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Local high school wrestlers pin with a purpose

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By: Jenn Schanz

Jan. 22nd is a going to be a big day for Lincoln Southwest wrestlers. It's not only senior night, they're also facing their rivals, the Lincoln Southeast Knights.

On top of that, every take down is a chance to raise money for disabled veterans.

"From all that they've done, like in the past, they went through a lot. And they put their bodies on the line. It's just something to do out of respect for them," says T.J. Burbach, a senior wrestler at Southwest. 

He says dedicating the meet to veterans is important for the tight–knit team. Coach Aaron Finley came up with the idea.

"Everybody can relate to veterans. Not everybody knows a lot about wrestling but everybody probably knows somebody or has a family member or somebody who's a veteran," says Finley. 

He says he wants to support a deserving cause while bringing wrestling into the spotlight.

"Wrestling had to get itself back into the Olympics and fought really hard and so it became apparent to me that I need to help make wrestling a more mainstream thing for the community."

For each takedown on either side, the Southwest Booster Club will make a $15 donation to Disabled American Veterans.

The last time Southwest faced off against Southeast, around 1200 people showed up. Finley says he doesn't have a number goal in mind, but expects the crowd this year to be just as big.

And of course, all vets will get into the meet free of charge.


What: Lincoln Southwest vs. Lincoln Southeast wrestling
Where: Lincoln Southwest
When: Wednesday, Jan. 22nd at 6:00p.m.


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