Woodstock High School will host a one-day wrestling clinic in honor of a U.S. Marine killed in the line of duty.
Jon Grell, who coaches wrestling at WHS, jumped at the chance to host the clinic in Woodstock. Kurt Kyle, a 1991 WHS graduate and former Blue Streak, coordinates the clinic annually. Kyle and Grell worked together to bring the unique opportunity to Woodstock. Kyle is a Navy commander and Grell is on a military leave of absence from District 200, currently serving on active duty.
The clinic honors Doug Zembiec, a U. S. Marine who died serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom May 11, 2007. Zembiec wrestled in high school, where he was a two-time state champion, and went on to wrestle at the Naval Academy, finishing with a 95-21-1 record.
Instructors include Joel Sharratt, head wrestling coach of the U.S. Naval Academy, and Mike Clayton, manager of the National Coaches Education Program for USA Wrestling. Current and former Naval Academy wrestlers also will be on staff at the clinic.
The clinic will take place Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to wrestlers in first through 12th grades. The cost to attend is $25, which includes lunch and a t-shirt. Wrestling coaches will receive free admission and a 30-minute coaching clinic taught by Clayton. Online pre-registration is suggested, but walk-in registration is available the day of the clinic from 8 to 9 a.m. To pre-register, visit woodstock.8to18.com/accounts/new. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-206-2249.