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Oroville youths battle area law enforcement and fire

By Colin Steiner, csteiner@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jan 08 2014 11:32:10 PM CST
Oroville youths battle area law enforcement and fire
OROVILLE, Calif. -

A classic game of tug-of-war pitted Oroville youth wrestlers against local law enforcement agencies and fire departments Wednesday night at the Mooretown Rancheria Gymnasium.

The night started with some stretching, and the young wrestlers got some pointers from law enforcement and firefighters.

More than one hundred wrestlers ages five to thirteen make up the Oroville Area Youth Wrestling Wildcat Team.

They faced off against members of the Butte County Sheriff's Office, Oroville Police Department, Butte County District Attorney's Office and Oroville and El Medio Fire Departments.

This is the second year the event has been held and it's a great way for the kids to meet some of their local heroes.

"It's priceless," says Wildcat coach Jaymee Boucher. "They come out here, as you guys know, a lot of these kids role models are fireman and police officers and they look up to them. And to be able to come out here and tug-of-war against them, it's priceless. And you see all the smiles on their faces and we thoroughly enjoy that."

Butte County Undersheriff Kory Honea says it's nice to have law enforcement meet the kids in this way, rather than in a more serious setting.

"It's a much nicer way to contact kids in a non-enforcement activity," Honea says. "Our thought being that if we connect with them in this environment we're less likely to see them out on the streets in an enforcement capacity."

And would you believe it, the wrestlers were the victors and the losers were forced to do ten pushups as punishment.

What's more, together the Butte County Deputy Sheriff's Association and both fire departments donated more than a thousand dollars to the wrestling team.