Young wrestlers from around the region went to the mats in the Chelan School gymnasium for the annual Youth Wrestling Tournament featuring over 200 kids and their excited parents.
200 young wrestlers compete in Chelan
by Richard Uhlhorn
Thirty five young Chelan wrestlers from a three year old to 12 year old sixth graders hosted 200 young wrestlers from around North Central Washington at the Lake Chelan Valley Youth Wrestling Tournament.
The Chelan youth wrestling program is run by wrestling coach Randy Gleasman and a host of volunteer helpers. At the tournament, six matches were being held at one time and each match was refereed by Chelanís varsity wrestlers. Middle school and high school students also helped man the timing/scoring tables. Chelan High School and Middle School coaches on hand included Jay McGuffin, Randy McGuffin, Ken Barnes and a number of parents who also helped organize and run this event.
Then there were the parents and teammates shouting encouragement to the young wrestlers. All in all, it was another example of how Chelan and other communities around North Central Washington are helping to develop strong wrestling programs.
Following are the Chelan participants and how they finished at the tournament.