Dwindling numbers in the program the past few years has led the Montevideo school district to consider a “cooperative sponsorship” for wrestling with the Dawson-Boyd and Lac qui Parle Valley school districts.
Based on the number of athletes who participated in wrestling last season, Montevideo would have 17 wrestlers in grades 7 through 12 this season. Numbers of younger wrestlers are very low, with just one wrestler each in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
Projections are that Dawson-Boyd would also have 17 wrestlers in grades 7 through 12 and Lac qui Parle Valley would have 11, bringing the total number of wrestlers to 45.
“Forty-five is a nice number for a team,” said Montevideo Activities Director Bob Grey.
Grey has held input meetings with Montevideo wrestlers and their parents and with the athletic directors from Dawson-Boyd and Lac qui Parle Valley.
Last year’s Montevideo team had a record of 4-11 in dual meets while having to forfeit three weight classes in most of those matches.
A decision by the Montevideo school board on whether or not to join the cooperative with Dawson-Boyd and Lac qui Parle Valley will be made at its Sept. 9 board meeting.
Last Monday, Dawson-Boyd’s school board voted 6-0, with one abstention, in favor of the cooperative. The Lac qui Parle Valley board will vote on the issue at its Aug. 26 meeting.
If the cooperative is approved, practices would be held at Dawson-Boyd, which is currently the site of practices for the Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley United team. Dawson-Boyd has the largest practice facility of the three schools.
Each school would host a meet or two, with Montevideo maintaining its Roder Invitational. Montevideo would continue its mat club and youth program.