2012 Wrestle-off night

The 2012 Wrestling season for Jim Thorpe elementary through high school wrestlers will start tomorrow night with the annual Wrestle-Off Night. Wrestling starts at 6:30 and the community is invited to attend. We’ll have a bake sale and concessions. All proceeds benefit the Youth Arthritis Association and the March of Dimes.

Where: Jim Thorpe Area High School
When: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
Time: 6:30

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New boards installed, Wrestle-Off night scheduled

The 2012-2013 Jim Thorpe Wrestling Booster Club board was elected at the Monday night meeting.
The board comprises:
> Janice Ohl, president
> Wendy Rodriguez, VP/Secretary
> Brian Schwartz, treasurer
> Terry Levan, Representative as assistant wrestling coach
Cheryl Mauro, Parent Executive Member
Vivian Wojtuniak, Parent Executive Member

The Wrestling Booster club supports the junior high and high school programs.

The 2012-2013 Takedown Club board was also elected at the Monday night meeting.
That board comprises:
> Coach Shawn Albert, Head High School Wrestling Coach
> Renny Shoop, Head Knee High Wrestling Coach
> Brian Hydro, Knee-hi coordinator
Tim Hubbard, Parent Executive Member
Holly Mordaunt, Parent Executive Member
Brian Walck, Parent Executive Member
Lori Williams, Parent Executive Member

We want to thank each member for volunteering their time and energy to help support our programs and thanks to everyone who comes to the meetings, helps to plan fundraising events and works at tournaments to help raise money to support the kids. We’ve seen significant growth in terms of the number of wrestlers over the past few years and we look forward to seeing these programs grow into the future.

IMPORTANT DATES Meet the Olympians: Winter Sports is Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the high school Wrestle-Off Night, Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30. This is an event for both programs and all wrestlers are encouraged to attend.

Club meeting, Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. to plan concessions for Wrestle-Off night. Thank you in advance for attending and helping to make this a successful kick-off to the 2012-2013 season.


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Summer Practice Sessions Scheduled

The Jim Thorpe Takedown Club is hosting summer practice sessions for athletes interested in wrestling. The hour-long sessions will be June 18 & 27th, July 25 & 30th, and August 13th and 22nd. The sessions are from 7 – 8 p.m. at Jim Thorpe Area High School’s wrestling room. Interested athletes should come to the wrestling room on June 18 to sign-up.

The Takedown Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to fundraising in support of the knee-hi elementary wrestling program.

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New Jim Thorpe Wrestling Singlets

Singlet Design by Brian Schwartz

Order By Jan. 25, 2012

Brian Schwartz designed a new singlet and he’s making it available at cost through the singlet company. The singlet is available to ALL wrestlers who want to order one — knee-hi through high school.

Image of singlet is at left. Front of singlet is on the left & back
is on the right. Handshake logo is on the right side of the singlet.

If we sell less than 25, the cost is $75 each. If we sell 25 or more
the price drops to $70.

Sizing information is below and is based on
wrestler’s weight.

IMPORTANT: We need to know by Wednesday, January 25 not later than 8 p.m. so the order can be placed and we’ll have the singlets for the King of the Ridge Tournament.

Best way to contact Brian Schwartz is by email. Also may call home phone (570) 325-2911 and leave a message with your name, child’s name and size.

We already have 18 ordered!

Click on size chart to enlarge.

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Important Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 21 2012 — 80′s Dance, fundraiser for the Jim Thorpe Takedown Club. Tickets are still available. Please call 325-2911.
Sunday, January 29 2012 — VEWL Quad Meet @ Jim Thorpe. We will need volunteers for concession stand and other duties to make this a successful match. We will wrestle two teams.
Sunday, Feb. 26 2012 – King of the Ridge Youth Wrestling Tournament, Northern Lehigh. Forms will be distributed at practices. This is a JV/Varsity Tournament only.
Sunday, March 11, 2012 — 2nd Annual Grappling in the Gorge Youth Wrestling Tournament, knee-hi tournament. @ Jim Thorpe Area High School. Click here for registration form.

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80′s Dance tickets are here!

The popular Takedown Club 80′s dance is Saturday, January 21st and Penn Forest Fire Company #1′s brand-new Whispering Pines banquet/dance hall. Click here for the official flier.

Tickets are $25/each or $40 per couple and includes all you can drink beer, soda and water. There will also be snacks and we are planning a costume party so drag out all that old 80′s garb or buy some old clothes and get dolled up to win!

Contact Melissa Acker, rmacker74@gmail.com or stop by Smith’s Country Store on Route 903 to purchase tickets.

All proceeds benefit The Jim Thorpe Takedown Club which is the booster program for knee-hi to high school wrestlers (4 years old to high school seniors).

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Takedown Club meeting, Monday, Dec. 19

We are meeting at the Mauch Chunk Rod & Gun Club, Reservoir Road.

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Jim Thorpe hosts duels at home

Avery Ziegenfus takes down his opponent at the Dec. 10, 2011 Jim Thorpe Duels.

Jim Thorpe Varsity and Junior Varsity grapplers hosted teams from various schools for their first home tournament. Please visit the photo album here. It’s on Facebook.

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Tuesday’s Wrestle-Off Night in honor of Formica

David Formica

This Tuesday’s Wrestle-Off Night is in honor of David Formica and we will be accepting donations which will go to his memorial scholarship fund. David was a Jim Thorpe wrestler. Let’s make this evening one he’d be proud of!

The Wrestle-Off starts at 7 p.m. and includes high school, junior high and knee-hi wrestlers.

Please come join us!

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Jim Thorpe has big presence at local tournament

The Jim Thorpe Knee-hi wrestling team recently participated in the Lehighton Wrestling Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2011. The team had 27 wrestlers who wrestled up to 6 times throughout the day. Many of the wrestlers took home trophies.

Please watch our slideshow to see how much fun these kids had!

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