Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Our first Sunday workout will be this Sunday, tomorrow night, 12/9 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. As previously announced, these Sunday workouts will be free to TopCat Fall wrestlers only. Our schedule will be every other Sunday. 12/9, 12/23, 1/6, 1/20, 2/3. We may add some additional Sundays, depending on our coaches schedules. Our plan is to have a short workout for guys who neet it, and also to have question and answer time for individuals who need help with technique. Please note: I will not let parents have this time. It will be up to the wrestlers to seek this help. Thanks for your understanding. Coach Papa
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Eduard Aliakseyenka aka "The Bone Collector" was the guest clinician on Monday 11/5. Coach Aliakseyenka was a three time Division III finalist and won a national title while attending Monclair State University. He was trained in the former Soviet Union and was a member of the Belarus National Team. While competing for Team Belarus he placed 6th at the World Championships in freestyle wrestling. On Monday, Coach Aliakseyenka showed some slick technique out of the russian tie up. We learned several finishes along with other moves. Everyone enjoyed his teaching and we thank him for spending time with us.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
And thanks also to my past parents of wrestlers, fans and friends who supported me and sent congratulations upon my induction into the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday evening, October 25. Thank you also to those who attended the banquet on my behalf. The South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame Executive Committee was well represented as was the Executive Committee of the South Jersey Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association. I was truly honored to represent the sport of wrestling. It was a wonderful evening spent with family and friends.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Almost 50 guys showed up tonight to the first workout at TopCats Get Ready to Rumble Fall Session. It's great to have Coach Adam Derengowski back this session and as always he did a great job tonight. Other coaches were Gary Papa, Nick Papa, Ed Giosa and Anthony Trongone. It was a fun night. You can expect high energy at every workout this preseason. I can already tell this group is ready to go hard! As expected, this session fills up fast so if you know someone who should be here, they better show up soon. Remember to look good and feel good! Coach Papa
Saturday, August 4, 2012
We did not have a summer camp this year because I was working on a special "bucket list" project. I started training in late March for an attempt to summit Mt. Rainier in Washington state in mid July. Mt. Rainier is one of the highest mountains in the continental United States. This training took up much of my time and was very intense. I am proud to announce that I was successful. I started my climb on July 12 and reached the summit at 14,410 feet above sea level on July 14 just after sunrise. We then descended on the same day. I was accompanied by my friend and ex wrestler, Dennis Angeline (PVI 1980)who organized the trip,his friend Barrett Johnston, and my brother-in-law Nick Mazziotto. The experience was a once in a lifetime (maybe). In any event, it's back to wrestling and TopCat Fall - at least until the next big adventure. Coach Papa
Monday, March 5, 2012
We have two groups this session. The second group, 6th grade through 12th grade, is very large. We will probably close registration after this week. Thanks to all the guys that have signed up and are attending. As usual they are working very hard, but more importantly, they are learning valuable technique. Stay tuned to this site for the schedule of guest clinicians.