About

Vipers Wrestling is a community-based organization with a geographic center in Columbia. It has been a Parks & Recreation program for over two decades. The Vipers' mission is to provide the youth of Howard County with the opportunity to experience the great sport of wrestling in a fun, structured, and disciplined program. The Vipers are coached exclusively by volunteers and 394 kids participated in the 2018-2019 wrestling program. Three levels of wrestling are offered (clinic, recreation and advanced). The clinic program offers children the opportunity to experience wrestling in a non-competitive environment. The recreation program is semi-competitive. The advanced program offers the best youth wrestling training in Maryland. The program concentrates on the things we can control in the wrestling room: effort, discipline, focus, and mental & physical conditioning. It is all summarized in our name: Vipers is an acronym that stands for victory, intensity, pride, endurance, respect and success.

For more information, contact Amy Patton at 410-313-4718 or apatton@howardcountymd.gov or visit www.howardcountywrestling.com.

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Vipers – In-Season Wrestling

Howard County Vipers Wrestling

4-16 yrs / Start dates & prices below

Learn valuable skills and techniques while participating in the Vipers Wrestling Program. The Vipers Program offers an opportunity to compete at a level which best fits each child’s need. Vipers Wrestling offers 4 programming levels. More information on each level in

(1) Clinic for the beginner in a non-competitive environment, one practice perweek, no weekend commitment;

(2) Recreation for both beginners and intermediate level wrestlers in a semi-competitive environment, two per week, matches on Saturdays;

(3) Advanced Elementary (B) Team for wrestlers transitioning from Rec to Advanced for a competitive level between rec and travel, two to three practices per week, matches on Saturdays or Sundays. 

(4) Advanced Middle (A) Team for a competitive environment, three practices per week, matches on Saturdays or Sundays. 

 

County High Schools / Schools have different days & times / 6-9 PM

RP5950.601     4-8 yrs                         Clinic                                          $88      Nov 11-Feb 15

RP5950.611     6-13 yrs                       Recreational                             $168    Nov 11-Feb 15

RP5950.621     7-16 yrs                       Advanced Elementary (B)      $195    Nov 1-Mar 15

RP5950.631     7-16 yrs                       Advanced Middle (A)              $195    Nov 1-Mar 15

 

Info: Amy Patton, 410-313-4718 or apatton@howardcountymd.gov.

 

Vipers Level Head Coaches Location Practice Nights
CLINIC Chris Walczak River Hill HS Thurs 5:30-6:30pm
CLINIC Will Filbert Long Reach HS Mon 6:30-7:30pm
CLINIC Sam Storrer Howard HS Wed 5:30-6:30pm
CLINIC Ryan Gruver Glenelg HS Wed 6-7pm
       
REC Taurin Rowe  Atholton HS T & Th  6:30-8pm
REC Troy Scogland Glenelg HS  T & Th  6-7:30pm
REC Ryan Murphy Hammond HS T & Th  6-7:30pm
REC Adam Eldridge/ Len Pettiford Howard HS - LOCATION FULL M & W  6:30-8pm
REC Matt Allman  Long Reach HS T & Th  6-7:30pm
REC Rodney Baxter Marriotts Ridge HS  M & W  6:30-8pm
REC Anthony Ahumada Oakland Mills HS M & W   6-7:30pm
REC Matt Barnes / Matt Levine River Hill HS M & Th  6:30-8pm
REC Doug Young  Wilde Lake HS M & W  6-7:30pm
       
Advanced MS Kurt Tamai Glenelg HS/ Columbia Ac/ OMHS Mon /  Wed /  Fri  
Advanced MS Bobby Farace Glenelg HS/ Columbia Ac / OMHS Mon /  Wed /  Fri  
       
Advanced ES Joe Killo Hammond HS/ Hammond HS / OMHS Mon /  Wed /  Fri  
Advanced ES Jason Freiert Hammond HS/ Hammond HS / OMHS Mon /  Wed /  Fri  
       

Howard County Vipers Wrestling – In-Season Clinic League

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON EACH LEVEL OF WRESTLING BELOW

 

  • Clinic -  
    • 4 to 8 year olds
    • Beginner, non- competitive
    • Practice one night a week
    • Basic Skills, fun and games
    • 1 to 2 events and a match at the end of the year
    • Season runs from - Nov 11-Feb 6
    • Clinic practices are usually 1 hour long and are held between these times:  5:30-7:30pm
    • See above for the 2019-2020 Clinic Team list
    • Detailed explanation on each level of wrestling is below

 

CLINIC TO REC

The clinic program is designed as an introduction to the sport of wrestling.  The participants will learn very basic and fundamental moves in a non-competitive environment.  One year at a clinic level is sufficient for a wrestler when being introduced to the sport of wrestling.  Your wrestler has either already participated at the clinic level already or is at the age where it is recommended he/she move up to the recreation level where they can participate in a semi-competitive environment and gain a better knowledge of the sport of wrestling.  This is only a recommendation and we leave it to the parent to make the decision when their wresters are ready to move up to the next level. 

Howard County Vipers Wrestling – In-Season Recreational League

  • Recreational –
    • 6 to 13 year olds
    • Beginner and Intermediate, semi-competitive
    • Practice 2 nights a week
    • 8 to 10 teams – geographically
    • Feed into area high schools
    • Coaches meet once a week to determine fair match-ups
    • Season runs from - Nov 11-Feb 9
    • Meets/ tournaments are held on Saturdays
    • Rec practices are usually an hour and a half and are held between these times: 6-8:00pm
    • See above for the 2019-2020 REC Team list
    • Detailed explanation on each level of wrestling is below

HOWARD HIGH SCHOOL TEAM IS FULL - No further request accepted.

REC TO ADVANCED

This year we are adding a second advanced division to assist wrestlers and families transitioning from rec to advanced.  There will be an option to register for Advanced Middle (A) or Advanced Elementary (B).  Advanced Elementary will practice with the Advanced Middle wrestlers on Fridays throughout the season.   Advanced Elementary wrestlers will also participate in some tournaments geared towards similarly-situated wrestlers in both experience and skill, rather than the higher-level travel tournaments that the Advanced Middle wrestlers will participate in.   Advanced events tend to be more on Sunday, although there will be some on Saturday.  The dual meets tend to be a half day commitment and the tournaments vary between a half day to a full day commitment.  Travel distances to most events other than those at Gary J. Arthur average between 45 minutes and an hour.  For the Advanced Elementary kids (a new breakdown we are attempting this season), there may be more Saturday events instead of Sundays, because the coaches will be looking for appropriate tournaments for the Elementary kids to participate in. 

 

We would like to take a minute to explain the differences between REC and Advanced wrestling within the VIPER program so that we may ensure that your wrestler is competing at the appropriate level. VIPER Rec is by far the best incubator for youth wrestling in the State of Maryland. Rec offers superior coaching and competition for beginning to intermediate wrestlers. Our "travel" program is more geared towards teaching your wrestler the skills to succeed in High School and beyond.  The term "travel" is often misunderstood as travel programs in other sports can place a difficult burden on families. We have discussed changing "travel" to just "advanced". We practice 3 nights per week and have tournament and dual meet options on the weekends. We approach competition like a buffet, pick and choose what works for your family's needs. Wrestlers are only required to compete in two separate dual meets over the course of the season to be eligible for the end of year tournament. Most tournaments are within a 45-minute drive. We usually "travel" twice per year, this year likely to Delaware (30 minutes from Salisbury) and either Pennsylvania or Virginia. Again, these are optional tournaments. We do not participate in tournaments that require an overnight stay. Coaches recommend that ANY 7th or 8th grader should be moved to travel, including beginning wrestlers. We've had great success with beginners who have started at travel because of older siblings being part of the program. If your child intends on wrestling in High School, we would like to see them at travel. Further, any wrestler who consistently placed in REC tournaments should consider moving up. All our "ALL-STARS" should be wrestling travel. This is only a recommendation and we leave it to the parent to make the decision when their wresters are ready to move up to the next level. 

Howard County Vipers Wrestling – In-Season Advanced League (Team A & Team B)

  • Advanced (Team A and Team B)
    • 7 to 16 year olds
    • Advanced, competitive
    • Advanced Elementary Team (B) – Practice 2 nights a week and 3 nights as a flexible option.
    • Advanced Elementary Team (B) - level appropriate matches on Saturdays or Sundays
    • Advanced Middle Team (A)- Practice 3 nights week:  M, W, F 
    • Practices are from 6:15-8:30pm
    • Half the events are team events (dual meets or dual meet tournaments) and half the events are individual tournaments. 
    • Traveling out of state is optional and very very rare, if any options are out of state they are to PA, DE, VA
    • Meets/ tournaments are optional and held on Saturdays or Sundays
    • Season Runs from November 1-March 15

 

Details and more clarification on Advanced A and Advanced B Team

Advanced A Team is for middle school wrestlers and Advanced B is for Elementary aged wrestlers.  We prefer that you register this way, but if you are confident that your child should be on a certain team, go ahead and register for what you prefer.  The coaches and parents will determine the best fit for each child.  The Advanced Elementary Team was created to help bridge the gap between Rec and Advanced.

The very first practice on November 1 and on Fridays, both teams will practice together.  However, on Mondays and Wednesdays the teams will practice at different locations.  Please always pay attention to the Shutterfly calendar, because you will notice the first two weeks of practice will be different then the remainder of the season. 

Main locations for practice:

  • Advanced Middle School (A):  Mondays – Glenelg HS, Wednesdays – Columbia Academy, Friday – Oakland Mills HS
  • Advanced Elementary School (B):  Mondays – Hammond HS, Wednesdays – Hammond HS, Friday – Oakland Mills HS

 

REC TO ADVANCED

This year we are adding a second advanced division to assist wrestlers and families transitioning from rec to advanced.  There will be an option to register for Advanced Middle (A) or Advanced Elementary (B).  Advanced Elementary will practice with the Advanced Middle wrestlers on Fridays throughout the season.   Advanced Elementary wrestlers will also participate in some tournaments geared towards similarly-situated wrestlers in both experience and skill, rather than the higher-level travel tournaments that the Advanced Middle wrestlers will participate in.   Advanced events tend to be more on Sunday, although there will be some on Saturday.  The dual meets tend to be a half day commitment and the tournaments vary between a half day to a full day commitment.  Travel distances to most events other than those at Gary J. Arthur average between 45 minutes and an hour.  For the Advanced Elementary kids (a new breakdown we are attempting this season), there may be more Saturday events instead of Sundays, because the coaches will be looking for appropriate tournaments for the Elementary kids to participate in. 

 

We would like to take a minute to explain the differences between REC and Advanced wrestling within the VIPER program so that we may ensure that your wrestler is competing at the appropriate level. VIPER Rec is by far the best incubator for youth wrestling in the State of Maryland. Rec offers superior coaching and competition for beginning to intermediate wrestlers. Our "travel" program is more geared towards teaching your wrestler the skills to succeed in High School and beyond.  The term "travel" is often misunderstood as travel programs in other sports can place a difficult burden on families. We have discussed changing "travel" to just "advanced". We practice 3 nights per week and have tournament and dual meet options on the weekends. We approach competition like a buffet, pick and choose what works for your family's needs. Wrestlers are only required to compete in two separate dual meets over the course of the season to be eligible for the end of year tournament. Most tournaments are within a 45-minute drive. We usually "travel" twice per year, this year likely to Delaware (30 minutes from Salisbury) and either Pennsylvania or Virginia. Again, these are optional tournaments. We do not participate in tournaments that require an overnight stay. Coaches recommend that ANY 7th or 8th grader should be moved to travel, including beginning wrestlers. We've had great success with beginners who have started at travel because of older siblings being part of the program. If your child intends on wrestling in High School, we would like to see them at travel. Further, any wrestler who consistently placed in REC tournaments should consider moving up. All our "ALL-STARS" should be wrestling travel. This is only a recommendation and we leave it to the parent to make the decision when their wresters are ready to move up to the next level. 

Howard County Vipers Crush - Off-Season Wrestling

Vipers Crush – Off Season Wrestling

Registration is open

Description:  Learn valuable skills and techniques while participating in the Vipers Crush Off-Season Wrestling.   This program offers an opportunity for beginner and intermediate wrestlers to participate and get ready for next season.  Register for the location that is the most convenient and best fit for your child.  Once you register for one location your child can attend other locations that fit within the same age and skill level.  Wrestlers can only attend locations like the one in which they registered.  Age and skill levels are important so everyone can find match-ups on any given night. Summer and Fall Off-Season options will be released later. 

 

Important:  If you already registered for Spring or summer off-season wrestling, you DO NOT need to re-register for these offerings below.  Anyone who did not register (at a reduced rate) for spring or summer off-season wrestling must register before attending these Fall options.

 

Offerings for off-season wrestling September through early November below

 

Oakland Mills HS – Auxiliary Gym

  • Program # RP5952.301
  • Level:  Experienced Rec, moving into Advanced, and Highschool
  • Ages:  8-18 
  • Start:  9/10
  • End:  TBD
  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Time:  7pm-8pm
  • Head Coach: Brad Howell, Anthony Ahumada
  • Cost:  $16

 

Hammond HS – Wrestling Room  

  • Program # RP5952.302
  • Level:  Experienced Rec, moving into Advanced, and Highschool
  • Ages:  10-18 
  • Start:  9/4
  • End: TBD
  • Days:  Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Time:  6:30-8:00pm
  • THIS LOCATION WILL RUN ALL SUMMER MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS
  • Head Coach:  William Yeo, Joseph Killo, Scott Spedden and Jonathan Goodwin
  • Cost:  $16

 

Howard HS – Wrestling Room

  • Program # RP5952.311 
  • Level:  Rec Level Wrestling
  • Ages: 8-12
  • Time: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Start date:  9/9
  • End Date:  TBD
  • Day: Mondays 
  • Time: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Head Coach: Adam Eldridge, John Povolac, Sam Storrer
  • Cost:  $16

 

Howard HS – Wrestling Room   

  • Program # RP5952.312
  • Level:  Clinic and Rec Level Wrestling 
  • Ages: 4-10
  • Time: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Start date:  9/10
  • End Date:  TBD
  • Day: Tuesdays
  • Time: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Head Coach: Will Filbert, Mike Hoppe, Brad Michaels, Sam Storrer
  • Cost:  $16

 

 

River Hill HS – Wrestling Room 

  • Program # RP5952.313 
  • Level:  Clinic and Rec Level Wrestling
  • Ages: 4-10
  • Time: 5:30-7:00pm
  • Start date:  9/12
  • End Date:  TBD
  • Day: Thursdays 
  • Time: 5:30-7pm
  • Head Coach: Matthew Levine (This location needs more coaches)
  • Cost:  $16

 

For more information or details:

Please contact Amy Patton at apatton@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-4718.  

Please visit  https://www.howardcountymd.gov/wrestling

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