About

Vipers Wrestling, a community based organization with a geographic center in Columbia, it has been a Howard County Parks and Recreation program for over two decades. The Viper's mission is to provide the youth of Howard County the opportunity to experience the great sport of wrestling in a fun, structured, and disciplined program. The Vipers, which are coached exclusively by volunteers, had 364 kids participate in our 2016-2017 wrestling program. We offered three levels of wrestling: clinic, recreation and travel. The clinic program offers children the opportunity to experience wrestling in a non-competitive environment. The recreation program is semi-competitive, while the travel program offers the best youth wrestling training in Maryland. We teach our wrestlers how to become excellent young adults by instilling the intangibles they will need to excel in life. We concentrate on the things we can control in the wrestling room: effort, discipline, focus, and mental and 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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HC Orange Crush Vipers Off Season Wrestling

Registration will open March 7 at 6pm online and March 8 at 8:30am for all other forms.
*Updated 1/29/18 - Schedule for Off Season Wrestling 

Orange Crush meets at Hammond HS and Oakland Mills HS from March to June and then again from September to late October. The summer months at Crazy 88 are a bonus when we get the space. This year, during the months of June-July, we will meets once a week at Crazy 88. (Information to come.)

  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Max age: 18 years
  • Cost: $99 September-October

Description:  Learn valuable skills and techniques while participating in the Vipers Orange Crush – Off-Season Wrestling. This program offers an opportunity for beginner and intermediate wrestlers to get ready for next season. Practices go until the end of the school year and then resume in September.

When schools are closed to students and teachers, there is not practice; when schools are closed for students but open to teachers, we will hold practice. 

  • Schools closed for students only – There is practice
  • Schools and offices closed – There is not practice   

*You can attend either location once registered one location...This gives you the option to attend whatever is most convenient.  

Registration Number:  RP5950.701 

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at Oakland Mills HS – Auxiliary Gym
  • Start: 3/20, Tuesday
  • No Practice 3/22, 3/29, 4/3, 4/5
  • End: Late October 
  • 6:30-8:00pm 
  • Head Coach – Brad Howell & Bobby Farace   

Registration Number:  RP5950.702 

  • Mondays and Wednesdays at Hammond HS – Wrestling Room 
  • Start:  3/21, Wednesday 
  • No Practice 4/2, 4/4, 5/28 
  • End: Late October 6:30-8:00pm 
  • Head Coach – Will Yeo

Coaching – Anyone who wants to coach or interested in  stepping on the wrestling mat to assist, must go through certain steps to complete our coaches’ registry. The process is easy and free. This process must be completed by each coach or parent wanting to assist prior to the start of the first practice. Once this process is complete each coach will receive a coaching badge, and it should be worn while coaching at practice or a game. This is for the protection of everyone involved.  If you are interested in obtaining this information, please email me, and I will help you with this process. We are always in need of coaches.    

For more information or details, contact Amy Patton at apatton@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-4718.   

Please visit www.howardcountywrestling.com     

Registration for in-season Vipers Wrestling (Clinic, Rec, Travel) begins in August.  

Register early to secure your location requests for clinic and rec.

Clinic

Viper's Clinic Wrestling 

  • 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 14-Feb 17
  • Practice Locations Last Year (NOT CONFIRMED FOR THIS YEAR):
    • Atholton HS (Thursdays), Howard HS (Mondays)
    • Practice time is generally 6-7pm, or 6:30-7:30pm

Please visit www.howardcountywrestling.com.  

 

Practice Times vary and will be finalized closer to the start of the season.  I listed the tentative times below… We cannot get into the wrestling rooms until the HS Teams are done practicing, therefore each school will vary.

  • Clinic practices are usually 1 hour long and are held between these times:  5:30-7:30pm

 

Division

Coach Status

Name

Location

Practice Nights

Clinic

Head

Len Pettiford

Howard HS

Monday

Clinic

Head

Will Filbert

Long Reach HS

Monday

Clinic

Head

Troy Scogland

Marriotts Ridge HS or Glenelg HS

Tuesday


 

 

Recreation League

Viper's Recreation League 

  • 6 to 15 year olds
  • Beginner and Intermediate, semi-competitive
  • Practice 2 nights a week
  • 6 to 8 teams – geographically
  • Feed into area high schools
  • Coaches meet once a week to determine fair match-ups
  • Season runs from - Nov 13-Feb 17
  • Meets/ tournaments are held on Saturdays 
  • We will not know the practice days of the week until we confirm coaches’ availability and schedules. This will be early October.


Updated 10/10/2017:
The Howard HS and Glenelg HS teams are full and they are no longer options for requests.


Tentative Practice Schedule. Information below is from last year.

Location:  Practice Night:
 Resevoir High School T & Th
 Marriotts Ridge High School           M & W
 Oakland Mills High School
M & W
 Long Reach High School T & Th
 Glenelg High School T & Th
 Wilde Lake High School M & W
 Howard High School M & W
 Hammond High School T & Th

Please visit www.howardcountywrestling.com.  


Practice Times vary and will be finalized closer to the start of the season.  I listed the tentative times below… We cannot get into the wrestling rooms until the HS Teams are done practicing, therefore each school will vary.

  • Rec practices are usually an hour to an hour and a half and are held between these times: 5:30-8:00pm

 

Division

Coach Status

Name

Location

Practice Nights

Rec

Head

Tony Conti

Glenelg HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Adam Eldridge

Howard HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Jim Hulbert

Marriotts Ridge HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Anthony Ahumada

Oakland Mills HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Mark Saylor

Atholton HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Brian Leitzel

Wilde Lake HS

M & W

Rec

Head

Ryan Murphy

Hammond HS

T & Th

Rec

Head

Nathan Piechocki

Long Reach HS

T & Th

 

 



M & W
M & W

Travel League

Viper's Advanced/Travel League

  • 7 to 16 year olds
  • Advanced, competitive
  • Practice 3 nights week:  M, W, F
  • 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 rare, if any options are out of state they are to PA, DE, VA
  • Meets/ tournaments are held on Saturdays or Sundays
  • Season Runs from November 1-March 11

 

Please visit www.howardcountywrestling.com.  


Travel practices are usually from 6:30-8pm.  We are still confirming the Mon and Wed location as River Hill may be a possible new spot.  Friday at OMHS is confirmed.

 

Division

Coach Status

Name

Location

Practice Nights

Travel

Co-Head

Brad Howell

Columbia Academy (TBD) /OMHS

M-W-Fr

Travel

Co-Head

Kurt Tamai

Columbia Academy (TBD) /OMHS

M-W-Fr

Travel

Co-Head

Bobby Farace

Columbia Academy (TBD) /OMHS

M-W-Fr

Off-Season Wrestling

HC Orange Crush Viper Off Season Wrestling

Registration will open March 7 at 6pm online and March 8 at 8:30am for all other forms.
*Updated 1/29/18 - Schedule for Off Season Wrestling 

Orange Crush meets at Hammond HS and Oakland Mills HS from March to June and then again from September to late October.  The summer months at Crazy 88 are a bonus when we get the space. This year, during the months of June-July, we will meets once a week at Crazy 88. (Information to come.)

  • Minimum age: 6 years
  • Max age: 18 years
  • Cost: $99 September-October

Description:  Learn valuable skills and techniques while participating in the Vipers Orange Crush – Off-Season Wrestling. This program offers an opportunity for beginner and intermediate wrestlers to get ready for next season.  Practices go until the end of the school year and then resume in September.

When schools are closed to students and teachers, there is not practice; when schools are closed for students but open to teachers, we will hold practice. 

  • Schools closed for students only – There is practice
  • Schools and offices closed – There is not practice   

*You can attend either location once registered one location...This gives you the option to attend whatever is most convenient.  

Registration Number:  RP5950.701 

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at Oakland Mills HS – Auxiliary Gym
  • Start: 3/20, Tuesday
  • No Practice 3/22, 3/29, 4/3, 4/5
  • End: Late October 
  • 6:30-8:00pm 
  • Head Coach – Brad Howell & Bobby Farace   

Registration Number:  RP5950.702 

  • Mondays and Wednesdays at Hammond HS – Wrestling Room 
  • Start:  3/21, Wednesday 
  • No Practice 4/2, 4/4, 5/28 
  • End: Late October 6:30-8:00pm 
  • Head Coach – Will Yeo

Coaching – Anyone who wants to coach or interested in  stepping on the wrestling mat to assist, must go through certain steps to complete our coaches’ registry.  The process is easy and free.  This process must be completed by each coach or parent wanting to assist prior to the start of the first practice.  Once this process is complete each coach will receive a coaching badge, and it should be worn while coaching at practice or a game.  This is for the protection of everyone involved.   If you are interested in obtaining this information, please email me, and I will help you with this process.  We are always in need of coaches.    

For more information or details, contact Amy Patton at apatton@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-4718.   

Please visit www.howardcountywrestling.com     

Registration for in-season Vipers Wrestling (Clinic, Rec, Travel) begins in August.  

Register early to secure your location requests for clinic and rec.

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