Created on Friday, 20 December 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
From being a wrestler to becoming a coach, to a coach becoming a referee and referee going back to being a coach. That has been my wrestling cycle.
People who love the sport of wrestling often stay within the sport. That is especially true in this community.
For the most part, everyone knows everybody around here. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I love going to the Logan County tri-meet and seeing so many familiar faces to talk wrestling with.
Being a mostly rural area, there are not dozens of kids in the hallways of the local schools that you hope come out and wrestle. Even still, though, there is quality wrestling here.
Around the time I graduated it wasn’t uncommon for 8 to 12 wrestlers from the area to qualify for the state tournament. For the three county schools, and West Liberty-Salem, that is very impressive.
The kids here are tough, talented and dedicated. That is a trait that I believe is rooted in this area and can be seen today in every program’s infrastructure.
The programs at Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Indian Lake and West Liberty-Salem have the most important element vital for success: people who care.
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