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"Focus on Folkstyle"

Welcome to the "Junior Terp Concept": Maryland’s schoolboy and elementary wrestlers need to challenge themselves more. They need more competition, as a team. They need to take this experience and spread it around the various junior league and high school programs. To those ends, the Junior Terps have developed a tough, structured, program for elite and semi-elite middle school and elementary kids around the state. With our schedule, a wrestler can get all the matches they need to carry them to that next level. If a Junior Terp participates fully, getting 50-60 matches, with or without junior league participation, will be easy to get. Some events are restricted, by birth years, and some events are restricted by grades. We will adjust the team as necessary.

In our first full year during the weeks from Thanksgiving (2009) thru New Years (2010), the Junior Terps / Tiny Terps wrestled a combined 600 individual matches. Overall in the 2009/2010 season our teams wrestled about 1800 individual matches. In the 2012/2013 season, our Junior Terps completed 2,513 individual matches. Overall during our first 4 full seasons, 2009 thru 2013, our Junior Terps completed 8,545 individual matches.

Since the early to mid 1990's, the wrestling landscape has changed. Once there were mostly all post-season freestyle opportunities. Now there are now a tremendous amount of post-season folkstyle opportunities. In this economy, your money will go further wrestling folkstyle in the spring/summer. The Junior Terps want to highlight these opportunities.

Director, Ron Plienis (USA Wrestling Bronze Certified)

I would also like to take a minute to thank Haswell Franklin for his help and friendship over the last 25 years or so. We started working together, in the MSWA in the mid-1980's. Haswell helped me be Kids Director where I conceived the Mason/Dixon Quad. I took the idea to Haswell. We took it to the MJWL, and the MDQ was born in 1991. We followed that with the East Coast Junior Duals in 1994. Haswell helped me as Cadet Director, Junior Director, and MSWA Treasurer. At a Chairman's retreat in Colorado Springs, Haswell and I also convinved USA Wrestling to start a Kids National Tournament series. As far as I am concerned, Haswell Franklin is the "Dr. Pin" of Maryland wrestling.