The Melee Begins

June 22, 2024

Due to heavy demand, we are capping registration at 500 wrestlers, so please don’t wait to register!

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About The Tournament

Melee 'til Midnight Champion's Singlet

Hosted by the Eric Monday Foundation
that is focused on the wrestling community and to
#TAKEDOWNTHESTIGMA
of mental health challenges

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Last Chance Weigh-ins

4:30pm – 5:00pm
Eric Monday Foundation Coaches Clinic – Wrestlers and Mental Health

5:00pm – 5:45pm
Wrestling Clinic & Warm-ups

5:55pm – 6:10pm
Welcome Announcements; Present Colors; & National Anthem

6:10pm
Wrestling Begins!

Age & Weight Classes

BANTAM – 8U

Age: Born 2016-2017

Weight Classes: Pooled weight classes (Madison system)

Time periods: All Matches – 1-1-1

MIDGET – 10U

Age: Born 2014-2015

Weight Classes: Pooled weight classes (Madison system)

Time periods: All Matches – 1-1-1

JUNIOR – 12U

Age: Born 2012-2013

Weight Classes: 63, 70, 78, 86, 96, 108, 120, 140, 166 lbs. or Pooled weight classes if necessary (Madison system)

Time periods – Championship: 1:00 – 1:30 – 1:30

Time periods – Consolation: 1:00 – 1:00 – 1:00

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Age: Born 2009-2011 (plus enrolled in grades 6-8)

Weight Classes: 77, 85, 93, 100, 106, 112, 119, 127, 136, 149, 165, 187, 250 lbs.

Time periods – Championship: 1:30- 1:30 – 1:30

Time periods – Consolation: 1:00 – 1:30 – 1:30

HIGH SCHOOL

Enrolled in grades 9 -12, born after 6/1/2005

Time Periods – Championship: 2:00 – 1:30 – 1:30

Time Periods – Consolation: 1:30 – 1:30 – 1:30

Weight Classes: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 144, 150, 157, 165, 175, 190, 215, 285

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS

Enrolled in grades 9 -12, born after 6/1/2005

Time Periods – Championship: 2:00 – 1:30 – 1:30

Time Periods – Consolation: 1:30 – 1:30 – 1:30

Weight Classes:   100, 106, 112, 118, 127, 136, 146, 156, 170, 185, 225 or Pooled weight classes if necessary (Madison system)

OPEN DIVISION

Wrestlers 19 yrs. and older; born on or before 6/1/2005

Weight Classes: Pooled weight classes (Madison system)

Time Periods – Championship: 2:00 – 1:30 – 1:30

Time Periods – Consolation: 1:30 – 1:30 – 1:30

* WEIGHT CLASSES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE *

$5.00

$4.00

$15.00

Coaches with a valid USA Wrestling Card will be allowed to enter free of charge.
If you do not have a USA Wrestling Card, you will be charged $5.

Hampton Inn
Fairfax City

10860 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA, 22030
(703) 385-2600

Event Map

Questions?

Please email Tournament Director Phil Croninphil@croninsouth.com or Info@ericmondayfoundation.org

The Rules

Buy Online USA Wrestling Membership
www.usawmembership.com

• Shorts and t-shirt or singlet AND wrestling shoes are required •
Head Gear recommended but optional

Registration

Deadline for Registration is June 21, 2024 at Midnight

Due to heavy demand, we are capping registration at 500 wrestlers, so please don’t wait to register!

Satellite Weigh-Ins

More satellite locations will be added soon

Maryland

The Den

5005 Bayside Rd.
Chesapeake Beach, MD

Coach Sean Flynn
240-878-8330
tex160@aol.com  

Time: Friday 6:30 – 8 pm

Blue Shell Wrestling Club 

Leonardtown High School 
23995 Point Lookout Rd. Leonardtown, MD

Coach Dwain Ash
240-577-0259
Dwainash1975@gmail.com

Time: Friday 5 – 6pm

Virginia

GMU Field House

4501 University Dr
Fairfax, VA

5-8pm

Contact: Phil Cronin
phil@croninouth.com

703-927-5432

Herndon High School

700 Bennett St.
Herndon, VA

4-7 pm

Coach Brad Drummond
bndrummond@fcps.edu

703-309-1400

By Door 11

Ocean Lakes High School

885 Schumann Dr
Virginia Beach, VA

4-6pm

Contact: Mike Mosely
Michael.mosley@vbschools.com

757-831-1191

Right side of building by cafeteria

The Barn

1249 Poplar Rd.
Stafford, VA 22556

5-7pm

Contact: Jeremy Cannedy
jeremy.cannedy@gmail.com

540-413-4900

The building is a barn on the property. 

West Virginia

Musselman HS Wrestling Room

(behind the football field across the street from Musselman HS)

126 Excellence Way
Inwood, WV

Frank DeBerry
540-845-8550
Usmc_d_83@outlook.com

Time: Friday 5 – 7 pm 

The Foundation

The Eric Monday Foundation seeks to #TAKEDOWNTHESTIGMA of mental health by educating coaches and key influencers in the lives of young people in mental health awareness, open communication and the core attributes of commitment, mental and physical discipline, and continual improvement that is core to competition.  The Foundation is also focused on promoting and supporting the sport of wrestling for young athletes who strive to develop their mind, body, and spirit while raising up fellow participants.

Why Wrestling?

Dan Gable once said “After wrestling, everything else is easy.” So, if it’s so hard, then why should a child choose to wrestle?

For the same reasons that people of all ages and backgrounds choose to challenge themselves — to build self-confidence and to answer that one burning question:  What am I really made of?

Success demands preparation which involves sacrifice. “Wrestling shape” is an elite level of mental strength and cardio conditioning requiring months of intense preparation for minutes of match time.  Like building a muscle, all of a wrestler’s hard work, discipline and sacrifice quietly strengthens the mind. With a strong mind, comes the foundation of courage, confidence and a belief in one’s self — those critical yet elusive traits that lead to better self-image and success.

That is perhaps the greatest pay-off from wrestling: that a young person will discover what it means and how it feels to be their best self – strong, capable, disciplined, resilient and focused.  All of these life lessons and revelations which are slowly discovered on the mat and in the wrestling room last a lifetime — long after the wrestler’s final match.