Time to chime in about our grandson, Rylie Bartel, Wrestling Warrior Extraordinaire!
Rylie Bartel has been wrestling now for five years. Rylie has been in the sport since he was in prekindergarten or only four years old. He is now eight years old. Rylie’s parents wanted him to get into a sport where he could focus his energy in a positive way. The first few years he wrestled to see if he even enjoyed it. Since then he has only excelled and now just loves the sport. Each of the past four years, Rylie qualified for state tournament in Grand Rapids, MN. He placed second in his first year, first in his second year, and second in his third year. We will see how Rylie does this coming April.
Every time Rylie wins by pinning his opponent, he receives a pin to add to his collection. Rylie now has 64 pins.What a cute idea!
Like most athletes, Rylie has his good days and bad days when wrestling. His parents are very proud of him no matter what, because Rylie always gets back up and tries again.
Rylie’s family attends his matches and support him. This includes Aubree, Rylie’s little five year old sister. Aubree attends the practices and cheers for Rylie during his matches.
Aubree has a shirt she often wears; it says, Wrestling Sister on the front and I have no life because my brother wrestles, on the back. At practices, Aubree runs drills or does some gymnastics. When Aubree decides to become a gymnast, Rylie can return the favor and attend her practices and cheer her on. Here’s a picture of Rylie’s trophy wall. Pretty impressive for an eight year old boy.
Rylie’s teammates, The Braham Warriors, are like one big family. Even though the boys wrestle each other in practice, they are all friends when off the mat. Even some of the kids from other schools become friends after wrestling each other so frequently.
There are two boys Rylie has yet to beat although he is very determined to do just that. Rylie has become friends with one of the boys but that will not deter him when he has another opportunity to wrestle him.
The wrestling season runs from December to April. There is also summer wrestling but Rylie loves to do other activities, mostly outdoor, like hunting and fishing or swimming in his pool. Rylie also loves ice fishing and camping out with the family and just being a kid.
After a busy day of wrestling for Rylie and gymnastics for Aubree, it’s time for some well-deserved rest.