“I got into wrestling to whoop his butt.”

Brady White, 10, discussing his current friendship with 11-year-old Jacob Hackman.

MOUNT VERNON — Lesson One is knowing how to have fun.

That rule goes for the ancient sport of wrestling as well as the even more ancient art of living. That lesson is being taught in the gymnasium of Pleasant Street Elementary School every Tuesday and Thursday.

The Little Stingers program is the first rung on the ladder of scholastic wrestling, and, more importantly, Little Stingers takes the youngest wrestlers in the area and guides them down some of the early steps on the path of life.

For Little Stingers’ coach Corey Auker, his second year in the program has been nothing but fun.

“I love it,” said Auker, “especially teaching these kids, and especially when these kids are quickly learning everything. Teaching the little kids is great. The most important thing at this age is just the basics. Get the basics down. They need to get the mindset that ‘It’s not all about wrestling.’”

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  • Geoff Cowles/News Brady White, 10, left, engages in a wrestling drill with Jacob Morrison, 10, during a recent practice at Pleasant Street Elementary. Both are part of the Little Stingers program in Mount Vernon.
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  • Geoff Cowles/News Brady White, 10, left, engages in a wrestling drill with Jacob Morrison, 10, during a recent practice at Pleasant Street Elementary. Both are part of the Little Stingers program in Mount Vernon.
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Geoff Cowles: 740-397-5333 or gcowles@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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