Seven Wrestlers Honored on the New Quote Wall

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Seven Wrestlers Honored on the New Quote Wall

This is one example of the seven portraits.

This is one example of the seven portraits.

This is one example of the seven portraits.

This is one example of the seven portraits.

Jarrett Cayo, Student of Journalism

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Neenah Wrestling Booster Club made a bold decision in the summer of 2018 by ordering portraits for seven specific wrestlers and hanging them up by the wrestling room.

The eye-catching wrestling portraits are displayed by the lifting room — outside the cafeteria.

During the summer the coaches went to the Ohio Regional Training Center where Olympic wrestlers train.

Coach Rundquist explained that when he and fellow coaches went to Ohio they saw this board with a wrestler and really liked it.  “One thing led to another and we got the green light from the booster club.”

Coach Rundquist went on to say: “We needed good characters, good wrestlers, great leaders, they needed to be a state qualifier, team captain, or WIAA Scholar Athlete.”

One of the seven wrestlers featured on the quote wall — Francis Turoski said: “It takes the spotlight and recruits the freshman because they walk past it and say I want be on that wall.” 

Turoski believes that it promotes the wrestling program.  Specifically, he added that the youth program was an important part of his wrestling career, which is reflected in the portrait. 

“I know it’s bigger than me and bigger than one spotlight,” Turoski said of being included as an inaugural portrait.

On the quote, Turoski explains how wrestling takes more work outside the practice room. 

“Wrestling is one of the greatest character development methods. It’s a lifestyle, not a sport. I learned how taking shortcuts in the room ended with shortcomings at the end of the season.”

These wrestlers will not be the only ones on the quote wall.  

More will be added, according to Coach Kluskens in a recent video he posted on Facebook.  He said, “We will continue this tradition for years to come, any future Neenah wrestler who meets two of the three criteria  state qualifier, team captain, or WIAA scholar Athlete) will have a board made for them.”

It took undefined skill and hard work to become the first seven men honored on the quote wall. The quote stands as the dedication these men put into wrestling and hopefully it fuels other young men to turn to wrestling.

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