Jade Woolsey coaches the junior high wrestling team in Morgan. He knows he works with hard workers and wanted to help his team get involved with and give back to the community.
On Monday, Oct. 28, the group met outside of the middle school where the majority of the boys from fourth to eighth grade go to school. Approximately 20 wrestlers and several parents gathered to pick up garbage and rake leaves. They spent two hours in chilling winds raking two pick-up trucks full of leaves to be hauled away.
The group represented the sport well. Wrestlers are disciplined. This group worked in the cold for a long period of time when others would have given up. Wrestlers show sportsmanship and these boys showed they looked past their own desires and looked out for the greater good.
Wrestlers have goal setting skills, focus and determination and Woolsey helped his boys exercise these skills off the mats. Eloquently put, the invitation to work read, “Serving our community will help increase camaraderie as a team; build good relationships with community leaders and school administrators; increase our appreciation for our schools and community and garner positive attention for our wrestling program that will lead to increased wrestler participation and support from parents.” He plans on having his team do service projects each year as long as he is coach.
GETTING THE SEASON STARTED
The junior high wrestling team is beginning their tournament season this weekend at the North Summit Youth Tournament. The team will compete as individuals and teams at various tournaments nearly every Saturday through February. They prepare for competition with practices three times a week for 90 minutes.
The team is beginning this year with a new coach staff. Coach Jade Woolsey is working to help his team alongside his brothers Jesse and Sage. Woolsey’s son, Blake, wrestles with the group. However the other two do not have sons old enough to wrestle. They joined the Morgan Wrestling Club because they are “doing it for the love of the sport and to help the sport of wrestling in Morgan stay strong,” according to Kristen Korth the club’s president.
In addition to the junior high and high school teams, the Morgan Wrestling Club also has little league wrestlers. These young wrestlers range in age from 4 years old to eighth grade and compete individually. These wrestlers can pick and choose which tournaments they will attend.
Morgan will host several big tournaments in November. On Saturday Nov. 9, 200 to 300 young wrestlers will get the chance to try their skill against matched opponents at the high school. On Saturday, Nov. 23, the middle school will welcome six to eight schools in a team competition. This will bring many visitors to Morgan and over the past three years this event has been held, our visitors have been delighted with the organized tournament and Morgan hospitality.
The Morgan Wrestling Club is always looking to expand the club. The club serves as a “feeder” for the high school team, which benefits from experienced and trained wrestlers. First-time wrestlers are encouraged to come and try out the sport. Woolsey explains they never know who will become a great wrestler until they try it.
For information on Morgan Wrestling, go to morganwrestlingclub.com. Those interested can find registration forms, contact info and schedules. It’s not too late to join the wrestlers this year. Contact Kristen Korth or visit the website.