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Big Sandy Little Pioneers wrestlers, with big moves


February 28, 2018

Working hard, or learning to work hard, or learning how to battle through, or maybe just meeting new friends. What is the value of little ones learning to wrestle? If you ask them, it's none of the above. It's JUST FUN! Head coach Kyle Rodewald must think it's fun too. And thanks to the Big Sandy Historical Society they've been able to "have fun" four days a week after school. The Big Sandy Museum has had the wrestling mat down in their meeting area for a number of weeks now. You walk in and right inside the door are all sizes of shoes and backpacks. While walking back to the meeting room in your socks you can't help but smile as you see all sizes of little Pioneers wrestling on the mat. If you haven't been able to see the little pioneers wrestle, now is your opportunity. Honestly, you can't imagine how much "fun" it is to see them out on the floor wrestling. This Friday, March 2, Big Sandy will be hosting a little wrestler's tournament starting at the high school auditorium at 5:30. It may be the Little Pioneers, but it takes a big effort to put on a tournament . Forty

volunteers are necessary to run a tournament like this. Kayla Rodewald will be singing the National Anthem again this year at the tournament.

Helping Kyle coach this year is Trent Cline, Shane Cox, and Colby Baumgarn. There are 14 wrestlers who proudly wear their Little Pioneers wrestling shirts bought for them by Rotary. The adults can wear similar T-shirts if you want because Kyle bought some extra's in hopes of raising some much-needed funds to support the little wrestling program. You can buy a T-Shirt for $25 for the adults and $15 for the kids.

Big Sandy Little Pioneers have a Facebook page where you can follow along on all the different updates of tournament action, although this year, because of the weather they haven't been able to go to as many as they would like. Kyle said the community support has been outstanding and he wants to thank the people of Big Sandy for their support of the kids.


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