Last weekend, we traveled to Topeka for the Kansas Kids Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament. Two of our sons wrestle for Kansas Thunderstruck Wrestling, and my husband coaches for them as well. It's a pretty long season, starting right after Thanksgiving and not ending until, well, last weekend!
Our oldest boy, Alex, made it through sub-districts, and then took first at districts, earning him a spot at the state championship. And I am so proud to say that he won! He had to win three matches on Saturday and a 4th on Sunday, and he did it! :) It was a huge accomplishment. He's wrestled (and lost to) most of the other boys on the medal stand, and so he went there knowing what he needed to do to win and he pulled it off!
|AJ and his proud Daddy|
I don't know if you know much about wrestling. I still don't, and this is his 4th year! You get points for doing certain things, and there is some strategy involved. But I can say that it takes some serious hard work and determination. And that makes it perfect for AJ, because he is the stubbornest, hard headed little man I know!! I just love watching him out there. He's been the wrestler of the year (for his age group) the past two years in his club, mostly because of his great attitude and sportsmanship.
|the winners from the District 1 tournament, all three placed at State!|
|Do you see his big muscles?! lol|
I'd never been to a state tournament, and it didn't disappoint. They did a Parade of Champions before the final matches, with lights and music and announcers. The crowd even did the wave, which my kids thought was awesome! The kids wrestling for 1st and 2nd met up in the spotlight to be announced and shake hands. I admit it, I teared up a bit seeing my son on the jumbotron!
A word about our wrestling club: They work them hard at practice twice a week, and then there are tournaments almost every weekend. They stress sportsmanship above all else, not just from the kids but from their families too. They teach for the long term - hopefully we will have a fantastic high school team in the future, and that some of these kids might get some scholarships after that. Our coaches are amazing with the kids, and we couldn't ask for a better family than our club.
If you're interested in watching his final match of 2014-2015, I'm posting the video below - but fair warning, there is quite a bit of screaming so I'd watch it with the sound off!! I think I broke my camera's speakers at the end!