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December 27, 2013

Rocket wrestlers working hard to prepare for Des Moines

EDDYVILLE —

Temperatures being what they’ve been this past December, it’s hard to find anyone being able to break a sweat.
Unless you’re coming out of the EddyvilleBlakesburg-Fremont wrestling room. It might be the only place in southern Iowa where kids can be dripping in sweat on a 4-degree day.
It’s not the Rocket wrestlers that will come out of the sauna-like workout room soaked after a daily workout. Head coach Brett Little is right there with his student-athletes getting to work on the mat competing like so many young men will this February at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
“I tell the guys every day I wouldn’t expect yourselves to a level I’m not willing to push myself to,” Little said. “I’m going to right there running with them, training with them. If I’m going to ask them to put out that sort of effort, I should be willing to put in as much effort myself.
“That’s what we try to show these kids as a staff. If I can still do this at 32, you (the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont wrestlers) should be able to do it with me. Let’s do this together.”
Little is certainly a coach that exudes intensity. His team definitely follows that example. It’s not uncommon to see several Rocket wrestlers follow up a hard couple of hours in the wrestling room continuing to push each other in the workout room asking each other to do one more push up, one more curl, or one more rep with the weights.
“We’re in her working hard every day,” said Jeren Glosser, the top-ranked wrestler at 138 pounds in Class 1A. “We all want to make it to Wells Fargo Arena, but we have a lot of work to do between now and then.”

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