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Posted on Jan 12, 2019

Youth wrestling program set to start 2019 season

Children interested in wrestling will have a chance to try the sport this winter, when Quincy Youth Wrestling kicks off later this month.
Boys and girls ages 5-12 are welcome into the program, with varsity boys head coach Greg Martinez pledging to “work with any student that is interested in giving it a try,” he said.
“We take kids of all ability levels,” Martinez added. Once practices start, children will be split into groups according to age and, later, by ability. Parents don’t have to know anything about wrestling, either.
“In fact, I invite parents to come out on the mat and learn with the kid and help us coach,” Martinez said.
Children interested don’t have to live in Quincy or within Quincy School District boundaries.
“Anyone who wants to come and join our club, they are welcome to be part of it,” Martinez said.
Registration is set for 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Jan. 17, at the QHS Wrestling Room, next to the tennis courts, prior to the Quincy Jacks’ varsity wrestling match against Ephrata. Parents unable to register on the day of the Ephrata match may register on the first day of practice.
The cost is $45 per child and $20 for any siblings. Payment is due at the time of registration. The $45 covers insurance and a team shirt.
Practices will occur Jan. 23, 28 and 30 the evenings in January, with 5-7 year-olds practicing from 5:15-6 p.m., and the rest of the children practicing 6-7 p.m.
Practices will switch to Tuesday and Thursday evenings in February.
In March, the program will take its young grapplers to tournaments. Upon registration, parents will get a calendar of dates so they don’t have to remember it all, Martinez said.
In addition to Martinez, Henry Hernandez, Breck Webley and Antonio Melendez will help coach the youngsters.
Registered wrestlers will receive a ticket to watch the Quincy Jacks varsity grapplers host the Ephrata Tigers’ squad, Martinez said.

By Sebastian Moraga,