Cleveland's ' Take-Down' club

Friday, February 4th 2005, 11:12 am
By: News On 6

Wrestling, like many sports, helps develop self confidence and discipline. If you want to be good at it, you've got to start young.

News on 6 reporter Rick Wells went to Cleveland in Pawnee County to spend time with the Take-Down Club. Zachary Myles is four and a member of the Cleveland Take-Down Club. It's their youth wrestling program for kids four to 15.

Jake Horine's the coach, he wrestled in Cleveland. Jake the Snake, regional champ and state runner-up in 1998 is also involved passing some of his experience to the kids. Jake Horine: "There's a lot of discipline involved since it's a one on one sport."

The discipline is what some of the parents like. That and the fact that when these practices are done, the kids are too. Ryan Griffith: "When he's done here he's ready to go home and go to bed, get something to eat and go to bed." His son Walker, is 7, he tried this a couple of seasons ago, didn't like it. Now, he's back and having more fun.

Practices involve lots of one on one, working on the moves and developing the skills they need to get better. It's tough stuff. 6 year old Cameron skinned his knee, but a few inches of tape from dad and he's back in the action. At 4, Zachary Myles is one of the younger kids. He just started in October but he's really take to it. Kim Myles: “Zachary is very shy; it's given him a ton of confidence." And look at the hardware. He’s won several trophies down in Dallas. The outstanding wrestler in the Tot division. His mom says they've been at some sort of wrestling tournament almost every weekend since November.

Many of these Cleveland wrestlers will compete in the upcoming regional tournament. Those winners will move on to the state tournament.