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Canfield Wrestling Club successful in February

March 1, 2018
The Town Crier

Earlier this month, Canfield Wrestling Club celebrated its novice wrestlers with its Medals Tournament. That very afternoon the Club also hosted a Sectionals Tournament designed to move its experienced wrestlers on to the League Championship.

The Medals Tournament was designed to celebrate first and second year wrestlers. Divided into foursomes, they wrestle for a place on the podium. As the name implies, each child gets a medal. Because wrestling is a sport that takes years to learn, the Medals Tournament is designed to promote early wrestler's confidence and encourage them to return for another year.

Later in the day, 81 youth wrestlers took part in the Sectional Tournament. Boys and girls in grades six and below traveled from local communities including Salem, Alliance, Crestview, and Beaver Local to wrestle for first place among weight-based foursomes. Canfield boasted several first place winners at Sectionals, including:

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Jose Estremera won first place on the podium in early February as the Sectionals Winner in the 56-pound weight class.

Jose Estremera (56 lbs.) Jon Adamson (60 lbs), Tanner Stricko (67 lbs), Max Switka (82 lbs), Aiden Hensdill (86 lbs),

The top placers from Canfield's Sectional Tournament went on to compete in the League Championship, held February 11th in Maple Heights. Canfield's placers included:

First place, Aiden Hensdill

Second place, Tanner Stricko

Third place, Noah Adamson

Fourth place, Jonathan Adamson

Fifth place, Max Switka

Sixth place, Jose Estremera

Wrestlers begin their season in October with several weeks of physical conditioning. They continue to learn and practice wrestling skills four nights a week through November, December, and January. Qualification for these higher level tournaments is an honor bestowed upon those that have worked hard for several months, if not years.

"I've seen some impressive progress these last few weeks in our wrestlers," said Dave Crawford, head coach.

He notes that wrestling is a sport perfected by repetition and practice.

"Every practice is a chance to get better," he reminds the kids each week.

Canfield Wrestling boasts several tournament accolades youth and high school levels. The Club will hold Open House Nights next fall for interested young wrestlers.



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