New Wrestling Web Page at UtahWrestling.org,
the Official Web Site for Utah Wrestling Coaches
The Voice of Utah Wrestling
(Oct. 13, 2004) — The official Web address of the Utah
Wresting Coaches Association, UtahWrestling.org, edited
and maintained by Bill Kilpack.
Kilpack said, "Utah wrestling has a lot to offer. We have
quality athletes who are every bit as qualified and worthy
of college scholarships as any other state in the nation.
In a recent issue of Wrestling USA Magazine, eight
Utah seniors were ranked nationally. That's down from the
13 in the preseason rankings from 2003. This tells me that the magazine did not know
enough about our Utah athletes.
This sells short the work that coaches in Utah put into
the sport, as well as the work of the athletes themselves.
It also does Utah wrestlers no favors when it comes to
college scholarships. It is my goal to help alleviate
One solution to this problem is through
wrestling in the local media. Newspaper clippings can be
helpful in scholarship applications. Newspaper Web sites
provide a venue for college coaches to research potential
recruits for their teams. It's also just a good boost to
your athlete to see his name in the paper, and can help
improve your parental support by parents seeing their
son's name in the newspaper. It also helps reinforce
your own position as a coach by helping promote the good
job you are doing, reinforcing the image of your high
school in your community.
Wrestling USA Magazine and American
The second solution to this problem is through promoting
Utah wrestling through
Wrestling USA Magazine and
its Web site, and
Adrenaline Magazine and its Web site. Kilpack is the Utah Editor for these
magazines and will use these positions to help the national
editors recognize more quality athletes in Utah, as well as
getting more information about Utah athletes in the
magazines and on the Web sites.
It is physically impossible for Kilpack to attend every
wrestling tournament and every dual meet. It's not even
desirable. He is in no way making commitments to attend
tournaments or dual meets. He will attend some, he
won't attend others. Some parts of the state may
never see him. But that does not mean that he cannot
provide the two solutions described above. To do it, all
he needs is one thing: information. The first
step in doing this is filling out and submitting the
information forms posted on this
site. Gathering information has become more of a
challenge than initially anticipated. Almost every
piece of information on this Web site was gathered by
Kilpack, with the help of very few coaches around Utah.
Only four coaches in all of Utah submitted information
regarding their teams; of those four, one submitted it
regularly. Some information was provided by parents
and other wrestling enthusiasts, but not nearly enough.
The Coach Connection
If every Utah coach, parent, athlete and/or team manager tells Kilpack how your athletes
perform, then he can compile it, quantify it and
distribute it. Using this information, he will put
together a state ranking system designed to limit the
impact of his own subjectivity. This information will be
distributed among coaches in Utah, others in the wrestling
community, the local media, and the national wrestling
media. As noted previously, the beginnings of this information will be compiled
through the information on the forms
on this Web site. It will continue to grow through Web
pages where wrestling enthusiasts can enter the results of
dual meets, of tournaments, of changes in team rosters, of
opinions about athletes who are deserving of attention.
Nov. 9, 2003 Message