By CRAIG HARVEY
OBSERVER Sports Editor
Kale Gilbert has been wrestling since he was in kindergarten.
Kale Gilbert will competing at the Cadet National?Duals in Daytona Beach as a member of the New?York?State National Team on?June 14-15.
This past year he was one of the top wrestlers on the varsity squad for Westfield-Ripley-Chautauqua Lake as a seventh grader and has also wrestled for coach Lee Gilmore and the Roughnecks - a local travel wrestling program.
Gilbert earned All-American honors in May in a wrestling tournament at Brockport.
All of his hard work has seemingly paid off as he is now a member of the New York State National team for 14-15 year olds and will be traveling to Daytona Beach on June 13 for the Cadet National Duals.
"He is practicing with his own coaches seven days a week," his mother Michelle said. "He is at Ripley some days with coach Rowe and some days he is in Mercyhurst. They have him working. The coach for this team - Anthony Sereieone - is based in Greenbush."
Gilbert flies to Daytona Beach on June 13, wrestles June 14-15 and flies back home June 16.
"The only time he doesn't wrestle is during the football season," Michelle said. "It's such a big experience. Every time he wrestles, he makes new friends and learns new things. He has a drive for wrestling I really admire."
To help offset the expense of the trip, 50-50 tickets are on sale at the Legion in Mayville, Larry's in Westfield and the Hartfield Bay in Mayville. Tickets are $5.