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Wrestling families get kids involved earlySubmitted: 01/28/2015
THREE LAKES - Many families in the Northwoods think it's beneficial to have multiple kids involved in one sport. Wrestling is one of those sports.

Throws, headlocks, and arm bars are normal in Kim Terlizzi's house. But, she
doesn't mind. She's a wrestling mom.

"They are all individuals that can do whatever they want. It's all up to them. You just go from mat to mat and watch their accomplishments as they go through it. It's really nice," said Kim Terlizzi.

Wrestling is an incredibly unique sport.

"Sometimes I get angry and it gets the anger out of me," said nine-year old LJ Terlizzi.

"There's no one else out on that mat but you. And, that makes it all that much more fun when you win. Cause if you lose, you got nobody to blame but yourself," said Three Lakes Jr. High Coach Joe Fitzpatrick.

Kim Terlizzi's three kids wrestle in the Three Lakes program. Her daughter, Olivia, started wrestling in 2005. Olivia's two younger brothers wanted to follow in their older sister's footsteps.

"My sister started it and then I wanted to try it because my brother did," said eight-year old Vinnie Terlizzi

Many families have several kids in the wrestling program. Making the sport a family affair can be great for the kids because they always have someone to practice with.

"You'll see groups of brothers from the same families that wrestle. It's definitely a family affair. Generally family members are the same size so they have automatic training partners," said Fitzpatrick.

Braden Pulver practices on mats at home with his brothers.

"My dad used to wrestle and he inspired me. He coaches me, which really helps," said Braden.

His hard work has paid off. Braden came in second at state.

"I was in overtime and I shot and I took him down. That was so cool," said Braden.

Olivia has gone to state twice, every year.

"Starting young, she gained a lot of skills in order to make her state worthy. And, my sons are on that same path," said Kim Terlizzi.

"Most people don't get to make it to state and it's just an honor to be there," said LJ Terlizzi.

But, there are few pleasures as unique as winning a wrestling match.

"Winning is contagious. And, they really love it when they win," said Fitzpatrick.

"Some families call it fighting, but it's wrestling practice," said Kim Terlizzi.

Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

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