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- February 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm #9770AnonymousInactive
I recently read a parents Facebook post about their son winning a GISA state championship. Is anyone familiar with what this is and considering we already have 7 classifications is a GISA state title meaningful?February 4, 2018 at 6:35 pm #9772AnonymousInactive
GISA consists of about 20 private schools. In my opinion it’s not that much different than the rest of GA wrestling other than lower numbers. 10-20% of the kids are decent wrestlers and then you have all the rest. You can call it GA’s eighth or eleventh classification or whatever we’re up to now?
For the love of wrestling and all things holy can somebody PLEASE schedule an AAU GA state championship in late February or early March and allow 8-12th graders from any type of school to attend (Homeschool, GISA, 10A whatever)?? Where do I send a check or go to help out with this???? I feel very confident if done consistently over 3-5 years it would grow into a great tournament and become the real state championship. We have some great wrestlers in GA that have to go to a Sunday training center practice to ever face each other across an entire 4 years of high school. And PLEASE don’t say that Freestyle Greco thing in late May is already an all class state championship. It’s not and never will be.February 4, 2018 at 7:20 pm #9773AnonymousInactive
Is this a serious question? Hell no it’s not a big deal. Collins Hill King of the Hill JV tournament is tougher. In fact, I believe the single A sectional qualifier is tougherFebruary 4, 2018 at 8:08 pm #9774AnonymousInactive
Yeah, overall GISA is less competitive than GHSA “A,” but that is partially because GHSA has more “A” teams than GISA does. GISA wrestling has been dominated by Bulloch Academy (Statesboro?) the past couple years. Bulloch Academy is the only GISA team that is appreciably better than the local public school. Bulloch Academy would be very competitive in the GHSA A-AAA level, but they probably wouldn’t be particularly close to beating Commerce, Social Circle etc.
GISA as a whole is mostly south and middle Georgia private schools. A lot of them are the type of private schools that sprouted up during integration (not that that is necessarily their raison d’etre today). Basically the reason GISA still exists is because they don’t want to have to compete against the local public schools or the better funded Atlanta private schools.February 4, 2018 at 8:10 pm #9775AnonymousInactive
Well, its like this. To THAT parent it meant the world !
Unless you are from Ohio or Penn the comparisons are never ending. We hear and see it all the time……if your a GA champ, you are doggy poop compared to NY…..if your a Class A champ your nothing compared to Class AAA which are decaying lepers compared to mighty 7A which ALL SUCK compared to Ohio.
These kids can only wrestle where there at in most cases. A pat on the back for a accomplishment is still a good thing !February 4, 2018 at 8:27 pm #9777AnonymousInactive
You hear that GA champions are doggy poop compared to champs from NY, OH and PA from practically every GA wrestling fan on this forum…just saying.
…and not to nitpick too much, but the GISA kids could all wrestle in GHSA if they chose to attend the public school “where they’re at,” so to speak.February 4, 2018 at 8:56 pm #9780AnonymousInactive
In April, we will host the exact event you are talking about. We’d love for you to come! 8 mats. TrackWrestling with paperless, MatSide bout entry (we’ve figured this thing out over the past 3 weekends). Teams from Florida will be here as well as Camden and Richmond Hill. The competition will be more than worth the drive and our facilities are very nice. Check out last year’s 145 and 152 brackets if you want to see what this event can look like. We’ve made a ton of improvements and are excited to offer a much improved experience. Last year, we had a couple of state champs lose to kids that didn’t even go to state last year (Camden’s backup beat one of our state Champs and Eller from Evans in the same bracket). http://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/opentournaments/VerifyPassword.jsp?tournamentId=2837076February 5, 2018 at 5:37 pm #9799AnonymousInactive
GISA is comparable to GHSA Class A? Now that’s a joke! Most of Area 2 in Class A came over from GISA and they dominated GISA with numerous state champs and team titles, and only 14 kids from Area 2 even qualified for state after sectionals this year. Last year a GISA state champ transferred to strongrock I think and didn’t even qualify for state last year. This he he only placed 3rd or 4th in sectionals this year.
Yes, its a meaningful to the kid, parents, and coach because they put in the time and toed the line and wrestled, but its nowhere near comparable to any of the GHSA classifications. Also, GHSA allows GISA schools to wrestle each other and I haven’t seen it any GISA at Buford or any other big event this year.February 5, 2018 at 5:44 pm #9802AnonymousInactive
GISA = GHSA is like saying NFL = CFLFebruary 6, 2018 at 1:46 am #9811AnonymousInactive
Well Gohard….. you got a very valid point. There are MANY great tourneys those schools can jump into…..most tourneys will work with the $$$$ if you are only bringing 3-4 of ” your studs “.
Go find the competition and the respect will followFebruary 19, 2018 at 2:05 am #10103AnonymousInactive
I was one of the parents that posted about her son (8th grader at Mill Springs Academy) winning GISA. We chose to attend a GISA school for medical and academic reasons, and we just happen to live close to it. Now, for me (I can’t speak for other GISA participants), I don’t mind my son competing with any 138/145 from the other 7 classifications. As a matter of fact, he beat the 2nd place 7A (kiddo lost 2-1 in the finals) wrestler from Rockdale (who also beat Tennety from NF). Now, I in no way know (like all of you) if my son can win an all classification (including GISA), nor do I care. However, I do think my son can compete on the 1A – 7A level. So, hopefully, if there is ever an all classification state tournament, GISA can and will be included. As a matter of fact, I will even volunteer to help set it up and run it. Maybe we could do it as a fundraiser for sick wrestlers OR underpriviledged wrestlers. Just a thought.February 26, 2018 at 1:55 pm #10157AnonymousInactive
I was told that if a kid competes in a varsity GHSA event, they are not permitted to compete at BK States. However, that is not the case with GEISHA. Can anyone tell me if this is true, or how exactly the rules are written? Thanks.March 1, 2018 at 10:03 pm #10207AnonymousInactive
PJ Manella – GEISHA – LOL. Too funny. BK state is basedon USA rules (8th grade/14U). See you there! My kiddo did GEISHA – Oops GISA and will be doing 14U 150lb USA wrestling on Saturday. It is legal and legit!. #canthelpwhatschoolhegoestoMarch 2, 2018 at 11:56 am #10208AnonymousInactive
I’m not sure exactly how the rule is worded, but I do know at one time there was a rule that even if the wrestler met the age requirement he (at that time) could not wrestle in BKS if he was a starting member of his schools varsity wrestling team (heck, it may have even just been a member).
However, I think this may have been worded as a 9TH grader who still met the age requirements was ineligible because he had HS opportunities.
If I am reading correctly, tinalillard’s son may be in 8th grade and the rule (depending on how it is written) may not apply. If he were at a GHSA school, he would not be eligible for GHSA state because he is an 8th grader.
Coincidentally, I think we need to allow 8th graders with the ability to wrestle on varsity as some other states do.
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