Youth club building toward future of Bulldog wrestling program

Coaches from the MFL MarMac Wrestling Club encourage their wrestlers during their annual tournament in January. (Contributed photo)

   MONONA — No longer is the day when the average high school athlete begins to learn about their favorite sport when they are in middle school. Many of them start in elementary school or even younger. Among the most prevalent sports where kids start early is wrestling. Locally, a devoted group of volunteers, many with a background in the sport, provide opportunities for kids in the MFL MarMac Community School District to learn and compete.

   The MFL MarMac Youth Wrestling Club has been in existence in one form or another for more than 25 years, though Club President Adam Grove said things have really taken off in the past 10 years.

   Grove said Collin Stubbs and Tony Neal really got things going before handing the reigns over to Chip McGeough, who grew the club even more before handing things over to Grove and others. This year’s club features more than 75 kids in pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade. Working with those kids are approximately 10 volunteer coaches, many of whom are fathers of kids who are part of the program.

 

For much more of this story, see the Feb. 6 Outlook.