What a great event. I wanted to thank Jason Moore for his never ending commitment to grow Ky wrestling. He has been a Rock for years in the Kentucky wrestling community, from constantly helping multiple kids all over the state. Not to mention years of rankings, travel teams and the All Star Classic. The tournament was developed to promote wrestling and give back to the state. I assure you this was never intended for profit and we have the personal checks to confirm. Every penny of profit was spent on Ky wrestling from brackets, shirts, etc. In regards to the All Star tournament, the hope is to get the state excited prior to the season and maybe get some kids recognized by some college coaches. Every year we have multiple kids continuing to wrestle at the next level. It is awesome to see kids move on and earn money toward their college education. So once again, thank you Jason Moore.
I also want to thank Darren Thomas and recognize his commitment to the wrestling community all these years. Anyone that knows Darren understands the man that he is. He will go out of his way to help any way he can. We as a state should be grateful to have someone like him helping so much.
I could sit here for days and mention people that I have had the pleasure of being around during this process. The countless people that devote time and energy into this sport. My hope is that every new generation makes and impact on our state. It is a cycle they every few years changes as new families and wrestlers go thru the process. My journey with my son and the friends I made was awesome and I will cherish the time we had. I challenge our state to continue to grow, be willing to volunteer, donate, create travel teams, run camps, etc.
Finally, thank you to the countless coaches, parents, and wrestlers for all that you do. The season is upon us and I hope you all reach your goals.