Kelsey Campbell’s journey started with a bet

By John Canzano | The Oregonian May-2012
As is the case with a lot of interesting things in life, it started with a bet. Kelsey Campbell’s friends at Milwaukie High School knew she was athletic, tough and strong. But they told her during her senior year, “You wouldn’t last two weeks wrestling.” They bet on it. She lasted more than two weeks.

(Her overall record is posted HERE) – (Her FaceBook page is HERE)

“It started as a big joke,” Campbell, 26, told me this week. “I never intended to continue with it, but it all worked out.”

Campbell wrestled the boys in high school. And no doubt, some of them reading this column shudder at the memory of getting pancaked by a girl from Milwaukie High years ago. Rest easy, fellas. That 5-foot-2 girl ended up as the best wrestler in her freestyle weight class at the (2012) Olympic Trials.
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Welcome to Peninsula Wrestling Club

Roy A. Pittman, Head CoachThe Peninsula Wrestling Program has been building the minds and bodies of Oregon’s youth for over forty years.

During that time we have had over 60,000 young men and women come through the program, many of whom have won state, regional and national titles. The program, both then and now, is about DEVELOPMENT… giving young people the skills that will make them positive, contributing members of society.

How does this happen?? with coach and parent working together. I need your help.

When kids get involved in a sports program, what are YOU looking for? We should be looking for effort, team work, perseverance, sportsmanship, hard work and the ability to deal with adversity. Parents love comparing their kids and parenting skills to others. There will always be differences, not good or bad just different.

One of my goals for your child is to open their mind as to how great they can be. This takes time, understanding, trust and patience. I have all four, DO YOU? Throughout thi process there will be setbacks, pain and disappointment, but there will also be change.

Note From Coach Pittman

A note from Coach PittmanTo all Peninsula Wrestling Club fans, followers and supporters, we need your help!

Last year Peninsula wrestling took 64 people to the Western Regionals Wrestling Tournament in Pocatello Idaho for 8 days. This year our goal is to take 100 people to the same tournament, in Pocatello Idaho. This takes lots of organization and money, about $15,000 for 8 days.

This is why coach Pittman is asking for your help.

  • It takes a special person like you to understand the challenges facing America’s youth;  to appreciate the heartache of facing the future that suddenly seems empty of hope and promise.
  • It takes a special person to lend a hand when it is so easy to look the other way.
  • Your support means more than you can imagine to our program, it means hope for a complete fulfilling year for our youth.
  • Your support restores the hope and promise that once seemed so far away, any amount you can give will help.

How can you help Coach Pittman with the Peninsula Wrestling Club?wrestling-utah

  • Send a check or money order to:
    Peninsula Wrestling Club
    700 N. Rosa Parks way
    Portland OR. 97217
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Joining Peninsula Wrestling Club is easy finishing is the hard part.

                How to join Peninsula? Come on down to the club at 700 N Rosa Parks Way. Try it out for a week and if you like it then grab a registration form. The club is for advanced, beginner and even Olympic wrestlers, anyone that wants to improve their skill, endurance and knowledge of the sport. Practices are from 5:30 — 7:30 Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 8:00 – 9:30 Tuesday and Thursday.