NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s Mad Bulls are ready to run again this winter. The youth wrestling program begins this season after a banner year in which it crowned four state champions and had three runner-up finishes at the state championships in February.
“Plain and simple, we want to reach more kids in the city of Norwalk,’’ coach Randy Haus said. “Our kids and parents start to see results immediately. Our program is not about winning or losing, it’s about life lessons learned through teamwork, developing self-esteem and not only trying your best, but giving it your best.”
The program is run by Haus and coach Art Schad, former high school and college wrestlers who have extensive coaching backgrounds.
“Along the way our wrestlers become more physically fit through exercises learned in practice,’’ Haus said. “We have kids with very different levels of fitness, but through one-on-one coaching and encouragement our team responds to the hard work involved with the sport of wrestling. They also have fun learning techniques and becoming physically fit as teammates.”
The Mad Bulls developed a “boot camp” fitness program over the summer to prepare young wrestlers for the upcoming season. Nathan Hale Middle School sixth-grader and team captain Sam White, who is starting his third year on the Mad Bull squad, noted that boot camp made him stronger and more athletic.
“My coaches are always preaching about the little things we need to do outside of the practice room to stay in shape and get to the next level,’’ White said. “Boot camp has given me a fitness routine that has really impacted my fitness level and I’m ready for a great season.”
The Mad Bulls practice Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Norwalk High wrestling room from 6 to 7:30 PM. Children in grades K-8 are welcome. The team will hold its first practice Monday, Oct. 15.
For more information about the program and registration go to the team's website or contact coach Randy Haus at 203-252-9724.