Slammer Wrestling ready for new year
For several Slammer Wrestling Club coaches, parents, and wrestlers, it seems like the 2004-2005 USA Wrestling Season just ended. That is because it did.
Several Slammers culminated their season as members of Team Kansas at the Junior and Cadet National championship in Fargo, North Dakota, that ended July 30.
After a three-month break, wrestling is just around the corner. The Slammers will hold their first practice of the season on Nov. 14 at Lansing High School.
The Slammer Wrestling Club is a nonprofit organization that is sanctioned by USA Wrestling. The club goal is to provide kids an affordable opportunity to learn the fundamentals of wrestling, sportsmanship, and the value of hard work. Volunteer coaches, administrators and parents run the club.
The club is dual-focused, offering wrestling for those kids who want to experience wrestling and pursue the sport on a recreational basis. It also maintains a competitive aspect.
There are two All-Americans, several regional champions and more than 10 state champions that are currently in the Slammer program.
The Slammers train youth wrestlers from the age of 5 to 16 for folk style. In the spring and summer, the club trains in freestyle and Greco-Roman ages 5 through college. The Slammers will hold a information meeting with parents at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Lansing Recreation Center. For more information, call club president Jeff Smith at 297-0201.