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PORTLAND-- It's been 45 years and counting for wrestling coach Roy Pittman.

Pittman runs the Peninsula Wrestling Club in North Portland. Over the years he's coached wrestlers who have gone on to college, the Olympics and the World Championships.

But Pittman said Monday it's not just about wrestling. He's helping young people manage their lives.

During a break in practice this week Pittman said I always want to know who's next. Wrestling is a sport everyone can do because we all wrestle to make better choices.

Some of the wrestlers like Austin Wallace-Lister have been with Pittman's program a long time. Wallace-Lister started in the fourth grade. He won a state title wrestling for Portland's Wilson High School. He'll be the first person in his family to go to college. He'll continue his wrestling career.

He said Pittman is more than a coach.

We do a lot together, go to eat, to banquets, Wallace-Lister said. He teaches me to respect people and be a man.

Pittman and about 60 of his wrestlers are in Idaho this week. They're taking part in a regional wrestling tournament.

If you'd like to learn more about the Peninsula Wrestling Club website.

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