Wrestling champion heading Waimea clinic

WAIMEA — Westside Wrestling Club will host a world champion wrestler for a clinic this week.

“It’s just incredible, and it’s directly applicable as a college champion — a multiple college champion,” said Ray Pigott, director of Westside Wrestling Club. “He was a high school state champion and a high school national champion. And he’s not that much older than our high school students. He really directly relates to them. And specific, that high school level of wrestling, he knows it. They’re going to benefit greatly from him being here.”

Logan Stieber, of Ohio, will head a clinic at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Waimea.

Stieber is a 2016 World Champion and four-time NCAA champion for Ohio State University from 2011-15.

Stieber said he hopes participants will “have a greater love for the sport” after his time with them.

“I’ll teach them a bunch of stuff. Whether they can pick it up and learn it or pick it up and be able to execute it really well, it really isn’t important,” Stieber said. “I hope I can inspire them to keep wanting to get better and keep continuing the sport. … If I can inspire them to continue everything for years to come, I think that would be cool.”

Pigott said he was able to bring Stieber to Kauai through his coach, Brandon Slay, an Olympic champion in 2000.

“When Logan said, ‘Hey, I’m going to Hawaii,’ (Slay) goes, ‘You got to go to Kauai and check out Coach Mac and Westside Wrestling Club,’” Pigott said.

The clinic is a USA Wrestling-sanctioned event, and USAW membership is required to participate. Memberships can be purchased at www.usawmembership.com.

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