Spaghetti Dinner Community Fundraiser Sept. 27

By Jennie Acklin

Noah Morlock of Ellicottville is headed to Las Vegas, Nev., for a Halloween wrestling match dubbed as the National United Wrestling Association for Youth “Freak Show of Amateur Wrestling.” And he needs his community’s support to help get him there.

Noah has been wrestling since he was 4 years old, under the coaching of Victor Arena, in the Ellicottville Wrestling Club and has won 104 matches over a two-year period.

Last year, Noah placed fourth at the Nationals in Battle Creek, Mich., and wrestled as a member of the NYS National Team and the NYS Duals Team at Ohio State where the team placed fourth. He trains four days a week and works out every day with his training “dummy” Jason or during season with his training partner Simon Clark. His fourth place finish at the Battle Creek nationals qualified him to attend the NUWAY Freak Show.

And did I mention Noah is only 7 years old?

As a second grader, he is a very active boy who loves baseball, soccer and football.

“I’m not old enough yet to play football, but I can’t wait ‘til I can,” exclaimed Noah.

As a water boy for PeeWee and Midgets football, he’s very involved with local sports. He also likes to run as part of his custom-designed workout program by Arena. He has also trained with Tim and Steve Jacobson of Salamanca.

Noah currently trains privately with Jeff Prescott of Olean. Prescott is a three-time NYS Champion wrestler, and a two-time NCAA Division 1 Penn State wrestler. Private training will help prepare Noah for the Freak Show Oct. 31–Nov. 2.

Noah will arrive in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 30, attend a VIP weigh-in for his 77 lb. Division for 8 year-olds and under, and mingle with many Ultimate Fighting Championship celebrities, as well as Olympic wrestling celebrities. He will be wrestling at the Rio Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

A community fundraiser will take place Saturday, Sept. 27 at Madigan’s in Ellicottville.  An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will start at 6 p.m. for two hours, and will include spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. Tickets are $10 each for adults, and $5 each for kids, and can be purchased at Katy’s Cafe and Coffee Culture. They will also be available at the door.

The Morlock family’s goal is 100 people in attendance. The money raised will cover airfare and accommodations while in Las Vegas.

Noah watches the college teams and already has his sights on Penn State, Cornell and Iowa as possible college choices.

According to him, “They have really good wrestling teams, and I want to go to college at one of these three universities.”

But as Noah said enthusiastically, “The most important thing is to have fun!”

That belief will hopefully take him to the Olympics one day, which is another of Noah’s goals.

For more information about youth wrestling, visit the EVLWrestlingClub Facebook page or talk to Noah Morlock. His enthusiasm will overwhelm you!