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Wrestlers prep for opener

Wrestlers prep for opener
Wrestlers prep for opener
Members of the Corydon Central wrestling team simulate matches during Friday’s practice. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The Corydon Central wrestling team is nearing its first match of the 2010-11 season.
For the coaching staff, the team is short on experience and long on talent, coach Richard Clipp said.
The team has 24 participants, which is up from previous years. Among them are many who have never wrestled a high school match.
‘We have a good pool of talent,’ Clipp said, ‘but experience is where we lack. We have them lumped together in about four weight classes.’
The team will be vacant in some weight classes but has gained mat experience through practices. The issue becomes inexperienced wrestlers are wrestling against fellow inexperienced teammates.
To combat the inexperience, the team has taken a different approach to practice this season. Early on, members are wrestling one another in simulation-style matches.
‘It gives them more of the feel of a match,’ Clipp said. ‘We are still instructing different holds and moves over time.’
What the coaching staff sees as a positive to work from is the large group of athletic students.
‘You see the athletic ability; it is transferring that to wrestling ability,’ Clipp said. ‘There is some natural stuff to it, but one fatal move can cost you a match.’
The old members of the team have been helpful during the training matches, offering advice while wrestling.
Clipp added that while the numbers are better in the program, there are short of fielding each weight class at the varsity and junior varsity levels. Those in the school who are interested in wrestling are still encouraged to join the team.
Early indications of how well the team might do will come in the season opener at Pleasure Ridge Park in Louisville on Dec. 1. That will be followed by a six-way match Dec. 4 at Providence.
‘We should know more about what we have at Christmas,’ Clipp said.
Corydon Central will host the Mid-Southern Conference Championships on Jan. 20. Prior to that, the team will host the Old Capital Invitational on Jan. 8. The event will feature eight teams, including a new addition, Evansville Central.
Dec. 1 at Pleasure Ridge Park (Ky.), 6 p.m.; Dec. 4 at Providence six-way, 8 a.m.; Dec. 7 at Christian Academy of Indiana, 6 p.m.; Dec. 11 at Mid-Southern Conference Duals, 10 a.m.; Dec. 15, host Jeffersonville, 6 p.m.; Dec. 18 at Floyd Central, 8:30 a.m.; Dec. 29 and 30 at Woodford County Invitational, 9 a.m.; Jan. 8, host Old Capital Classic, 9 a.m.; Jan. 12, host New Washington, 6 p.m.; Jan. 15 at South Dearborn Invitational, 8:30 a.m.; Jan. 20, host MSC Championships, 6 p.m.