By Randy Hanson
The year is not important. The magic of two great coaches, Mike Pierro and Bob Smith is very important. Their combined passion for the sport of wrestling and their inventiveness, when working with junior high wrestlers, is without equal.
On a January afternoon long ago, I watched Bob’s and Mike’s teams compete against each other. Prior to the match, which was the last match of the season, Mike and Bob sat down with each other and created a menu of individual matches that would reward and challenge each wrestler. It would also highlight “what’s best for the sport of wrestling.” Working together, they were able to demonstrate, to their wrestlers and the families of their wrestlers, how truly special wrestling can be when the opposing coaches place the greatest emphasis on the growth and development of each wrestler, and not on winning.