Young grapplers should get ready

The Madras Mat Club youth wrestling organization will hold sign-ups at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 5, at Madras High School.

The club, for boys and girls ages 5 and up, focuses on teaching proper technique and introducing the younger kids to the sport, all while helping hone and perfect the skills for the older and more advanced wrestlers.

Cost for the club is $50, which covers the fee to obtain a USA Wrestling card and a T-shirt, and practice will begin the night of sign-ups.

The club will meet at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday during the season for practice, and wrestlers are asked to enter the east doors of Madras High School, by the wrestling room. Practices usually end around 7:30 p.m.

One of the club’s organizers, Donnie Alire, said this year should be “really exciting.”

For questions about the club, contact Alire at 541-815-0734.

Warner Pacific to add wrestling

Warner Pacific College, located in Southeast Portland, will add men’s and women’s wrestling to its athletic program, beginning in the 2014-15 academic year.

Warner Pacific Athletic Director Jamie Joss announced the news Monday, and said the search for a head coach and recruiting will begin immediately.

The Knights’ men’s wrestling team will compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, like all of its other athletic programs, and will join Southern Oregon University as the second NAIA-affiliated team in Oregon.

Other men’s wrestling programs in Oregon include Oregon State University at the NCAA Division I level, Pacific University at NCAA Division III, Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay and Clackmas Community College, along with SOU.

Warner Pacific previously fielded a men’s wrestling team from 1968-1975.

The women’s team will compete in the Women’s College Wrestling Association, which is the governing body for all college women’s wrestling teams, regardless of NAIA, NCAA or NJCAA affiliations.

The WCWA holds its national tournament every January.

The women’s team is the 15th team within the NAIA, which allows the sport to become nationally recognized by the governing body. The program is the third in Oregon, joining SWOCC and Pacific.

"We're thrilled to offer a robust athletics program that serves the needs of a wide variety of students," Warner Pacific President Andrea Cook said. "I believe men's and women's wrestling will provide many students new avenues in which to pursue their higher education goals, while strengthening their character through the principles inherent in Knights Athletics."

MHS names athletes of the month

The Madras High School athletic department and administration have started a new athlete of the month award to recognize the hard work and dedication of White Buffalo athletes throughout the school year.

The winners for September’s award were Oved Felix from the boys soccer team, and Alexis Urbach from the volleyball team.

Coaches are allowed to nominate a player for their team, and then those are voted on by all coaches and members of the MHS administration.

The winners for October will be announced in early November.

Winter sports parent meeting coming up

Madras High School will hold a winter sports information session for parents at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Madras High School Commons.

All parents of winter sports players, and the players themselves, should plan to attend.

Contact MHS Athletic Director Rory Oster for more information.

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