Every time I think about Coach Powell and what a great man he is and how I am so grateful to have him and all the other Oak Park-River Forest High School wrestling coaches in my sons' lives, he goes ahead and does something Powellish. Like call from Vista, California, where he was at a weeklong wrestling camp with some of the team, and tells me about something Colin needs. And then I go and finally edit the video from the wrestling banquet that was a long time ago-- OK, March-- and I see that I am not at all making any of this up.
See for yourself. Coach Powell talks about the coaches, the Oak Park-River Forest High School Huskies wrestling team, recent 2010 grad Charlie Johnson, and how any man can be extraordinary. Listen to senior Brian Toldeo talk about how wrestling changed his life. Watch Chris Ellis embrace Coach Powell.
This is why our sons wrestle. This is why we call ourselves the Huskies Wrestling Family. This is why the experience of having my three sons listen to the advice of this coach on and off the mat has changed all their lives for the better.