The Dell Rapids Athletic Booster Club held its annual youth wrestling tournament on Saturday, December 23rd, at the Dell Rapids High School. About 290 youth wrestlers participated in the event throughout the day. The tournament had age brackets of 6&U, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12.
The tournament is one of the biggest fundraising events for the Dell Rapids Athletic Booster Club during the year, but the success of the yearly tournament is a combined effort of multiple groups. The Dell Rapids High School wrestling team, past and present, served as referees, scorers, and time keepers throughout the day. Members of the Dell Rapids Youth Wrestling Club provided support all day long as well in different areas.
“We were very pleased with the number of wrestlers that came to the tournament. We want to say thank you to the Dell Rapids school for allowing us to host the tournament at the building, thank you to Lee Palmer for being our announcer for the day, thank you to Coach Jorgensen and the wrestling team for helping be the referees and scorers throughout the day, and thank you to the Dell Rapids Wrestling Club members that provided help at the registration tables, bout room, weigh-ins and provided treats for us to sell. Without the help of all these groups, this tournament wouldn’t be as successful as it is. I also want to personally thank each and every one of the booster club members that put in a long day of work to make this event run as smoothly as it did,” said Dell Rapids Athletic Booster Club president Matt Larson.
The funds raised by this event along with the other fundraisers throughout the year help the athletic booster club make purchases to support Dell Rapids athletics.