Community hosts K-8 girls wrestling clinic

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  • Wrestling coach Mr. Trevor Kaufman introduces the clinic’s participants to the high school wrestlers.

  • Pyper Wood NCHS (’23) leads the group of seventh and eigth graders, teaching them a double-leg takedown.

  • Normal West juniors Sammy Lehr and Angel Batson teach kindergarten through sixth graders the double-leg takedown.

  • Seventh and eigth graders try out the double-leg takedown on each other.

  • Kindergarten through sixth graders try to put their partner on the mat using the double-leg takedown.

  • Pyper Wood (’23) demonstrates how to pin an opponent with a half nelson.

  • Lehr coaches the K-6 pairs on how to correctly execute the half nelson.

  • The girls and coaches celebrate the end of the K-8 girls wrestling clinic.

The IHSA announced the innugrual girls wrestling season with a state series on June 14.

To help grow the sport, Normal Community and West collaborated to hold a girls wrestling clinic for students K-8 on Oct. 18 at Community. At the clinic, 17 girls showed up to participate in wrestling drills and learn more about the sport.

Community wrestling coach Mr. Trevor Kaufman is looking forward to introducing more girls to the sport with open mats and different clinics.

 “If you come in new, sometimes it can be hard,” Kaufman said, “but there are a lot of opportunities for new female wrestlers.”