About


About About
Established in 2015, the Cardinals Wrestling Club was formed by high school wrestling coaches to strengthen their high school team's wrestling skills in a fun environment at an affordable cost. The coaches built the club knowing that high school wrestling success comes with a strong off-season commitment, which includes training in the Olympic styles of freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling; learning new and effective techniques from great coaches; drilling intensely with tough practice partners; and gaining great competition experience.  CWC has a freestyle and Greco wrestling club charter through USA Wrestling-Ohio and are linked directly to Team Ohio, the Ohio AAU Junior Olympic Program.  All high school and middle school wrestlers are welcome to be a part of CWC.  For the last five years CWC has had great numbers with a full range of weights and skill levels; thus, there is something for everyone.  CWC is run out of the Berlin and Delaware Hayes High School wrestling rooms. Training sessions include technique instruction, drilling, and live wrestling.

In the fall of 2019, the Cardinals Wrestling Club expanded their training options to include opportunities for elite youth and middle school wrestlers.  That opportunity is the Cardinals Elite Wrestling Club, an in-season, tri-weekly training opportunity for elite 4th-8th graders.  CEWC operates in addition to area youth and middle school programs.  CEWC is run by NCAA DI All-American Mike Fickell out of the Berlin High School wrestling room.  

NOTES: TRAINING WITH CEWC IS NOT IN VIOLATION OF ANY OHSAA OR OAC RULE. 7TH AND 8TH GRADE CEWC MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO TRAIN AND COMPETE WITH THEIR JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS. CEWC TRAINING SESSIONS ARE SIMPLY DESIGNED TO GIVE EXTRA, COMPETITIVE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES TO BETTER PREPARE ITS MEMBERS FOR THE OAC STATE TOURNAMENT, WHICH TAKES PLACE AFTER THE REGULAR JH SEASON.

If you have any questions please contact Coach Rieman (740-816-8326; riemanke@delawarecityschools.net); Coach Heffernan (614-214-1071; josh_heffernan@olsd.us); or Coach Fickell (917-575-0416; mfickell@fcwealthsolutions.com)



Current Club Choices


Wrestling Club

Youth Division (Winter 2020-2021, 4th-6th grade)

4th - 6th grade. 3 days of training per week. Monday and Thursday evening practices (6:30 - 8) and Sunday evening (4:15 - 5:15). At least 1 year of experience required. Begins Monday, November 16th. Practices will be at Beatz Fitness located at 80 Clairedan Drive in Powell until we can return to Berlin High School. We plan to practice into March with completion targeted as OAC and/or NuWay States. We will reimburse full pro-rated amount if season unexpectedly cut short.

$250

Middle School Division (Winter 2020-2021, 7th & 8th grade only)

7th - 8th grade. 1 day of training per week on weekends. Sunday evening (5:30 - 7 pm). Begins Sunday November 22. We plan to practice into March with completion targeted as OAC and/or NuWay States. 16 total practices through February, potentially additional ones in March. We plan to have 2 weekday practices in addition to weekend practices over Christmas break, times TBD. Potential scrimmages with other local clubs and post MS season dual meets. Max capacity of 34. Walk in price of $10 per practice is available is space available. Practices will be at Beatz Fitness located at 80 Clairedan Drive in Powell until we can return to Berlin High School. We will reimburse full pro-rated amount if season unexpectedly cut short. Contact Coach Mike Fickell at mfickell@yahoo.com for more information.

$125

Cardinals Wrestling Club (Spring 2021, 7-12th grade)

Our spring club will feature both freestyle and Greco-Roman instruction. The $100 cost includes a club t-shirt and coaching at various events. As a team, we will attend at least 2 USAW qualifiers, The Team Ohio Junior Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Wrestle Against Autism, and the USAW Freestyle and Greco-Roman State Tournaments. Sessions will be held at Olentangy Berlin High School on Tuesdays from 6-7:30pm and Thursdays at Delaware Hayes High School from 6-7:30pm. Start Date: Late MArch TBD Last Practice: Late May TBD *IMPORTANT: We are a USA Wrestling chartered club. ALL members must purchase a USA Wrestling athlete membership (cost varies year to year- Choose athlete membership) for insurance purposes. Those may be purchased here: https://www.usawmembership.com/login

$100

CEWC Schedules & Locations


CEWC Schedules & Locations
Cardinals Elite Wrestling Club (Winter 2020-2021)
Who: Elite 4th-8th graders
What: In season extra training opportunity for MS wrestlers; training and elite competition for grade school wrestlers. 
Practices: 3x a week: Tuesday and Thursdays 6:30-8pm; Saturdays 10-11am
Season: October 26, 2020 through the OAC State Tournaments in March 2021 (with breaks TBA during the holidays).
Cost: $225 for 3x a week training; $175 for 2 days; $100 for 1 day; $75 for post-MS season training only
Where: Berlin High School

Cardinals Wrestling Club (Spring 2021)
Who: 7-12th Graders
What: A spring freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling club
Practices: 2x a week TBD
Season: Late March, through the USAW State Tournament
Cost: $100
Where: Berlin and Delaware Hayes High Schools

Cardinals Wrestling Club (Summer 2021) - coming soon!
Who: 7-12th Graders
What: A summer wrestling club
Practices: 2x a week TBD
Season: June-Early August TBD
Cost: TBD
Where: Berlin and Delaware Hayes High Schools

A Message to Cardinals Elite Wrestlers and Parents


A Message to Cardinals Elite Wrestlers and Parents


Hello Cardinals Elite Wrestlers and Parents,

It has been a long time since my last communication to our entire club. That message was the week following our club winning the Ohio Novice State Championships in March. That was such a fun weekend. That tournament was the first time we competed together as an entire team and the results were surprising to many, myself included. Building upon our first season and our surprising success, we were energized to offer more. We had plans for the spring and summer but Covid hit less than a week after our Novice State Championship. Needless to say, everything got put on hold. A lot has happed since then, and the pandemic is still with us. Youth sports have continued, albeit under different circumstances. Wrestling is no exception. Our plans for the Cardinal Wrestling Club is to have a season if we are permitted by the state and schools. I will share with you what our plans are for the upcoming season. What actually transpires is constantly evolving.

First off, I want you to know I am super excited to get to work this season. After the tremendous feedback we got from parents and kids last year, and the remarkable results at competitions, we are extremely energized to build upon it this year. I will bullet point the ideas for our 2021 season and elaborate on them below. These are ideas assuming very little restrictions from Covid. We may not be able to accomplish all these because of restrictions so they are ideas only for now. I do not know what the season will end up looking like. We will do what we can but will also follow heath and safety protocols placed upon us by the state and Olentangy school. Here are the preview of changes for the 2021 season:

  • Compete all year as a club (8-10 competition including 4 Hellickson meets)
 
  • Limit the number of members to ~30 grade school and 20 middle school kids – want to give proper attention we feel is necessary for success
 
  • Practice 3x per week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning)
 
  • Option for middle school kids to join during and post middle school season
 
  • New gear including Cardinals Wrestling singlets, shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts and team bags all available to be purchased though our team store
 

Competitions

The biggest change for the 2021 season is we plan to compete as a club for the entire season.  I originally started the club as a supplemental training club for other local programs.  During that successful test run, I realized how important it was to compete together as a team.  The energy and comradery around the group that competed at the Novice State Tournament was extremely exciting and evident.  The competition schedule is the biggest uncertainty at this stage, but our plans are for our kids to enter the Hellickson Tournaments under the Cardinals Wrestling Club.  We will plan to compete in other, more experienced level competitions in addition to the Hellickson meets, such as open tourneys and Novice, NuWay and OAC state level competitions.  We feel like Hellickson tourneys can still be a good source of competition for most our kids, but we also need to expose them to higher level of competitions if we went them to excel.

We had a tentative schedule that started with 2 tournaments in December, followed by 4 Hellickson Tourneys in January and 2-3 open and state level tournaments in January and February. This is completely up in the air right now. We do not even know if Hellickson will be having their competitions. We have also had some early dialogue with local teams about having dual meets. Dual meets may be more likely than large scale tournaments given social distancing requirements. More to come on this topic as we learn more.

Limited Membership

We would like to keep our youth members to ~30 grade school kids and 20 middle school kids.  Covid protocols may impact this goal.  Nevertheless, the goal of the program is not to make money through large paid participation but rather give focused attention to the kids who are ready and willing to commit to getting better.  Limiting the members is one way to make sure we can give proper attention to our kids.

Parents can register their kids on our website. Registration is not open yet but will be soon. I will post once it is available.

Practice Schedule

We will practice 3 days per week, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8 pm and Saturday morning from 10 – 11 am.  All our practices will be held at Berlin HS.  Practices on Tuesday and Thursday will be geared more towards instruction and technique and Saturday will be more live wrestling.  We may begin some pre-season workouts in late October.  We plan on starting the official practices in mid-November.

We will encourage our kids to be at practice 15 minutes early, prior to the start of practice, to play speedball. We will use this as our fun/game time that I think is a necessary aspect of a good program. I like doing this before practice to encourage kids to be on time and ready for practice once the official practice starts. It is also a good warm up. Speedball is played with a football in the wrestling room. We played in prior to many practices last year.

Cost

The cost of the club will be $225.  The cost of the club will not include gear or competitions outside of Hellickson Tournaments or dual meets, such as open and state tournaments.  If you plan on competing at tournaments for the Cardinals Wrestling Club, you will need to have our team singlet.  We tremendously under charged for the program last year and that created uncommitted participation.  Many of those kids eventually stopped coming.  This took coaching resources away from the kids who were more committed.  We want to avoid that this year.  Committed kids create committed coaches, a win-win situation.

Prices for middle school kids will be as follows:
  • $225 3 days per week during MS season, 3 days post MS season
  • $175 2 days per week during MS season, 3 days post MS season
  • $100 1 day per week during MS season, 3 days post MS season
  • $75 3 days per week post MS season
If we hit our capacity or if Covid restricts how many kids we can have in our wrestling room, we will give preference to the kids who are coming more frequently.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in competing for the Cardinals Wrestling Club, pass along my contact information to them and I will include them on ongoing updates.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

We are excited to get started as soon as possible. I will be sending more information out as I learn more.


Michael Fickell
mfickell@fcwealthsolutions.com
(917) 575-0416






CEWC Gear


Lastly, we will have Cardinals Wrestling team gear.  We will require all kids competing to wear a Cardinals Wrestling singlet.  We plan on putting together a group package that will include our competition singlets, shorts, t-shirts and team bag for $125.  We will have additional gear available for purchase along with additional singlets if kids want to wear different ones.  The image below is the one that will be included in our team package.  For some reason the bag is not on the site.  It was at one point.  We will get that corrected.  Here is a link for our team store https://emblemathletic.shop/collections/cardinals-wrestling-club-store-1

Contact


Coaches & Staff


Kevin Rieman

Co-Director

Co-Head Wrestling Coach Delaware Hayes High School.

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Josh Heffernan

Co-Director

Head Wrestling Coach Olentangy Berlin High School

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Luke Moore

Coach

Assistant Wrestling Coach Olentangy Berlin High School

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Josh Lamb

Coach

Co-Head Coach Delaware Hayes High School

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Mark Rieman

Coach

Head Coach Delaware Dempsey Middle School

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Mike Fickell

Coach

Head Coach, Cardinals Elite Wrestling Club

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Honor Roll


Honor Roll
*Please send edits, revisions, and additions to Coach Heff at josh_heffernan@olsd.us or text them to 614-214-1071.

David Carte (Pickerington North, '21) 2020 OHSAA District Placer,

Corey Hill (Olentangy Berlin, '20) 2020 OHSAA State Qualifier, 2019 OHSAA District Placer

Israel Foston (Olentangy Berlin, '20) 2020 OHSAA District Placer; Campbellsville University Wrestling member

Tristan Burton (Delaware Hayes, '20) 2020 OHSAA State Qualifier

Nate Robinson (Delaware Hayes, '20) 2020 OHSAA State Qualifier

Clay Ours (Delaware Hayes, '21) 2020 OHSAA State Qualifier

Tamas Eder (Delaware Hayes, '21) 2020 OHSAA District Placer

Cali Lang. (Big Walnut) 2020 OHSWCA Girls State Championships Placer (3rd at 106)

Kelcey Dew. (Delaware Hayes) 2020 OHSWCA Girls State Championships Placer (3rd at 121)

Peighton Irish-Arnett. (Reynoldsburg) 2020 OHSWCA Girls State Championships Placer (4th at 111)

C.J. Smith. (Marion Pleasant, '22) 2019 OHSAA State Qualifier (132)

Mcale Callahan. (Washington Courthouse Miami Trace, '21) 2019 OHSAA State Qualifier (138)

Micah Norwood. (Bishop Hartley, '21) 2019 OHSAA State Placer (2nd at 138)

Emmett Cain. (Delaware Hayes, '20) 2020 OHSAA State Qualifier, 2019 OHSAA State Qualifier (160); Team Ohio 2018; Team Ohio 2017

Peyton Bennett. (Logan Elm, '20) 2020 OHSAA State Qualifier, 2019 OHSAA State Qualifier (145)

Corbin May. (Delaware Hayes, '20) 2020 OHSAA State Qualifier, 2019 OHSAA State Placer (7th at 182); Team Ohio 2018

Michael Patrella. (Bishop Hartley, '20)  2020 OHSAA State Qualifier, 2019 OHSAA State Placer (7th at 113); 2018 OHSAA State Placer (7th at 106); Team Ohio 2018, Team Ohio 2017

Cole Potts. (Columbus DeSales, '20) 2020 OHSAA State Qualifier, 2019 OHSAA State Placer (4th at 285)

Mason Sutandar. (Delaware Hayes, '20).  2020 OHSAA State Qualifier, 2019 OHSAA State Qualifier (170); 2018 OHSAA State Qualifier (170); 2018 USAW Freestyle State Placer; 2018 Greco Roman State Qualifier; Team Ohio 2018; Team Ohio 2017

J.T. Brown. (Newark Catholic, '19) 2019 State Qualifier (138)

Jacob McCloskey. (Delaware Hayes, '19) 2019 OHSAA State Placer (8th at 195); 2018 Team Ohio; 2017 Team Ohio

Keegan Moran. (Bishop Hartley, 19) 2019 OHSAA State Qualifier (152); 2018 Team Ohio

Brady Pethtel. (Olentangy, '19) 2019 OHSAA State Qualifier (145); 2017 Team Ohio

Klay Reeves. (Northridge, '19) 2019 OHSAA State Placer (7th at 132); 2018 OHSAA State Placer (2nd at 126); 2017 OHSAA State Placer (8th at 113); 2016 OHSAA State Placer (8th at 106); 2018 Team Ohio; 2017 Team Ohio

Griffin Rathburn.  (Bishop Hartley, '19) 2019 OHSAA State Placer (5th at 195); 2018 OHSAA State Placer (8th at 195); Team Ohio 2018; Team Ohio 2017

Jacob Sherman. (Olentangy, '19) 2019 OHSAA State Qualifier (120); 2018 OHSAA State Placer (4th at 113); 2017 Team Ohio. Kent State University.

Max VanFossen. (Mount Vernon, '19) 2019 OHSAA State Placer (7th at 170)

Nick Varanelli. (Olentangy, '19) 2019 OHSAA State Qualifier (132); University of Indianapolis

Jacob Williams. (Teays Valley) 2019 OHSAA State Qualifier (138); 2018 Team Ohio; 2017 Team Ohio; Otterbein University

Zach Williams. (Delaware Hayes, '19) 2019 OHSAA State Qualifier (138); 2017 OHSAA State Qualifier (126); 2016 OHSAA State Qualifier (106); Team Ohio 2018; Team Ohio 2017; Team Ohio 2016; Team Ohio 2015

Jared Ball. (Hilliard Darby, '18) 2018 OHSAA State Placer (3rd at 195); 2017 OHSAA State Placer (3rd at 182); 2016 OHSAA State Placer (3rd at 160); 2017 Team Ohio (Gold); University of Tennessee Chattanooga 

Forrest Belli. (Northridge, '18) 2018 OHSAA State Placer (2nd at 160); 2018 OHSAA State Placer (5th at 152); 2017 Team Ohio

Jacob Cover. (Hilliard Darby, '18) 2018 OHSAA State Placer (4th at 285); 2017 State Qualifier (220); Kent State University.

Cole Foster. (Big Walnut, '18) 2018 OHSAA State Qualifier (138); 2017 Team Ohio

Bailey Munday. (Big Walnut, '18) 2018 OHSAA State Qualifier (132); 2017 OHSAA State Qualifier (120); 2017 Team Ohio; Wabash College

Lucas Seibert. (Westerville North, '18) 2018 OHSAA State Qualifier (120); West Virginia University

Matthew Shaw. (Columbus West, '18) 2018 OHSAA State Qualifier (220)

Dawson Shaw. (Columbus West, '18) 2018 OHSAA State Qualifier (285)

Hunter Thornsberry. (Newark, '18) 2018 OHSAA State Placer (8th at 152); 2018 Team Ohio; 2017 Team Ohio; Otterbein University

James White IV. (Olentangy, '18) 2018 OHSAA State Qualifier (138); 2017 Team Ohio; 2016 Team Ohio; 2014 Team Ohio; Adrian College

Luke Hernandez. (Tri Valley, '17) 2017 OHSAA State Qualifier (132); 2016 OHSAA State Placer (8th at 132); 2017 Team Ohio. Mount Union University (All American '18)

Max Wright. (Delaware Hayes, '17). 2017 OHSAA State Placer (3rd at 195); 2016 OHSAA State Qualifier (160);  2016 Team Ohio (Gold); 2015 Team Ohio; Rutgers University.