MCWC turning out top grapplers

Friday, March 14, 2014
Photo submitted MCWC grappler Seth McCoy battles in tournament action.

The Marshall County Wrestling Club is reaping the rewards from their hard work and dedication and is a breeding ground for some great local wrestlers, including Forrest senior Tyler McClendon, who became the Rockets' first-ever TSSAA State Tournament wrestling champion when he capped off a dominating season with a win in the Class A/AA 195-pound weight Class.

"The club has focused heavily on being a resource for all wrestlers inside and outside of Marshall County, including high school level and college levels," said Chris Posey, founder of the MCWC. "The club realizes that there are many more objectives and goals to be reached and has achieved its current success through the efforts of many people inside and outside of the club."

Season of success

The work continues as the MCWC has produced an excellent season so far with wrestlers placing and winning several tournaments, while having its sights set on success in its upcoming region qualifier and state tournaments.

"Every year since its inception the club has sent wrestlers to the state competition, each year improving on the next. This year is no different with strong showings throughout the season in every tournament they have competed," said Posey "We plan on sending the most wrestlers in our history to the state level competition, but it's also about earning spots on the podium too."

Last weekend, the MCWC had wrestlers competing in three different tournaments across the region. In total, the club garnered six championships, two runners up and two third place medals.

Totally titles

"We captured championships in all of our tournaments last weekend, that's incredible," said Posey. "It isn't often that the club divides its efforts across such a wide area. The club has always had wrestlers K-8 grade competing, the difference this year is that the club has wrestlers competing at the highest levels the state of Tennessee has to offer."

Putting the constant improvement and progression of its wrestlers' potential first, the MCWC has been patient, knowing to do things right, it would take a little more time. "Now in our third season, our wrestlers have captured the fundamentals and are developing into much more advanced competitors," said Posey.

Although the club is designated as a K-8 grade wrestling organization in Marshall County, the MCWC extends beyond age and geography to serve anyone who wants to learn how to wrestle. "The quality of our kids, parents, coaches, the organization of our programs, and a dedicated private training facility makes all the difference," said Austin Montgomery, Club Coach.

Lots of practice

The club prides itself on being able to tailor its teachings to the individual wrestler, highlighted by high school and college wrestlers who participate in practices, taking advantage of private instruction as well as getting the competitive mat time against other clubs in the region, who look to the club for scrimmages and extended instruction. "The club is a very good way to get extra mat time and become a better wrestler. The coaches create a fun atmosphere where the kids can learn and gain personal attributes that will help them in all aspects of life," said Forrest senior Cage Hargrove

Hargrove is a three-time TSSAA State Tournament participant and sixth place medalist this season in the 120-pound weight class.

The MCWC is a non-profit organization, sponsored by many local businesses that support the club, including the funds necessary to purchase much needed equipment.