His petition-mates agreed. All know younger children who want to wrestle and are currently trying it without supervision in ways that can cause injury.
The Ram wrestling team at the middle school is only four years old. But the team has achieved a good deal of success in that short time. Not only have Ram wrestlers done well against other schools on the seacoast in after-school meets, but also at the regional and state championships. Medals and awards have been brought home by both individuals and the team on many occasions.
That sense of personal achievement isn’t lost on Deshaies’ wrestlers, and they see the sport as a good thing for themselves and others. Even those who have been involved for only a year or two are able to do well if they work hard, the boys said. It doesn’t matter how muscular a candidate is, they said, or even if the wrestler is a girl like Brianna Bowden, who’s on the team this year.
“It’s a sport for everybody,” said Dylan Colpits. “Everyone can have an opportunity with wrestling.”
The boys said that unlike the sports of basketball or football, where those of a height or size gain advantages, wrestling has many levels to accommodate the largest and smallest competitors.
“When you wrestle, you wrestle someone your own size and your own age,” Michael Dow said. “That’s why it doesn’t matter how big you are.”
Needing brains and strength, good wrestling requires an understanding of strategy as well as good physical form, the boys said. It builds self-discipline, they added, as well as independence and confidence.
“You’re all by yourself when you’re out there on the mat,” Michael Dow said. “You have to depend on yourself.”
Recreation Department Director Sandy Beaudoin wasn’t involved in the petition movement’s beginning, but she’ll work to help build the program if voters give the go-ahead.