2017-18 Season is Here!

  • By Aaron Bruce
  • 16 Sep, 2017

Fall Training begins Tuesday

Rockbridge Wrestling is looking forward to the beginning of the 2017-18 year!  We have had a busy spring/summer with offseason workouts, a camping/kayak trip, and the VMI camp.  We are  excited to announce that we will begin training with Mat Pack wrestling club beginning Tuesday, September 19th.  Fall practices will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30-8:15 located in the Washington and Lee wrestling room.  Check out Mat Pack  Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/matpackwrestling/   All participants will be required to have parents sign a release and also purchase a USA Wrestling card.  Follow this link for directions on obtaining the required card    https://www.usawmembership.com/login
By Aaron Bruce 30 Sep, 2017
~Team Hammer is planning to kick off the 2017-18 season by traveling to Christiansburg for the Fall Brawl on Saturday, October 14.   Contact Coach Bruce for more information. 

~Practice will resume at the shop on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:00-7:00.  Also, please don't forget Team Hammer booster meeting Monday, October 2 6:00 pm at the MRMS Cafeteria.  Dr. Sedovy will be performing sport's physicals.  Also, we are going to have Amanda Kaster, a nutritionist at Stonewall Jackson Hospital speak to the team about proper nutrition for an athlete.  As we all know, the fuel we put in our body has a direct correlation to our performance.  

~We are excited to announce an anonymous donor paid for a sweet sound system for the wrestling room!  Nothing like rockin out while training hard!  

See you all tomorrow night

By Aaron Bruce 16 Sep, 2017
Rockbridge Wrestling is looking forward to the beginning of the 2017-18 year!  We have had a busy spring/summer with offseason workouts, a camping/kayak trip, and the VMI camp.  We are  excited to announce that we will begin training with Mat Pack wrestling club beginning Tuesday, September 19th.  Fall practices will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30-8:15 located in the Washington and Lee wrestling room.  Check out Mat Pack  Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/matpackwrestling/   All participants will be required to have parents sign a release and also purchase a USA Wrestling card.  Follow this link for directions on obtaining the required card    https://www.usawmembership.com/login
By Aaron Bruce 01 May, 2017
Former VMI associate head wrestling coach, Aaron Bruce was recently announced as the new Rockbridge County head wrestling coach.  Shortly after the announcement, the program leadership  organized an informal "meet and greet" at the Maury River Middle School cafeteria to introduce coach Bruce and have him lay out his vision for the program.  Most notably, emphasis was placed on the overarching goal of the program being focused on character development of everyone involved in the program.  Victory will be pursued with great passion no doubt, but through this endeavor, all those involved will stretched in the pursuit of strengthening the  "total person".

During the presentation. Coach Bruce introduced a leadership document found at rockbridgewrestling.com .  3 underlining goals will form the foundation of the program: Hard Work, Smart Work, and Team Work .

Coach Bruce also laid out a specific checklist of goals he would like to see accomplished this summer/fall before the 2017-18 season begins.

o  Have a team camping/canoe trip in summer

o  Send 10 kids to VMI camp (subsidize $50/wrestler)

o  Have 10 kids compete in 2 fall pre-season tournaments.

o  Get 2 parents from middle school/elementary on Team Hammer Board.

o  Get a functioning web site. We currently have the backbone for the site at rockbridgewrestling.com.

o  Set a realistic fundraising goal with a detailed budget plan.

o  Recruit! Everyone in program (wrestlers, parents, friends) needs to keep a sharp eye out for athletic kids who do not play a winter sport.  Pay special attention for the smaller kids who will never play basketball/football. Also, we have to get our football big guys out. I am convinced that in the last 3 weights, a sessional wrestler┬Ł who is a good athlete can be a high state placer. Specifically, next season we need 113, 126, 220, HWT.





By Aaron Bruce 15 Apr, 2017
2016-17 Season brings an end to beloved coach, James Julian.  During the end of the year banquet, emotions ran high as each member of the Rockbridge Wrestling family expressed deep gratitude for the commitment Coach Julian brought to the program.  

During Coach Julian's 4 yr tenure, the program reached new heights as it saw 9 individual state qualifiers. Four of those qualifiers became State Placers (Koda Wagner, Austin Moore, Adam Hoofnagle, and Ross Hinty).  Of those 4,  Adam Hoofnagle became one of only 5 Wildcats to ever reach the finals.  Coach Julian's greatest feather in his cap came in 2014 when he coached Koda Wagner to Rockbridge's first and only State champion when Koda captured the 170 lb State title.

Our program is please to know that Coach Julian will not be far away as he will be engaged in our feeder system helping young Brody and his fellow teammates train to become future Wildcat state champions.

Coach Julian, thanks again for your selfless gift to our family.



 
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