Fire forces hundreds of young Reno wrestlers out of longtime practice gym

A small fire in late September at Team Nevada's wrestling gym will force the nonprofit to find a new location. (Courtesy: Team Nevada)

Ten years after opening its doors for hundreds of young wrestlers, Reno's Team Nevada wrestling gym is now searching for a new place to call home.

Late in September, a small structure fire damaged the aging building on Keystone Avenue, and shortly thereafter, Team Nevada's director learned the city would condemn and demolish the building.

Now, the clock is ticking for the local nonprofit to find a new location to serve young wrestlers looking to get some extra practice after school.

We don't have anywhere for our kids to go.

Bill Foster, director for Team Nevada, said homeless people were responsible for the September 30 fire.

The City of Reno donated the warehouse to Team Nevada years ago, and both coaches and wrestlers said they knew this day would eventually come.

This building is kind of like home to me.

"Any little space will help, because we got to find a place to transfer the mats, we got to find a place to hold them and hopefully in time we'll find a good place to keep them and hopefully a place to stay," said Joe Miller, a 17-year-old McQueen High School wrestler.

"If anybody has a gym or warehouse they'd be willing to donate, that'd be amazing."

According to a letter from the City of Reno, Team Nevada must be out of the building on or before November 16.

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