A view from the top: Thurston coach helps kids wrestle with life — on and off the mat

BRADLEY COOK / Flashbox Studio - Thurston's Mike Simons was recently named coach of the year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Associations.

SPRINGFIELD –  There must be some kind of  “secret sauce” to get 35 girls out to wrestling practice every day. 

Right, coach? 

Well, truth be told, there is one little trick that Thurston’s Mike Simons likes to employ. 

“2017 was the first year where we had a good group of girls and wrestling was becoming popular across . . .