The Big Sandy Mountaineer -

Little Pioneer Wrestling Club off to a Great Start


January 25, 2023

The Pioneer Wrestling Club kicked off it's 7th year in early December when kids came hustling to the wrestling room at the high school eager to get started. Coach Kyle Rodewald started the club back up again in 2015 with just 3 kids. As wrestling practice got underway, the club grew to 30 members, ranging in age from 3 to 14. You also see the high school kids in the wrestling room day in and day out busting their butts and their success so far this year has been a triumph to all involved. These kids dedicate themselves at least two days a week, up to four and have spent countless hours in the wrestling room with the amazing coaches to better themselves as individuals and as a team. While wrestling is an individual sport, you can see the kids on the sidelines cheering each other on and stepping up to practice with whoever may need a partner on any given day. They push each other to be better. The camaraderie and sportsmanship at even a young age is always a blessing to see.

While Coach Rodewald was in Chouteau with Coach Taylor and the high School team, the club dove head first into their first tournament of the year on January 14th when 20 kids travelled to Helena for the annual Helltown Throwdown. Coach Kyle said he was "extremely happy with how everyone wrestled in Helena. With it being the first tournament of the year, and Helena having very tough competition, I was very happy with how we did. We took 20 kids and 11 placed. As a team we placed 11th out of 65 teams.

This tournament brings in kids from all over Montana and the surrounding states with roughly 800 to 1000 participants. The Pioneer kids showed up to wrestle. Coach Colby Baumgarn said "they've been working hard at practice and it showed at Helltown. The kids did well."

Without the volunteer coaches/parents the club would not be able to include so many kids from the community in this sport. It takes a village to wrangle up all these kids and continue to teach and train them to wrestle. On any given day you can find the parents/coaches step in and help with whatever the club needs to get these kids ready for the season. The club is also doing a fundraiser put together by Darin and Carissa Ray. Members are selling raffle tickets for a Leupold BX-4 Pro Guide HD 12x50mm binoculars with harness, rangefinder pouch and semi auto holster. Only 200 tickets will be sold for $20 each and the winner will be announced at the Big Sandy Little Guy Tournament March 3rd. Stay tuned for more from the Pioneer Wrestling club as they continue their season.


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