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Pioneer Pride looking to bring newcomers to mat
Pioneer Pride wrestling teams first meet met with success. The members are, front row, from left, Huck Damon, Darren Weitzel and Brant Damon. Second row, coach Bo Ramsey, Brayden McKinley, Zerek Keel, Collin Pedigo, coach Dave Holcomb and coach Joe Damon
In its fledgling season, the Warren County youth Pioneer Pride wrestling team competed in the Wildcat Invitational at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon on Sunday.The youth wrestling team is something new to the area, and the first AAU tournament is designed to allow wrestlers to compete with other wrestlers in similar stages of development.Establishing the program here in Warren County, according to founding head coach David Holcomb, will allow younger players the chance to get much-needed exposure to the sport and be an excellent primer when they move to schools like Warren County Middle School and Warren County High School, which have established programs but need participants.“Even though it was a beginner tournament, we competed against established programs,” Holcomb said. “As the tournament went on, our boys gained valuable experience, and you could see their confidence grow from match to match as they wrestled.”Tennessee AAU wrestling divides wrestlers by both age and weight, having five different age groups and multiple weight classes per group. Divisions include: Tot (4-5 years old, 35-75 pounds); Bantam (6-7 years old, 40-125 pounds); Midget (8-9 years old, 50-175 pounds); Junior (10-11 years old, 60-205 pounds) and Middle School/Schoolboy (12-14 years old, 70-250 pounds).Competing in their first meet were Brant Damon, 40-pound weight class, and Darren Weitzel, 50-pound weight class.