Curtain call for Olympic View Middle School gym after 62 years
The past, present and future came together at Olympic View Middle School.
The event was the Pirates’ final regular season wrestling match against North Middle School Monday, March 27, in the school gym.
The match was the final sporting event scheduled to be held in the gym.
“Thousands of athletes came through here,” Olympic View wrestling coach Eric Bergan said. “After this match during the summer, they will tear this building down.”
Countless basketball, volleyball and wrestling competitions were held in the gym, which was constructed in 1955.
Bergan has coached the wrestling team for 17 years and the highlight for him was a match against Explorer Middle School in 2009. The Explorer team came in undefeated.
“Our gym was as crowded and packed full of spectators as any match I can remember in my 17 years of coaching wrestling at OV,” Bergan said. “There was great energy throughout the match and as the end of the match came near we only needed one of our last three wrestlers to win for us to win the match.”
The first two Olympic View wrestlers lost their matches, so it came down to the final match.
“Both teams were standing and at the edge of the mat cheering on their respective wrestler,” Bergan said. “Parents in the stands were on their feet and when our wrestler took down theirs and finished the takedown with a pin the gym went crazy with excitement as only sporting events can generate.”
A new gym currently is being built and is scheduled to be completed by the start of the next school year. It will feature a main facility, an auxiliary gym and a cardio room.
“I want to say thank you to our voters, who approved a new gym,” Bergan told the crowd.
In addition to students and parents, 15 special guests also attended Monday’s event, which was described as the Gratitude Match.
Members of the wrestling team invited any teacher or coach who had a positive impact on their life to be honored in a special ceremony before Monday’s match.
This is the second year the Olympic View wrestling team has hosted the Gratitude Match.
The teachers and coaches were called up to be recognized by the crowd and later were greeted by a wrestler, who presented them with a card and flowers.
“Each wrestler wrote an impact statement and thought of a teacher who had a positive impact on them,” Bergan said.