Back Home In Indiana: Former Pride Assistant, Dubuque, Returns to Hoosiers

Following several weeks of underground rumor and scuttlebutt that Joe Dubuque would not be returning for a fourth season on the Pride bench, the news came down yesterday morning that the former two-time NCAA titlist would be returning to the place that made him the champion that he is today, Bloomington, Indiana. Continue reading “Back Home In Indiana: Former Pride Assistant, Dubuque, Returns to Hoosiers”

Sometimes When You Believe The Impossible the Incredible Comes True!

Remember in the movie “Field of Dreams” the voice said.. build it they will come…I heard the voice.. I built it and they did come!..60 and strong wrestling alumni from Island Trees High School encircled the brand new mat that had just been dedicated.

bulldogRemember in the movie “Field of Dreams” the voice said.. build it they will come…I heard the voice.. I built it and they did come!..60 and strong wrestling alumni from Island Trees High School encircled the brand new mat that had just been dedicated. Mrs Petersen “the Mother of Island Trees wrestling” was called forth to cut the red ribbon the wrestlers held across the new mat. Continue reading “Sometimes When You Believe The Impossible the Incredible Comes True!”

Legendary Island Trees Coach Ted Petersen

Ted Petersen dedicated his life to kids. Ted Petersen, varsity wrestling coach of Section 8’s Island Trees Bulldogs, was inducted into the New York State wrestling Hall of Fame during a ceremony before the 1989 state finals. “The Coach” as he was simply referred to by the many friends and athletes whose admiration and respect he earned, was a community leader in his home town of Levittown. During the course of 33 years , he was a dedicated family man, physical education teacher, football, baseball , wrestling coach and the director of a summer camp for school children in the Adirondack Mountains.

bulldogTed Petersen dedicated his life to kids. Ted Petersen, varsity wrestling coach of Section 8’s Island Trees Bulldogs, was inducted into the New York State wrestling Hall of Fame during a ceremony before the 1989 state finals. “The Coach” as he was simply referred to by the many friends and athletes whose admiration and respect he earned, was a community leader in his home town of Levittown. During the course of 33 years , he was a dedicated family man, physical education teacher, football, baseball , wrestling coach and the director of a summer camp for school children in the Adirondack Mountains.

Wrestling evolved into Coach Petersen’s favorite sport. As a graduate of Cortland State University in 1958 and having no previous experience with the sport, Petersen took a job coaching the junior high wrestling team of his local school district “because they needed a coach.”  He read books, pursued knowledgeable coaches for their advice and even listened to his own young wrestlers to learn the rules and techniques.  He quickly developed his own theories and sought out some of the finest clinicians in the country in a continuing effort to keep abreast of the best and latest skills emerging in the rapidly advancing sport of amateur wrestling.

In 27 years as the Island Trees High School varsity coach, he compiled a team dual meet record of 325 wins, 70 losses and 4 ties. His team won 20 Conference Championships, 3 Section 8 Championships, produced 22 individual Section 8 Champions and 6 NYS Champions.
Despite numerous awards Petersen shunned the spotlight and preferred focusing his attention on the many children and athletes whom he inspired and helped guide into responsible and caring adults, living humbly and teaching his own personal standards of excellence which is summed up by Petersen’s favorite motto..'”SEEK THE HIGHEST”

Day 5… until Wrestling Alumni Match……….JAN 9TH FRIDAY…


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THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 9TH 2009…7PM..(COME EARLY)
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Wrestling Mentality

Many people think I’m crazy…crazy about the sport of wrestling, but those of us that know better know it’s more than being a sports fanatic. Someone said once that “wrestling is not a sport, it’s a philosophy – a way of life”.

Many people think I’m crazy…crazy about the sport of wrestling, but those of us that know better know it’s more than being a sports fanatic. Someone said once that “wrestling is not a sport, it’s a philosophy – a way of life”.

In the sport of wrestling you and your adversary are matched by weight but not necessarily as “equals”.  Both know why they are there facing each other, both have the same goal.  The goal is to put the opponent to their back for the pin, “the ultimate win !” Continue reading “Wrestling Mentality”

What wrestling Taught Me?

As a you all ready know from reading my other wrestling tales, that I was a little girl when I was introduced to the world of wrestling. I watched every match of my “big brothers'” team from the same spot every time. My parents were always there, and I would sit with my fingers crossed and my heart racing. At the time, I’m sure I didn’t know I was learning so much from these “grown-up” warriors. All I knew then was that I admired what they could do out there on the mat, and felt that there was something special about the closeness the teammates shared. Its as if my brother’s belonged to a second family, where they could show their skill, and win or lose be accepted and loved. These guys would play together, cry together, even go hungry together! At that time, the only thing I knew was that , there was something special about the whole thing! Continue reading “What wrestling Taught Me?”

Is Wrestling for My Son?

Coach Howie Greenblatt, Varsity wrestling coach at MacArthur High School in Levittown, replied earnestly, “Please do one for the mothers who are afraid for their sons’ safety and therefore, do not want them to become wrestlers!”

I was unsure as to what my next article should be about so I started to ask around for suggestions. Coach Howie Greenblatt, Varsity wrestling coach at MacArthur High School in Levittown, replied earnestly, “Please do one for the mothers who are afraid for their sons’ safety and therefore, do not want them to become wrestlers!”

It was then that it struck me that in a few short months I would be faced with the same challenge. I would be watching as my son entered the mat as a seventh grader on his Middle School team. What would my feelings be? I know I too would be filled with anxiety and concern as I watched his immature body stand face to face with his opponent. Continue reading “Is Wrestling for My Son?”