ANNA—The A-J Junior Wildcats Wrestling Club is setting the stage for another successful season.
The 2013-2014 season was the club’s best to date, both as a team with a combined record of 430-511 and individually having eleven advance to sectionals and four place with two advancing to the state tournament.
“This last season was the closest to .500 we’ve ever been,” said vice president Jay Kisat. “We really want to build on that this year.”
The club is having sign-ups on October 28 at the Anna Park from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. President and head coach Grover Mays expects another high-turnout season and to keep improving as a team.
“I think we’ll have another forty-plus come out this year,” explained Mays. “We’ve got our core of kids who are going into their fourth or fifth year of wrestling and we bring in new kids to add to that every year.”
The Junior Wildcats expect to attract grapplers from a large area as they have the last few years.
“We want to focus on the feeder schools for A-J High School but we’re happy to take anyone from Union County,” added Mays. “Really, anyone within fifty miles of the high school can sign up. We’re happy to have anyone who is willing to put in the time and hard work.”
Outgoing president and now communications director Rollie Hawk has enjoyed watching youth wrestling in Union County go from a well-kept secret to a community staple.
“Our tournament was a huge local event last year with a cross-section of our community helping out,” said Hawk. “I’ve already got people asking to help out this next time. A lot of us get a kick out of how you can’t seem to go to a ball game without seeing people wearing our club shirts. Five years ago, Junior Wildcat wrestling was something only a few of us knew about. But now it’s something everyone in this community knows about and we do our best to be something that they can be proud of.”
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