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The one event I was eager to see last week was the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Greco Roman wrestling regional championship tournament at Pendleton Heights High School.

Greco Roman wrestling has been a part of the summer Olympics since 1908. The two wrestlers competing are scored for their performance in three two-minute periods, which can be terminated early by a pinfall.

The last county team to win a state wrestling championship was Lawrence North High School in 2004 and 2005. Why is wrestling not a big sport in Marion County?

This week’s article is focused on sports I feel that urban communities should excel in. Sports that do not require a lot of money to participate in but instill toughness, discipline and dedication in our kids, sports like wrestling.

When you meet or talk to coaches about Dominique Price, a 6-foot, 285-pound senior heavy weight wrestler from Arsenal Technical High School, you cannot help but wonder why more kids are not involved in wrestling and organized sports. Dominique has been a Greco-Roman state champion, a folk-style state champion, and a state runner-up in freestyle. In addition, he was the runner up at the FILA Nationals.

Dominique brings a record of 34-1 into this weekend’s semi-state and he has assembled a career record of 141-16. He is currently ranked fourth in the state.   He finished second at the Pendleton Heights Regional.

Dominique isn’t just dominant in wrestling; he is a member of the National Honor Society with a 3.8 grade point average. He is also a member of the Architectural Construction and Engineering mentoring program and is completing an internship with Corbin and Sons. Dominique has accepted a scholarship offer to attend Purdue University where he will major in pharmacy.

Do you think that looking at an opponent eye-to-eye, competing hard and winning has not made Dominique a more confident man? It sounds to me that he has learned a lesson that take some people a lifetime to learn; if you work hard and believe in yourself you can accomplish anything.

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