More than 2,500 fans of high school wrestling will be on hand to cheer 1,400 athletes at Bryan High on Saturday, Dec. 21 as the 17th Annual Doc Hess Memorial Wrestling Tournament gets underway. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at about 7 p.m., the tournament will utilize all three of Bryan High's gyms and the Silver campus cafeteria.
The public is invited to attend the event. General admission is $5, with proceeds benefitting student scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to Bryan High trainers planning to study sports medicine.
Bryan's Head Wrestling Coach Michael Zito says the massive undertaking is unique in the state and will showcase the best and emerging talent in the demanding sport of wrestling.
The memorial tournament is dedicated to the memory of Scott "Doc" Hess, a trainer at Bryan High in the 1990s who passed away suddenly. The event pays tribute to his lasting popularity and enduring legacy.
Photo: Voldemar Roolaan and Arvi Pikkusaari wrestling during an international tournament in Berlin, 1939.