Well we got the first storm of the new year last night. We got about 8 inches of snow in the driveway and the temps have plummeted from the mid 40's Wednesday to the low teens today, oh well welcome to northern Michigan. Things have been pretty quiet round here this past week just the usual stuff. Wednesday Vicki and I travelled to Petoskey to watch a 3 way wrestling meet between Gaylord, Petoskey and Traverse City Central. Gaylord wrestled Petoskey first. This was a big match with not only conference standings on the line but Petoskey is also in our district along with Ogemaw Heights so district seedings were at stake. I glad to say the kids wrestled well and beat the Northmen 44-21. This always a big match for both schools as for many years Gaylord and Petoskey have had the premier wrestling programs in northern Michigan. Both teams are extremely young this year so we weren't really sure what to expect. Next Gaylord wrestled TC Central and Gaylord totally dominated them a perfect team score in wrestling is 84 points ( 14 pins) we beat Central 83-0 with the one match being a technical fall (when winning by fifteen points or more the match is stopped kinda like the mercy rule in baseball.) The team seems to be starting to peak at just the right time. Sean also turned 17 on Wed. He was pretty bummed that he had an away match that day but he gave himself a pretty nice birthday present by pinning a kid from Petoskey. I am so proud of my son he has grown up into quite the young man he is a very good student, he cares for others and he is developing into a pretty good athlete. He struggled with asthma until just a couple of years ago he wasn't able to do so much of what the other kids were able to, but now he has learned to cope with it and has come to realize that he can be involved in physical stuff and excel. Now he talks about getting stronger for next year and what he can do to improve going into next season.
Cabin fever is starting to set in for my highland games buddies and myself, we haven't competed since Oct and we are all getting the itch to throw sticks and stones. We are all getting together for a "kilted dinner" in Feb. That's right, all of us big burly men put on our kilts and along with our significant others go out to dinner and just have a blast visiting with each other. On the games front we are starting to get things organized for the coming summer the Alma games is Memorial Day weekend and I am already signed up. This will be my second year competing and I have set my goals pretty high. We did find out this week that Midland isn't having a games this year and we were all pretty disappointed however, we did hear of a possible new festival in Petoskey and I know a friend of mine is putting one on in Spring Lake so there are some new possibilities. Along with the turning of the year and games schedules coming out the trash talk is starting up again. Maybe starting up isn't the right phrase perhaps ramping up is better as the talk never really stops it just slows down a little. This is a great bunch of guys I throw with and I am honored they accepted me into their group. Well that's it for now.
God Bless, Jay