On Saturday, I spent the day at my alma mater, Millburn High School, watching the District 14 (or 15, because at this point I'm still a little bleary-eyed and my head is in a fog) tournament and help coach the boys who've I've been following over the past season. More, actually, since I ran fall pre-season practices and helped with summer practices late last summer. It was a rough tournament for our guys, generally speaking though we did get two 3rd place winner and secure them spots in the Region tournament this wednesday night. It was a frustrating, yet ultimately rewarding day, because I watched the boys get much better over the season and, most importantly, seem to have enjoyed the season. They seem to be looking forward to putting in the time to get better over the spring, summer and fall.
On Sunday, I attended the first-ever New Jersey Girls Wrestling Region Tournament--a boisterous, exciting affair with over 240 competitiors and matches playing out on eight mats. Though it was a long day, the tournament was well-run. The referees were excellent, the facilities (Red Bank Regional High School) more than adequate, and the head announcer kept the pace of the event informative and moving along. I was there primarily to root on (and coach) a girl from my club, NXL Wrestling, Hailey Budney who went into the tournament the number one seed in the North Region at 136 pounds.