Each year at the Cut Bank Booster Club Invitational organizers take a moment to recognize someone who has contributed to the success of the Cut Bank wrestling program, whether it be at the AAU, Little Guy, middle school or high School level, a dedicated supporter of the program, or an administrator, coach or school board member. Marvin Kimmet was named the honorary grand marshal of the 52nd annual event on Saturday, Jan. 11.
Kimmet’s love for the sport of wrestling began when he was in Cut Bank High School. Through the years Marvin has been a dedicated volunteer. Besides working at the Cut Bank tournament, Marvin coached and was an active supporter of the Cut Bank AAU program. His wife Becky said that Marvin just really enjoys watching wrestling at all levels – Little Guy through college.
Marvin and Becky have three children: Amanda, Tad and Levi. Marvin has passed his love of the sport onto them. Amanda was a wrestling manager for sixyears during middle school and high school and is still helping us out with special projects. Son Tad wrestled all through middle school and high school and now has sons starting the sport as third generation Kimmet wrestlers. Levi also wrestled through middle school. And Becky said she was one of those “crazy wrestling moms.”
Marvin has been a steady fixture at the Booster Club Invitational since the early 1980’s, taking a short break when he moved to Texas for 10 years to be with his wife, Becky. As soon as they moved back, he was right back here.
Marvin has proved his dedication to the tournament through the years. One year in particular, he broke his ankle but instead of going to the doctor, he showed up to work his shift as a table worker–and then went to the doctor after the tournament!
What Marvin loves about wrestling is the strong character and work ethic it instills in young people. He believes that the sport of wrestling teaches kids life skills and perseverance. It teaches kids to keep going even when things are tough.