LAKEWOOD, OHIO --
In the lead up to Marine Week Cleveland 2012, Marines from the United States Marine Corps Wrestling Team are conducting a two-day wrestling clinic for Cleveland high school students at St. Edwards High School May 8-9, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cleveland native Staff Sergeant Jesse Clark, a 1996 Padua Franciscan High School Ohio State Champion Wrestler and U.S. Marine Corps Wrestling Team alumnus, will attend and work with the students.
More than 60 students and coaches from around the Cleveland area have signed up to learn from the All-Marine Wrestlers. The Marine instructors will actively work with the students on the mats covering multiple wrestling and training techniques. Additionally, each class will end with live wrestling matches.
Following the clinic, the Marine wrestlers will be available to answer any questions about their jobs in the military, deployments overseas and how being on the All-Marine Wrestling Team fits into their Marine Corps life. The media is invited to attend and interview any of the Marines.
The All-Marine Wrestling Team
The AMWT competes on the national level at senior level Greco-Roman and freestyle tournaments to earn a spot on World and Olympic wrestling teams, as well as attends international competition representing both the United States and the Marine Corps with honor and distinction.
The team currently consists of 17 Marines whose rank ranges from lance corporal to captain. The wrestlers are expected to continue improving themselves and maintain a relevant knowledge of their primary military occupation. At the same time they are required to maintain top physical condition, stay current on all rifle and other military training requirements.
Since the early 1960’s the AMWT has won multiple Armed Forces and National Titles and has had several world and Olympic team members.
Additional Marine Week Cleveland information:
The Marine Corps is partnering with the City of Cleveland, Ohio, to bring Marine Week to the nation’s Rock and Roll Capital, June 11-17, 2012. Marine Week is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps, and provides the unique experience to directly connect the American public and Marines.
Marine Week attendees will have the opportunity to climb aboard a variety of the Corps’ aircraft and ground equipment at static display venues throughout downtown, to include the revolutionary MV-22 Osprey and the multifaceted Assault Amphibious Vehicle. Clevelanders will be able to witness Marine Corps martial arts and military working dog demonstrations, all while taking in the sights and sounds of the Silent Drill Platoon and Marine Corps Band. Marines will be lending a hand to local communities through multiple community service projects, such as recreation center clean-ups, park restorations and leadership mentoring sessions with the youth. The week will culminate with a simulated full-scale combat demonstration, as the Marines highlight the unique capabilities they use to fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and at sea.
Free and open to the public, all Marine Week events will honor and recognize Marines, including many from northeast Ohio, for their service and sacrifice. Since 1962, the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment (3/25), located in Brook Park, Ohio have served the Greater Cleveland area. During the last decade, the Regiment has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Currently, more than 9,370 active duty and reserve Marines from Ohio are serving at home and overseas, including Marines participating in combat operations in Afghanistan.
For additional Marine Week information, photos and video, visit www.Marines.mil/MarineWeek. The Marine Week schedule along with event locations will be announced at a later date. For updates, follow Marine Week on Twitter @USMC, (#MarineWeek) or become a fan on Facebook at Facebook.com/Marines.