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Local wrestlers battle for bragging rights at city championship

More than 275 elementary school students grapple in day-long event at Rotary Place; county championship set for Thursday

About 275 wrestlers from local elementary schools battled it out for civic bragging rights at the City Elementary School Wrestling Championship which featured dozens of matches throughout the day Tuesday at Rotary Place.

“We have about 275 wrestlers here today,” said Juris Ligers, who helps organize the popular local event with Tom Earle. The two longtime teachers and wrestling coaches have been the driving force behind the event for more than 15 years.

“Anyone who tries out makes the team, so that makes wrestling a little different than other sports,” said Ligers. “And you don’t have to qualify for the City Championship … everyone has a chance.”

He said that’s part of the appeal of the sport. “All you need is a pair of running shoes,” he said.

Next year, a new school will be joining the local wrestling ranks. Ligers said Uptergrove Public School ran a pilot program this year and plans to run a club next year.

Tuesday was the first half of a double-header of sorts for young grapplers. On Thursday, the Simcoe County championships will be held – also at Rotary Place. Ligers said more than 300 athletes will be fighting throughout the day-long event.


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