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Wrestling - Overview

 Wrestling begins Monday, October 3rd, and runs Monday through Thursday 3 to 4:30 p.m.,  Varsity runs Monday through Friday from 3 to 5p.m. There will be an informational parent meeting for wrestling on Tuesday night, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the UMS staff room.  All parents are strongly encouraged to attend, however it is especially important for the parents of new wrestlers. 


UMS Wrestling begins practice on Monday, October 3rd in the cafeteria at 3:05 p.m.

Come join one of the toughest and oldest contact sports!  Wrestling is one of the original Olympic sports that has competitors from all over the world! 

There will be a wrestling demo in the gym on Thursday at lunch, and there will be a meeting in the room 26, the band room, on Friday at lunch, for those interested. Come introduce yourself to Coach Kay for more information. You can reach coach Kay at extension 26126, or at kayc@unionsd.org


For wrestling practice, wrestlers should wear loose fitting shorts and t-shirts or compression shirts, they should get wrestling shoes, which can be found at Big 5, or Fontanettis near downtown on Alameda Road. Another good resource is online at World Wide Sport Supply (wwsport.com), or www.gsportwrestling.com. If wrestlers don't have shoes yet, they can wrestle in their socks, but it is not ideal, and they cannot bring their street shoes onto the mat, as that can lead to skin disease.


If a student has braces, they will need sports mouth guard for both top and bottom teeth, regardless of where the brackets are.  Wrestlers will ultimately be provided with a singlet and headgear for matches. Wrestlers with long hair will need a skull cap. 


 Wrestling is a no-cut sport, so everyone who tries out will be on the team. 

The wrestling season begins in October.

It is a short season -- just eight quick weeks -- so it is strongly encouraged that you attend every practice. Just like math class each practice is progressive.  Miss a class and risk falling behind.

No experience is necessary.

It isn’t even required that you have any prior athletic experience what so ever.  What’s most important is a strong work ethic. Bring that, and we’ll get you the rest of the way.

Our mission.

The mission of the Union wrestling program is to impact and empower the lives of young wrestlers with the proven benefits of wrestling training. We help kids, regardless of experience or physical stature, develop a strong wrestling foundation. The skills learned here will provide long-term value for the entirety of your wrestler’s career – on and off of the mat.

We’re committed to helping young people live more self-confident, healthy, and successful lives, and we think it’s the highest calling of our profession.

The most important thing about wrestling actually has little to do with wrestling.It’s really all about developing individual character. Wrestling is anindividual sport. Don’t get me wrong, the wrestling team is a team, but eachteammate wrestles their opponent alone. It’s a place outside of your comfortzone, but you learn to embrace it. You start to like it. Often leading to alife long love for challenge and accomplishment.

If you have any further questions about Wrestling please contact the coach Mr. Kay at kayc@unionsd.org.

Here are some fun facts about wrestlers:

Thirteen US Presidents wrestled -- Three out of the four presidents on Mount Rushmore.

GeorgeWashington, John Adams, Andrew Jackson, James Taylor, Franklin Pierce, AbrahamLincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, James Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, TheodoreRoosevelt, William Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Dwight D. Eisenhower

Alot of other famous people were wrestlers too. (Obviously, this list isincomplete)


The late John Chafee (former senator RI)

Lincoln Chafee (current senator RI)

Chuck Hagel (Nebraska)

John McCain (Arizona)

The Late Paul Wellstone (Minnesota)