Geneseo Middle School wrestlers will reap the benefits of becoming a unified force this season.

Geneseo Middle School wrestlers will reap the benefits of becoming a unified force this season.

A motion passed by the Geneseo School Board approved the addition of sixth-grade wrestlers to the Geneseo Middle School program.

This will help boost the numbers of the GMS wrestling program with the added benefit of allowing the Geneseo’s wrestling team to fill some of the lightweight weight classes the team had to bypass during IESA matches.

“Last year at the sectional meet, we didn’t have a single wrestler in any of the first four weight classes,” Geneseo High School wrestling coach Jon Murray said. “We are competing against other schools who have sixth graders scoring points in those weight classes. It’s going to help our team to have those lighter weights filled.”

Another benefit of the change will be minimizing the logistics for sixth grade wrestlers.

They can now join the seventh- and eighth-grade wrestlers at practice after school at the middle school, opposed to training and competing with the Geneseo Spider Wrestling Club which practices in the Geneseo High School Wrestling Room from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The change gives the Geneseo wrestling program three clear levels of development: the club level (third-to-fifth grade), Geneseo Middle School level (sixth-to-eighth grade) and high school.

“It’s going to be better for them individually to have the convenience of going to practice after school,”Murray said. “It also will be better for the seventh and eighth graders to have those workout partners.”