Mizzou Coach Helps Train Youngsters

1 decade 4 years 4 weeks ago Sunday, April 30 2006 Apr 30, 2006 Sunday, April 30, 2006 10:28:30 PM CDT April 30, 2006 in Sports

"I just wanted to make it. If I was going to do it, I wanted to do it right. I wanted to give a good shot to do it. I think that coming out here, just the atmosphere when you come in here, their attitudes are great. They're ready to practice," Eierman says. "It's a lot different attitude than it was at the high school."

Youth wrestler Jaden Clayton says, "I think this year is better because we're not at Rock Bridge anymore, and we have a bigger space than Rock Bridge."

Here they learn college level techniques, and not WWE moves they may pick up from watching television. Aside from always learning new moves, the wrestlers are growing as athletes.

"The best part of wrestling it's not like just trophies, medals, winning everything," wrestler Jaden Cox says. "The best part about wrestling is you meet new people. You get better, and you just enjoy it."

Through the teaching of their Missouri assistant coach, the wrestlers have learned techniques beyond their years. For example, the high-flyer, the half nelson, and the chicken wing. It's moves likes these that have helped the team win the Missouri State Championship in just their first year.

"Improve the way they're improving you can't really put a price on it," Eierman says. "Like the things gave him today, I mean I want to get them more stuff because the work they're doing is really amazing to me. I'm amazed. I'm their coach and usually coaches are on their guys. I can't stop telling them how good they are. I can't stop telling them how good they've done."

And they are always getting better, so much that Eierman envisions one day of having them all on scholarship at Missouri. Last month, both Cox and Clayton competed in the World Championships in Reno, Nevada. They made it to the final match in their divisions, but finished second overall.

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