Mercer University recently introduced a club wrestling team, expanding the number of club sports offered at Mercer to nine.
The team was established by Huy Lam ‘26, the club’s president, and Luis Santana '27, the vice president. Abraham Soto ‘27 contributes to the team as a wrestling coach and Kevin Georgescu ‘26 acts as the treasurer for the club.
The team took shape last semester, fueled by a shared passion for wrestling among its founders. Soto explained that a lot of other colleges offered kickboxing and wrestling, which got them thinking: Why not bring this opportunity to Mercer? Lam added that the idea sprouted from a desire to determine who was the best wrestler in their friend group, bringing a competitive edge into the organization.
“I started wrestling during the summer of COVID-19 and when school started, I joined the wrestling team and enjoyed it,” Santana said.
In order to find an adequate training space, they visited Rush MMA, a local martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu school. The owner allowed them to collaborate and utilize the open mats free of charge, which allowed the club’s founders to see who was interested.
Throughout this semester, the Mercer Wrestling Club will have workouts, drills and sparring matches so that individuals can actively participate. Members will be split by weight classes and intensity, allowing them to practice with people similar to their level.
Ultimately, the wrestling club opens up a new opportunity for people to find a new interest and express themselves in unique ways, catering to both newcomers and seasoned wrestlers. Those interested in the club can reach their social media page under the tag “mercerwrestlingclub.”