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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Findlay High to host special gymnastics, wrestling night
By JAMIE BAKER

Staff Writer

If you enjoy the Olympic sports of gymnastics and wrestling, Findlay High will be the place to be Saturday night.

The Findlay High gymnastics and wrestling teams will host the first Beauty and The Beast Meet in the FHS gymnasium at 6 p.m.

Findlay's gymnasts will face Perrysburg and Oregon Clay in a triangular at the same time the wrestlers will take on Perrysburg.

"Brecksville has a meet like this, and so does Dublin Coffman," said Findlay gymnastics coach Traci Dunn who came up with the idea.

"My husband Joe was a wrestler and we thought this would be a good way to bring the two sports together and support each other. Getting the two teams together for an event sounded like a perfect fit.

"People will get to see some high-level gymnastics like you would on TV only up close and right in front of you."

Dunn approached Findlay wrestling coach Ben Kirian about the idea a year and a half ago. Figuring the Beauty and The Beast meet would be a good way to attract more attention to his wrestling program, Kirian was all-in.

"Apparently, Brecksville has done this about the last five years and they've made a big event out of it," Kirian said.

"We're two sports who don't get a lot of attention unless its in our own circles. If you love wrestling, you follow us and it's the same kind of thing with gymnastics.

"If you don't follow those two sports you probably don't have much of a clue about them. We both thought it would be a cool way to get some exposure for both teams."

It should be an interesting event with non-stop action. While the wrestlers will be competing on one side of the gym, the gymnastics will be doing their routines on the floor exercise, bar, balance beam and vault a few feet away.

"No one really knows what this is going to be like. It's new to everyone. Our guys are a little bit nervous about it. They've never wrestled while music has been playing at the same time," Kirian said.

"We're going play some music during practice to kind of simulate it. We want to make it a fun thing."

It should definitely be an event to remember for Findlay's gymnasts who will be making their first appearance at the high school in 15 years.

"We're hoping a lot of students come out and watch us," Kirian said. "I have a couple of gymnastics girls in class and they are really excited about it. They have been talking about it all year."

Baker, 419-427-8409

jamiebaker@thecourier.com


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