The Conrad Wrestling Club is celebrating its 30 year anniversary with a fundraising banquet at the Conrad Moose Lodge. This event is geared toward raising funds to help club members attend wrestling camps including the intense 14 day J. Robinson camp in Ashland, Ore.
The fundraiser banquet will be on Aug. 20 and will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are good for a pork rib dinner and the chance to win $2,000 or $1,000.
You may purchase tickets to win the cash prizes and you do not need to be present to win. You may contact Doug Moritz at 450-0314, Shari Richter at 261-5597 or Chris Berg at 210-4460 to purchase tickets.
The club is volunteer organization that is dedicated to helping wrestlers develop skills including wrestling technique, conditioning, sportsmanship and participation in wrestling competition. Many parents bring their kids to get some exercise and learn about competition and in the process they find that wrestling is a very rewarding sport for young athletes.
The club holds practices three times a week for approximately three months each year for wrestlers from ages four to 14. The coaches help new wrestlers get started learning wrestling techniques and how to get in shape.
The club travels to many meets during the year with wrestlers, coaches and parents. In one season the wrestling club will travel to15 different locations for wrestling matches around the state, many of those matches are close to Conrad, but the club also travels to larger tournaments in Butte, Helena, Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls and Lewistown.
Participants do not have to attend all the competitions but are encouraged to attend at least three during the wrestling season. The club also hosts regional tournaments for wrestlers in each season.
Without the dedication of the wrestlers, coaches, parents and the community it would not be possible to have such a successful wrestling club and program. Conrad Wrestling Club has always had top young wrestlers attending the competitions with many team and individual trophies.
Wrestlers transition to junior high and high school wrestling and several have competed at the college level. UMS has a strong record of achievement, winning 19 team first place trophies in the past 25 years. At the high school level, Conrad has also been extremely successful with eight team championships since 1995, 41 individual state high school champions since 1988 as well as 164 individuals placing in the top six at state.
The club is always looking for new members and practices will begin in December. For more information, contact a member or come to the fundraiser banquet on Aug. 20.