With the Rain comes Youth Wrestling Season - with practices in Shoreline

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Team photo, Rhinos – 2013
Photo by Sean Rhodes

It’s getting colder, darker and wetter in Shoreline. This is nature’s way of letting Shoreline area families know that it is time for the start of the indoor sports seasons.

This year, when you think of indoor sports – think Wrestling! Youth wrestling is a great sport because it accommodates a large variety of body sizes and shapes (wrestlers ages 5 through ages 14 have weight classes within a 5 pound range).

Like martial arts and other sports, it also teaches self-discipline and work ethic. Wrestling is an individual sport where one ultimately competes alone, but it is also a team sport because you need teammates to practice with. This “iron sharpens iron” phenomenon ultimately teaches self-reliance as well as teamwork.

Shoreline area high schools have not traditionally had feeder programs for the sport of wrestling, but the Wrestling Rhinos (a youth wrestling club originating in 1974) are hoping to change that.

Although the Rhinos have only held practices at Edmonds Woodway High School in years past, they now offer wrestling practices at Einstein Middle School in Shoreline.

The Einstein Middle School practices will be offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm – 7:30pm starting October 17 and continuing through January.

In addition, the Rhinos are trying something new this year by working directly with an elementary school in the Shoreline School District.

Starting November 7 and continuing through January 18, there will be an after school wrestling practice at Meridian Park Elementary School with PE teacher and Coach Matt Alford. Every child has different interests and aptitudes, but if your child wants to get tough on a wrestling mat, here is a great opportunity.

--   Sean Rhodes, Rhinos Board Member, Assistant Wrestling Coach at Shorecrest High School

Updated 10-5-2016


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