Wrestling teams show heart during holidays

Published 7:31 pm Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Congratulations to King’s Fork wrestling team and head coach Brett Heberling for holding their First Annual Battleground Duals on Saturday.

On the competitive side, all three Suffolk schools are working hard and trying to improve their wrestling programs to compete against their Southeastern District rivals. With the head of the list being state, and even nationwide, power Great Bridge, the Chesapeake schools have traditionally controlled the sport over Nansemond River, Lakeland and King’s Fork. More tournaments hosted by the Bulldogs, Warriors and Cavaliers certainly help with that difficult goal.

More importantly though on Saturday, King’s Fork supported the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia by encouraging spectators to bring food to donate.

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Spectators who brought in five items of food got into the duals for free instead of the $7 ticket price.

More information, including lists of what the Foodbank needs year around, including what’s best for seniors and children, can be found at www.foodbankonline.org/top_ten.html.

Lakeland will be hosting a two-day wrestling tournament next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Head coach John Bostwick has put together the Mike Duman “Toys 4 Tots” Wrestling Invitational after the invitational tournament started out as the Cavalier Invitational last season.

The action is slated to start at 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 22 and at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 23. The final dual is set for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Cavaliers already have tournament titles to their credit this season from tournaments at York and Saturday’s Battleground Duals where the Cavs went 5-0, so any just on the athletic side, this is a good chance to see what the Cavaliers are doing right.

Just like with King’s Fork tournament though, there’s another purpose Lakeland’s trying to achieve.

Any spectator bringing a new toy to donate to Toys 4 Tots can get a two-day pass to the tournament for 50 percent off.

Being competitive, creative and charitable usually don’t go together very often, but congratulations for King’s Fork’s and Lakeland’s wrestling squads for doing that during this holiday season.