I Am Local 6: Olympic-style wrestling at Pounder Nation

When many people think of wrestling, WWE or MMA may come to mind. One local man teaches young kids Olympic-style wrestling in Mayfield.

Purchase Area Pounders competes both regionally and nationally, but it’s what goes on beyond the mat that keeps their wrestlers pinned to the sport.

Hitting the mat means getting to work in Pounder Nation. Head wrestling coach Scott Raney started Purchase Area Pounders in 2012.  In three years, the Pounder Nation has plenty of hardware to display.

“There’s two reasons a child should wrestle: self-defense and to make him better at other athletic endeavors,” said Raney.

Raney coaches more than 30 kids with the help of parents and volunteers.

“The whole Pounder family, we call the Pounder Nation, is a big family,” said Raney.

Young wrestlers from 4 to 15 years old begin practice with dynamic stretching.

“We do a lot of bridge work and a lot of neck work. We strengthen our core, so our wrestlers don’t get pinned,” said Raney.

“They can tackle anything, now, because of wrestling,” said Lindsey Conner.

Conner has been a part of the Pounder Nation for three years with her two sons.

“This is the only sport I don’t have to ask them to go to practice,” said Conner.

Technique and free-wrestling may be one-on-one, but the friendships continue off the mat.

“We’ve had a lot of individual success here, but our success is team success,” said Raney.

Success comes in the form of trophies, self-confidence and athletics.

There is one girl learning to wrestle now, and there have been a few past who have been excellent contenders.

Pounder Nation practices at least three times a week and travels to competitions from October to February.

If you know of a sport that is new or unusual to this area, contact Tori Shaw via email at tshaw@wpsdlocal6.com, Facebook at Tori Shaw -WPSD Local 6, or Twitter @TShawWPSD.

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