Buchtel's wrestling coach isn't giving up on his quest for a new wrestling room.
Robert Hubbard told the Akron Board of Education that he wants money to put in a wrestling training room at Buchtel Community Learning Center, which replaced the old Buchtel High School this past fall.
Hubbard says that having to share a gym with other teams means long hours for his wrestlers.
"Right now, we're practicing at 6 o'clock in the afternoon with varsity sports, so my kids are there probably 12 hours a day, they're not getting home until 8:30," Hubbard tells AkronNewsNow.com. "And then there's moving and removing mats, so that adds about 20 to 30 minutes on each day."
Hubbard says he repeatedly tried to get the proper rooms at the new Buchtel CLC before it was completed.
"And it wasn't because I didn't bring it up during the planning meetings, because I did," Hubbard says. "But they always told me...I said them they needed a wrestling room and a weight room in the new school, but they always said the funding wasn't there, they didn't have enough funding to do that."
Hubbard says his team has been successful in the City Series in spite of the facilities being substandard.
He suggest the APS board find money by using what the district saved by building the Buchtel CLC building on the former Buchtel practice field, and has an idea how a room can be added to the already built school.
"If we can put a pre-fab building up behind Buchtel, where there were some houses there that they tore down," Hubbard suggests, "They can make that the weight room or they can make that the wrestling room."