CASTLETON SPARTAN DUALS OFF TO A FLYING START
It’s no surprise that Scott Legacy and Jeff Whitesell got the Castleton Spartan Duals off to a flying start. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 wrestlers – THAT’S RIGHT 400 – competed in the inaugural event at Castleton University’s hockey rink in Rutland Vermont, Saturday, May 6th, 2017. 12 mats accomodated the high school and youth wrestlers and the action was fast and furious.
Coaches Legacy and Whitesell are no strangers to arranging tournaments – but to recruit 400 wrestlers to the inaugural event is really quite a feat. They also enlisted the support of NUWAY’s Dave Dean. NUWAY is a national organization that supports youth wrestling around the country.
I had the opportunity to interview the three Coaches. The idea started somewhere around August of 2016 and materialized this past Saturday.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST WITH COACHES LEGACY, WHITESELL AND DEAN (CLICK THE PLAY ARROW BELOW)
The future plans for the Castleton Sparton Duals are to grow this event into a major high school/youth event and I have no doubts this will happen! Dave Dean emphatically stresses the need to get not only our youth involved, but incorporate some of the parents as well into the programs. We can never have enough coaches or wrestlers.
This year, teams journeyed from MA, NY, ME, RI, CT, VT, NH and even MI to participate in the event. Among the notables from Vermont were Hunter Verge who wrestled for Smitty’s Barn with a perfect 5-0 on the day…. and Roman Mayer who only dropped one wrestling for the
Castleton Wrestling Academy, 4-1.
The Castleton Spartan Duals featured four team pools for the high schoolers and five team pools for the youth. The format calls for all teams to wrestle every team in their pool and winners faced the winners of the other pools. Track wrestling was on hand to keep the event organized and running smooth.
Events of this nature are a lot of fun to attend and wrestlers are exposed to other wrestlers from around the northeast. Exposure to other wrestling styles is critical to a wrestler’s development!
If you are a Vermont Wrestler, MAKE IT A POINT TO ATTEND this event next year! Each wrestler is guaranteed at least 5 matches due to the small pool format.
NYwrestlingnews’ Betsy Veysman recapped the event.
Most of Rutland was experiencing a power outage and the entire event was set up in the dark with just a few lights to illuminate the process. Fortunately the lights were back on for the event and kudos to the Castleton University wrestling team for setting up, breaking down and staffing the entire event. Thanks also to Dave Dean of NUWAY for supplying the mats for the tournament.