By Janet Gibson
A co-ed wrestling program for students aged 10 and older has grown in popularity this year "its second year running.
Northern Pikes Wrestling Club meets Mondays and Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. in the mezzanine of Carpenter High School.
"It's fun, "said Jonas Samson Junior High student Hunter McAmmond, 12. "You get to jump on people and play all around."
The sport offers kids a great workout, an entry into the martial arts and the "affordability option, "said coach Jason Guenther. "(The students) don't need much equipment although travelling to tournaments can be expensive, "he said.
Richard Phillips, whose children are in the club, said it keeps them off the internet.
"It makes them (feel) happier and more alert, "he said.
Participants will be eligible for provincial and national competitions.
Carpenter High School Grade 12 student Ryan Parsons won gold last year in the Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association.
Parsons, who played football with the Spartans, said the two sports are completely different.
"It's not so much power in wrestling but who has the better technique, "he said.
Northern Pikes Wrestling Club isn't affiliated with North West School Division.
A wrestling program for Carpenter High School students will start up on Nov. 21. Students in that program will compete in provincial tournaments.