Eastwood's wrestling team should have more than enough room to sprawl out in the years to come.
Although it has yet to be completed, the school's new steel-structure wrestling facility covers 6,000 square feet and is located between the administration building and the football stadium. The facility is more than three times as large as the old wrestling facility, which is located in the high school auxiliary gym.
Rob Eaton, who serves as a board member of the Eagle Wrestling Club, is the general contractor for the project. The Eagle Wrestling Club, a non-profit organization, consists of nearly 100 parents of current and former Eastwood wrestlers and serves more than 100 biddy, middle school and high school wrestlers in the Eastwood district.
"A number of companies have donated labor and supplies that have helped keep our costs tremendously low," Eaton said. "The facility is going to provide a practice area, full locker rooms, handicap accessible bathrooms that will be utilized by not only the wrestling team but by the community at any event held on the Eastwood campus. Also, there will be a ticket window at one end for overflow ticket sales."
Eaton stressed that the new wrestling facility, which will include an expanded weight room and fitness training area, was entirely privately funded.
"This is not school board funding," he said. "We will have it ready for the wrestling season, but it probably won't be 100 percent complete by that time. We're still working on funding at this time to complete it. We're at about 80 percent completion. If it wasn't for the Eastwood community and all the local contractors, this facility would not be a reality today."
Fundraising for the new facility began nearly 10 years ago by the Eagle Wrestling Club with the assistance of the Eastwood Community Athletic Project (C.A.P.), a booster-type organization that supports projects and programs in the Eastwood School District.
The building is being erected by apprentice ironworkers, sheet metal workers and crane operators from Local 55 and Local 18. Local contractors are donating time and services to help erect the pre-engineered steel building.
"We're going to move into it in November, when we start practice," first-year Eagles wrestling coach Joe Wyant said. "It's really beautiful. I can name off 50 people who have donated stuff. Our biggest supporters are our parents and our wrestling club and C.A.P.
"We have two full, large mats — 80 feet of mats. We have a nice locker room, a coach's office, a second room if we ever have a girl on the team, a utility room with washer and dryer. It's going to end up looking real nice once it's completed."