Dodge City High School (DCHS) will be hosting a youth wrestling clinic on Monday, Nov. 11 and Tuesday, Nov. 12 to take place at the high school. Youth in Kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to attend the clinic, which will teach participants the basics of wrestling.
The event will start at 6 p.m. for students in Kindergarten through third grade, while those in fourth through sixth grade will get started at 7 p.m. The event is free to the public and attendees are advised to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to register. Registration will take place at the high school's activity entrance and participants will then be directed to the wrestling room. Parents are invited to watch their children participate in the event.
According to DCHS head wrestling coach Lars Lueders, the clinic is meant for anyone interested in wrestling, from beginners who want to test out the sport to more experienced wrestlers who want to get in some practice.
“We're holding it just to increase awareness of wrestling in the community, to get more kids interested in the sport and to get more kids out hopefully for the future for Red Demon wrestling,” Lueders said.
This is the first time the high school will host a wrestling clinic.
“We're excited to get the word out and hopefully this will be a big hit and we can continue to do it in the future,” Lueders said.
Lueders stressed that the clinic is meant to be a welcoming event.
“Even if a kid thinks he's never going to wrestle again we want him to come out and give it a try and see if he likes it,” he said.
This is Lueders' sixth year as head wrestling coach. Since coming on board the team has had 41 state qualifiers, 21 state place winners, two state champions and one All American.
“The last five years have been really good for the wrestling program and we keep improving,” Lueders said. “Hopefully this year we'll get back in the top 10. We're excited about our future and expect a successful season.”
The high school's wrestling season runs from December through February.
For more information about the youth wrestling clinic or the DCHS wrestling program, email coach Lueders at email@example.com.