Jarrett Francis devotes much of his winter to competing for the Canal Winchester High School wrestling team, but during the summer, paychecks come first.

The incoming junior is focused on his job at Village Wines and Bistro in downtown Canal Winchester, although he will make an exception Friday, June 23, when the wrestling program plays host to the second annual Tussle on the Turf event at Mike Locke Stadium.

Matches take place simultaneously on four mats beginning at 6:30 p.m. The dual-style tournament is expected to conclude after 10 p.m.

Ten club teams are scheduled to participate.

"It (the draw is) definitely the spotlight," said Francis, who wrestled at 120 pounds as a freshman and 140 as a sophomore. "The best part is competing out under the lights in the big stadium out there on the turf. It's not like wrestling in a gym during the season.

"I think it's the kind of event that stands out because it's different."

Indians coach Jordan Cramer tried to pull off a similar event when he coached at Fredericktown before coming to Canal Winchester in 2015, but to no avail.

"One of my assistant coaches last year saw some tournaments online and wondered 'Why not do it on turf?'" Cramer said. "I had wanted to do something like this when I coached at Fredericktown, but not a lot of teams were willing to travel up there. Plus, we had grass on our football field so that probably wouldn't work.

"When we started this, I was pretty happy with the interest we got."

Indians wrestlers will compete as the Canal Winchester Wrestling Club.

Also scheduled to attend are the Granville, Mount Gilead, New Albany, Upper Arlington and Williamsport Westfall wrestling clubs as well as Cardinals Wrestling Club of central Ohio, Ohio Capitals Wrestling Club from Hilliard, Razor Sharp based in Norwalk and Team Claws based in Ashland.

"This is the first time we've done more than one tournament in the summer, and we had a lot of guys asking if we'd add extra events," New Albany coach Larry Reichard said. "We saw (Tussle on the Turf) happened last year and it looked like something we'd be interested in. That drew some guys in. The guys are excited and they think it'll be a cool experience to wrestle outside under the lights."

Cramer said he learned several lessons from last year's event, including how to cope with the heat not only as far as his wrestlers are concerned but also when it comes to equipment.

"Tape was melting to the mats. The heat was brutal," Cramer said. "We might try to get industrial fans out on the turf this year just to keep up some kind of breeze. We rolled the mats out onto the turf early last year to make sure we were ready to go on time, and that didn't help.

"If it's hot (June 23), we might wait until an hour beforehand and then hurry up and roll the mats out. If starting closer to 7 (p.m.) helps make it a little cooler, we will. We learned our lessons last year with it being the first time, but we got such a good response that we wanted to do this again."

Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children and senior citizens.

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