West Ottawa Wrestling set out to have fun and make a difference in the community. They won the 4th Annual Little Panthers Tournament, besting local teams in the area. The Panthers had 11 champions out of 15 wrestlers, despite having a team half the size of the next club.
West Ottawa will be offering up its annual wrestling camp, however it will be a tad different this year. For the first time it will be free.
This is an effort to entice more wrestlers into the program and create some free opportunities for our wrestlers.
West Ottawa wrestling is continuing to grow and the youth and now middle school level. Many new changes are happening this year, including new coaches and an expanded roster. For the first time, 6th graders will be able to compete at the middle school level. This will give them a huge advantage against other tams as we will get an additional year of training under our belt.
Panthers got another head start on the season by competing in the 2nd Annual Black n' White Inner Squad at West Ottawa High School. Although a few of the team was elsewhere at an orchestra concert; the ones that did remain put on a great show for the youth team, the parents, the fans, and the alumni. Though this was just a fun night to get the team more matches, it also serves as a guiding light for the coaches when looking to put together the initial starting line up.
The Panthers wrestle on the road next on Wednesday December 7th against #7 Hesperia and Allendale.
The West Ottawa Panthers will keep the hammer at home for the second a straight year. Hosted by Holland this year, the Battle for the Bridge is a friend scrimmage where both team match up wrestlers to get in a few exhibition matches prior to the start of the season. A sledgehammer is a spirit award given to the team that wins the most matches. This year, the Panthers squeaked by, winning 16 to 14 matches against the Dutch.
The Panthers return to the mats November 29th for their Black n' White Inner Squad at home.
Often a wrestler can find himself drowning in outside sources. Voices pulling from opposite direction. All the weight of the outside world can cripple the best athletes. But not for senior Ethan Garcia. We caught up with Garcia prior to the start of the season and discussed not only his iron clad will, but he laser like focus going into his last year as a Panther.
The Fall Training Camp was a great opportunity to get wrestlers in the West Michigan area together to train and compete on the national level.