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Knights have high hopes for nationals

Last updated: March 04. 2014 8:33PM - 1510 Views
Beth Sergent bsergent@civitasmedia.com



Members of the Knights Wrestling Club, along with coach Noah Searls, pictured, are preparing for state tournaments in West Virginia and Ohio, as well as nationals in Tennessee. The club has amassed several wins and awards and has helped contribute to positive activities for youth in Mason County.
Members of the Knights Wrestling Club, along with coach Noah Searls, pictured, are preparing for state tournaments in West Virginia and Ohio, as well as nationals in Tennessee. The club has amassed several wins and awards and has helped contribute to positive activities for youth in Mason County.
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POINT PLEASANT — The wrestling community, which includes a culture of winning at Point Pleasant High School, is ensuring a legacy of more championships to come with the Point Pleasant Knights Wrestling Club.


The wrestling club is open to youth from ages five to teens in high school and is currently preparing for the West Virginia Junior State Tournament in Parkersburg, where more than 1,000 wrestlers from across the state will participate. The club will be taking 22 wrestlers to compete with 13 of those being seeded in the top eight of their respective divisions.


The club is branching out beyond the borders of West Virginia and taking four wrestlers to compete in the Ohio Junior State Tournament on March 15-16. Then on April 11-13, the club is planing a trip to the AAU National Elementary Duals in Kingsport, Tenn., and will be comprised of a team of 26 wrestlers competing in 20 weight classes for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.


Of course, nothing worthwhile is ever easy or free and organizers of the Knights Wrestling Club are working hard to make the trip happen, but they are also in need of corporate or individual donations. This big event is a large expense, but these donations will help provide transportation and lodging for the event in Kingsport. Donations will also be publicly recognized, not only for helping the club attend the national event, but for investing in positive activities for local youth.


According to Knights Wrestling Club officials, they have witnessed how this sports program has grown and built confidence, discipline and sportsmanship in the community’s youth. This trip is seen as a great opportunity for the wrestlers to be exposed to equally great competition from around the country as well as build camaraderie among the teammates and parents.


The club is open to all with one year of wrestling experience preferred. Coaches for the club include Noah Searls, Jim Henderson and Chris Freeman.


For information on the club or to donate to the cause, contact Coach Henderson at (304) 593-1988 or hendersonfarm@yahoo.com; Coach Freeman at (304) 593-4817, Officer Tracie Price at (304) 675-8722 or ppwrestlingmom@gmail.com; or Officer Valeri Schoon at vjstigger@yahoo.com.


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