Wrestlers traveling to Mongolia
Three Brown County wrestlers are on their way to Mongolia today to participate in the Indiana State Wrestling Association’s Cultural Exchange Program.
The participants are teenagers. Their names were not immediately available today from Brown County Youth Wrestling coach and supporter Ed Wojdyla, who is lead coordinator on the trip.
"Our counterparts in Mongolia take wrestling very seriously, and we can expect good competition, strong training, and exceptional hospitality," Wojdyla wrote on a team application form.
"One can say that wrestling is very important to Mongolians who have, you guessed it, their own style, which is one of their three "national" sports."
While in the Asian region between Russia and China, the Brown Countians will stay in the homes of the Mongolian host team"s families.
The group is expected home around Aug. 10.
Wojdyla wrote in an e-mail Tuesday night that he has asked the participants to keep journals of their trip in hopes of sharing their experiences with people back home.
In July, three Indiana wrestling clubs hosted eight wrestlers and three coaches from Japan -- in Jeffersonville, Center Grove and South Bend. During those visits, the visiting and home clubs trained each other in their styles and also competed against each other in a "friendship meet."