|TCWC continues great season with home tournament|
|Monday, January 28, 2013 11:59 AM|
DELPHOS — The Delphos Tri-County Wrestling Club held its 17th annual Miami Valley Kids Wrestling Association home meet Sunday in the Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium at St. John’s.
Over 200 grapplers participated in the meet.
The first tournament for the club was held in 1996 as a fundraiser and to get the word out about youth wrestling. The initial season of Tri-County had less than 20 wrestlers and four coaches, including Tom Merschman, Dave Swick, Mike Metcalfe and Mike Maag. Practices were held on the second floor of the Reliable Plumbing and Heating building, which was later destroyed by fire.
This year, the club has grown to 47 wrestlers with 16 coaches. Practices are held twice a week and draws kids from Delphos, Fort Jennings, Spencerville and Van Wert.
The program’s intent is to teach the kids the basics of the sport of wrestling, while also focusing on sportsmanship — how to compete well. It’s a nice introduction for future competition. The referees at these events do a good job of reinforcing that: they explain to the kids what they did wrong and emphasize good sportsmanship.
All participants get the chance to compete at the state level regardless of the seasonal record. The state meet this year will be held on Feb. 24 with 30 mats going at the same time. Over 2,100 wrestlers will be competing from over 100 schools.
Community involvement is a big part of the Tri-County Wrestling Club’s program. Sunday’s event brought many, many volunteers from high school wrestling parents, to junior high wrestling parents, right on down to junior high and high school wrestlers themselves. Even some parents who no longer have kids wrestling were there to lend a hand. The club is thriving today because of all the volunteers who give their time and effort to the club.
Sunday’s tournament brought young grapplers ranging in age from 5-12. Squads included Bath, Ada, Ottawa-Glandorf and Shawnee, as well as Delphos.
Bringing home first-place awards for the Delphos club were: Royce Kill, Aiden Lanteigne, Cody Bailey, Nathan Ditto, Austin Giesige, Tyler Herron, Cole Binkley, Colin Bailey, Avery Schulte, Gabe Steyer, Cody Bockey, Brady Welker, Conner Anspach and Ean Boecker.
Second-place finishers were: Keilik Cross, Troy Pseekos, Coby Anspach, Landen Grothaus, Clayton Paddubny, Logan Dickman, Mason Vonderwell, Eli Zehender, Jason Seekings, Kane Plescher, Jay Goetz, Braden Lewis, Isaiah Bretz and Dominic Estrada.
Third: Blaine Maloney, Ty Rudasill, Garrett Trentman, Joshua Ringwald, Alex Gerow, Jacob McConnahea, Brady Zalar, John Pseekos, Kole McKee and Justin Weiging.
Fourth: JJ Murphy, Caden Wright, Isaac Cross, Ben McKee, Chase Bailey, Trent Vonderwell and August Wurst.
Next up is Bath 1 p.m. Sunday.
|Last Updated on Monday, January 28, 2013 12:42 PM|