Letters and Opinion and High School Sports

Wrestling yields long-term benefits

September 5, 2009

As another former high school wrestler from the 1959-1960 season, [Mickey Maurer’s Aug. 24 column] about Cleo Moore was an opportunity to reflect. The Harry E. Wood High School team of that year had two outstanding wrestlers: Cleo Moore and Frank McGrone.

It was refreshing to learn that Cleo went on to apply his determination and talents in other areas and contributed to the betterment of so many people in the Indianapolis area. Frank McGrone was perhaps the best all-around athlete in Indianapolis during that school year, and maybe several years. Frank was an outstanding fullback on a very good football team, a state champion heavyweight wrestler and an excellent track team participant (he ran the 100- and 220-yard dashes with much success). I have often wondered what happened to Frank once his athletic talents departed, as they do for all of us former high school athletes.

Your story caused me to consider again the benefits of wrestling to the growth and development of young men. Physical and mental toughness are required. No showboating, unless you wanted to become a target and get shown up by some unknown wrestler. No blaming others for your results either. Rather, individual responsibility was the order of the day after each wrestling meet or tournament.

Your wrestling background and those beliefs make it easier for me to understand why you have been so successful at so many things in life. Congratulations and keep on writing.

Jerry Williams

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