For The Tribune
The rain held off and the weather turned out great for the first Seymour Wrestling Club Cornhole Tournament.
The fundraiser, conducted Saturday in the side parking lot at Tractor Supply Co. in Seymour, supports the club’s need for wrestling equipment.
The club also hopes to have displays in the wrestling room, which will recognize the club’s state placement winners.
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The equipment will help current and future wrestlers, and the displays will honor successful athletes and help motivate young wrestlers seeking a role model.
“It was a good tournament, and it was a good turnout,” said Todd Weaver, Seymour High School’s wrestling coach. “We are going to continue to do this, so it will get bigger each year. We are pleased that people came out, played cornhole and had a great time. Cornhole is fun no matter where you are playing it. As you can hear, everyone’s having a great time.”
The team Half Nelsons, consisting of Steve Ernstes and Cody Owen, won the tournament by a slim margin, 21-20.
Caleb Elliott of Seymour said he had a good time playing.
“I’m excited about the tournament,” he said. “A bunch of people showed up.”
Elliott came with family to have fun and support the wrestling club. He said he would probably be back next year.
Brooke Knight, also of Seymour, said a wrestling team manager invited her to participate in the tournament.
“It was slow at first, but people started showing up,” she said.
John Shuffitt, a Seymour High School wrestler who will be a junior in the fall, said it’s good to help the wrestling program, and he said he believes the event will get bigger each year.
This fundraiser was one of four the wrestling club does each year.
“This will be our last big fundraiser this year, and then we’ll start that cycle back when school starts,” Weaver said.
Another Jackson County sports program is hosting a tournament as a fundraiser this summer
The Lady Braves Cornhole Tournament is set for July 12 at 2300 E. County Road 400S in Brownstown. It will benefit the Brownstown Central High School girls basketball program.
Registration begins at 3 p.m., followed by the tournament at 4 p.m. Teams also can preregister online at 123contactform.com/form-1478917/Lady-Braves-Cornhole-Tournament.
Cost is $20 per player or $40 per team. A meal, consisting of a sandwich, chips, a drink and dessert, will be available for $5.
A grand prize will go to the winners, and also there will be door prizes.