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On December 10, 2005 Bishop Luers High School hosted the first annual Corey Kennerk Memorial Wrestling Invitational. Corey tragically passed away two years ago in an automobile accident while on his way home from work. He was a sophomore at Bishop Luers.

Corey and his father, Tim, a 1985 graduate of Bishop Luers, both wrestled for Bishop Luers. When Corey was in 6th grade, he attended a wrestling camp and continued to wrestle from that time on.

The Kennerk family felt that this was the appropriate time to begin hosting a wrestling memorial in honor of Corey, since this would have been Corey’s senior year. Leeann Kennerk, Corey’s mother, has a love for Bishop Luers and for wrestling. She feels that wrestling is more than just a sport; it is a growth, not only spiritually but also mentally. Moreover, she feels that this tournament is a wonderful way to honor Corey. His memory will always be an inspiration for all that were left behind.

The Bishop Luers wrestling team has been honoring Corey since his death. In the past, at each meet they were putting the letters CK along with Corey’s weight class on their arms. This year they have put the letters CK and the number 06 in honor of the fact that Corey would have been a 2006 graduate of Bishop Luers this year.

There were 8 teams participating in the tournament: Bishop Luers, Leo, Northrop, North Miami, Huntington North, Whitko, Indianapolis Broad Ripple, and Maconaquah. The meet started at 9:30am in the Bishop Luers gym, running four mats and lasting four rounds each.

A trophy was given to the first place team, Leo Lions; second place went to Whitko Wildcats; and Bishop Luers Knights won third place. The memorial trophy given to the Most Valuable Wrestler went to a senior from Leo, Zack Steury, 145 wt. Class.

Luers Coach A.J. Kalver would like to thank Mike Skordos for his vision and support in helping this event become a reality. Thanks also to the many volunteers whose selfish dedication truly embodies the “Luers Spirit”.

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