USD 247 is proud to announce that it has officially started a wrestling program at Southeast Junior High and Southeast High School for the 2014-15 season.
“The response from students, parents, and staff has been great,” said Southeast Wrestling Coach Jason Wilderman.
Southeast Junior High practices will begin Tuesday, October 28. They will be held immediately after school in the SJHS gymnasium and will end at 5:30 p.m. Buses will be available at the end of practice to take students to the designated drop off points. The bus leaves SJHS at 5:45 p.m. Wilderman said there will be a parents meeting immediately after the first practice.
Information regarding the start of practices for Southeast High School students will be released soon.
“Students must have a physical, a concussion form, a consent for treatment form, and a parental consent form on file before they can practice,” Wilderman said. “The competition schedule is currently available on line at www.usd247.com. We have also set up a RED channel for you to get text updates or email updates about wrestling. Please go to RED and sign up for the wrestling channel if you would like those updates.”
Wilderman said wrestling is the 6th most popular sport in High School athletics and is thought to be the oldest sport in the world with records dating back over 7000 years ago. Accounts of wrestling have been found in Mesopotamian cave drawings, Greek Mythology, and the Bible. Wrestling was the marquee event in the original Olympic Games.
“Wrestling is unlike any other sport,” Wilderman said. “Although wrestling is fun and rewarding, it is regarded as one of the most intense, physically, and mentally demanding sports known to man. Because wrestling is so demanding the athletes that compete in the sport are taught many great lessons that carry over into everyday life.”
Wilderman said wrestling provides athletes a sense of honor, pride, humility, and integrity.
“Wrestling also instills the value of hard work, physical and mental toughness,” said Wilderman. “Please join us in our quest to build a winning tradition at Southeast.”
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