Mat Club Starts Workouts Nov. 12

Nov. 7, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Orange Crush Mat Club will begin its 2002-03 wrestling workouts on Nov. 12; the club is for athletes age 7 and older who wish to improve their skills in the high school/collegiate, freestyle and Greco-Roman styles. Practices are each Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. in the Dale Thomas Wrestling Room, located in Langton Hall on the Oregon State campus.

The Orange Crush will also wrestle dual meets on Wednesdays and at open tournaments on Saturdays. The high school/collegiate season runs from Nov. 12-Feb. 13; the Greco-Roman and freestyle season runs March 4-May 31.

The club's emphasis is on 'fun and fundamentals.' The goal is a positive, safe and structured environment to build skills and confidence, and to provide competition appropriate for each participant's age and skill level.

Coaches for the Orange Crush are OSU assistant coach Jeff Cardwell and Corvallis High assistant coach Chris McGowan. The club is divided into three age groups: Kids (ages 7-13), High School (ages 14-18) and Open (ages 18 and older); each group will have a coach and receive instruction and clinics from some of the best area coaches at the high school and college levels.

Wrestlers can join at any Orange Crush practice.

The Orange Crush is sanctioned by USA Wrestling, which is the governing body of amateur wrestling in the United States; that allows Orange Crush wrestlers to participate in USA Wrestling-sanctioned tournaments and events.

Cost is $95 for the high school/collegiate season and $60 for the freestyle and Greco-Roman season; that includes an Orange Crush T-shirt and USA Wrestling membership card. Tournaments and other competition costs are not included. Some scholarships or other arrangements can be made for those needing financial assistance.

For more information, call Cardwell at (541) 738-6081 or McGowan at (541) 758-8134.

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