Wisconsin High School Endorses Greco-Roman and Women’s Freestyle Program – Five Point Movement


When students return to classes at Burlington Catholic Central High School in Wisconsin in September, a new Greco program will be there to welcome them.

The Topper Wrestling Club has been approved to begin operations at the start of the 2019-2020 school year, just in time for the dawn of the international style season.

Founded by Bill Kahle, coach of the Wisconsin Ringers club and a member of the state’s age groups staff, Topper (or TWC) will offer a Greco-Roman program throughout the year with trips to Europe and all national / world team trials tournaments. The goal, as Kahle stated, is to provide a lasting, high-level wrestling experience for athletes who not only prefer the classic style but also have designs on creating successful Olympic-caliber careers after high school. .

“There are kids that this is what they want to do for,” said Kahle, whose son Cael is a Greco athlete and will also be enrolled in the program. “They say How can I make Greco? One of the parents (Greg Amborn) introduced him to the board and they loved him. The school loved the opportunity to grow something outside the box. They were like, Can we be the first to do this? So yes, let’s do it.

One of the key aspects of starting the Topper program is the support of others, which is plentiful in Wisconsin. Lucas Steldt, a two-time coach of the World Cadet Team, has been pivotal in helping Kahle’s vision and will welcome team members to his club, Combat. In addition, the leadership of the US national team has also offered to support Toppers’ efforts.

“I’m going to use Lucas as a liaison,” Kahle explained. “Right now with my guys at Ringers it’s mandatory that we also go to Lucas. I wanted this to be part of our schedule, and Gary (Mayabb) and Matt (Lindland) told us that as long as we have a place to stay, we can train there (at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center).

Kahle will lead Topper’s Greco-Roman ambitions. For women’s freestyle, this distinction belongs to Kevin Bird.

The name Bird is synonymous with Wisconsin wrestling. Kevin was a state finalist in 1986 and attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His son Josh was both a state high school and a national Fargo champion – and was instrumental in building the former Burlington Catholic Central folk-style squad. Bird’s two youngest sons, Jared and Jaden, respectively, are budding grapplers in their own right.

Since overseas training is a big piece of Topper’s puzzle, they get started right away. In October, the group is expected to travel to Sweden ahead of the Klippan Cup and Malar Cupen, two major tournaments that host age group competitions. Excursions to other training facilities in conjunction with the preparation of the aforementioned list of national events will take place later.

The educational component is just as important for the concerns of parents and future students in wrestling. Burlington Catholic Central is currently ranked 12th on NicheThe list of the best high school preparation for the University of Wisconsin. It is an institution that puts academics first, and senior graduates regularly receive scholarships to study at notable colleges, which Kahle believes makes this endeavor all the more appealing to all graduates. involved persons.

“It’s a great school,” he says. “They want to work with the athletes while they are abroad so that they don’t fall behind. They want them to be successful in the classroom while having Olympic aspirations. Plus, they think it’s a fantastic program because we focus on training kids to make world teams.

“We are not looking for champions of state. We want world medals. That’s the point. There are others who say that is their goal, but they do not state it in their practices. We do. This is the goal and we are delighted with it.

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