TOP PHOTO: Local athletic trainer and former wrestler Mark Weaver approached the school board about adding wrestling to the county’s sports curriculum. He volunteered his services as a coach.

By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Certified local trainer, and former wrestler Mark Weaver spoke to the Campbell County School Board on Tuesday evening about starting a wrestling program in schools.

“If there’s enough interest, I would be happy to volunteer my time to coach a high school team,” Weaver said.

He told board members he had done a Facebook poll and already had 15 to 20 high school students interested.

“So I decided to bring it to the county’s  attention. It would benefit the county to have a wrestling team. It’s a great complimentary sport to football and basketball teams and a great other sports option to have,” Weaver said.

He told board members that wrestling builds self accountability and self discipline and is an “inclusive sport.”

“It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female or what race you are, you can participate. Wrestling would be a good way to incorporate self accountability, which is something lacking in today’s youth in my opinion,” Weaver said.

He also said he had people willing to step up and coach the little leagues as well so it could be in elementary and middle schools too.

“It would also give scholarship opportunities to our students like UT Chattanooga. I’m partnering with other wrestling coaches in the area for guidance about getting this started. It’s going to help develop our leaders. In wrestling it gives them an avenue to show their skills, teach self discipline, self awareness and fosters natural leadership abilities,” Weaver said. He also pointed out wrestling is a TAA sport.

Newly elected BOE chairman Steve Morgan asked what he needed from the board.

“It would be the finances that we would need help with. The biggest expense is the mat. It’s a 30×40 foot mat and costs $15,000,” Weaver said.

Morgan said the board would need to know the specifics of the funds needed.

“I would suggest you get with Ronnie Lasley, he’s chair of the finance board. Get your budget together and we can discuss it. I’m personally for it. We like to do anything we can to support our students,” Morgan said.

Board member Johnny Byrge suggested that in the meantime, Weaver get with athletic directors and see how many kids are interested in participating in wrestling.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/18/2023-6AM)

One Reply to “Board of Eduction approached about adding wrestling”

  1. Interested, possibility of starting a wrestling club until the schools catch up.. Could Me Weaver contact me to discuss

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