Scaled back annual Greenville JV Wrestling Tournament gives wrestlers time on the mats
GREENVILLE – The Green Wave hosted its annual Junior Varsity Wrestling Tournament but unlike other seasons, the event was much smaller due to continual COVID limitations.
“The whole goal today is to help continue to grow our wrestling program and the programs for some of the schools that are here today,” said Greenville Athletic Director, Aaron Shaffer. “It is simply about getting kids on the mat and getting them mat time so that they can have an opportunity to complete.”
Five schools including Eaton, Sidney, Covington, West Carrollton along with Greenville met on the mats for JV pool play without keeping team scores or presenting trophies.
“We are fortunate to have these four schools along with us here today,” Saffer stated. “We are maximizing mat time, trying to get these JV kids who a lot of times don’t get much of a chance to wrestle to get on the mat and get some competition and grow as athletes not unlike we do with our other sports where we play a JV game. Wrestling is a little different – you don’t always get a JV opportunity.”
The morning meet had 40 wrestlers hitting the mats in a little more than 80 matches on the day.
“It was a great day,” said Shaffer. “We have good competition here and we’ll let these kids grow a little bit so when they become varsity wrestlers they are ready for their time.”