NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Madbull wrestling club increased its growing roster to 40 area youth wrestlers this year as the season kicked off with a rigorous practice schedule of seasoned experienced and brand new youth wrestlers to prepare for the upcoming season.
The wrestling club is one of the most successful youth wrestling clubs in the area with local kids ranging from grades 1-8. The club has crowned five State Champions in the last two years and has plans to expand and reach out to more local youth wrestlers as the season moves into gear.
Program director Randy Haus commented is looking forward to another season with the wrestlers.
“We are looking for well-balanced kids, working hard in practice is just one key component, we also want to build a sense of community service with volunteer and charity work all while emphasizing the need to be good students in school,'' Haus said. “If the kids connect the dots with what we are challenging them with, they will soon realize it takes more than athletic prowess to be a good student-athlete and teammate.
“We’re entering our fourth year as a youth wrestling club, which is exciting to think about now that we’re just starting to see our youth wrestlers enter the high school ranks, and hopefully will do well at that level now that they have aged out of our program,'' he said. This upcoming year presents its challenges for head coach Art Schad, who guides the very young squad of boys and girls. “It’s like hitting the restart button at times trying to get the new kids to buy into our system, so far practices are going very well, and to be honest with you it’s nice to see so many girls joining the club, the girls we have are very determined quick learners, with something to prove to the boys.”.
Asked what the upcoming season looks like, Schad said: “We make no predictions, we just want the kids to work hard, have fun, and commit to the practice schedule and be good teammates, the rest will take care of itself."
Former Brien McMahon wrestler David Slapin and Norwalk High School's Jason Singer round out the coaching staff and will help guide the young team when they compete in the next few weeks in Thomaston and New Milford.
The Norwalk youth program is still taking membership applications for the winter season. For more information about the Norwalk Madbull wrestling club, go to www.madbullwrestling.com
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