Tuesdays with Barry 10/25/2016
Alumni, Friends and Family,
Season officially underway
On Monday, October 10, the NCAA wrestling season officially kicked off. At 6:45am we had our first Team practice of the 2016-17 season. This is always one of my favorite days of the year as we start focusing as a Team on the season in front of us. I am very excited to see the level of intensity and competition in the room over the past two weeks. With 60% of the Team as redshirt Sophomores or younger we have a lot of work ahead. Our staff is very pleased with the commitment we have seen on and off the mat. Grade reports have been very good and the guys committed to getting certified at their competitive weights earlier than in past years. In a couple weeks competition begins and we start keeping score!
As we have talked about earlier, we are not having the Red-White inner squad matches this season. We still wanted a reason to bring the families together before the season started so this Saturday we are hosting a Parents Weekend. The families of the Team members have been invited to a late morning breakfast on Saturday. This is followed by scrimmage matches in the wrestling room, open to the families. That evening we expect everyone will be watching the Badger Football Team take a step closer to winning the western division of the Big Ten!! Also a big weekend recruiting as we will have 8 young men in for official and unofficial visits.
Below is the link to a 2-minute highlight video that our Sports Information Department recently put together. It is a historical clip which includes several alumni going back to the George Martin era.
As everyone getting the TwB knows, Rick Lawinger recently went into the UW Athletic Hall of Fame. Earlier this fall Varsity Magazine writer Mike Lucas did a nice article on Rick. I neglected to send that to all of you when it was written. Gives a great look at what farm life was like 50 years ago along with how Rick developed into our first NCAA Champion.