Friday, March 3, 2017

8-year-old Wrestlers Headed for World Championships

Jack Cranford, left, and Alex Reed are both state champions in the Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association and are headed to the world championships that begin April 6 in Reno, Nev.

Two wrestlers from the Brushy Wrestling Club are headed for the world championships sponsored by the Kids Wrestling Association.

Alex Reed, 8, is the son of Kevin and Tera Reed of Brushy. Alex qualified for the world championships by winning the Oklahoma championship in the 52-pound division.

Jack Cranford, who celebrates his eighth birthday on Saturday, is the son of Rachael and Rocky Cranford. He qualified for the world championship by winning the Oklahoma championship in the 55-pound division.

The two won their state championships at the state tournament held Feb. 10 at Tulsa Expo Square.

Both young men wrestle for the Brushy Wrestling Club, and compete in the Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association. Alex is in the third grade and Jack is in the second grade.

The association’s world championships begins April 6 in Reno, Nev.

The club is giving away a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport II gun to raise funds to get the wrestlers to the world championship. Tickets for the drawing for the gun are $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be held at 9 a.m. April 1 at TNT Gun & Pawn in Sallisaw. The winner does not need to be present to win, but must be able to pass a federal gun background check at the time of pickup.

Rachael Cranford said the youngsters have worked hard to get to the world championships.

“They train almost daily,” she said. “They are training partners and spend a lot of hours on the mat.”

She said the two boys also train on Sundays with the Sallisaw Wrestling Club.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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