MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Registration is now open for the MSO Cougars Youth Wrestling Club, sponsored by the Maplewood Recreation Department.

The MSO Cougars Youth Wrestling Club is open to boys and girls in grades 2 to 8, and no experience is necessary. 

All practices take place in the Colulmbia High School wrestling room, and are as follows based on grade:

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  • Grades 2-5: Mondays and  Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 
    Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon
  • Grades 6-8: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and 
    Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon

Practices begin on November 14, and new participants can try the first few practices for free before registering for the program.

Participants are encouraged to practice as much as they can, but Assistant Coach John Gigante stated that they don't track how many practices each child attends, and that "some kids split their time between wrestling and other sports (like basketball)."

Participants can register by visiting the Columbia High School Wrestling Room on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  through December 5.

To learn more, contact Jermiah Fleming at or John Gigante at, or visit the website at