Douglas to speak in Steubenville

While prep wrestling season doesn’t officially begin for several months, an opportunity for local wrestlers to hone their craft will take place Thursday evening in Steubenville.

Legendary wrestling coach Bobby Douglas – a Bridgeport High graduate – will be in Steubenville at the Sportatorium Thursday evening to speak about his past Olympic experiences and more specifically talk about what it takes to be a champion.

Douglas will be in Steubenville from 6:30-8 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public.

The Sportatorium, which is owned and operated by wrestling afficianado Mike Smith, will also offer an opportunity for the wrestlers to do some drill work.

“We’re encouraging the coaches to send their kids because this is a time where we need all the good news and positive influence we can get for our kids’ futures,” Smith said in a press release.

Douglas recently returned from the Summer Olympics in London where he watched two United States grapplers win a gold medal. The Sportatorium is one of the registered U.S. Olympic Training Venues, which Douglas was instrumental in pulling off.

The former Bridgeport Bulldog was the first four-time OVAC wrestling champion. He was also a state wrestling champion and twice competed as an Olympian. He was a silver medalist at the World Championships in 1970.

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