Ten students from Stephenville Youth Wrestling are heading to the Youth State Tournament in Round Rock this weekend.
Stephenville Youth Wrestling is a non-profit wrestling club for ages 4 and up. The objective of coach Chris Walter is to promote wrestling while helping develop competitiveness, confidence and mental toughness through discipline and hard work.
The wrestling club is composed of 25 students, ranging in age from five to 11 and each student practices about two to three days a week.
“Wrestling teaches such a broad field,” Walter said. “These kids learn something that they don’t hardly get in every sport. There’s nobody to blame; it’s nobody’s fault but theirs. They’re going to earn what they put into it. If kids make it through wrestling, they can be successful in anything.”
Walter has been coaching the program since former coach Beau Mayo started the club about 12 years ago. This is Walter’s first year to run the club.
“We’re super proud of all of them,” he said. “We've got a lot of rookies this year that have made rookie state, several novice kids and then my oldest boy is our only open wrestler, but they’ve all been super good. We're proud of all of them. We've got a bunch of new kids too that didn’t go to state but next year, it will be a whole different deal so we should have a bunch of kids [head to state] for next year.”
Walter also said he plans on hosting another youth wrestling camp this summer. The camp will welcome both boys and girls.