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Wrestling, Mayhem at Midland, 6.20.15

Wrestlers compete during the Mayhem at Midland outdoor wrestling tournament in 2015 at Heedum Field in Fremont. The event, in its fourth year, is scheduled for Friday night at Heedum. 

An annual outdoor wrestling event is back on Friday night at Heedum Field.

The 4th Annual Mayhem at Midland Tournament is scheduled for Heedum Field. Weigh-ins are 4:30 to 6 p.m. with wrestling scheduled to start at 7.

The event, organized by Fremont High School wrestling coach Ben Wilcox and Bergan wrestling coach Curtis Marolf, is a fundraiser for both programs.

“We say it every year, but it is great that both programs can come together and work toward a common goal. We put on an event to showcase and grow the sport in a unique setting at a great venue in Fremont,” Marolf said.

Divisions include Pre-K to Kindergarten, grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All competitors will receive a T-shirt and a custom medal.

Wilcox said that the format will be a little different than from previous years.

“Instead of it being a takedown tournament, it will now be a folk-style tournament,” he said.

The event has grown through the years and has generated interest in the Midwest.

“We have wrestlers registered from three states (Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota),” Marolf said. “We have competitors coming from more than four hours away to be a part of the tournament, but there is great local support as well.”

The weather has been a problem the last two years as it has forced the event indoors. Wilcox is hopeful that won’t be the case on Friday.

“We are pleased because it looks like Mother Nature will be cooperating with us, at least cooperating with us enough so we can host the event outside,” Wilcox said.

Wilcox stressed that it is a very fan-friendly event.

“Our goal for this remains the same,” he said. “We are trying to create interest in the sport of wrestling. One of the many great things about this (competition) is that fans can sit mat-side while they watch their favorite wrestler compete.”

Marolf agreed.

“It is a great atmosphere with raffle prizes, hamburgers on the grill and fans watching mat-side on the football field,” he said. “That is really the goal. We want to make it a great experience for everyone involved.”

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