SPRINGVILLE—One of the more popular Springville school clubs is the Springville Wrestling Kid’s Club that is looking to expand its membership this year. The program begins at the end of November and runs through the beginning of April for student between 5 and 17 years of age.
Headed by Coach Travis McKinsey, practices will be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday’s from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School cafeteria. The club is instrumental in giving wrestling hopefuls an in-depth look at the sport with the hope of inspiring competitors to join one of the high school teams.
“The Springville Griffins wrestling club has benefited our wrestlers by introducing them to the sport of wrestling and teaching them the basics of the sport,” head Springville wrestling coach Mark Vogel said. “Coach McKinsey has worked hard over the years to keep the program fun and engaging for the student-athletes while instilling the skills necessary to be successful on the mat.
“Many athletes participate in youth wrestling tournaments around Western New York and others strictly participate in the practices during the season,” Vogel said.
Although the varsity wrestling season doesn’t officially start until Nov. 6, that hasn’t stopped some of Vogel’s grapplers from finding competition.
Last years’ Section VI, 99-pound champion Mikey Evans took first place last weekend in the Lockhaven Fall Classic by going 3-0 and earning an 11-0 win in the finals.
The first official bout for this year’s team will come about a month after practice begins with the annual S-GI Duals Tournament Dec. 9 at the High School Gymnasium.
And with the new season comes new uniforms, thanks to a new rule passed by the state-governing wrestling rules committee that allows athletes to wear Mixed Martial Arts-style fight shorts and compression shirts, rather than the traditional singlets. This rule change is meant to help encourage participation among younger athletes and as MMA popularity increases, the fight shorts and compression shirts are now an option to student-athletes.
“We’ve ordered some new gear to outfit the team, so the athletes will be able to choose for themselves whether they want to wear the new singlets or fight shorts and compression shirts,” Vogel added.
Parents interested in more information or signing up their children up for the Kid’s Club can contact McKinsey at 432-8438 or Vogel at firstname.lastname@example.org.