Supporters of youth wrestling in Salem proposed the start of a high school wrestling program to the Salem Community High School Board Monday night. No decision was made.
Amber Metcalf, the mother of Junior Keaton Mitchell, would like to see the team begin next year. They moved from Carlyle where wrestling was offered.
“When we moved here we realized they didn’t have a wrestling team. Which we were kind of bummed about but it is what it is. I was trying to maybe start something for him, he’s a junior now and he’s a pretty gosh darn good wrestler.”
Supporters of the program said they would assist in funding the sport at the high school level. The group is also working on starting a youth wrestling program in Salem, with youth wrestlers currently participating in Mt. Vernon and Centralia.
Superintendent Dr. Brad Detering says there are a number of issues that will have to be addressed before a decision is made on adding wrestling as a winter sport.
“The last two sports started in this format was boys and girls soccer and boys and girls bowling. What had happened in both of those instances was it was privately fundraised for the cost except the district did provide transportation. Basically what you are looking at. But in terms of uniform and equipment costs, coaches…well actually coaches didn’t take a stipend for the first 3 years, and then after that, the Board would take it up and see if it was something they would want to add on and at that point would pick up all the costs associated.”
Detering says the use of volunteers would also require approval from the Salem High Teachers Association.
In other action, the board approved a letter of resignation from Girls Volleyball Coach Christy Gillett.