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Wrestling room makeover

Jim Donlan (left) with Tony Schmoll and Mitchell Donlan during a recent Wrestling Club session. Jim Donlan headed up a recent refurbishing of the wrestling practice room in the Scecina blockhouse.

Jim Donlan’s son Mitchell ’15 wrestled for four years with Scecina, and son Stuart is an incoming Scecina freshman who plans to wrestle.

The senior Donlan thought the wrestling room in the Scecina Blockhouse could use some spiffing up. So he consulted with Scecina Athletic Director Jason Kehrer ’88 and jumped into the work.

Jim is an Indianapolis firefighter and also owns and operates Westside Bait and Tackle. He estimates he spent 60 hours refurbishing the wrestling room. 

He painted the walls with the help of another Scecina parent, Fred Melton; installed new mats on the wall; and added a set of bleachers and new lockers. A fellow firefighter, Ken Oskins, father of Satchel Oskins ’17 and an electrician, moved electrical outlets to a safer location above the wall mats. Donlan added new decals on the wall to spell out “Scecina” and “Crusader Wrestling.”

“I think the kids should have a nice place to practice,” said Jim Donlan. “A nice room will draw more wrestlers to our program.”

Donlan even installed a sound system, which he demonstrated by putting on some music from “Vision Quest,” a movie about a high school wrestler. 

Under Donlan’s direction, the Scecina wrestling room has been transformed. The freshened-up room is welcoming even more wrestlers now: Mitchell Donlan has established the Scecina Wrestling Club. The club is open to wrestlers in grades K-12 and is free. Coaching is available during Wrestling Club, which takes place this summer from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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Fantastic job Jim! Everyone appreciates your hard work and dedication. The wrestlers look forward to practicing in a safe and clean room.

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That is awesome the bonds that you build in those walls with your brothers is unmatchable!

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