By Rick Eymer
Palo Alto Online Sports
Menlo-Atherton wrestling coach Peter Wright wants to revive the sport at his school and the fifth-year coach hopes Saturday's Cross Division Schools Duals will help ignite interest.
Wright, who was raised in the wrestling-rich midwest, thinks the Peninsula Athletic League can become one of the power leagues, so he's invited three Ocean Division teams and three Bay Division teams to compete.
The tournament includes M-A, Half Moon Bay and Sequoia from the Bay Division and Burlingame, Mills and Aragon from the Ocean Division.
The tournament will be held in the main gymnasium at M-A at 10 a.m. and will conclude some time near 4 p.m.
"We have kids here who wrestle year round in a club program," Wright said. "They go to tournaments on their own. We're hoping to showcase all that hard work."
The Cross Division tournament may not be the most prestigious tournament in the Central Coast Section but that's not the idea. Wright hopes it attracts support from parents, friends and students of all six schools.
It's a start and he hopes the tournament can become a traditional event.
Most M-A students are aware the school has a wrestling team but they don't necessarily understand wrestling. This is the opportunity to learn about it.
The tournament features two mats, with two dual meets going on simultaneously and continuous action.