Young Wrestlers Invited To Join Longhorn 'Tradition Of Excellence'

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Payson High School wrestling coach Dave LaMotte has extended an invitation to become a part of the Longhorns' "Tradition of Excellence."

The free offer to attend the Payson 2007 Summer Wrestling Clinic June 25 to 29 in Wilson Dome is open to fledgling wrestlers, entering grades four through eight next school year.

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Learning to wrestle the Longhorn way will be on the curriculum of the Payson Summer Camp, to be held June 25 to 29 in Wilson Dome.

"We want to get (prospective team members) motivated and learning (wrestling) skills," LaMotte said.

The camp will be held each day, 9 to 10:30 a.m., and will include instruction in all the basic wrestling skills.

"We'll cover takedowns, stance, position, motion and the mat techniques of top and bottom wrestling," LaMotte said. "All (campers) need to do is show up, on time, with a pair of wrestling or soft sole shoes, a T-shirt, a pair of gym shorts, a good attitude and be ready to learn."

Several members of the Longhorn varsity team are scheduled to help coach the clinic, along with LaMotte.

The summer clinics and the off-season program, first hosted by wrestling team founder Dennis Pirch, have long been pointed to as the foundation for the Longhorn's mat success.

Since the team's founding in the mid-1970s, the Horns have wrestled to 10 state championships and numerous region titles.

Youths interested in participating may sign up at Wilson Dome on the opening day of the clinic or pick up registration forms at Payson High School or the offices of the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

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