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SCC wrestlers bond with trip to national park

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 Wrestling is often thought of as an individual sport with a few team aspects interspersed within the sport. However, the St. Catharine Patriots made a leap toward making their new program a total team concept with a team bonding event at Mammoth Cave National Park recently.

 The team took to the road June 20 with 26 of their 43 signees to lodge at the Jellystone Camping Resort in order to prep for two days of team events. 

The team took a tour of the Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave, the largest cave system in the world, on tour that included large domes, canyons, and several cave formations that were new sight for many of the out of state athletes. 

Of course, no wrestling trip would be complete without a volleyball and basketball tournament in which the coaches joined ranks with their athletes to compete amongst each other for the next eight hours. 

However, at the end of the grueling stretch two champions prevailed.  In volleyball, the “Old Dudes” took home the crown, while the “Mad Monkeys” were crowned kings of the hardwood. 

On their final day, the team celebrated the most important part of the trip, breakfast, before disembarking for the St. Catharine College campus. 

The team found refuge in their large assortment of items, refueling from the previous day’s activities.

The Wrestling Patriots will report to campus in August to prepare for the inaugural season that will kick off in October.