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Wrestling room tradition should count for something

For the most part, traditions are built by families, institutions, programs and any establishment wanting to foster pride, progress and foundations for success and longetivity. The measure of their importance to society comes in many forms, with both rational and emotional feelings by the communities involved.

I was recently told about plans at Sonoma Valley High School to take the long-standing wrestling room and convert it into a dance class, which is a class for four periods of the day, and relocate the Dragons’ wrestling program to Golton Hall, where there already are mirrors and the dance classes have been held – the dance and cheerleading teams practice there also.

This pending – and hopefully not final – decision by SVHS has not only disappointed Sonoma wrestling coaches Kyle Baird and Deets Winslow and their student-athletes, but also community members.

I’ve gotten a lot of angry feedback from the parents, especially after the longtime successful winter sports program raised money and remodeled its traditional wrestling room.

There’s a lot of passion involved in this situation because the wrestling room has a long tradition of more than a half a century of providing a perfect-sized matted workout facility, which has been the main foundation for building the Dragons’ rich championship wrestling history.


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