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Hoover Recreational Wrestling League
The Hoover Recreational Wrestling League started by former Division I collegiate wrestler Ryan Romano holds weekly practices at Hoover High School.
Hoover High School alumnus Ryan Romano knows a thing or two about the impact the sport of wrestling can have on a person.
He has more than 15 years of wrestling experience under his belt. As a team captain, he led Hoover High School to three state championships. He went on to become a Division I collegiate wrestler at West Virginia University.
He is now the owner of Warehouse Performance Institute, a fitness studio in Bessemer. He said owning his own fitness area has been a longtime dream.
“Believe it or not, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Romano said. “Wrestling is a sport that will help any kid in becoming a better athlete."
This winter, Romano decided to give back to the community that supported him throughout his early years. In November, he started the Hoover Recreational Wrestling League, providing a chance for elementary and middle school children to explore the sport of wrestling.
“The whole goal is to draw interest in the Hoover area,” Romano said. “This is a great opportunity for kids to learn the basic fundamentals of wrestling in a fun environment.”
To create interest, Romano visited Hoover middle and elementary schools to share his wrestling expertise.
“We did demos and played different games,” Romano said. “It was really fun to watch the little ones.”
Registration was held throughout October and the league officially began on Nov. 4. It is condensed into a seven-week season with practices held once a week and matches held once a week at Hoover High School. Romano said they currently have 50 children and four different teams.
When the season ends in late December, children who have interest in further training can visit Romano at Warehouse Performance Institute.
“After the season is over, those who want to, can come train with me to get in more practice,” Romano said.
The cost to participate in the league is $100. Romano hopes to continue the league for years to come. For more information about the wrestling league, email Ryan Romano at email@example.com.