About the Program

The benefits of boys joining wrestling goes far beyond the simple experience of competition. In this sport there is very rarely a boy who is successful as soon as he walks onto the mat. Every participant must go though the pain of accepting that nothing will come easy without hard work. There will be no luck involved or teammate to rely on when facing an opponent one on one. Experience and concentration on the coaches' directions will be the only way to winning, much like in academics and paying attention in class. When the young man finally starts to understand these things, he begins to succeed, not just in matches but in life. He has learned the lesson that so many never grasp until it is too late: You only get what you earn and nothing comes easy.

The sport of wrestling teaches this to boys better than any other activity. Some boys will claim they do not like wrestling. A practice can seem boring when they need to actually be learning how to win instead of just playing. Others are afraid of the challenge of competing or the feeling of losing with no one else to shoulder the blame. Once again, these are all lessons that area valuable to a young man's development.

 

Wrestling and Other Sports

The greatest football player in Pewaukee History was Chris McIntosh. He was also a State Wrestling Champion and credits his wrestling background and the mindset he learned in the sport for his success in football. After achieving all-state honors at Pewaukee High School as a lineman, Chris became a member of the University of Wisconsin Badgers D1 football team. After his team won the Outback Bowl in his sophomore year, Chris gave a speech to the team. He said he came to Madison to win Rose Bowls, not Outback Bowls. In the following years, Chris was named Team Captain and led his team to two Rose Bowl victories. Along with graduating with Honors, he also set a school record for most consecutive games played. Ironically, after signing with the NFL Seattle Seahawks, a neck injury forced him to retire from football.

Matt Brown was perhaps the greatest soccer player to ever play at Pewaukee High School. He was named All-State and Conference Player of the Year in his senior season of 2000 when he led his team to the Parkland Conference Title.  Matt also credits his success to wrestling, where he gained an advantage in one on one soccer situations by learning the necessary combative mentality to come away with the ball.  As a wrestler, Matt competed often in youth wrestling tournaments and became only the second sophomore in school history to reach the State Wrestling Tournament.  In his senior season, Matt set school records in wins and pins as he finished 3rd in the state tournament after narrowly missing the State Finals in overtime. He was named Conference Player of the Year in wrestling as well and set another school record with 4 consecutive Conference Titles.

Unlike most sports, there is no size advantage. Small boys compete against small boys and large boys compete against large boys. Athletic ability can be an advantage, but will always be surpassed by those who focus on technique and hard work.

The Youth Program has grown by over 200% in the last 3 seasons with members ranging from first grade to eighth. Just as important has been our overwhelming attendance at area youth tournaments. With up to 25 wrestlers competing at these events, Pewaukee families are ensuring that their community will continue to build its reputation as a wrestling powerhouse. In the last three seasons, the Pewaukee High School wrestling team managed to win 3 straight Conference Titles and 2 Regional Titles despite having only 2 wrestlers who competed in previous youth tournaments. With such an increase in youth participation, Pewaukee may eventually reach its goal of competing with some of the top teams in the state.

Throughout Wisconsin, wrestling is typically dominated by rural communities where boys learn a strong work ethic and develop a toughness not often seen in more financially advantaged suburbs. While Pewaukee continues to grow economically from its modest beginnings years ago, it is out to prove that it still does possess the kind of boys that have the desire and tough mentality to earn the greatest of rewards on the mat and in life.

 

QUOTES FROM CHRIS MCINTOSH:

"I wrestled from middle school through high school, but it did not come easily to me at first. Yet the lessons I learned through losses and my growing desire to improve helped me overcome obstacles throughout the rest of my life."

"Dealing with the one-on-one competition as I stood on the mat facing my opponent all by myself was something that gave me the courage and perseverance to attack opposing linemen in college. Wrestling also gave me the balance and quickness no other sport could and instilled in me a work ethic few non-wrestlers could match. While many of those athletes took the winter off, away from competition, I enhanced my drive and determination with three months of battling."