The high school wrestling season is long over, and with the sun shining through the window here at the offices promising a warm spring not far off, it is hard to think about dank wrestling rooms.
But the "world's oldest and greatest" is a year-round sport, and this weekend is a big one for mat-heads down in Reno.
The Cliff Keen Reno Worlds tournament is slated for Friday through Sunday. Among the estimated 2,800 wrestlers from 40 states are more than 70 from the Mid-Columbia. Competitors run from Flyweight (age 6 and under) on up to Juniors (17-18).
Among the local competitors are some names area fans will recognize: state-placers Connor Rosane from Southridge and Timmy Martinez from Pasco; two-time Oregon champion Tyler Berger and runner-up Isaac Aguilar from Hermiston; and state runner-up Jesse Barajas leading a strong crew from Sunnyside.
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Since you asked — or were going to — Cliff Keen is one of the charter members of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He coached the University of Michigan for 45 seasons (1925-70) and was an Olympic organizer.