“Not bad for our first year, right?” said Rocky McKinney, one of four coaches for the Sandusky Bulldogs, a newly formed group of local boys — kindergarten through sixth grade — wrestling in the Ohio Athletic Commission’s program. “It was a very successful year. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot.”
In the first year, the team of 18 had nine wrestlers qualify for the state tournament in Youngstown earlier this month. Four of them placed: Deaondrea Darden (first); Kaiyon McKinney (second); Amir Aaron (fourth); and Aaron Alexander (seventh). The other qualifiers were Jarrein Alexander; Anrico Cunningham; Spencer Parker; Jasharein Holliday; and Derrick Garrett.
The athletic commission’s wrestling program has four divisions, with weight classes from 40 pounds up to 180 pounds.
McKinney, who wrestled for Sandusky High, started the program this year with coaches Fred Chaney, Shonsai Aaron and Danny Johnson. They practice at the old Madison Street school building, which houses Spirit and Truth Ministries.
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