National level

By CRAIG HARVEY

OBSERVER Sports Editor

Kale Gilbert has been wrestling since he was in kindergarten.

This past year he was one of the top wrestlers on the varsity squad for Westfield-Ripley-Chautauqua Lake as a seventh grader and has also wrestled for coach Lee Gilmore and the Roughnecks – a local travel wrestling program.

Gilbert earned All-American honors in May in a wrestling tournament at Brockport.

All of his hard work has seemingly paid off as he is now a member of the New York State National team for 14-15 year olds and will be traveling to Daytona Beach on June 13 for the Cadet National Duals.

“He is practicing with his own coaches seven days a week,” his mother Michelle said. “He is at Ripley some days with coach Rowe and some days he is in Mercyhurst. They have him working. The coach for this team – Anthony Sereieone – is based in Greenbush.”

Gilbert flies to Daytona Beach on June 13, wrestles June 14-15 and flies back home June 16.

“The only time he doesn’t wrestle is during the football season,” Michelle said. “It’s such a big experience. Every time he wrestles, he makes new friends and learns new things. He has a drive for wrestling I really admire.”

To help offset the expense of the trip, 50-50 tickets are on sale at the Legion in Mayville, Larry’s in Westfield and the Hartfield Bay in Mayville. Tickets are $5.