Wrestling group promotes sport, holds first camp

By Oree Foster
Special to the Times

FORT DEFIANCE, Juy 24, 2014

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High school wrestling doesn't receive the attention basketball does and the Window Rock Wrestling Association is changing the scenario.

The association collaborated with the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project and Window Rock High School to host its first wrestling camp at Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse last week.

WRWA President Katherine Davidson said the association's goal is to promote the sport of wrestling.

"Our focus is on the children's exposure to the fundamental skills, as well as utilizing advance skills, strategies of wrestling, concepts of teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship," Davidson said.

"This is our first camp and we had a great turnout,” she said. “At completion of the high school wrestling season, our association allows the athletes to continue to wrestle as a club."

She thanked the Diabetes Project and recreation specialist Darwin Mitchell for their help in sponsoring the camp and Window Rock High for allowing the use of the fieldhouse.

Davidson said the association is growing and has been incorporated with Navajo Nation Business Regulatory. Association members competed in a tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and the Lori Piestewa Games in Fountain Hills, Ariz., last week.

The association completed its inaugural Summer Border Wars Folkstyle Wrestling Challenge this past Tuesday at the fieldhouse.

"We are raising funds for the kids to compete in tournaments," she said. "We are also accepting donations to defray costs at the tournaments the kids compete in.”

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