(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
BIG TURNOUT: Chewelah youngins flock to Mat Cats wrestling camp to learn from the best…
The future of the Chewelah wrestling program looks bright as last week’s Chewelah Mat Cats Wrestling Camp had over sixty kids attend the two- day-event at Jenkins Junior Senior High School.
Their instructors were some of the best in the region. Longtime Chewelah wrestling coach, state champion and world traveler Kim Hogan, along with coach Austin Burgess, joined Little Guy wrestling coach Junior Acosta, Kyler Mackowiak, Alysia Erickson and Robin Manning. The Chewelah Wrestling Team, coming off their best finish in school history in 2019, also helped out with the camp, giving kids the experience of two state champion wrestlers as well.
Kids learned the finer points of wrestling, took part in lots of different activities and games and, thanks to a generous donation from West One Plumbing, also got a t-shirt. Darigold donated chocolate milk for the wrestlers at the camp. The camp is intended to both spark interest in youth for the sport of wrestling as well as showing them some of the fundamentals of the sport.
With the Little Guy wrestling program, Mat Cats and a middle school program, many volunteers are working to continue the pipeline of wrestling towards the high school program, which has been one of Chewelah’s most successful sports programs.
The money raised by the camp helps the Chewelah high school team, is used for a scholarship offered to seniors graduating, pays for equipment and singlets for the lil’ guy wrestlers and high school team. It also helps funds other camps and clinics that youth wrestlers can attend as well.
Zips also donated free ice cream cards to the camp for kids. They were used for prizes at the camp.
Mat Cat registration begins on January 14 starting with a 5 p.m. practice to follow for 5-8 year olds from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 9-14 year olds from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Jenkins Junior Senior High School.