Wrestling Information

  • 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Wrestling Season

    Head Coach - Ben Sivertsen 



    • Season - 2/18-3/12
    • Signup Date - 2/11
    • 1st Day of Practice - 2/18
    • Game Schedule - 
      • Game schedule will be set after the first week of practice.


    • Athletic Agreement/Waiver & Code of Conduct: Parents must sign a Athletic Agreement/Waiver and the Code of Conduct for their child to participate in Athletics at the Middle school level. This is one form with two signatures.  Students may get a copy of the waiver from the office or it can be downloaded below. The form must be returned to the office before they will be allowed to practice.
    • Cost $25.00 per player, must be paid before the first game to participate.
    • Academic Eligibility

      • No student athlete may have an “F” in any subject during a five-week athletic season.
      • Grade checks will occur the second, third and fourth Friday of each season to determine eligibility. Any student athlete, whose grade point average is below 2.0 and/or has an “F” in any subject, will be ineligible for the following 5 school days. Weekly grade checks will occur on Friday. If the student has raised their failing grades, the athlete will regain eligibility for the following week. 
        • Incomplete (I) may be given additional consideration for extenuating circumstances.
        • During the 5 days of ineligibility, the student/athlete may practice.
      • A student athlete who is in a prescribed special education class or 504 program and is not meeting academic eligibility will have grades reviewed to ensure all accommodations are being implemented. This review will be comprised of an administrator, parent, special education teacher and the teacher from the class the student is failing.
    • Attendance

      For activity participation, either in practice or competition, a student must be in class every scheduled period of the school day or have given documentation for an exempt absence to the attendance clerk or an administrator for that day. An exempt absence is defined as an absence due to a legal, medical/dental, bereavement or school sponsored reason. Students missing class due to an out of school suspension, unexcused and excused absences are ineligible on the day of the absence for practice or competition.

      Students must also be at practice consistently. Chronic absences from practice will result in decreased playing time during games.

     Be sure to have your Athletic Waiver and Concussion Awareness forms completed and turned into the office. Please pay the $25 participation fee ASAP, if this will be a hardhip for your family, scholarships are available. See Mr. Hendrickson for more details.
     Coach Ben and his son William

    Washington Middle School Wrestling 2020



    Parents and Wrestlers,

    My name is Ben Sivertsen, and I am the Wrestling Coach and 6th Grade Resource teacher for Washington Middle School. I grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and moved to Missoula in 2003. I graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in History and minor in Russian Language with teaching licenses for History, Special Education and Foreign Language and have a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UMT Missoula. I have been involved in the sport of wresting for over 30 years and have wrestled with, coached, or coached by; World Team members, Olympians, NCAA All-Americans, National and State Champions and everything in-between. This will be my 13th season involved with middle school wrestling in Missoula, my 12th with Washington. I also was an Assistant Coach at Hellgate High School for four years.

    My Expectations: simple and based off one word, RESPECT.

    Wrestlers for Washington will show respect for:

    Others- be on time, have good sportsmanship, listen to coaches, work with the team, wear appropriate clothes (shorts and T-shirt)

    Self- be on time, work hard in practice, be ready and willing to learn, have fun

    Facility- be on time, help clean and set up/take down mats daily, wear only wrestling shoes or socks on the mat, keep the locker rooms clean


    Discipline: Wrestlers that do not follow the above expectations will be warned first, if they do not comply or interfere with the practice to the point that it cannot continue, or safety is a concern, they will be asked to leave and parents will be contacted. Any wrestler asked to leave must have their parent/guardian meet with me before they can return to practice. Unexcused absences from practice, behavioral issues at practice or in the classroom, or unsportsmanlike conduct at competitions will result in extra conditioning after practice. Unless previously determined, wrestlers may not miss more than one practice in a week in order to participate in competitions.

    Uniforms/Equipment: We will be ordering T-shirts to represent our team on days of competition. Cost will be $15 payable to me. Headgear, singlets and wrestling shoes are not required, although wrestling shoes or “grippy” socks are highly recommended.

    Days of Competition: Schedule is complete, but be sure to check the page for updates. Mixers will follow basic “round robin” format. Each wrestler will be placed in a group of similar size, age, and gender (in middle school, girls will only wrestle girls), usually four to a group. Each wrestler will wrestle the other three. There will be no placing or awards until City Championship, which is April 11th. 

    When the team is required to travel, a bus will take the players to the event but a ride must be arranged for the wrestler after the competition.

    Practice Schedule: Monday through Friday 3:30-5:00, wrestlers will be ready to be picked up by 5:15 every day. Please pick your athlete up on time, as I have to get my own children from daycare by 5:30. Changes will be made for days of competition.

    Basic breakdown of practices:

    3:30-3:40         Dress, roll out mats, roll call

    3:40-3:55         Warm Up, Stretch

    3:55-4:20         Technique/ Drills

    4:20-4:35         Live Wrestling

    4:35-4:45         Conditioning

    4:45-5:00         Cool Down, Stretch, Roll up mats

    5:00-5:15         Dress Out, Parents Pick Up



    Any changes to the schedule or program will be communicated via handout and posted on the Washington Middle School website.


    Contact Information:

    Email: bensivertsen@gmail.com

    Cell: 493-7105

    I am always open to communicating with parents and wrestlers please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to the coming season and the opportunity to coach your child and Washington Middle School Wrestling.


    Keep your head up and hips down,



    Coach Ben