Dear Arkansas Wrestlers and Arkansas Fans

Dear Arkansas Wrestlers and Arkansas Fans:

The numbers of people that have wrestled are between 6 -8 million. These are potential fans.  We have to find them and lure them back to wrestling.

Wrestling has never been able to truly quantify for the National TV Networks the true size and scope of our sport and its potential fan base….or even begin to document those “casual supporters”…

The National Registry is an effort to address all of the above issues if our sport will allow itself to be organized.

I am asking you to get behind the effort of finding and registering ONE Million Fans.  Sign up at National Registry 4 Wrestling! We need every Arkansas wrestler to sign up!


It is simple, yes it is free and agnostic… takes 1 minute. You won’t get badgered with emails.  You will get notifications of when wrestling will be on TV and postings on our website.

Please take a few second  s and stand up to be counted and inform your circles that might care. If you register, in the referral box add my Promo- AWA…If you want to help simply add in the next box your referral code. PROMO (your initials).

If you sign-up 10 people they will send you a Asics T-Shirt, 25 you get a Asics Hood and 100 you get a Asics Jacket. Wrestling Needs You!

Yours in wrestling,

Greg Hatcher


Arkansas Wrestling Association


Terry Shockley Elected Chairman of the Board for the NWHOF

Terry Shockley to succeed Jim Keen Sr. as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
STILLWATER, Okla…The Board of Governors of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum elected Terry Shockley of DeBary, Florida, as its Chairman of the Board at its annual fall board meeting. Shockley was initially elected to the Board of Governors in 2007 and has served as secretary of the organization since 2008.
Shockley will succeed long-time chairman Jim Keen, Sr. as board chair.
“At the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum and the Dan Gable Museum we have a unique opportunity to inspire future generations of wrestlers and fans, while preserving and recognizing the historical accomplishments of the sport,” Shockley said. “I’m honored to serve this great American institution.”
The Board of Governors also elected the following officers to begin their terms on Jan. 2, 2014:
Vice Chair — Steve Silver, Forny, Texas
Secretary — Tom Slowey, Torrance, Calif.
Treasurer — Rusty Shaw, Stillwater, Okla.

The board met in Kansas City on Oct. 28-29 to elect new officers, confirm the selection of inductees for the Class of 2014 and to accelerate new strategic priorities for the organization.

“As we further our accomplishments with the capital campaign, I see great gains through technology which will enhance our outreach and further champion the oldest and greatest sport,” Shockley said.

The Hall of Fame will release the Class of 2014 Inductees next week.

Terry Shockley Bio:
The Board of Governors of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum elected Terry Shockley of DeBary, Florida, as it’s Chairman of the Board at the annual fall board meeting, October 28th 2013. Shockley was initially elected to the Board of Governors in 2007 and has served as secretary of the organization since 2008.

He was inducted into the Wisconsin State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006 for his lifetime of service to the sport of wrestling. He also was inducted into the NCAA Division III Hall of Fame by the National Wrestling Coaches Association in 2011.

In September of 2008, Terry and Sandy Shockley endowed the Head Wrestling Coach’s position at his a alma mater, Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Graduating in 1962, Shockley competed on the varsity wrestling team where he was a three year captain, four-year letter winner, three time Conference champion, compiling a 69-9 career record while winning many championships including the NCAA Mid-East Regional and becoming a National Qualifier for the 1962 National Tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Following graduation, he served as head wrestling coach at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kan.) where he earned a Masters Degree in Radio, TV and Film.

As a career broadcaster, Shockley began his own business, Shockley Communications, in 1985 with his wife Sandy in Madison. The company operated TV, Radio and Video Production properties in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Shockley started Shockley Group, Inc. in 2001, which provides sales and leadership training, business consulting, and motivational speaking to other companies. Today, Shockley is Chairman of the Board of Armada Media Corporation, a company that owns and operates radio stations serving 7 upper mid-west states.

While living and building his broadcasting career in Madison, Wisconsin, Shockley coached the Madison YMCA Youth Wrestling Team for 20 years, was a charter member and co-founder of the Badger Wrestling Booster Club, and served as the PA Voice of Badger Wrestling for 30 years.

Shockley was a member of the Augustana College Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2006. He was inducted into the Augustana “Tribe of Vikings” Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

He and his wife Sandy have two grown married children: Toni Peterson, Minnetrista, Minnesota; Todd Shockley, Chicago, Illinois, and two granddaughters: Callie Peterson; and Sydnie Peterson.

LR McClellan High School Adds Wrestling

Little Rock McClellan has become the latest Arkansas high school to make wrestling a part of their athletics department.  Athletic director Frank Williams and head coach Anthony Sessions made the announcement they will become the 64th school to add wrestling in Arkansas, continuing the sport’s rapid growth in the natural state.

Sessions joins the Little Rock school with championship experience, having led Conway to a state title while previously as coach of the Wampus Cats.  McClellan made the decision add wrestling as a way to not only give students athletes an opportunity to play a new sport, but to also improve the Lions’ football team.  The plan is to have the majority of the football players wrestle in the offseason to help give them better balance, strength, conditioning, and mental toughness. Please congratulate the entire McClellan administration on giving their students an opportunity to compete in the state’s fastest growing sport.

McClellan joins Hazen, Hot Springs, and Hot Springs Lakeside as high schools that will field wrestling programs this season. In addition, Lyon College and Williams Baptist College have announced they have added wrestling programs to compete in the 2014-15 season.

2014 Arkansas State High School Wrestling Tournament February 14th and 15th, 2014

Save the date for the ultimate wrestling tournament in the state of Arkansas!  The 2014 Arkansas State High School Wrestling Tournament at the Jack Stephens Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will be February 14th and 15th, 2014.  Cheer on matches with strong, disciplined, and dedicated champions!  Coaches, teams, parents, and volunteers prepare for this main event, some for over a decade.  The state wrestling tournament marks improvement and achievement in the sport annually.  Don’t miss it!  Save the date!!

Cabot’s Tyler Kurz Honored for Excellence

By National Wrestling Hall of Fame

STILLWATER, Okla. – In celebration of World Wrestling Month, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum has selected its 2013 state and regional winners of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award.

Created in honor of Schultz, an Olympic and world champion, the High School Excellence Award is based on excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service. Forty-nine seniors from those states that sponsor high school state wrestling championships have been chosen for the honor as part of the Hall of Fame’s Educational Outreach Program.

The 2013 Winners by State, Name and School are:

Alabama, Jordan Simpson, Oxford High School

Alaska, Lincoln Johnson, Nikiski High School

Arizona, Dalton Brady, Chandler High School

Arkansas, Tyler Kurz, Cabot High School

California, Isaiah Martinez, Lemoore High School

Colorado, Garet Krohn, Arvada High School

Connecticut, Elliot Antler, Xavier High School

Delaware, Alvontae Drummond, Milford High School

Florida, Kevin Norstrem, Brandon High School

Georgia, Tyler Askey, Northgate High School

Hawaii, Dane Pestano, Kamehameha-Kapalama High School

Idaho, Jared Johnshoy, Melba Jr/Sr High School

Illinois, Ricky Robertson, Carl Sandburg High School

Indiana, Mitch Sliga, Fishers High School

Iowa, Brandon Sorensen, Denver High School

Kansas, Nathan Butler, Leavenworth High School

LR Central’s Tyler Mann named Arkansas Wrestler of the Year by WIN Magazine

Mann Finishes Strong at FILA Nationals; Named Arkansas Wrestler of the Year

It’s been a year to remember for LR Central’s Tyler Mann. The Arkansas wrestler placed 6th in the prestigious 2013 FILA Cadet National Freestyle Championships this past weekend in Akron, OH while competing in the 69kg weight class. The top 6 in each weight class were awarded medals and earned points toward a Future Olympic rankings, the winner earning a spot on the World team.

Mann was also named Arkansas Wrestler of the Year by WIN magazine. The LR Central Jr. won his third 6-7A state title, finishing 36-0 and pinning his way to the title with four first-period pins for the second consecutive year. For the third straight year, a member of the Mann family takes the magazine’s honor. Tyler was the choice last year, and his older brother, Tanner, was picked in 2011.






 Register and Pay your entry fee ONLINE! Click Here
Must have your USA Wrestling ID Card # for Registration!
Entry Fee=$15
Saturday, May 4th
Har-Ber High School
300 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762
Weigh-ins 11:00am-12:00pm (3lb weight allowance)
Tournament begins at 1pm!

 Born 1997-1998
Weight Classes–88,94, 100,106,113,120,126,132,138,145,152,160,170,182,195,220,185
Born 9/1/1993 & after plus enrolled in grades 9-12
Weight Classes– 100, 106, 113, 120,126.132,138,145,152,160,170,182,195,220,285.


Questions: Please contact Kristi Mann 501-804-0457 or Pat Smith 501-519-0850

Top 4 wrestlers at each weight qualify for the National Team and will travel to Fargo, ND this July to wrestle at the Cadet/Junior Nationals Tournament!

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