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Mick Rose recognized for dedication to youth wrestling

Mick Rose (right) is pictured with (left to right) Pay it Forward Stevens County committee member Joan Spaeth, Morris Area High School Wrestling Coach Troy Ostby, Chris Athey and Kyle Rose. Athey nominated Mick for his work with the youth wrestling program in the Morris community.3 / 3

MORRIS – Youth wrestling coach Mick Rose was recognized by Pay It Forward, Stevens County last Friday, March 28 for his lifetime of work supporting wrestling in the area.

Rose was nominated for the award by wrestling parent Chris Athey.

“Mick has been a volunteer coaching the youth program for over 44 years, and at the age of 65 he still laces up his shoes and takes the mat each and every practice to volunteer his time,” said Athey.

“He also volunteers his time to coach special freestyle and Greco Roman sessions for the kids in the spring and summer for those wanting to advance their skills.

“He was the coach at the University of Minnesota, Morris for 12 years and high school coach in town for 10, starting coaching at the age of 21 and heading the youth program ever since. He is great with the kids and always willing to help and teach them many valuable things, not just about wrestling.

“It would be a great honor to nominate Mick for this volunteer award, his time and effort are much appreciated. Our youth should be honored to have him as not only a coach but also a mentor.”

Rose’s son, Kyle, also praised his father’s quiet dedication to the sport of wrestling.

“You can’t think of Morris wrestling without thinking of Mick Rose,” said Kyle. “He’s dedicated over 45 years of his life to the sport he loves.”

“He does not look for praise or even a thank you,” Kyle continued. “As a matter of fact, I’ve heard him give credit to others even when I know it is his idea or his plan that succeeded. When I ask him why, he says, ‘because that guy needs a boost more than I do and it’ll do him some good to get recognition.’”

Pay it Forward Stevens County is a program designed to reward individuals who make life better for other people in our community.

Pay it Forward Stevens County is sponsored by Morris Pizza Ranch, Morris Sun Tribune, Bank of the West, West Central Screen and Print, the Regional Fitness Center, Superior Industries and Hancock Concrete, Stevens Community Medical Center, KMRS/KKOK Radio Stations and Sonia’s Hair Clinic.

Nominations can be dropped off at any of the participating businesses. The committee will meet once per month to pick one person who best exemplifies paying it forward.