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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."

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Tracy Donnelly has been the "new coach" before, and Clay's volleyball program is all too familiar with new coaches.

"These girls have been through so much change, very little consistency," said Donnelly, the Eagles' first-year coach. "These seniors have had a new head coach every year they've been in this program. I'm the fifth new head coach in five years."

Donnelly, who previously coached at Oak Harbor for three years and at Cardinal Stritch for six years, inherited a Clay squad that has a mixture of five seniors and three sophomores who are seeing regular playing time.

Donnelly said getting to know her new squad "was a learning process."

"We started practice on Aug. 10," she said, "and by our first match, on Aug. 28, they pretty much knew where I stood as far as how I coached and what I expect."

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Being around student athletes is nothing new for Joe Wyant.

Eastwood's new head wrestling coach has been around wrestling for 35 years, either as a head coach or as an assistant. Wyant, 56, has also coached football and softball at Eastwood and Lakota.

"I enjoy sports," he said. "I was a head coach in three sports at one time during a five-year period at Lakota."

Wyant takes over Eastwood's wrestling program after serving as Ralph Cubberly's assistant for the past seven years. Cubberly, who coached the Eagles for the past 20 years, got a job as a teacher and coach at Defiance High School. He did not teach in the Eastwood School District.

Earlier this month, the Eagle Wrestling Club hosted a "thank you and good luck" picnic to honor Cubberly at the home of Todd and Karen Schling on Strail Road.

Wyant has also been Eastwood's football defensive coordinator for the past four years under Jerry Rutherford, and he has coached the Eagles' softball team for two years.

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Giving money to people along road

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