On the mats: Military youths converge on Wiesbaden for Youth Sports Wrestling Showdown

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Child, Youth and School Services Sports and Fitness Program hosted more than 250 wrestlers from U.S. Army Garrisons Ansbach, Baumholder, Bavaria, Brussels, Hohenfels, Kaiserslautern, Schweinfurt, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden March 15.

Eban Fox has his Grafenwöhr opponent in a headlock during wrestling action.Jorge Figueroa holds his Wiesbaden opponent Wisam Alobaidi on the mat as Hunter Lunasin (a 2014 DoDDS-Europe champion) looks on closely to determine a pin during action at the 2014 Child, Youth and School Services Wrestling Showdown March 15 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. Referee Tom Hlavacek keeps a close eye on the action during a bout.Alfred Freed hoists Jack Mingo’s arm high to signify his victory over Baumholder’s Elijah Russell at the meet.

The Installation Management Command-Europe Youth Sports Wrestling Showdown was held at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center.

About 70 volunteers, including  members of the Wiesbaden High School wrestling team, supported the event as coaches, referees, scorekeepers, meet administrators, helping set up and clean up.

“It was one of the best events for volunteer turnout that I have seen,” said Ronnie Pineda, CYSS Sports and Fitness clinician. “Without the support of the community volunteers, this event wouldn’t have happened or gone so well.”