Shawe fields first wrestler
Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:00 AM
In one of the more unusual arrangements, Shawe Memorial will field its first ever athlete for competition in IHSAA wrestling when sophomore Garrett Grimes takes to the mat this season for the Hilltoppers.
Grimes, who will probably compete at 182 pounds, requested and was granted a waiver by the IHSAA to train as an individual alongside Madison for the 2013-14 season, picking up bouts whenever possible in either junior varsity or varsity meets.
Although Grimes cannot be coached by Madison's coaches, he can train with the Cubs in their mat room.
Former Madison coach and current IHSAA wrestling official Ray Black Jr. helped Grimes work through the clearance process with the IHSAA and Black could help coach the sophomore at meets that he is not refereeing.
"Former Madison Cub wrestler Steve Freemin contacted me as he is friends with the Grimes family about helping Garrett and to get him involved in wrestling so I sent Garrett to the Madison coaching staff this past summer during summer conditioning to work out with the Club Madison wrestlers," Black said. "Garrett joined my weight-lifting and conditioning program this fall and then started wrestling practice with the MCHS wrestlers and coaches in the mat room ... The IHSAA has allowed Garrett and Shawe some leeway due to their situation of never having had a program, facilities, coach, etc. ... the IHSAA has been very gracious with their attitude for this situation."
Black said Grimes' background is in martial arts training but that he wanted to work on his ground game and heard that wrestling could improve his skills as a grappler.
Grimes will compete mainly in individual meets and primarily against junior varsity competition as he develops his wrestling skills and techniques.