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Our high schoolers got at it again last week. Short-handed, they fell in a close dual Friday night, but not without supreme teamwork on display. 

You can read more about it in this post.

Then, on Saturday, they travelled to Waunakee for the Warrior Invite. Jaden Denman took home a bracket, knocking off several state-ranked wrestlers in the process. Guenther Switzer took 2nd place, falling via pinfall after notching the first takedown in the match. Luke Rux finished 4th.

Meanwhile, in the JV bracket there, Austin Nickels took home gold, Jacob Bonjour a silver, and four more Silver Spartans finished 3rd/4th.

   Middle School Dual vs Deforest - Thursday 12/16   

We'll spare you the details of why we don't have a middle school team. Just know that because we're wrestlers, and the final buzzer hasn't gone off, we're still fighting!

In the meantime, we're impersonating a middle school team!

At 8:05 pm Monday night, we got confirmation of our first middle school dual. It's this Thursday in Deforest, which has created quite the scramble this week! 

That night, our high school team will dual with Deforest as well, so for all the non- PK-2 families (PK-2 is still practicing), the Silver Spartans are putting on a Wrestling Double Feature! 

Expect ~20 MGM middle school matches, to go with JV and Varsity, so it's probably worth the drive to see that many Silver Spartans at it in one place!

The middle schoolers will kick off at 5:30 pm, wrestle a half their matches, give way to the JVs, wrestle the other half after them, and then varsity will start shortly after 7 pm. It's still $5 to get in, but anyone wrestling will get in for free. They'll have a list of our middle schoolers at the gate.

For wrestlers, please get there by 4:30 to 4:45 pm, and if you still need to check out a singlet, closer to 4:30 pm. Here are the entrance instructions:

"Go to the pool entrance that is facing Hwy 51. It is sort of on the backside of the school. It is the large area of the school and looks brand new and fancy with all the windows."

   PK-2 Practice - Thursday 12/16   

Coach Luke and Coach Matt will be at the Middle School dual. Coach John is leading PK-2, but we don't want him to be short-handed. If you're a parent with a child that requires ... herding ... we need your help Thursday. Kick your shoes off and be a shepherd! We need as much help as possible keeping your child on track, listening, having fun, and getting better!

Also, anyone who typically coaches the PK-2s, 🤞 for no scheduling conflicts! If you are able to make it, please, feel free to step up and help take the lead!

   Fort Atkinson - Sunday 12/19   

We've got 6 wrestlers signed up to wrestle there.

Unfortunately, that's all we will have signed up, as it filled late yesterday/early today. We've seen tournaments fill in the past, but usually it's on the Friday or Saturday before a Sunday tourney. This one filled crazy early.

Looking at the entrants, it looks like a couple Illinois private clubs are flooding northward. Bummer.

   The Battle for the Badger - Sunday 1/2   

We're not going to let that happen again! The next tournament on our schedule is in Waunakee, the second day of 2022. 

This one is challenging. They've got 8-man brackets and typically bring in wrestlers from all over Wisconsin. (A 1st Place trophy instead of a medal will do that!) They've also got pre-set weight classes, instead of just grouping kids of similar weights. An ounce over and you wrestle up!

The flyer for the tournament is attached. Get in early!

   Holiday Schedule   

We've got two scheduling tweaks. The Thursday before Christmas, 12/23/21, we're not going to have PK-2 practice. Then, the following Wednesday and Thursday, 12/29 & 12/30/21, there will be no 7-8 practice, as the high schoolers will be up at a tournament in Oshkosh. The rest though, will go on as planned.

We do understand that there are plenty of other holiday obligations and that attendance will be down. We're still holding practice, by and large, for two reasons. 

1) We don't want the club to be the reason you can't practice. 

2) Christmas and New Year's Day wouldn't have put themselves on Saturdays unless they wanted us to wrestle!

   Lost and Found   

We're quickly accumulating things (water bottles, clothes, etc). We're going to set up a Lost and Found table at practice. Please swing by it to check to see if anything is yours. 

The tiny, little storage room we have been given is already playing host to various extra school supplies, so we have precious little space for miscellaneous clothing!

   Sponsorship Circle   

2848 County Road BB
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
(608) 839-3513

Stepping to the Sponsorship Circle this week is a business made for wrestlers, Heartland Family Chiropractic. It takes Coach Karl to walk just one arm-bar on you for you to understand why keeping the body aligned is important!

Heartland's goal is to help you function at your very best, by keeping the nervous system working so your body can meet all the challenges it faces day in and day out. You wouldn't ignore the wiring when building a house. Heartland doesn't either, when treating your body!

Dr. Kami Hansen is an Advanced Gonstead provider and is Nutrition and Webster Technique certified.

Also, Heartland is a long-time sponsor, with family members who were formerly and hopefully will again wrestle for us. Let's support the sponsors that support us.




That's not to say the practice has ended because it hasn't. But, ooh weeeeee, the competition has begun!

The high school squad got it going last week with a dual meet on Tuesday, a dual meet on Friday, and five dual meets on Saturday! There was plenty to be excited about, but a thrilling team win over Watertown last Friday, in front of a big crowd on Youth Night, has to be among the highest!

We only sent a partial squad to Reedsburg on Saturday, meaning we only have seven wrestlers with more than two results:

Austin Nickels (4-3)
Jaden Denman (7-0) - 4 Pins and a Tech Fall
Joe Karls (4-2) - 3 Pins
Blare Wood (5-2) - 2 Pins
Cade Rux (5-2) - 3 Pins
Luke Rux (5-2) - 2 Pins and a Tech Fall
Guenther Switzer (7-0) - 5 Pins and a Major Decision

For a squad with just one single senior (Guenther), big things are coming*!

*-After we heal up.


This Friday marks the high school's third of five home duals, this one at Monona Grove High School against Beaver Dam. Also, it's Senior Night aka "G-Man Night"!

Everything will be similar to last Friday's dual. We'll have a pizza party at 6 pm. The JV will wrestle at 5:45 pm and the varsity around 7:00 pm. There will be a charge at the door for admission, but the pizza party is free to the entire club.

Also, we've used up a lot of our excess Brat Fry beverage stash. In the past we'd ask the club to go out, pick up a 12- or 24-pack, and deliver it to us. You can still do that if you'd like, but logistically, having families just give $5 or $10 to the Bun Fund for us to just go out and pick up everything we still need is much easier.
  • Please sign-up --HERE-- (like, right now) to let us know you're coming to the dual meet on Friday and to help us get a head count for ordering pizza. We typically order mid-day Friday, so signing up after doesn't help much.
  • Please sign-up --HERE-- if you're a parent able to help parent the pizza party. 
  • Please sign-up --HERE-- if you'd like to buy and donate beverages for our remaining pizza parties. You're also welcome to donate via Venmo instead: @MGM_Wrestling_Club ([email protected] / 507-261-8749)

The high schoolers aren't the only ones ready to let 'er rip. Over the last week, we've had quite a few little Silver Spartans ask when they get to compete.

(Would you look at that?! They see it, and immediately, they want to emulate it!)

For the new parents among us, competition at the youth level isn't like it is in high school. It is almost exclusively tournaments. 

Also, here are two very important notes about competing, especially in your early years:
  1. This side of the Hunger Games, there is no other sport where losing is tougher. It's not just two scores, yours lower. It's having your body controlled. Physical dominance. In other words, there will be tears.
  2. Wrestling tournaments include A LOT of bleacher time. Three pins might take you two minutes, over the course of four hours. Unless you find the ambient sounds of a wrestling gym soothing, it can be boring.
When it comes to our two jobs, Have Fun comes before Get Better. We need our Silver Spartans to stick with the sport long enough to have their bodies mature, so they can really see what they can do! We are very hesitant to have kids compete until they're mentally ready for both of those things.

All of that said, we leave it up to the parents to determine when their child is ready to compete. Here's a schedule of local-ish competitions.

This is not a comprehesive list, as some later in the season tournaments haven't posted yet. Rio, Sauk Prairie, and Cambridge are three, in particular, we'd expect to see in February or March.

Also, the tournaments in red are club sponsored. If you'd like to wrestle in just one tournament this season, we suggest it be the Mount Horeb Duals on January 21st. There, we'll wrestle as a team against another team (moral support), we'll match up against kids of a similar skill-level, as well as age and size (perfect competition), and we generally get lots of matches (reps, reps, reps). 

Most tournaments will have you register on, but for Mount Horeb, we submit a roster with payment.

All of our competing crescendos to regionals, which will likely be held in Evansville this year. The Top 3 at each weight qualify for state the following weekend. This is the year we show up to regionals and show out at state. For any Silver Spartan competing, we're planning to reimburse your regional registration fees. Let's go!

If you're interested in competing, whether it's one-time or twice a weekend, either reply to this email or talk with one of your coaches at practice. We'll go from there.


We're doing something a bit different with singlets this season. The club still has a fleet to loan out to anyone competing. That hasn't changed. 

In addition to that though, we've got a singlet store open, where you can buy your own singlet. It's a bit more stylized, and kids might like the idea of having a singlet of their own. For the first time, we have that option!

You can find that store --HERE--

Heads Up -- It closes in one week!


5920 Exchange Street
McFarland, WI 53558

Relocating to the Sponsorship Circle this week is a company that knows all about moving, Dan Chin Homes!

Located right in McFarland, Dan Chin and his team handle real estate in Dane County and the surrounding areas, but specialize right here, in our community. And, by specialize, we don't just mean helping people buy and sell houses. Dan Chin, his wife Meg, and their team also give back.

They fully-fund and run the Dan Chin Homes Foundation, helping out local, in-need families with housing costs, since 2018.  They've recently added a fundraising arm, where local community members and businesses can help chip-in. Those funds are focused on all living expenses for those in need. If you'd like to donate, you can find a link on their foundation website:

And, all of that fails to mention the Easter Egg hunts and Winter Wonderland in the Village stations they sponsor. McFarland is better for having Dan Chin Homes in it.

So, if you are considering buying or selling, reach out to them for a free listing consultation. Their team will lay out all the info you need to make the most informed decision you can, and then, if you think relocation is right, they'll help you with that too!



Being a board member or coach can be a thankless gig. It's hours and hours and hours of free time lost to arranging and organizing, fundraising and parading, emails and texts, requests to kids to pay attention over and over and over. When the calendar flips over to January and your friend asks "What do you have planned on...", you answer "wrestling" before you hear the date, because it's irrelevant to the discussion.

But, when the season starts, and a first-time wrestler, in his first practice, says "That was the best thing that ever happened to me" the it makes it all worth it.

To all the board members, to all the volunteer coaches, to all the chauffeurs parents, and to all the kids, thank you making MGM Wrestling what it is today!


📅 (11/24) - No practice for the 3-6s

📅 Thursday & Friday (11/25 & 11/26) - No practice for anyone

📅 A Week from Today (11/30) - No practice for anyone
📅 A Week from Today (11/30) - HS Home Dual Meet & Club Pizza Party 
↘️(See Sign-Up Genius)
📅 A Week from Today (11/30) - Concessions Volunteers Needed
📝 If you're bringing your Silver Spartan and aren't interested in watching the dual, we really could use your help! Please Reply to this email!

📅 A Week from Friday (12/3) - HS Home Dual Meet & Club Pizza Party
↘️(See Sign-Up Genius)

📅 Two Weeks from Friday (12/10) - HS Home Dual Meet & Club Pizza Party 
↘️(See Sign-Up Genius)


We're just looking for a headcount, so we know how much pizza to order. If you're planning to come, please let us know ... HERE


Our MGM Clothing store closes in three days, on Friday, November 26th. If you haven't at least browsed around, please do so. Also, we expect the order back by Christmas, just in case your Elf on a Shelf is a wrestling fan!

The Store: 


We had quite the debacle last Thursday during our "full club" practice. 

Normally, only our PK-2s practice then, so we have the gym reserved for a 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm practice. Last Thursday, to not short the 3-6s, we planned to the "full club" practice until 7:45 pm, only to find out in the 11th hour that there was a group of dudes who had reserved the gym to play basketball after us*. That meant we had to scramble to let everyone know practice was ending early. Fortunately with just a couple exceptions, we got everyone a timely ride home.

For situations like that, we ask that everyone follow our club on Facebook ( and join our Families group ( there as well. 

It's the best place to get up-to-date, last-minute news, as well as a great way to connect with the rest of the club for rides, gear hand-me-downs, tournament organization and other planning.

* NOTE - The basketball players never showed up. If someone blew a whistle every time I laid a finger on my opponent, I'd stay home too!


The thing about being a new and rapidly growing wrestling club is that you're constantly having to make decisions for the first time. Not all of them are perfect. Candidly, some aren't even that good!

But, without feedback, it's hard to know which are which.

For everyone, but especially for those first-year wrestlers, any and all feedback is badly needed! Please Reply and let us know how we're doing! If there's something we need to fix or improve on, don't be shy. We've got thick skin... We're wrestlers!


746 Crawford Drive #B
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

Speaking of circles, our featured sponsor today has come full-circle. Alex Edmunds, the owner of Platinum Contracting, was once an MGM Silver Spartan himself and a recipient of that generosity. Now, he's giving back!

Alex has been in the construction business since he was 10 years old (!), even working for the business of Randy Becker, MGM's former head coach! Alex runs things now, and his business, Platinum, does residential remodeling, specializing in decks and basements. They're booked out through the spring, and frankly materials are taking that long anyway!

So, give him a call or text ASAP at (608) 212-5161 for a free estimate.

And, while you're waiting through the winter for your new basement (with wrestling mat instead of carpet), Platinum does commercial snow removal too!

MGM, we support the sponsors (and former wrestlers) that support us, so give Alex a call.




For those that had someone start practicing yesterday, did anyone hear "I can't sleep," last night? Didn't think so! 😉

The season is here, and there are a million One Quick Things we need to remind you about, so as you're reading this email, just imagine you're standing in the doorway, just trying to step outside to leave because you're running late!

Schedule Notes:
  • Just for the first week, we're having the 3-6s practice on Thursday instead of Wednesday. Things are going to be tight in the gym, but we wanted one practice where everyone was together.
  • The PK-2s & 3-6s are only wrestling once next week, due to Thanksgiving.
  • The 7-8s have a day off for a high school scrimmage on Tuesday 11/23, but..
  • They (7-8s) will be wrestling Wednesday the 24th..
  • There's no practice for anyone on Tuesday 11/30. The high school has a home dual meet at Indian Mound Middle School in McFarland, and when the high school has a home dual meet, we all have a home dual meet! We're throwing a pizza party for all of MGM, and we're going to be there to cheer our Silver Spartans on!
  • We've got two more home duals coming in December, on consecutive Fridays, at Monona Grove High School as well (12/3 & 12/10). Pizza and cheering are both on the calendar for everyone!
  • Christmas and New Year's Day have graciously agreed to be on Saturdays this year, so as to not interrupt the practice schedule. We understand there will be some travelling and some more sparsely attended practices, but that isn't stopping us from having them. We're Kobes

Us wrestlers have been focused on not spreading "the funk" since well before COVID. When the kids are done wrestling each night, they need their bodies and clothes washed to stop the spread of the skin stuff that afflicts wrestlers. No sleeping in wrestling sweat!

Also, COVID is still around. We're planning to treat only those you wrestle with as close contacts, and close contact quarantines are only required for the unvaccinated. 

But, to further prevent the spread, if your child is experiencing any symptoms at all, exercise caution and keep them home. The season is long, and a single missed practice isn't near the problem that half the room testing positive would be.


It's easy to glance at fingernails and say "I'll clip them tomorrow." During wrestling season, tomorrow has to be now, as any amount of nail is going to end up slicing someone up. No Wolverines!


We have no water fountains available this year. The only one we had in the past is now shut off, and frankly, with how big of a crew we have, it'd take half of practice to hydrate, if we relied on it.

REMEMBER YOUR WATER BOTTLES! They're as important as shoes.


It isn't open yet, but when it is, it will only be open for a limited time. The reason is that, with the supply chain stuff going on, we have to close it early in time for everyone to get their stuff by Christmas. 

So, when we do email with a link, please head there in short order.

Also, we have a second store, that stays open all season long. You can find it here or through our website, (We have less flexibility in what is available in this store, which is why we have two.)


Sure, they're important. You know that.

For the little guys, they are very important, and not just for the reason you think.

There's a point where push-ups get hard. There's also a point where your body fails doing push-ups. The area in-between those two points, that's where you spend most of your time when wrestling. We need these little ones to not quit when it feels difficult. Many don't realize what they can do yet, and push-ups are a gateway to find out!

That is, the psychological benefit of pushing through a tough rep is as important as the physical benefit.

Plus, if we can zoom out for just a second, a huge part of the difference between success and failure in life is what you do when life gets hard. Discerning between difficult and impossible is a lifelong lesson. 

We ask you add push-ups and pull-ups into your daily home lives whenever and where ever you can. Schedule them. Dare your kids to do them. Reward your kids for doing them. Have your kids show them off to anyone who might be impressed. Create an environment where they're as regular as screen time! 

Also, please emphasize good form over high rep counts: Flat bodies. No hip thrusts or head bobs. Elbows make an L. Lick the floor if you have to! 


McFarland Business

Stepping into the Sponsorship Circle this week is our second new sponsor in as many emails: Five Star Painting

You know that point during a paint job? The point where you're halfway through the job, and it's already taken twice as long as you thought. There's paint on your carpet, there's paint in your hair, and still, there's a bunch of spots you missed that need paint. You're filled with regret. 

That's usually the point where someone realizes they should have just had a professional do an infinitely better job in a fraction of the time.

Before you get to that point, give Five Star Painting a call (608-205-4078) for a free consultation. Their owner Chris has been in the home improvement space for two decades, painting for both businesses and residences, interior and exterior jobs, with exceptional speed and quality. They measure to the inch and price to the penny!

Plus, they're currently offering a special rate of $250 off a job of $2,500 and $500 off a job of $5,000. 

MGM, we support the sponsors that support us!



October 26, 2021


It's time...

Not time to sell brats. 
Not time to find sponsors. 
Not time to march in a parade.

It's time to sign up for wrestling. Like... 🎉🤼‍♂️💪🏽W-R-E-S-T-L-I-N-G🎉🤼‍♂️💪🏽 ... wrestling. The real deal. The season is here. It's time!

As such, this email is going to be a lengthy one. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to hit Reply, or if you prefer, you can give Coach Luke a call directly (651-387-4105). Also, if you know of anyone considering wrestling, Forward this email to them with all the swiftness of Jordan Burrough double leg takedown!

🖊️ SIGN UP - To sign up, there are two steps. First, you need to go to USA Wrestling to sign-up or renew. Then, you need to head on over to, bringing along your USA Wrestling number, and register with our club.

👕 TEAM SHIRT - Everyone that signs up with us will get an MGM club shirt, but we're submitting our first order of shirts on October 31st, to ensure they're received and distributed by November 30th. (More on that in a bit.) If you're registered by October 31st, you'll get your shirt earlier than if you register afterward.

📅 SCHEDULE - The first day of practice is November 15th, and we practice through March. Practice is held at Nichols Gym in Monona.

Here's the schedule, broken down by grade:

⬜ Pre-K - 2nd Grade - Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm*
⬜ 3rd Grade - 6th Grade - Monday and Wednesday, 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm**
⬜ 7th Grade - 8th Grade - Monday through Thursday, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm***

* - For the younger end of the spectrum, it's possible that one night a week is enough. We're planning to have a more simplified practice on Tuesdays and a slightly more technical one on Thursdays.
** - The first week, there's no practice on Wednesday, November 17th. Instead, we're going to have the entire club practice on Thursday, November 18th, for maximum mayhem!
*** - This is the first year we're having 7th/8th wrestle at the same time as the high schoolers. We're working on transportation options, and we only expect three days per week. If you want to come all four days though, no one is going to say No.

🎽 UNIFORM - We practice in shorts, T-shirts, and non-street-worn shoes: athletic wear. If your son or daughter ends up competing this year, we'll provide a singlet. Head gear is mandatory for competition and optional, but recommended, for practice. Also, new tennis shoes will work fine, but if you would like a pair of wrestling shoes and aren't ready to make the purchase yet, the club has bins of shoes for you to borrow, free of charge. We just ask you return them when you're done, and if you ever end up buying a pair and out-growing them, you'll let us find some new feet to put in them.

We'll have shoes ready for you to sign-out the first day of practice. Come early!

💧 WATER - Bring your own water bottle.

🦠 COVID - We don't have much information here. We wrestle in Dane County and are under the jurisdiction of two school districts. They make the rules, and we follow them, which might mean wrestling in masks to start the season. Regarding Dane County, there should be updated info soon, as the prior order expires on November 5th.

🏃 PRESEASON PREP - Each of the next three Wednesdays (October 27th, November 3rd, & November 10th), we're hosting Open Mats at Nichols Gym, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. While anyone that would like to come is welcome, we'll be sharing the gym with the high school squad. There will be less instruction and more live wrestling, so it might not be ideal for someone who is taking his or her first step onto the mat.

Also, every Sunday, from 8:00 am to 8:45 am (until Mother Nature puts a halt to it), we're doing a club workout in the field at Siggelkow Road Park (The Sign-Up Genius). It's never bad for anyone to enter the season in shape, but we're specifically focused on those planning to compete this year.  Out-working your opponent means putting in time that he or she isn't willing to put in i.e. strapping on your running shoes early on a Sunday!

🥇 COMPETITION - Here's the truth. There's no sport where losing is more discouraging than wrestling. It isn't just two numbers on a scoreboard, one higher. To lose is to be dominated, to be controlled against one's will. It's one of the things that makes wrestling hard which, in turn, is what makes it great.

But with that in mind, we suggest waiting on competition until you know your child is ready, age- and skill-level-wise. Even then, we have a couple competitions we suggest you start with, which we'll roll out soon. Most competitions are tournaments held on the weekend. We'll have a schedule of where coaches will be, so your Silver Spartan can have someone in their corner when they compete.

Also, we're looking into putting together some de facto dual meets for the middle school aged kids. When and where those might be held is up in the air, so stay tuned.

🍕 PIZZA PARTIES - The high school team has five home dual meets this season: 

🤼‍♂️ Tue 11/30 at Indian Mound Middle School 
🤼‍♂️ Fri 12/3 at Monona Grove High School
🤼‍♂️ Fri 12/10 at Monona Grove High School
🤼‍♂️ Fri 1/14 atIndian Mound Middle School
🤼‍♂️ Fri 1/28 at Indian Mound Middle School

For each one, MGM is throwing a pizza party, free of charge, for our Silver Spartans and their families. We want our high schoolers to know the club has their backs, and we want those youngsters to be able to see where it all leads. Stripping off those warm-ups, getting a hard pat on the back from Coach Karl, and heading out to the center of that circle is the end game. It's what the work is for. 

See it ➡️ Achieve it

🔴⚪ BADGER DUAL MEET - The club will also be sponsoring a trip to the UW Fieldhouse to watch the Badgers do battle with Rutgers on Sunday, January 9th. We'll have more info on that as the date gets closer.


5990 US Highway 51
McFarland, WI 53558
(608) 838-3141

Stepping into our inaugural Sponsorship Circle this season is a brand-new sponsor for 2021-22: One Community Bank

One Community is what its name says it is, community-based. It's local family-owned, with six (soon to be seven) branches around Madison. They don't just offer full-service banking (personal and business) to the community. They also give back to that community, supporting programs like Gigi's PlayhouseWCSD Student AssistanceFood for Kidz, and After School Clubs, as well as local youth organizations like MGM! Listen, you don't have a giant check lying around unless you plan to use it!

We support the sponsors who support us, MGM. If you open an online account in the month of October, you'll be entered to win $100, but with them having fresh cookies and popcorn every Friday and Saturday, you might want to find an excuse to go in any way!

It's time...



August 9, 2021

Our summer Open Mats and Summer Camp are in the rearview mirror and the next wrestling on the calendar is the start of the season in mid-November. The time has come to pay the bills!

(Also, as a quick aside, July to November with no wrestling seems like a long time. Too long, in fact. The first step in fixing a problem is recognizing it, as we've done here. Keep an eye out for some communication coming up, with a solution!)

Back to paying the bills. 

Multiple Open Mats and a week-long Camp were not cheap. Also, this year, we're planning to...

⬜ sponsor a tournament for every wrestler interested, 
⬜ feed every Silver Spartan dinner at every high school home dual meet, and
⬜ take the whole team to watch the Badgers wrestle.

Plus, we refuse to let money be a barrier between a child and wrestling, so we set our enrollment fees at cost and go below that if need be.

That means for the next four months, it's time to hustle!


Our club will be hosting three Brat Frys this summer/fall, one in each of our three communities.

M 8/15/21 (Sunday) - Monona (RE/MAX @ 5320 Monona Drive)
G 9/11/21 (Saturday) - Cottage Grove (Piggly Wiggly)
M 10/9/21 (Saturday) - McFarland (Pick 'n Save)

The first of which is six days away, so we'll focus on that. 

We need 3 things, ASAP:

Supplies- We hope to have all supplies donated, so all the proceeds are profit. The sign up for the supplies is below. There, you'll find one address in each community to use if you'd like to drop-off supplies ahead of time. If you need them picked up, give Coach Luke a call at (651) 387-4105.

Silver Spartans- Our wrestlers are the heart-and-soul of these things. We're not turning them into salespeople; we're only asking they do one of the things they do best. When someone orders "The Deal" <a brat, chips AND a drink>, we do push-ups!

(Also, the "shifts" for the kids are very fluid. Some kids have half an hour of attention-span. Some have a couple hours. You know your child, but whatever they've got, we want!)

Volunteers- You'll find shifts in the Sign-Up Genius link below. We need a parent on the grill the whole day, a couple parents there for set-up, a couple parents for breakdown, and a couple more to span the major rush.

--> --> --> SIGN UP HERE!!! <-- <-- <--


We are always looking for more local sponsors. For a $300 check, here's what your business gets:
  • Your name and logo on the back of ~130 shirts. Comfortable shirts that, by the way, are early out of the dresser drawer every laundry cycle and have a tendency to find multiple backs over their lifetimes!
  • A personalized advertisement in the Sponsorship Circle section of our weekly club email, as well as our club's social media accounts.
  • Your logo prominently featured on our newly revamped website.
  • A tax write-off (we're a non-profit) and plenty of good karma!

If you are a business interested in sponsoring, work at a business interested in sponsoring, or know of a business interested in sponsoring our club, please forward this email to them, print out the attached letter and deliver it, or just pass the business name along. We'll reach out to them!

These companies' generosity goes a long way toward allowing us to exist.


PS - There will also be a couple opportunities coming up to help fundraise simply by eating, but dates are TBD for those yet.



After two straight days of Whitewater Warhawks, we're back on the Badger train for our final day of camp!

Leading camp today is Ryan Taylor, a former Badger D1 All-American and the owner of another local, private club -- RT Elite, located in Oregon.

In high school, Ryan wrestled for one of the nation's powerhouses, St. Paris Graham in Ohio. There, he secured three state titles, wrestling in one of the toughest states in the country. After that, he made the trek up to Madison to wrestle for Badgers, where he was a three-time NCAA qualifier, including an All-American finish in 2015. His career was unfortunately cut short due to injury.





Now, onto today! 

Leading our practice on this fourth day of camp is Elroy Perkin, another former Division 3 All-American from UW-Whitewater. Are you sensing a Warhawk theme?!

Today, Elroy is the head assistant for UW-Eau Claire's college team. He is also still actively competing on the senior circuit, as a member of the Gopher Wrestling Club (something we won't hold against him)! He took 5th at the most recent US Open, and tonight, he's going to help us continue to narrow the gap between Stoughton and us!

Back to the grind!




And like that, we're at the halfway point of Camp Week. Before we take a lot at our clinician for the day, let's have a look back at Days #1 & #2.



Lotta Silver Spartans.
Lotta smiles.
Lotta improvement.
Lotta camp left!

And now, Day 3. Our clinician tonight is Cedric Gibson, a former Division 3 All-American for the UW-Whitewater Warhawks. Wait. Who else was a D3 AA for Whitewater.... ? Hmmm (Pssssst It's Coach Karl!)

Cedric is an instructor at another local private club, Sarbacker Wrestling Academycurrently has two locations: 
  • Mount Horeb, WI (35 minutes from Nichols) &
  • Cobb, WI (~ "Are we there yet")
 If you're considering a private club for your little guy or gal, tonight's a great opportunity to try before you buy!

See you in a bit, MGM!




Silver Spartans!!!

I hope those Badger shirts are clean. We're wearing them tonight!

Today, we've got a B1G time clinician! Chris Bono, the head coach of the University of Wisconsin Badgers wrestling team is coming by Nichols tonight to whip us Silver Spartans into shape!

Now, if you'll excuse my long-windedness, I need to go over his lengthy resume. Coach Bono, after ticking off three high school state titles in Florida, wrestled at D1 Iowa State, where he was a three-time All-American, two-time finalist, and one-time NCAA national champion.

Then, came his pursuit of winning a spot on the United States World team. 

The world team, by the way, consists of a single wrestler at each weight (sometimes 6 weights, sometimes 7, 8, or 10), to represent our entire country at the highest level of wrestling that exists. Every 2-, 3- and 4-time national champion that graduates from any college in our country, as long as they continue wrestling, they're competing for these 6-to-10 spots. Coach Bono held one for three years.

In 2018, he was inducted in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and in that same year, he took over as the head coach for the Badgers. 

How successful has he been with the Badgers in his three seasons coaching them? In Wisconsin's 90+ year wrestling history, their best finish ever at the NCAA tournament is 4th. It's a feat they've achieved three times. During Coach Bono's second Badger season, heading into the NCAA tournament that was cancelled thanks to COVID, Wisconsin's team was ranked 5th in the country!

If you're not fired up to give it your all tonight after reading that ... you're normal. It's only a select few of us where resumes bring legitimate excitement.

No worries though. Coach Bono brings enough energy to power the school. Being fired up will not be a problem, as he tends to "lift" the room.




Today marks Day #1 of Camp Week. Our first clinician is Nazar Kulchytskyy. Nazar was a three-time division 3 national champion in college, wrestling for UW Oshkosh. Since then, he's placed at US Opens and made a US National Team, before hanging up his competitive kicks in favor of instructive ones.

Now, he runs Team Nazar, a private club that practices over on the east side of Madison. 

Part of what we're doing this week is showcasing the local private clubs, in part because it's time we start taking advantage of them. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will have private club instructors leading practice. Why would you need a private club when you already have MGM Wrestling Club you ask? A fine question.

First off, like most sports these days, the best never stop. A private club allows you to go year-round. 

Also, in wrestling specifically, there's a different type of wrestling, which shares characteristics with the folkstyle you're used to, called freestyle. It's the main international style (you'll see it in the Olympics here soon), its season is typically in the summer, and it's taught at private clubs. 

The other reason why all the best wrestlers wrestle at private clubs is that all the best wrestlers wrestle at private clubs. Iron sharpens iron. You'll get the best competition from all around the area, which is basically rocket fuel for your skills. 

So, tonight, think of Nazar as a pair of jeans. Try him on. See how he fits! If you have questions, feel free to ask him, and if you'd like to ask us coaches anything about private clubs, we'll be there as well.

Also, I've included Nazar's email in this thread, so you're welcome to reach out to him there.

Here's a picture with Nazar from our 2019 Camp. It suffices to say we're rolling a little deeper now!


PS - Of all the local clubs, we have by far the most kids currently practicing with Nazar (G-Man, Jaden, Xavier, & Malachi, Katelynn & Zach Gunderson, and Big Kris). Several will be around tonight if you've got questions for them as well.


Our season is winding down... 😔
  • Our PreK - 2nd grade group will wrestle through March 23rd (3 more practices)
  • Our 3rd - 8th grade group will wrestle through March 25th (4 more practices)
But(!!), while season may be coming to a close soon, the wrestling is not. Like Hamilton after the Revolutionary War, the wrestling is non-stop!

Starting this Sunday (March 7th) and running through the end of May (30th), we will be holding Sunday Open Mats for anyone interested!

WHO: Anyone ready to wrestle (A USA Wrestling Card is *NOT* required.)
WHEN: Every Sunday between now and the end of May except Mother's Day (5/9/21) from 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm
WHERE: Spartan Day Camp
COST: Free
WHAT: Just wrestling

The intent of these Open Mats is for those that just finished their season and those that were unable to practice with us this season to have a chance to simply wrestle. There will be little-to-no large group instruction, but rather, one-on-one tips, tricks and pointers. There will be a few drills, and at times, we'll wrestle live in targeted positions. 

By-and-large though, we're just going to wrestle!

A couple other notes:

 We typically get our insurance coverage via USA Wrestling, but we've purchased a standalone policy. That means having a USA Wrestling Card is *NOT* a requirement.

 There are no age limits, but we're just going to be wrestling. If your son/daughter isn't ready (either endurance and attention span-wise), there will be another Open Mat this summer more suited for them. 

 Both our insurance and our single mat at Spartan Day Camp restrict how many people we can have in an Open Mat session. Because of that, we ask you use the Sign-Up Genius link to let us know you're coming. If we start getting close to 25, we'll add a second session, either before or after the first.

 We're still in Dane County, which means we're required to wear masks. But, we will be working with multiple partners. They'll still be kids of close size, so no more than five. More than one though.

 If you haven't done so for practice, we'll need you to sign and bring in Spartan Day Camp's COVID and General Waiver, both of which are attached. 

That's it for now, MGM!


Weekly Club Email

 12-3-20 CLUB EMAIL

Silver Spartans!!!

That's Right. The BIG one! Registration is open. The apparel stores are open. We're selling masks. We need volunteer coaches. All of it. ALL OF IT!

First, we want to apologize to everyone who has already indicated they're not wrestling this season. We included everyone for this one last email. That way, if you'd like Silver Spartan apparel, you'll know where to find it. Also, with everything pandemic-related being so fluid, we want everyone to have practice and registration info, in case things change.

This is the last mass email though, we promise!


We're mentioning this first, ahead of registration, because of its timeliness. THIS STORE CLOSES IN ONE WEEK -- (12/9)!!! 

👉👉👉 Here's that link. 👈👈👈

If you'd like any Silver Spartan branded gear, this is Option #1. There are no shipping charges in this store, as the orders come to the club, to be distributed. We'd recommend the sleeveless hoodies. What good are all those push-ups going to be if we're not going to show off the guns?


We also have a second, entirely separate store open. It's the one you'll see on our site when you register this season, or you can also access it directly.

👉👉👉 Here's that link. 👈👈👈

The second store doesn't close and ships directly to you, for $5.99. While you can wait to make your order, if you submit your order by December 7th, they say you will receive it in time for 🎄🎁CHRISTMAS🎁🎄.


If we're going to practice in masks (we are), we're going to practice looking good in our masks! We have Silver Spartan masks in both the traditional and gaiter style. Like the first store, THIS STORE CLOSES IN ONE WEEK -- (12/9)!!! 

👉👉👉 Here's that link. 👈👈👈

Just remember, even after the coronavirus is gone, Wisconsin cold won't be. If you cover your face while clearing snow, the neighbors can't look out their windows and tell you're swearing about how much your back hurts!


Let's address the uncertainty right up top. Everything is fluid. 

We are planning to have Public Health Madison & Dane County re-open indoor gatherings for 10 people, effective December 16th, and to hold two separate but concurrent 10-kid practices. It's also possible that won't be the case. 
  • It's possible they'll extend the indoor gathering ban, and we'll have to push back practice. 
  • It's also possible, at some point this season, we as a community will get the virus spread under control, and we'll even get to wrestle at wrestling practice. 
We just don't know.

We're committed to following all local and state-wide guidance. We're also committed to keeping socially distanced and masked for all practices until it becomes safe to stop. We're not messing around with this virus.

But, we're also committed to having practice. We're committed to continuing to build toughness and resiliency and good physical fitness habits. And, we're darn sure still having fun. Wrestling is important, so we're committed to teaching it.

As strange as it sounds, we're taking our cues from S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury, in this regard. 

We ask that you bear with us, as we navigate everything together. If you register for practice, and we're never allowed to have it, we will refund your payment. 


Here's the schedule, starting the Week of December 14th (Wednesday the 16th and Thursday the 17th):

You'll notice 1st grade is split across two sessions. It was easily our biggest group, so we had to spread them out. If you're registering a 1st grader, you're welcome to decide whether they prefer the hour-long practice, or maybe they only have the attention-span for the shorter one.

Also, we did our best to take into account everyone's scheduling availability, along with the availability we were given in our temporary home. If your schedule prevents you from registering for the age-appropriate section, you're welcome to select another. Though it might behoove your eighth grader to brush up on his or her Paw Patrol knowledge before signing up for a Wednesday practice!


321 Progress Drive
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

A special thanks to Uselman Plumbing in Cottage Grove. After the ownership passed from father to son, and the business was relocated, the building could have been sold. Instead, they're renting it to us for as favorable a rate as they could afford to do.

It has heat, restrooms and plenty of space. Given our desperation, we could not have found a better spot.


No Parents or Siblings - It's not that we don't want you there. We do! It's just that until restrictions lift, we can't have you there. It's 10 + employees (coaches), for each practice. That's it.
Drop-off / Pick-up - We're going to have you pull up and just drop off your Silver Spartans. Then, please leave! (The parking lot isn't super spacious. If you'd like to park on Progress Drive and wait, that will probably work.)
Bring to Practice, Once - The facility is requiring we have the attached waiver on file for each wrestler. Please sign-and-bring it along the first practice.
Bring to Practice, Always -  A water bottle with your name on it. (No sharing water fountains.)  A bag, in case we need to send something home.  Our COVID-19 release, that we'll send out when we have it all set.  Shoes, maybe. (If your little one can't put on and tie their own shoes, non-street worn slip-ons or just socks are fine.)
Bring to Practice --NEVER-- - Anything contagious!!! Please, pretty please, if you're feeling anything but tip-top shape, stay home. One case of it in our building wreaks havoc on everything. Please.


Here it is, the link to register for this season, or you can just click the link "REGISTER" in the top-right corner of our website,, and get at it.

Before you register with the club, you'll have to register or renew your membership with USA WrestlingHere's the link to do that.

The USA Wrestling card costs $40, as does our registration. $80 total. If you're interested in our scholarship program, please Reply with "Scholarship," and we can discuss what that entails.

Any other questions? Shoot 'em our way!


Just a quick note about our financial situation. We're a non-profit club. The three main ways we raise funds are through fundraisers, sponsorships, and your registration dues. This year, for obvious reasons, we were unable to have any fundraisers. We also expect our registration to be way down. 

On the flip side, the only time before this season that we had to rent space was last year, for one night per week. Now, we're paying rent for every single practice. This season undoubtedly will be our most expensive, from an operations standpoint.

Still, we have decided not to raise our registration dues. Our position has always been that we refuse to have money be the deciding factor on whether or not someone decides to wrestle. We continue to hold that stance. 

Instead, we ask those who can, please donate to our club. While we can't replace the lost revenue, we hope we can pay for our new 2020-2021 expense, rent, via donations. Two ways to donate: 1) When registering, you'll be prompted to donate & 2) via our GoFundMe.

Please give what you can.

(And, if you have a rich uncle that loves GoFundMes, pass this along to him for us, will ya?)


We need coaches. Maybe "coaches" would be more appropriate. We'll have a head coach for each 10-kid practice, which should be manageable. But, we'll have no parents present, who are so valuable when there's a bump or bruise or another emergency. We need "coaches" to help with that. Also, we need someone to do administration (attendance), some videoing, and to help demonstrate. 

Ideally, we'd have one volunteer per 10-kid practice, two per practice session, for all 4 practice sessions each week. 

If you're interested in volunteering, you'll be prompted when registering your child. You can just Reply here as well. To be a coach, you'll have to register with USA Wrestling, and complete a background check and SafeSport course. The background check lasts two seasons, so if you completed one last year, you're good.

Also, instead of reimbursing you for those fees, we're going to pay you the amount equal to what you paid for the course, the screen, and the card. A distinction without a difference to be sure, but a necessary one this year.


For those who are still interested in being Silver Spartans, but for obvious reasons, this isn't the year, this section is for you. We think we have an idea on how we can keep your child engaged and growing as a wrestler, while not leaving your house. We've also got something to commemorate last season we'd like to pass along.

Please Reply to this email with SINTY to let us know, and we'll reach out personally to go over everything. 

Oh, and thank you for sticking with us!

.../Exhales Loudly/

That was quite a doozy of an email. Thanks to all that made it to the end!


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