Jesuit Wrestling

Frequently Asked Questions

The coaching staff understands that wrestling is a sport with which many parents and prospective athletes are not familiar. We have assembled a list of frequently asked questions to help clear some of the confusion!

When is the season?

Wrestling is a Winter Sport. The UIL Wrestling season begins in November and ends in late February with the State Championship for the top 16 qualifiers per weight class. The state meet is held in Austin. Jesuit competes in Wrestling’s District 18, comprised of schools like Lake Highlands, Highland Park, Berkner, Richardson, and Wylie.

Can I play other sports and do Wrestling?

Yes. If you play a fall sport like football, Wrestling can become your best tool to become a better athlete!  Wrestling is an excellent complementary sport for Football. NFL Hall of Famers and current players alike have wrestled. Players like Ray Lewis/Ravens, Rhonde Barber/Tampa Bay, Adam Vinatieri/Colts, Roddy White/Falcons, and Mike Patterson/Philadelphia Eagles were either wrestling State Champs or Qualifiers. Cowboys 2010 Draft Pick Sean Lissimore, spoke to sports radio 1310 The Ticket about how wrestling helped him become a better football player.

Click to hear his comments.

Close to home Cowboys of old like Randy White and Super Bowl winners like Chad Hennings wrestled in High School.  Jesuit's 2009 Defensive Player of the Year and All District DT, Mike Rinaldi, was the Wrestling team’s 215 pound wrestler. Mike wrestled for four years and attributes wrestling with making him a better player.

Listen to Mike in his own words.

I don’t have any experience Wrestling, can I still join the team?

Absolutely, we encourage your son to join and come to the room. The coaching staff can teach anyone how to wrestle. All they ask is that you come prepared to learn and work hard.

Will my son have to cut weight?

No. Your son will practice hard, so any weight loss will occur naturally. The changes in strength, agility and muscle tone are the by products of hard work. The rubber suits of the 80’s that you saw in movies like Vision Quest or at your high school are not a part of today’s wrestling. The UIL has very specific mandates on how an athlete certifies for a weight class. The UIL mandated certification process begins weeks prior to the student’s first meet. If an athlete wants to move down a weight class, both the coaches and athlete will discuss pros, cons and make a decision together.

Okay, my son wants to join, what do I do next? Are there are tryouts? How does it work?

There are no cuts in wrestling. The coaches don’t cut anyone. Choose to join the Ranger Wrestling program and they will teach you the exciting and rewarding sport of wrestling.  For more information, contact Head Coach, Ryan Menard at or call at 972-387-8700 ext 514.

What can I do to support my son during the season?

Come to tournaments, provide healthy foods at home, and cheer LOUD! Wrestling is a sport that brings both heartache and joy so your son will need lots of support to be successful.

How can I get involved to help support the program?

Sign up to be a Booster Club Member. Contact Kurt Harms,, the Wrestling Booster Club Rep to volunteer. You can help with alumni Relations, volunteer for the Ranger Classic, work our home dual meets, write for the Booster club newsletter or simply work the snack bar. We welcome your help and friendship into the Jesuit Ranger Wrestling Family.

Jesuit Wrestling Coaching Staff:

Ryan Menard, Head Coach (
Tony Brown, Assistant Coach (

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Contact Wrestling
Ryan Menard
Head Coach
972-387-8700 x514
Tony Brown
Assistant Coach