Two Free Clinics

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That’s right. AWO has done it again. We are offering two free clinics run by 7x World Champion and legendary Brandon HS coach Russ Cozart and Olympic Gold Medalist Kendall Cross. We have created a new paradigm for funding clinics. Our goal is to create the most affordable opportunities for the most wrestlers possible. No wrestlers will have to pay to attend these clinics! Instead,your club makes a $50 donation (click here) to help cover some of the cost and every single member of that club attends both clinics for FREE!  For both events, you will need to show a valid AAU Membership Card with your club’s name on it for entry and insurance purposes. AAU cards will be available at the door.


October 23-24, 2015

In case you’re not familiar with Coach Russ Cozart and his impressive credentials, he is the legendary coach of Brandon High School in Brandon, Florida.  His team was featured in the ESPN Documentary “The Streak” which documented the Brandon Eagles record setting duals match win streak of 451-0 over 34 years.  He has coached many National Champions, countless All-Americans, and even an Olympian.

Coach Cozart is also personally an 11x National Champion and 7x World Veterans Champion (3x Runner-Up).

He is arguably the best high school coach of all time.

Trivia Question: Where did Coach Cozart wrestle in college?

What a great way to kick off the season.  This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

Hayden Middle School
310 2nd Ave
Hayden, AL 35079

  • Friday Oct 23rd – High School High Intensity Camp
    Session I: 6pm-8pm
  • Saturday Oct 24th – Technique Camps (all ages welcome)
    Session I: 8am-1pm
    For the most updated information please visit our Events Page.

Trivia Answer:  Russ Cozart wrestled collegiately for Alabama!

Kendall Cross
Olympic Champion Clinic

AWO Kickoff Clinic and Tournament
November 7, 2015

This is Kendall Cross’s 1996 Olympic Gold Medal.

You know you want one.  He earned one.  Come find out from Kendall Cross himself how to get one of your own.

Kendall Cross is coming to kick off our season by hosting a pre-season youth clinic on Saturday November 7 from 9am-12pm. The clinic will be followed at 1pm by an AWO pre-season youth tournament hosted by Vicious Wrestling Academy.

Vicious Wrestling Academy
2244 North Road
Gardendale, AL 35071

  • 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist 57kg
  • 1989 NCAA Div I National Champion, OSU
  • 3x NCAA All-American
  • Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, inducted 2002
  • 3x US National Champion
  • Outstanding Freestyle Wrestler at the U. S. Nationals, 1992 and 1995
  • 1997 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year
  • Espoir National and Espoir World Cup Champion, 1988
  • Bronze medal at Junior World Championships, 1986
  • World Cup Champion, 1997
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AWO Fall Membership Meeting

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AWO Fall Membership Meeting
September 13, 2015 @ 2pm

We’ve done a lot of work already during the offseason to get ready for the upcoming season.  We’d like to invite all Alabama clubs to meet with us to discuss our plans. If you are new to AWO or considering participating in our events this year, we’d like to invite you to get to know us.

Sunday September 13th at 2pm
Day Star International Church
5535 Shady Grove Rd
Mt Olive, AL 35117

We’re looking forward to seeing you and having a fantastic season.

Ken Clark
Director of AWO

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2015-2016 AWO Folkstyle Schedule

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2015-2016 Folkstyle Schedule

It’s almost here!!!


We just can’t stop thinking about wrestling and we can’t wait for the season to start! We worked hard all summer to bring you the best youth season of wrestling yet.

We have some great events planned to kick off the season such as the Russ Cozart Super 32 Prep Clinic on 10/24 and the Kendall Cross Clinic on 11/7.

You will get incredible training from these two clinicians.  Coach Cozart is arguably the best high school coach ever with 459 straight dual meet victories spanning over 34 years!  Kendall Cross is a 1996 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST!

We will soon be sending out information about how to qualify this season for our in-season and post-season elite AWO National Teams to take on the best kids in the country. We will be taking our Youth National Team to the Smokey Mountain Tournament and Duals on 12/19.  Our Youth Championship will be held on February 6, but if you think that’s the end of it, you would be sorely mistaken.  After that we will be taking our most talented kids on our National Teams to the Elementary School Duals in TN, the Middle School Duals in Iowa, the High School National Championships in Virginia Beach, and the Disney High School Duals in Orlando.  We expect to add other AWO National Team events as well. You will definitely want to be on these teams.

Here is the upcoming season schedule so you can plan accordingly.

Alabama Wrestling Organization
2015-2016 Tournament Schedule
Date Club/ Tournament Location
October 24th AWO-AAU Russ Cozart Clinic Hayden Middle School
November 7th AWO-AAU; Kendall Cross Clinic Vicious Wrestling Club
November 14th Alabama Duals Thompson
November 21st Oak Grove Wrestling Club Oak Grove
December 5th Warrior Wrestling Club Thompson
December 12th James Clemens Youth WC James Clemens HS
December 19th Smokey Mtn. Tournament & Duals Pigeon Forge, TN
Chelsea Youth Wrestling Club Chelsea
January 2nd Clay Wrestling Club Clay
January 9th Music City Brawl Tennessee
Southside Scuffle Southside High School
January 16th West Alabama Wrestling Club Alabama Christian Academy
January 23rd Madison County Youth WC Madison County
January 30th Hayden Wrestling Club Hayden HS
February 6th AWO-AAU Youth State Championship Vestavia HS
Alabama Wrestling Chicks
Girls Championship
Vestavia HS
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Jordan Leen All-American Camp

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Jordan Leen
All-American Camp

June 14-16, 2015

Jordan Leen

Jordan Leen is a 2009 graduate of Cornell University, where he was a three time All-American and a National Champion in 2008 at 157 lbs. Leen was also a four time state champion at Baylor High School in Tennessee, where he holds the record for being the state’s all time winningest wrestler with 214 victories. Jordan is  currently an assistant coach for the University of Virginia.

Prattville High School Wrestling Building
1315 Upper Kingston Road
Prattville, AL 36067

June 14
Registration: 5 -6  pm,
Night session: 6- 8  pm;
June 15 – 16 
9- 11  am  & 1 – 3  pm

What to Bring:
Wrestling shoes, shorts, and t shirts. Extra shorts and shirts are recommended.

$90 if you register and pay by June 1st .
$100 after June 1st .

Overnight Accommodations:
Overnight accommodations can be provided if  needed.  Please make all checks payable to: Prattville Takedown Club.

You may contact  Jordan Countryman for any questions at,  (334) 391-3900


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AWO 2015 NHSCA All-Americans

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AWO 2015 NHSCA All-Americans!
Congratulations to you all!

Alabama Seniors placed 14th as a team.
Caden McWhirter 3rd Sr
Kade Kitchens 5th Sr

Alabama Juniors placed 17th as a team
Hayden Hill 7th Jr
Daniel Bland 7th Jr
Kahleel Johnson 6th Jr

Alabama Freshmen placed 18th as a team.
Bowman Hill 7th Fr

Sam Latona 3rd MS
Gabe Hixenbaugh 3rd MS
Dylan LeSueur 7th MS
Jack Jones 7th MS
Nathan Dunnaway 8th MS
Max Kaufman 7th MS

The future is bright for AWO and Alabama wrestling. Great job by National Team coaches Shad Rissler and Christian Staylor.

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Letter From The Director

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Letter From The Director

March 30, 2015

Can you believe that only six months has transpired since the inception of the Alabama Wrestling Organization? I know that it’s amazed me. The strength of competition, excellence in tournament facilitation, and depth of leadership and professionalism combined to provide the experience of a seasoned organization with decades of successful collaboration.

Although it would be impossible to list everyone’s contributions toward our success, as founding director of AWO, I am privileged to have the opportunity to extend deep appreciation toward three distinct groups who made this inaugural AAU wrestling season such a huge success and to encourage you with a look toward what is certainly a bright future in AAU-AWO.

First and foremost, I want to thank our AWO clubs, coaches, and parents who allowed us the privilege of walking alongside you this year in your endeavors to build great wrestlers and better young men. Your participation and commitment made this a banner year of incredible success.

Secondly, I want to highlight, with gratitude, what is obvious to all – the creativity, innovation, generosity, and servant-leadership exhibited by our AWO Directors. They have been tireless in their enthusiasm and work ethic over the past several months. It is a true pleasure to work beside them.

Thirdly, much appreciation needs to be directed to Mr. Darrel Lauderdale and the AAU leadership who provide oversight and direction over the AAU Southeast District comprised by the states of Alabama and Tennessee. We simply could not have made this season happen without the direction, sacrifice, support, and commitment that we received from all involved.

OUR VISION AT AWO is walk alongside parents and coaches of young wrestlers in an effort to equip and empower you, your athletes, and your clubs in growing in the great sport of wrestling.

To accomplish this vision, our initial focus is directed toward developing Kindergarten through 8th Grade age wrestlers.

All we do is designed to re-invest in our youth and the clubs that comprise AAU-AWO:

  1. tournament schedule
  2. camps & clinics
  3. travel teams
  4. regional & national competitions
  5. joint efforts with AAU-TN

In this way, we are always building on our strength from a position of strength.

Your comments, input, and ideas for improvements are coveted and anticipated. Visit the AWO Website often, as there are a lot of exciting events scheduled for the offseason and on into the fall.

Again, thank you for the honor of being connected to such a wonderful group of people and the fantastic new organization that is AAU-AWO.


Ken Clark
Director of AWO

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Match Nights

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Match Nights

Spring 2015

AWO is pleased to present weeknight Match Nights to be held at various locations this Spring. Our first Match Night will be next Thursday March 12 at Vestavia Wrestling Club.

All it costs is $5 and requires you to bring an AAU Membership Card which is only $14 per year.  All ages welcome.  Payment will be accepted at the door. If you are a club interested in hosting a Match Night, please email Don Korn or call at 205-532-0722.

Although not required, you can sign-up in advance at the event page to help make Match Night run more efficiently.  We will create matchups based on age, weight, and skill level and kids and coaches can also make their own matches at the event time permitting.  You will be able to choose your wrestling style at the time of the match: Folkstyle, Freestyle, or Greco.

To view the most updated schedule and venue information, go to the AWO Events Page.

Currently scheduled Match Nights with more on the way:

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AWO Spring Schedule

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AWO Logo SimpleSpring Schedule

Competitions and Clinics



AAU 2015 Spring Nationals

Kingsport, TN

Tot thru Middle School

Friday, March 13 – Saturday, March 14

AAU Spring Nationals Information

Contact Todd Wheeler

26th NHSCA National Wrestling Championships (MS, Fr, So, Jr, Sr)*

Virginia Beach, VA

MS thru HS

Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29

NHSCA Nationals Information

Contact Shad Rissler or Christian Staylor

* See Prep Camp Info Below

AAU Middle School National Duals

Des Moines, Iowa

Middle School

Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5*

AWO Event info: AWO Middle School National Duals Team

AAU website: AAU Middle School National Duals Information

To be on the team, contact Shad Rissler or Jason LeSueur ASAP

*Depart on Thursday, April 2; return on Monday, April 6

AAU Elementary School Duals

Kingsport, TN

K – 5th Grade

Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 12

AWO Event Info: AWO Elementary School Duals Team

AAU website: AAU Elementary School Duals Information

To be on the team, contact Todd Wheeler ASAP



NHSCA Nationals High Intensity Prep Camp
Warrior Wrestling Complex, Alabaster, AL
Middle School and High School Wrestlers
Friday, March 6-8
High Intensity Prep Camp Flyer
Contact Shad Rissler or JA Jones

Arturo Holmes Intensive Training Camp

Homewood High School, Homewood, AL

June 1 – 5, 9am – 5pm

For more information:



AWO Match Night

Weeknight match nights to be scheduled at various locations typically to be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings.

Host Clubs: Warrior Wrestling Club, Vestavia Wrestling Club, Homewood & Vicious Wrestling Academy

Interested in hosting, contact Don Korn at

$5.00 per wrestler, AAU card required.

Check calendar/events at for upcoming dates and locations.

*Please regularly check the EVENTS page at for the most updated information for all events.

Contact Information

Shad Rissler

AWO National Teams Director


Christian Staylor

AWO National Teams Director


Todd Wheeler

AWO Youth Director


Jason LeSueur

AWO Membership Director


JA Jones

AWO Coaching Staff


Don Korn    

AWO Match Night Coordinator


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NHSCA Nationals High Intensity Prep Camp

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$75 (Includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday)*
Lodging supplied @ facility (bring sleeping bag or air mattress)
All ages are welcome (Middle School – High School)
Bring towels and shower supplies
Arrive on Friday afternoon (anytime after 4:00)
*Only $25 (food cost) for club members


SESSION II 7:00 ‐ 8:00 AM (Cardio Workout) SESSION III 9:00 AM ‐ 11:00 AM
SESSION IV 1:00 ‐ 3:00 PM
SESSION VI 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM
* There will be live wrestling (situational) in every session


Head Clinician-Shad Rissler
Natl. HS All-American
Collegiate All-American
University All-American Greco Roman
Cody Davis
4X HS Qualifier in Tennessee
Tennessee State Champ
2X NHSCA All-American
Bryce Killian
2X HS Placer in Pennsylvania
Super 32 All-American (6th)
141 pound starter for King
J.A. Jones
2X HS Champ in Alabama
Fargo Runner-up
Reed Jacks
reed jacks
5X HS Qualifier in Alabama
4X State Placer in Alabama
Jesse Masters
3X HS Qualifier in Alabama
Alabama State Champ
184 pound starter for King
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