Wrestling runs strong in the family
At first glance Cody and Kaylee Lacy don’t look like wrestlers – put them on the mat, and opinions quickly change.Between them, Cody, 8, and Kaylee, 5, won 47 of their 52 combined matches in the recently concluded 2005-06 youth club season as members of the New Castle Gladiator wrestling club.Individually, the Lacy kids’ seasonal win-loss records earned them the North Western Colorado Wrestling League’s “Outstanding Wrestler” award in their respective divisions.The honor’s nice, but what’s most important to Cody and Kaylee is just being able to wrestle. That is something both were champing at the bit to do, almost from berth, said mom Tami Lacy.
“My husband, Tom, used to wrestle, along with my father and my uncle, and I was a wrestling cheerleader in high school, so it was in the blood,” she said.While the kids were never coaxed into the sport, Tom’s framed wrestling medals sparked Cody’s interest.”Since he was a baby, Cody stared at (Tom’s medals) for hours and wanted to know about the sport,” Tami Lacy recalled. Because he was fascinated with the medals, Mom and Dad started taking young Cody to wrestling tournaments “so he could see what it was all about,” Tami said.Almost immediately, Cody wanted to join in. There was one problem: He was too young.”We told him he couldn’t wrestle until he was 5. At that time, we thought 5 was the age you could start,” Tami Lacy said. The day of his fifth birthday, Cody let his parents know what he wanted to do.
“The first thing out of (Cody’s) mouth when he ran out of the bedroom was: ‘I want to wrestle,'” his Mom recalled. “And he caught on real fast. He’s built for (wrestling), and he loves it.”Cody’s skill and passion for wrestling also peaked his younger sister’s interest.”Kaylee was sitting back at all the matches and she told me: ‘I want to wrestle, Mom.'” Before taking the plunge, Tami tried to sway her 3-year-old daughter toward dance, gymnastics and cheerleading. The attempts failed. Wrestling, to Kaylee, was it.And she didn’t want to wait.
“Kaylee’s first match was at 3,” Tami Lacy noted. “Actually, the kids are allowed to wrestle at 4, but we stretched her age a little bit.”She developed her wrestling skill as quickly as Cody. The toughest thing Kaylee had to face in her budding career, Tami said, was wrestling another girl.”Kaylee’s used to wrestling boys. There’s pretty much all boys in her age group,” her mom said. “Then we went to a tournament in Grand Junction and Kaylee had to wrestle a girl and she was scared of her.”Asked why, Kaylee’s answer stunned her mom. “She said, ‘Mom, girls are tougher.'”
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