WWF Kids State Folkstyle: Observations-Thoughts | Jim Stephenson
Observations-Thoughts on WWF Kids State Folkstyle Tournament
by Jim Stephenson
Notes on the day!
It’s been a while since I attended the WWF State Kids Tournament, but there was no doubt of the enthusiasm as I walked into the arena. My first impression was the organization of the tournament. The mats displaying “Wisconsin State Championships” down the center of 16 perfect wrestling circles was eye-catching. Current matches and on deck wrestlers were displayed on the overhead scoreboard. Coaches, only two were in each corner of the mats. Traffic was well organized allowing for plenty of room for movement. Officiating was outstanding as was their attire. It was apparent they were taking their task seriously. I’ve seen it before. Dave Black a.k.a., the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation has to be the best tournament organizing groups in the nation.
As many of our wrestling fans are becoming aware of, girls wrestling is here and will only grow. It’s only a question of time when the numbers will demand more attention needs to be paid to them. I’ve taken the time to look at other states programs and how they have grown. Wisconsin girls, especially at the Kids level, have sent a message to us all. They are here to stay and are adding some serious excitement to Wisconsin Wrestling.
One thing was very apparent. There was ‘pride’ everywhere. Names of schools, quotes and names on t-shirts, colors displayed, and proud parents and grandparents. Wrestling is a ‘family’ thing, and no-where is it more apparent than at the WWF Kids State Tournament.
Author Jim Stephenson is a distinguished member of three coaching halls of fame as well as having earned numerous teaching honors.
Picture Credit: Paul Stumpf PS Portraits
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