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Monona Grove McFarland


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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