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Heartland wrestling is set to begin season in DeSoto

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

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Members of Heartland Wrestling
SIKESTON -- The Heartland wrestling club is beginning its third season this weekend in Desoto. Coming off a great 2004--2005 season with 14 state placers and 3 state champions, the team is looking for another year of great wrestling.

Last year alone they won over 180 medals and in the past two years combined, and had 32 state placers and seven state champions.

This year the club has doubled its size in wrestlers as well as picked up some new coaches. This will help tremendously throughout the tournaments. With 16 of the state placers returning, the team is looking to be in the running for the AAU State Title as a whole.

The group of kids the team has this year could be ready for the challenge in February.

The program has grown to nearly 70 members this year and that has put them at full capacity in the new building. They hold practice three nights a week trying to give the kids as much mat time as possible.

This group of kids has already proven to be extremely hard working. At practice, they do a lot of conditioning along with drills and live wrestling. The program is very disciplined and the kids are learning the proper way to handle themselves and their tempers both on and off the mat. Even when the kids are getting tired, they rarely complain.

Wrestling is a self-disciplined sport that teaches the wrestlers to push themselves to do their very best because they want to be the best. The coaches encourage the kids while pointing out their strengths as well as helping them with their weaknesses.

The team has another busy season ahead of them. They start this weekend traveling to DeSoto and continue until the month of February. The coaches are very pleased with the wrestlers again this year. There are some new kids that are picking up quickly while working with the returning experienced ones. As the kids get into a couple of tournaments they'll have a better understanding of how it's done.

The Heartland Wrestling program is here to build the future for the Sikeston High School wrestling program.

These kids are dedicating themselves to learning the sport of wrestling. In a few years these wrestlers will be in high school and have the background and knowledge to win a State Title for Sikeston.

The next tournament will be Dec. 10t in St. Anne.