Mountain Lakes High School Wrestling FAQ's




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Q. We are new to the Mountain Lakes High School Wrestling program and would like to know the best way to keep up to date on information such as practice schedules and upcoming matches?


A: First, we would like to welcome all the new families to the program this season. Our primary method of disseminating information during the season will be through this website and from the coaches during practices. During the wrestling season, please check this website daily to stay up to date for the latest information.





Q: When and where are practices?


A: From the Monday after Thanksgiving (Novermber 26th, 2012) through March, wrestling will consume the greatest amount of their time. Throughout the season, the wrestlers attendance at practices and team competitions is mandatory. This includes all school vacations. Practices being immediatley after school (unless otherwise noted) in the auxiliary gym. As a member of the Mountain Lakes Wrestling program, the wrestler can expect to either practice or compete every saturday for the entire season. Please check this website daily to stay current as to all practice dates and times, as well as changes to the practice schedule.


Q: Do all wrestlers practice together?


A: Yes


Q: Can parents stay in the gym and watch practice?


A: No. Our experience suggests that parents may be a significant distraction and may also be a risk in regards to insurance coverage.

Q: What should be brought to practice?


A: All wrestlers will need a headgear, wrestling shoes and comfortable clothes to workout in. Do not bring chewing gum, jewelry, or loose fitting clothes. Please note that our policy is that each wrestler will wear headgear during practice and in competition. Please do not permit your child to wear their wrestling shoes outside as they will bring dirt, snow, etc. onto the mats.


Q: Why is it so important that the wrestler/parent notify the Mountain Lakes coaches that our child may miss practice or a match.


A: Please understand that it takes hours to strategize for matches. If a wrestler is scheduled for a match and fails to show up for the match, another wrestler will need to take the place of that wrestler. However, we want to make certain that all of the wrestlers are not only physically prepared, but mentally prepared for each and every match / tournament. This is why if the wrestler is not going to attend a practice or match you must notify the coaching staff as soon as possible by using the “COACHES ALERT” Tab on this website.


Part of maturation deals with being able to communicate. Wrestlers and coaches are expected to communicate if specific situations arise before they become a problem. Loyalty is very important to a successful wrestling program. If anyone is frustrated, dissatisfied, or confused about something in our program, they can find a solution within the wrestling family, not outside of it. We cannot accept an individual who chooses to express his disloyalty outside of our program. They can also communicate through their captains, team leaders, and assistant coaches. But remember there is a time and place for this communication.


General Guidelines

  • Attend all practices.
  • The mats will be washed & setup, and wrestlers should be weighted in and  prepared to start practice.
  • Practice sessions will be approximately 2 - 2½ hours.
  • Make sure to be a ½ an hour early before any practice.
  • Head gear should be worn for entire practices.
  • Never leave practice or competition area without permission.
  • Remember to weigh in and out while a coach records your weight.
  • You may not participate in practice or matches if you are on a medical excuse.





Q: Will a wrestler always get a match?


A: We can’t guarantee that a wrestler will get a wrestling match. There may be times that no opponent is available.


Q: How does a wrestler earn a varsity letter?


A: Recognition will be given to all wrestlers at all levels (jv & varsity) if they complete the obligations of a full season. Varsity letters will be given at the coaches discretion. 




Q: What determines if a wrestler is JV or Varisty?


A: As in other sports the decisions as to which an athlete will represent the school in any given contest is up to the discretion of the coach. Wrestle-off matches will take place on a scheduled date. All wrestlers will have the opportunity to exhibit how they compare to other wrestlers on the team. All wrestle offs will be held in the wrestling room before practice. Wrestle offs are not binding, however are an excellent opportunity for wrestlers to display their ability. In addition, adherence to team rules and match strategy are factors that will be used by the coaching staff to determine which wrestler represents the school. the coaching staff will make the final decision if a wrestle-off or challenge match is necessary. The coaching staff will also reserve the right to adjust the line-up accordingly. It must be remembered that wrestling is also a TEAM sport.





Q: Is there a New Jersey State Tournament?


A: Yes, the tournament is the highlight of the year for the sport of wrestling. The travel begins with the District competition in February in each of the 14 weight classes (106 , 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285) and is open to all New Jersey high schools who are members of the NJSIAA. The competition heightens with the final regional competition at the end of February. The season culminates with the NJ State Championship in Atlantic Citiy where the top 16 wrestlers in each weight class compete for the Championship Title. A wrestler must place in the top three (3) at the District Tournament and the Regional Tournament to qualify for the NJ State Wrestling Tournament.





Q: What are the rules of Collegiate (a/k/a Folkstyle) wrestling?


A: We can can provide you with a brief overview of the wrestling rules. Generally, the object of the sport of wrestling is to put your opponent on his back, in other words to pin your opponent. A pin (or fall) is when you put your opponent on their back with any part of both shoulders or both shoulder blades of your opponent in contact with the mat for two seconds. When you pin your opponent, the match is over and you are the winner. If nobody gets pinned, the winner is the wrestler who has scored the most points during the match.


Q: How are points scored in Collegiate/Folkstyle wrestling?


A: Points are scored in the following ways:


  • Takedown - (2points). You score two points taking your opponent down to the mat and controlling them
  • Escape - (1 Point) You score one point for getting to the neurtal position after being down on the mat
  • Reversal - (2 points) You score two points when start down and reverse positions and end up on top, with control.
  • Near Fall (Back Points) - (2 or 3 points). You get near fall points when you almost but not quite get your opponent pinned. A near fall (near pin) is when both shoulders are held for two seconds within four inches of the mat, or one shoulder touches the mat and the other shoulder is at a 45 degree angle coming down to the mat, or the wrestler is held in a high bridge or back on both elbows. If a near fall lasts for two seconds, you get 2 points. If a near fall lasts for 5 seconds, you get 3 points;
  • Penalty Points - (1 or 2 points). Your opponent is awarded points if you commit the following infractions:
  • llegal Holds - There are several holds that the referee will penalize you for without warning. (There are other holds called "potentially dangerous holds" which the referee might make you let go of but will not penalize you for).



Technical Violations


  • Going off the mat or forcing your opponent off the mat to avoid wrestling ("fleeing the mat").
  • Grabbing clothing, the mat, or the headgear.
  • Locked or overlapped hands: If you are down on the mat in control of your opponent, you cannot lock or overlap your hands, fingers or arms around your opponent's body or both legs unless you have met criteria for a near pin of your opponent, or your opponent stands up and has all their weight on two feet, or you have lifted the opponent off the mat.
  • Leaving the mat during the match without the referee's permission.
  • Figure 4 head scissors.
  • Reporting to the mat not properly equipped or not ready to wrestle, or equipment that is detected as being illegal after the match has started.
  • Unnecessary roughness.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Flagrant Misconduct (ejection, the match is over).
  • Stalling (you get one warning before you are penalized and points are awarded). Incorrect starting position or false start (You get two cautions before points are awarded)
  • The first and second time you are penalized, your opponent is awarded one point. The third time you are penalized, your opponent is awarded two points. The fourth time you are penalized, you are disqualified. (Except for illegal starting position or false start - you are cautioned twice, then one point awarded for each infraction, but you will not be disqualified. In the event of Flagrant Misconduct, you are ejected from the match on the first offense, you lose the match, and 3 team points are deducted).





Q: What should the coaching expect from each wrestler?


A: A wrestler in this program needs to understand that school and academic concerns come first and he/she is in school to work for an education; not only to wrestle. They follow the rules and schedules established by the school and coaches. They practice self-discipline, has a deep commitment to making themself the best person possible and is a role model for his team and his school. Also, he/she must respect their school, parents, teachers, coaches, teammates and themselves.


Q: What can the parents and wrestlers expect from the coaching staff?


A: A coach in this wrestling program will be honest and loyal to all wrestlers. We will make all decisions based on what is best for the team first, and then the individual. Each is an educator that truly believes in the value of education. We will provide the leadership and training necessary to achieve the goals of both the team and individual. We will work all wrestlers hard to meet their potential and assists all wrestlers in anyway possible to become contributing members of society. Most importantly, each coach will be a role model for the team.


Q: Do the coaches formally meet the wrestling parents?


A: Yes. At the start of each wrestling season the coaching staff schedules a short meeting with the parents to provide them more detailed information about the Mountain Lakes High School Wrestling Program. The meeting is generally scheduled at one of the parents home. The meeting is usually scheduled during the first week of November, but we again encourage you to check our website under to stay up to date on all important information.


Q: I have seen some very exciting yout sporting events, however I have witnessed many parents lose control of their emotions. What is the protocol?

A: Wrestling is probably the most nerve-wracking sport to watch, when it is your flesh and blood on the mat with an opponent that always looks bigger and stronger. There is a natural impulse for parents to try to control things to ensure that nothing bad happens to their child. Unfortunately, we cannot control competition and sometimes our emotions can get the best of us and we react in ways that would be unimaginable in calmer times. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Remember that the wrestling mat is like your child's classroom -- respect the classroom.
  • Make only positive, encouraging comments to the wrestlers on BOTH teams.
  • Discuss your concerns away from the wrestlers and, in particular, away from your child.
  • Respect the officials.
  • Focus on fun and participation rather than winning and losing.
  • Control your emotions.
  • Learn the rules of wrestling.
  • Reinforce the coach's instructions when practicing with your child at home.
  • Remember, positive reinforcement is the key to improvement (don’t undermine team morale).
  • Please understand that child abuse, abusive language, disorderly conduct, or any other improper behavior will NOT be tolerated and will be dealt with accordingly.


Q: I would like to help the Mountain Lakes High School Wrestling Program, but I do not know what to do?


A: Volunteer! We always need a lot of help for our home matches and dual meets with concession sales. We need volunteers for our committees along with our annual holiday tournament that we host during the holiday break (usually sometime after Christmas, but before New Years Eve).





Q: My child really enjoys wrestling, is there any opportunity to supplement his wrestling training to take them to the next level?


A: Yes, there are many wrestling clubs, camps and wrestling tournaments throughout the area that you can attend. Please go to the “Links” Tab of this website to find more information.


Q: Is there an end of the season banquet?


A: Yes. The Monday after the state tournament,  we have an awards banquet at which trophies and awards are presented.




**** If there are any additional questions that you would like answered, please email the coaches and we will provide you with an answer as soon as possible ****