Letter from a wrestling dad.

From: A Dad
Date: Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 8:42 PM
Subject: Re: volunteers needed Grizzly tournament
To: Randy Dusing <>

Good evening Randy I just wanted to say thank you to you and your coaching staff in particular to Shane for his great coaching this past weekend at the Watertown tournament. This was my sons first real tournament other than the badger beginner. He got his butt handed to him his first match, he hurt his neck during the match I’m guessing his neck hurt a little more due to the loss! Without Shane’s coaching I’m not sure I would have been able to get him out there to wrestle again that day. Shane was able to get him refocused and back out on the Mat it ended up being a great learning experience and day for my son. He ended the day going 2 and 2. Thanks again for all that you and your staff do.

A Dad

Badgers peaking at right time in Big Ten


UW Athletic Communications

MADISON, Wis. — If there’s a perfect time to turn up the heat and start hitting their stride, the time is now for the Badgers. Finding its groove headed into the final duals of the season, Wisconsin picked up wins over both Purdue and No. 14 Michigan this past weekend. The Badgers will close out the season with home duals against Michigan State on Friday and Central Michigan on Sunday.

The Badgers’ 5-5 dual record belies the team’s strength and skill this season. Consider this: All five of Wisconsin’s losses came at the hands of top-15 teams, while four of the five were to top-10 teams and three were to top-five. The Badgers performed well in each dual and have battled with some of the nation’s top wrestlers.

Full Story HERE

Mukwonago Grizzly’s Thanks You


The Mukwonago Wrestling Club would like to say thanks to all the wonderful participants, families, and friends at our Mukwonago Grizzly Open today.  There was some outstanding wrestling and we hope you all enjoyed yourselves.  We would like to say a special thank you to all the Mukwonago Grizzly families that volunteered their help to make this possible.  Without you it would not have been a success.

Till Next Year!!!


Thanks All,

Mukwonago Grizzly’s

PS. If you have photos, and would like to share, please head over to our photo section and add them to our 2016/17 ALBUM.

USA Wrestling declares February 10-19 as Women’s Wrestling Week


USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, has declared the week of February 10-19 as Women’s Wrestling Week in the United States. This is the third straight year that USA Wrestling has held this celebration of women’s wrestling.

Read the full article at HERE


MWC Grizzly Open Meetings for Parents: (Tuesday 7th)

On Tuesday Feb 7th we will be hosting 2 quick club meetings to discuss and answer any questions on our Mukwonago Grizzly Open Tournament.
The 2 meetings are at 5:40pm (1st group parents) and 6:50 pm (2nd group parents) in Classroom 126)… Coach Wierzbicki’s classroom.)
Please do your best to attend.

Board member Kevin Bischell has already sent you 2 emails
One for Concessions donations, the 2nd for your help during the tournament….
If everyone steps up to help we have short easy shifts…

Grizzlys earn 2nd place at West Allis

Our Mukwonago Grizzlys headed to West Allis sunday, bring home the Team runner up trophy, narrowly missing the championship  to KWA by a 1 point margin 114 – 113.

individually the grizzly brought home 9 championships by Luke Jowers, Bo Dooley, Wendell Brausch, Adam Whittier, Devin Viola, Adam Concotelli, Zach Eliszewski, Tucker Winski and Hayden Chitwood.

Schedule/tournament update/changes

Here is the tournament schedule for the next couple of weeks:



** Sun Feb 12th Mukwonago Grizzly Open  MWC member only  flyer (weigh in/set up, Sat. Feb 11th) **



Wrestling paved way for duo’s development (Packer’s Football)

Wrestling paved way for duo’s development

Sport prepared Packers’ defensive linemen Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark for life in the trenches


GREEN BAY – Twenty years ago, nobody in the Daniels household was thinking about the best way to build an NFL defensive lineman.

Mike and Carlene Daniels simply wanted to find a sport that would allow their son, Mike Jr., a chance to burn off some energy like any other 4- or 5-year old.

So Mike Sr. signed his son up for wrestling.

“I thank him to this day for it,” said Mike Jr., now in his fifth season with the Packers. “Because it builds character.”

Before Daniels was a football player, he was a wrestler.

He stuck with the sport even after he started to flourish on the football field. His accolades piled up in both sports, becoming a three-time letterman on the Highland Regional (N.J.) High School wrestling team.

However, Daniels wasn’t a 312-pound nose tackle back then. In fact, he actually cut down to 207 pounds as a senior, so he didn’t have to wrestle at a substantial disadvantage in the heavyweight division, which maxes at 285 pounds in most states.

Wrestling didn’t just allow Daniels to release energy – it showed him a different way of life. It made him cognizant of his diet and emphasized the importance of discipline.

When Daniels finally picked up football, he quickly noticed how the two sports relate to each other, particularly when it came to securing leverage and proper technique.

Daniels’ shorter stature caused many college scouts to overlook him out of high school. He accepted his only Division I offer to Iowa and the rest was history.

Now a fifth-year NFL veteran who received a contract extension in December, Daniels feels his size and wrestling background helped open the door that eventually led him to the pros.

It also underscored a crucial rule – the low man wins.

“I can still draw from some of my teaching until today. It’s unbelievable,” Daniels said. “It builds up a certain type of toughness. It’s a combative sport. A lot of the techniques translate over to football, the mentality being the biggest thing.”

When the Packers drafted Kenny Clark in the first round this year, Daniels already was familiar with the UCLA defensive tackle’s background as a former high-school wrestler.

Hours after Clark’s selection, Daniels sent a tweet to his new linemate.

Another high school wrestler. Welcome to the Pack and let’s get to work!! 

Unlike Daniels, Clark first started wrestling as a sophomore at Wilmer Amina Carter High School in Rialto, Calif., at the insistence of friends and football teammates.

Clark remembers getting manhandled the first time he stepped onto the mat, but he stuck with it and eventually “fell in love” with the sport.

After his sophomore year, Clark won a national freshman-sophomore invitation tournament in Idaho and later went on to make two state appearances in California.

He spent countless hours in the school’s wrestling room with his younger brother, Kyon, who doubled as his partner. While two years Kenny’s junior, Kyon actually was bigger than Kenny with gumby-like flexibility.

Clark could pick up things wrestling when drilling against guys who were lighter than him, but trying to take down Kyon was grueling, especially in the sauna-like conditions of the wrestling room.

“That’s the most flexible guy I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Clark of his younger brother. “I’m working with him all day, picking up a 330-pound guy every day, so I’m going to get strong and picking up those 285 guys (became) easy.

“Just me picking up my brother’s legs or trying to single-leg him or double-leg him, it was so hard because he was so flexible. I could lift up his leg and he wouldn’t go down.”

Those sessions, mixed with his actual matches, taught Clark leverage and body control. It made him a better wrestler, and in the process, a better football player.

The things that made him successful on the wrestling mat – flexibility in his ankles and explosion in his hips – are also what made him thrive on the football field.

It also challenged him mentally, whether it was getting through long workouts or understanding how to counter a 285-pound wrestler exerting pressure on you.

“The biggest thing I’d have to say is it helps you out with leverage and being able to be flexible, to bend,” Clark said. “There aren’t a lot of defensive linemen who (can) really stay low, bend, get off the ball, and be physical. Not often do you find a defensive lineman who can do all those things.”

Clark’s wrestling background was easy for Mike Trgovac to spot when the Packers’ defensive line coach began working with the first-round pick earlier this summer.

Right away, Trgovac noticed how combative he was with his hands and able to secure leverage in battles with offensive linemen.

Daniels and Clark are entirely different players with contrasting skill sets, but Trgovac sees a common thread between the two as a former state champion heavyweight himself.

“With both those guys and myself having a wrestling background, I can talk a certain language to them and they understand,” Trgovac said. “Both of them do a very good job getting their hands inside and working nice and tight hands. Again, they understand leverage very well.”

Daniels still applies many of the same training techniques in his offseason routine, including MMA and combat workouts.

No, Daniels’ father didn’t know his son would one day become a top interior rusher in the NFL, but Mike Jr. remains grateful that he signed him up for wrestling all those years ago.

“If you’re a bigger kid, don’t waste your time playing basketball – go wrestle,” Daniels said. “More than likely you’re going to be a football player – if you so choose to seek athletics in college or professional level. Wrestling is going to get it done for you. That’s just how I view it.”



2016 M-Camp

M Camp 2016 group photo

We had a great youth camp.

40 Club kids

Clinicians: Mukwonago D1 – UNDS recruit Nathan Smith & NCAA D2 Champ Nick Becker did great job. With lots of help from our High School wrestlers/club members giving back. and big thanks to Coach Wierzbicki

Kids had awesome time.

Jesse Thielke & Ben Provisor – Rio 2016

Jesse Thielke & Ben Provisor have been great representatives of the state of Wisconsin for many years with his many wrestling accomplishments. He the will be representing the USA in the Olympics this summer.Help support Jesse, Ben and their families on going to Rio to live there Olympic Dreams !

Jesse Thielke’s link
Ben Provisor’s link