Oroville youth wrestlers take on police, fire in tug-of-war battle

Jan 20, 2016 3:52 PM by News Staff

Anyone in the area of Mooretown Rancheria Tribal Gym in Oroville Tuesday night they probably heard of charged voices of hundreds yelling “PULL! PULL!! PULL!!!”

For a fourth year in a row Oroville’s Wildcat Youth Wrestling Team emerged from the gym victorious in the annual Tug of War challenge.

Hundreds of young wrestlers took on North State law enforcement for a best out of three match.

Oroville Police and Fire, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Cal Fire, SWAT, California Highway Patrol, and Butte County District Attorney's office were all on the law enforcement team

Amy Jernigan, mom to one of the young wrestlers, said she appreciates what the law enforcement officers do for the kids.

“They really truly believe in the youth here,” she said. “They show that when they come out here and they intermingle, they stretch, they tell them to stay positive, to continue to work hard, to strive, and these kids want to be just like them when they grow up."

The event is a fundraiser for the wildcat wrestling team. After each match, the losing team paid off their debt in push-ups…10 to be exact. The wildcats almost left undefeated.

The event started as a $100 challenge with Oroville Police and Fire, but has since grown.


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