SPANISH SPRINGS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) – Three nights a week, inside Spanish Springs High School, dozens of area kids spend a few hours learning the sport of wrestling.
“A lot of these guys, I'd say 90% are first year wrestlers,” youth Coach Jason Daniels said. “They haven't wrestled before, so they're in here learning the basics and it's kind of neat watching them for the first time.”
Some of the first year grapplers are here thanks to parenting, like Maggie Milligan, who has two sons on team.
“We just wanted them to be involved and understand a sport that is going to make them responsible for their actions,” Milligan said.
At times, tears can be seen on the faces of the beginners, but those familiar with the sport call it character building.
“They cry a little and we tell them to toughen up, it's the sport. Sometimes they think it's unfair because they don't understand the scoring our how things go down, so it is hard it is a learning curve to them,” Milligan said.
“Losing is a difficult part of it, but it is a part of their learning curve. They have to realize they have to get back in the room and work harder for them to excel,” Daniels said.
First year wrestling dad, Landon Porter says he’s seen a change in his son’s behavior and sleep habits.
“We'd be hard-pressed to get him in bed before 9:30 or 10 o'clock because he wouldn't want to go to bed, but wrestling nights - twice a week for practice and tournaments every weekend; he just passes out as soon as we get in the car. Those are nights off for us as home.” Porter said.
Currently, there are over a dozen area clubs for interested families to check out. To find your local organization through the Sierra Wrestling Association, head to their website