By: RICKY LINDSAY, STAFF REPORTER
The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s wrestling program will attempt to reach a new level of success in the fall of 2013 with the addition of a club team at Henry Ford Community College. Both clubs will be coached by current UM-D head coach, Grant MacKenzie.
“We’ve received 100 online recruiting forms from interested student-athletes since UM-D added wrestling as a club sport in 2010,” said MacKenzie. “One of the problems we’ve had are the strict admissions requirements UM-D adheres to.
Coach MacKenzie has encouraged interested students to attend HFCC first, then opting to transfer to UM-D after completing 24 credits. Now, interested students will have the opportunity to wrestle at either college while participating in the bridge program.
“Wrestlers no longer have to leave the local area if wrestling is important to them”, said MacKenzie.
Although both clubs will practice, travel together, and be coached by MacKenzie, they will participate separately in the meets. Both clubs must wear their unique school color, as well as keep separate points during the meets.
MacKenzie hopes the partnership will increase UM-D’s success as a program.
“UM-D has had individual success with wrestling, but the ultimate goal is to have a successful team.”
Both clubs will hold practices at Detroit Jiu Jitsu in Dearborn, Michigan. The first practice will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.
For more information on the wrestling program, look for the “Hawks and Wolves Wrestling Club” on Facebook, or email coach MacKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous experience with the sport is not required to participate in the club.