EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The All-Marine Wrestling Team trained with the SIUE wrestling team this morning.
SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates welcomed 2nd Lt. Terrence Zaleski, Sgt. Raymond Bunker and Sgt. Jemone Carter to the Cougars' wrestling room. The trio shared some of their knowledge that has led the All-Marine Wrestling Team and many of its members to top-level U.S. and international competitions, including the Olympic Games.
"This is the fourth time we've worked with the Marines this season," said Spates. "The others were more about leadership and working as a group. This was the first time we had done some things with wrestling."
Based out of North Carolina, 2nd Lt. Zaleski said his group travels the world.
"Our mission on the wrestling team is to create leaders, win national and international championships and help with recruiting efforts," said 2nd Lt. Zaleski. "We just got back from a tour in Europe, and we're about to go to a tournament in Colorado."
The Midwest Marines St. Louis organized the meeting.
"Coach Spates was open to what I wanted to bring to the table," said 2nd Lt. Zaleski. "Greco-Roman (wrestling) is a good foundation to have when it comes to collegiate wrestling. The hand-fighting, the throws, the quick moves will help score big moves when it time to push and shove."
Much of the demonstrations from Wednesday's esteemed guests included throws. Spates said a few SIUE wrestlers have a background in Greco-Roman style wrestling.
"It's mixing it up and seeing different things during the season," noted Spates.
Spates said their message of athletics, academics and family resonated with his team.
"People around the U.S. deserve this type of treatment from us," said 2nd Lt. Zaleski. "It's our obligation that we give back to the community."