S.H. Mat Club earns gold award

The Sweet Home Mat Club has been recognized with a Gold Award by the Oregon Wrestling Association.

Director Steve Thorpe said the award was based on several criteria, including organization, financial record keeping and participation of club members.

“I believe six clubs statewide earned the gold award,” Coach Thorpe said.

This year’s club was composed of some 100 youngsters, 50 of whom competed regularly at USA Wrestling sanctioned tournaments.

Team coaches included Steve Schillings, Tim Holley, Mike Gregory, Louis Dix and Steve Hummer.

“I’m very proud of our club and our high school athletes who help the coaches with the kids,” Coach Thorpe said. “It’s a major commitment on everyone’s part but it pays off down the road.”