Yorkton Wrestling Club seeking new athletes

Yorkton’s only amateur wrestling organization – the Yorkton Wrestling Club – is currently looking for new talent to join the club for next year’s wrestling season.

Club coach and president Jared Stewart, himself a former amateur wrestler with the YRHS Raider wrestling team, said that the club is looking for anyone from grade six to 12 that is interested in competing in Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association (SAWA) events next year. “The youngest that we’ll take in right now is grade six and seven, because anything smaller than that we’d need a bigger facility for,” mentioned Stewart. “Right now we kind of want the grade six or seven kids at the youngest so that way we can work it out where we can split up the kids and have the younger kids in the basement and older kids up top.”

Amateur wrestling – a sport that has been around since ancient times – is a sport that involves the training and use of all muscles in the body.

As such, Stewart says that it’s a great way for people that usually focus on other sports such as football or baseball to remain active throughout the offseason while improving their overall health and stamina. “Wrestling really is the best sport for the offseason for anyone that plays summer or fall sports,” suggested Stewart. “The sport gives you good coordination, good balance, good strength and good control of your body and momentum and teaches you good self-discipline.

“It keeps you in very good physical condition and it works all your muscles and muscle groups and really improves your overall strength and endurance.”

In addition to taking part in SAWA events next season Stewart said the club, which runs out of the Yorkton Martial Arts Training Centre, also currently competes under the YRHS Raider banner for SHSAA events, where the club has found some success recently with several medal performances including a pair of gold medal efforts in the 81-85kg weight class by Jordan Stewart. “We have wrestlers that have medalled already,” said the wrestling coach, continuing, “so it’s not like we have a lack of knowledge in the sport; we’ve got a kid that’s already up there as one of the better kids in his weight category in the province.”

To join the Yorkton Wrestling Club, or for more information, contact Paul Hoffman via email at pa@myaccess.ca or pa@accesscomm.ca.

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