Chase Wells lost first round to Ma’Nako Paey of East Tennessee but quickly bounced back with a win over Thomas Fish of the University of North Florida. Wells then lost a close 2-5 decision to Liberty’s Jon Perkins.
Although Coach Paul Myers was disappointed in the team’s finish at the national tournament he felt that there were some positives. “I think that this tournament was a bit of a wakeup call for us. Our returning guys realized that we won’t always be champions and the younger guys discovered just what this tournament is all about. We will use this as a learning experience moving forward. We now know what we need to do. I have never seen the guys more fired up to get back into the practice room. They know that we start training for next year’s national championship next week and are excited to get started.”
Under the lights of Charles Koch Arena at Wichita State University 11 teams battled it out for the NCWA Great Plains Conference Championship and national qualifications. Among the 39 qualifiers from the Great Plains Conference were four Shockers. Evan Amaro placed 3rd in the 125 pound weight class going 2-1 on the day with one fall. Amaro won the consolation finals in dominating fashion by 11-3 victory over Nathan Streithorst of Colorado State. Kenny Tyler advanced to the semi-finals by beating Lindenwood Saint Charles’ Cullen Halpin. Tyler would then fall to Eric Albers the eventual champion at 157. After advancing to the consolation finals Tyler lost to Cullen Halpin 3-4 receiving 4th place on the day. Devin Webber placed the 3rd in the difficult 165 pound weight class by beating Lindenwood Saint Charles’ Steve Kemp 6-0 in the consolation finals. Wichita State’s final qualifier came in the 174 pound weight class where Chase Wells placed 4th. Wells recorded a record of 2-2 on the day with one fall.
Although four national qualifiers show success Head Coach Paul Myers had mixed feelings. “Our four qualifiers wrested a great tournament, but as a whole we could have done better. Fifth place as a team is just not who we are, but training for next years’ Conference begins tomorrow for a lot of these guys. We are very young. Our four qualifiers are freshmen and sophomores and we only lose one senior in Jeff Graber. We can only go up from here.” Amaro, Tyler, Webber and Wells will travel to Allen, TX for the NCWA National Championships March 14-16.
For final brackets and team standings click here.
Coming off of a dual win at Kansas State, Wichita State Wrestlers are more than ready for the Great Plains Conference Championships this weekend. Coach Paul Myers feels very confident with his team. “These guys have done everything in their power to prepare for this tournament. This is what we have been waiting for all year.” Eleven teams will travel from across the Midwest to Wichita, KS to battle for national qualifications. Only the top three in each weight class will get automatic bids to the NCWA National Championships in Allen, TX March 14-16. The NCWA restructured conferences after last year. When asked about this Coach Paul Myers said, “I think we have a good shot at pushing a lot of our guys through there. We have a lot to live up to after last year. Our conference is tougher, but I still feel that we have a good shot.”
The tournament will be hosted in Charles Koch Arena at Wichita State University on Saturday March 2, 2013. Wrestling is set to begin at 9:00 AM. Entry to the tournament will be $5. For updates on the tournament click here.