News and Announcements

Post Author Picture

Clay County Wrestling Club

Posted by Michelle Alquist at May 4, 2019 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

HISTORY: The Clay County Wrestling Club was organized in 1972, with approximately 35 members by Greg Grater and Jerry Fraser, the high school wrestling coach at that time.  Last year, we finished the season with around 50 members and are competitive within the State of Kansas.  During Greg’s time, we consistently had State Champions and medalists at the State tournament and have had several All-Americans.  CCWC has also had National Champions at the National Kids Folkstyle Tournament in previous years.  This level of wrestling is a building foundation for the junior high and high school programs in our area.  

THE SPORT:  Wrestling helps develop a young person to be self-reliant and disciplined.  Wrestling is an individual sport, but also a team sport and anything you accomplish on the mat is your reward.  Wrestling helps builds self-confidence, encourages development both mentally and physically, teaches self-discipline, and it helps a young child to think and react by himself without the assistance of others.  Wrestling also helps in other sports because they learn hand/eye coordination and mind/body movement.  Wrestling is a lot of fun especially when the whole family becomes involved.  We encourage team members and families to sit together and cheer on CCWC wrestlers at the tournaments to help create a team atmosphere for our athletes.

CCWC Coaches: CCWC coaches have an abundance of experience in wrestling by either coaching the sport or participating in wrestling.

Brandon Pfizenmaier: Previous Assistant HS Coach CCCHS/CCWC Wrestler and 3 time All American Division II Wrestler at Kearney, Nebraska

Eric Alquist: CCWC Head Coach and CCCHS/CCWC Wrestler

Keith George: Previous HS Head Coach and Manhattan HS Wrestler

Pat Hayes: Winfield Kansas Wrestler

Dustin Spellman: CCCHS and CCWC Wrestler

James Gordon: CCCMS Assistant Wresting Coach

John Shepek

Luke Easterberg: CCCHS and CCWC Wrestler

Jerry Fraser: Previous HS/MS Head Coach

Mark Charbonneau: Previous Assistant HS Coach

Greg Pfizenmaier: Previous Assistant HS Coach



 This is an article that I thought was a good read for us parents as we begin the 2017-18 season. 

10 things Parents can do to help their kids wrestle their Best


1. Verbally & Non-verbally communicate you believe in them. Kyle Dake said his mom told him he could do anything dozens of times every day!

2. Verbally & Non-verbally communicate that you accept them, love them, & are proud of them NO MATTER WHAT. Reinforce winning, perfection, & success are much lower on your priority list than their fun, happiness, & enjoyment- you might be surprised how much more success this brings with it.

3. Praise their performance, not their outcome. You want to complement a kid for positive qualities like wrestling hard, taking chances, going for moves, staying positive, maintaining composure, never quitting, etc. The wrestler mastering these qualities will eventually be the one who succeeds. Complementing them too much for winning teaches them that winning is all that matters, and by default losing disappoints you. 

4. Ask your kid permission before giving your opinion/criticism. Ie. Would you mind my opinion… (This gives the kid a sense of power during a sensitive interaction).

5. Don’t always talk about wrestling too much at home. Let your kid bring it up first most of the time. Let your home be a place of peace, positivity, & mental recovery.

6. Be positive & supportive. 9 out of 10 times, this is what your kid would like.

7. If you read the forums, newspapers, rankings, box scores, DON’T talk about it with your kid. 

8. Know your role. Wrestlers wrestle. Coaches coach. Officials officiate. Parents parent. And there should be very little, if any, overlap between them.

9. Don’t make match/tournament day special. Your kids can sense this & it usually leads to them doing the same thing. You want them treating everything the same, so should you.

10. When in doubt- LAY OFF! This is tough to do, but it is often the right thing to do, especially when you know your kid is already serious about the sport. 

Note: Most people, no matter how old they are, want to make their parents proud. People are keenly aware of their parent’s judgments & opinions of their parents more than anyone else. Even the highest level wrestlers I have worked with are sensitive to the verbal & non-verbal praise and critique of their parents. Know this- you have the power to help them or hurt them more than anyone else in the world.

Wrestling Mindset is doing revolutionary things! ONLY In our Full Mindset Program, we include a full Parent & Coach Inventory which offers Mindset Guide for the Wrestler, their Coaches, & their Parents- no one is left out, nothing is left to chance. This is a small excerpt from the Parent Mindset Guide.
Post Author Picture

Clothing order is open

Posted by Michelle Alquist at Dec 2, 2017 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
All clothing needs to be ordered by December 11th 2017