Six local wrestlers qualify for the USA National championships

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Six members of the Rowan County Wrestling Club have qualified for the USA National Wrestling Championships as members of the North Carolina team.
The club is based out of Hall’s Gym, which is operated by the Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department, and Salisbury City Council recognized Coach Tim Pittman and those six wrestlers at its meeting Tuesday.
Three club members are competing in the USA Wrestling Schoolboy National Championships which began today in Indianapolis, Ind. They are:
– Tanner Motley, a rising ninth-grader from North Rowan Middle School, qualified by placing first in the 120-pound weight class at the N.C. Freestyle/Greco Roman State Championships.
– Cody Eggers, a rising eighth-grader at West Rowan Middle School, qualified by placing first in the 144-pound weight class at the N.C. Freestyle/Greco Roman State Championships.
– Will Robertson, a rising eighth-grader at North Rowan Middle School, qualified by finishing second in the 215-pound weight class at the N.C. Junior High School State Championships.
Three additional club members will compete in the USA Wrestling Cadet/Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D., July 20-26. They are:
– Anson Phillips, a rising junior at Carson High School, qualified by placing first in the 145-pound weight class at the N.C. Freestyle/Greco Roman State Championships.
– Joseph Figueroa, a rising junior at Salisbury High School, qualified by placing first in the 130-pound weight class at the N.C. Freestyle/Greco Roman State Championships.
– Dontarious Mills, a rising sophomore at Salisbury High School, qualified by placing second in the 98-pound weight class at the N.C. Freestyle/Greco Roman State Championships.
Phillips, Figueroa and Mills must raise $1,000 to cover their portion of the trip to North Dakota. The Rowan County Wrestling Club is accepting donations on behalf for those expenses.
If you would like to make a donation or for more information on the Wrestling Club, contact Tim Pittman at 704-638-2711.
In addition to the six wrestlers who qualified for the USA National Wrestling Championships, dozens of other area wrestlers competed for the Rowan County Wrestling Club’s travel team and participated in numerous tournaments throughout North and South Carolina.
The club organizes wrestling opportunities for young men in grades K-12, including a youth league, travel team and a summer camp program, which is scheduled for July 28-Aug.1 at Hall Gymnasium.
The mission of the wrestling club is to provide area youth the opportunity to compete in the sport of wrestling, while providing a positive and productive learning environment. The partnership is aimed at reducing youth involvement in gang related activities.
About 200 young men are involved in the Rowan County Wrestling Club.
Pittman, who serves as president and a coach, can also be reached by email at tpitt@salisburync.gov.

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