By JAMIE BAKER
If you enjoy the Olympic sports of gymnastics and wrestling, Findlay High School will be the place to be Saturday night.
The Findlay High School gymnastics and wrestling team will team up to host the first Beauty and The Beast Meet in the FHS gymnasium beginning at 6 p.m.
Findlay’s gymnastics team will host a triangular meet with Perrysburg and Oregon Clay at the same time the Trojans’ wrestling team will take on Perrysburg in a dual match.
“Brecksville has a meet like this, and so does Dublin Coffman. My husband Joe was a wrestler too and we thought this would be a good way to bring the two sports together and support each other. Getting the two teams teams together for an event this sounded like a perfect fit.” said Findlay High School gymnastics coach Traci Dunn who came up with the idea.
“Should be an exciting time. People will get to see some high-level gymnastics like you would on TV only up close and right in front of you.”
Dunn approached Findlay wrestling coach Ben Kirian about the idea a year and a half ago. Figuring the Beauty and The Beast meet would be a good way to attract a little more attention to his wrestling program, Kirian was all-in.
“Apparently, Brecksville has done this about the last five years and they’ve made a big event out of it,” Kirian said.
“We’re two sports who don’t get a lot of attention unless its in our own circles. If you love wrestling, you follow us and it’s the same kind of thing with gymnastics.
“If you don’t follow those two sports you probably don’t have much of a clue about them. We both thought it would be a cool way to get some exposure for both teams,” he added.
It should be an interesting event with non-stop action. While the wrestlers will be competing on one side of the gym, the gymnastics will be doing their routines on the floor exercise, bar, balance beam and vault just a few feet away.
“No one really knows what this is going to be like, it’s new to everyone. Our guys are a little bit nervous about it. They’ve never wrestled while music has been playing at the same time,” Kirian said.
“We’re going to try some prep this week and play some music during practice to kind of simulate it so we’ll see how it goes. We want to make it a fun thing.”
It should definitely be an event to remember for Findlay’s gymnasts as the team will be making its first appearance for a home meet at the high school in 15 years.
“We’re hoping a lot of students come out and watch us. I have a couple of gymnastics girls in class and they are really excited about it. They have been talking about it all year,” Kirian said.
By JAMIE BAKER