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OCTOBER 13, 2020




Coaches and Leaders,

It was a little easier to get up, this morning, and go play “Virtual School”.  Eva and I spent yesterday getting home from an “undisclosed” location (with five mats on the competition floor).  Thank you, Wrestling, for a weekend of sanity !

The Senior Nationals went well.  Everyone did their part… which defines us.  Many of the marquee names were absent, which is a tragedy.  The upside was the opportunity this offered our “climbers”.  We got a pretty sound glimpse of our future.  Thank you, Wrestling, for inspiring us… young and old !

People were happy.  Clearly, it hasn’t just been the fight we’ve been missing.  The relationships that slice across all our various roles were apparent, in all their glory.  One famous announcer (a Southern Plains girl, named Mayabb) noticed the same thing we did:  Hugs, lots of hugs.  Thank you, Wrestling, for reminding us what’s important !

Our Southern Plains athletes wrestled well, from climber to super-star.  This is a tribute to all our Coaches and Leaders.  Everyone is doing the best we can with what we’ve got, and our kids are profiting.  Thank you, Wrestling, for being an important part of life in our region !

We did enjoy the presence of a few of our sport’s Rock Stars.  Their courage and commitment is to be admired.  I’m certain there will be detractors who will point to Snyder’s injury and say, “That’s why our super-stars were right to skip the event”.  I disagree, having the utmost respect for those who are willing to put their ass on the line.  This exposes our climbers, not only to opportunity, but to the responsibility that comes with success.  Thank you Wrestling, for teaching us humility !

So, now we push forward.  UWW has re-affirmed their commitment to host a Senior Worlds in December.  USAW’s leadership is on it.  It’s important that we recognize what a complicated equation this presents.  In our beloved American system, including the presence of our brethren in the legal ‘profession’, the decision whether to participated is far from an easy one.  Thank you, Wrestling, for teaching us empathy !

Congratulations are in order, for the passionate ones in west Texas.  The Panhandle Wrestling club is USAW’s newest RTC, and made a strong showing, last weekend.  Thank you, Wrestling, for developing leaders like Aaron Meister at WBU.

I know we all have a lot on our plates.  There’s still a long fight, for sanity, ahead.  I just needed to share what I found, over the weekend:  There is Hope !  Keep doing what you’re doing.  Create ways to maximize opportunity, while cooperating with the powers that be.  You’re making a difference.  Thank you, Wrestling, for people like you !



New Mexico Junior Wrestling Family,

In light of our Governor’s press conference, the New Mexico Junior Wrestling 2020/2021 Wrestling Season will be postponed until March 2021 due to the growing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are extremely disappointed that we could not kick off our season in November, but our priority is the health and safety of both our youth and members of our community. 

Even though our season has been delayed we look forward to March and plan to have tough competition which will include both youth and possibly high school wrestlers.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us anytime. We plan on remaining extremely active within our community and on social media. Please continue to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for any up to date information from New Mexico Junior Wrestling!

We look forward to seeing you all again. Stay healthy and safe!

Thank You,


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New Mexico Governer has announced additional restrictions of businesses and activities due to the rise in Covid cases in the State.  Please stay informed of the latest news and take the appropriate measures to help control the spread of the virus.  Renewed NM Order through August 28!

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As your teams and clubs start to prepare to practice and gather please make yourself aware of the precautions and requirements to start gathering once again...SMALL groups only at this time.

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Although the guidelines do not coincide exactly with the NM re-opening please use your best judgement and appropriate precautions.  See Return to the Mat - Phase 3: Public health authorities allow small group activities (less than 10 people), but public training facilities remain closed.

All the best,

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