User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

43° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started. | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Young Wrestlers Invade Harrisburg

January 13, 2013, 10:48 PM by Cat Clark

Young Wrestlers Invade Harrisburg

Every child dreams of being a state champion. For the kids and sometimes toddlers who compete in the youth wrestling programs, their dream begins on the mat.

"About the youngest we have is three-year-olds starting up to sixth grade. We have a couple three-year-olds.  It gets a little young but if they're enthused about it and they don't have a problem with it we don't either," Harrisburg Youth Wrestling coordinator Rollie Fink said.

For more than 30 years, future wrestling stars have been competing in events around the area. The tournament draws anywhere from 400 to 500 wrestlers all learning a sport that is quickly on the rise.

"Wrestling is growing.  It's getting bigger and bigger. Sometimes you might not think it's growing as fast as some other sports, but we're fortunate this year we finally cracked 100 kids to sign up and that was pretty exciting for us," Fink said.

Although not all of the kids in youth wrestling will continue on to wrestle in high school, for now it's a great break from the everyday stresses of a child's life.

"If you have a lot of homework and you go to wrestling practice you can take a break from doing homework," youth wrestler Beau Beavers said.

With some of the grapplers comes tears, but also plenty of smiles. For the coaches, they are proud of the dedication the kids put fourth and love watching their kids' wrestling careers evolve after they leave the youth program.

"My little guys, to get to State Champions in high school is kind of big deal. We've had a few go onto college and place in Nationals. I guess a coach's ideal thing is to see somebody make the Olympics but I might not ever see that," Fink said.

If the Olympics or a state title are in your child's dreams there's one sport that can get them there.

"Try wrestling; you can't go wrong with it," said Fink.

"I'm going to try my best, and win or lose I know I stepped out on the mat and tried," Beavers said.

For more information on youth wrestling, there is contact information on the Harrisburg Wrestling website.

Previous Story

Next Story




You may also like

16-Year-Old Teen Found Dead On Interstate 90

10/2/2015 10:48 AM

Authorities did not identify the victim, but described him as a 16 year old from Minnehaha County.

Full Story
Body On I-90 Identified

10/2/2015 4:02 PM

The teenager found dead on Interstate 90 has been identified as an O'Gorman High School student.

Full Story
Helicopter Crash Near Parkston Under Investigation

10/5/2015 11:25 AM

Emergency crews responded to a helicopter crash near Parkston Monday morning. 

Full Story
Bosworth's Husband Facing Felony Charges

10/5/2015 10:50 AM

The husband of former GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Annette Bosworth now faces felony charges.

Full Story
Fishermen Find Body Of Sioux Falls Man In Oakwood Lake

10/6/2015 12:30 PM

The Brookings County Sheriff's Office says the body of 73-year-old Martin Jepson was found floating in the lake around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Full Story