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Why Kids Should Wrestle

Why Kids Should Wrestle

In 20+ years of coaching, I have seen kids grow up through the sport, become adults and reap the rewards of what they’ve learned through experiencing the greatest and oldest sport on earth.

There are several incredible benefits of wrestling, not only that can positively affect children but also as they grow into an adult. In fact, Forbes Magazine even wrote an article about why wrestlers make the best employees.

Below are just a few reasons why kids should wrestle:

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Matcats Win NEUSA District A2

This past weekend 42 Matcats competed at the NEUSA A2 District held in Gothenburg. The Matcats came away as District Champions with 453 points, coming in second was the Midwest Destroyers with 323.5 points. 37 Matcats placed in the top 4 qualifying them for the NEUSA State Tournament in Grand Island on March 19th-20th.

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Dual Team Wrestle Off Procedures

In addition to wrestling at tournaments, which is always open to EVERYONE, in the past Kearney MatCats has put together a dual team for the Huskerland Duals, as well as occasionally putting together deal teams for other duals. For dual teams representing Kearney MatCats, the following wrestle off procedures shall be used:

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Matcat National Team Policy

There are several opportunities for Nebraska youth wrestlers to compete in national duals and represent Nebraska. Most of these are sponsored by Nebraska USA Wrestling or Nebraska AAU. There is usually a cost of $200 or more to be a member of one of these elite teams. In an effort to make this opportunity more affordable to Kearney wrestlers, the MatCat Board of Directors has adopted the following policy:

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Attention 1st-4th Grade Parents

In an effort to best identify and pair our young wrestlers, we ask that your Matcat participant wear a shirt (to all practices) that is primarily the color indicated below.

  • 1st Grade – Red Shirt
  • 2nd Grade – Black Shirt
  • 3rd Grade – White Shirt
  • 4th Grade – Blue Shirt


Matcat Coaches

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2015-2016 Matcat Season Announcements

The 2015-2016 Kearney Matcat Season is coming quickly. There are a few important dates to keep in mind. Monday, January 4th at 6:30 PM will the a parents meeting at Sunrise Middle School. At this meeting we will discuss what to expect this season. Thursday, January 7th both Gold and Silver Packages practice will start. Practices will be every Tuesday/Thursday through March 24th. Monday practices for the Gold Package started Monday December 7th. These practices are every Monday from 6PM t0 7:30PM at Kearney High School.

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NEUSA State Wrestling — Grand Island, NE


AAU State — Kearney, NE


NEUSA Districts — Gothenburg, NE


Mat Jam — Kearney, NE


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