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Appalachian State, donor partnering to launch 'Pin to Win' campaign

Appalachian State, alumnus Wayne C. York are partnering for "Pin to Win" campaign

BOONE, N.C. -- Appalachian State University wrestling and wrestling alumnus and Hall of Famer Wayne C. York are partnering together to launch the "Pin to Win" campaign to help raise scholarship money for Mountaineer Wrestling.

York has generously offered to match the amount of donations made for the "Pin to Win" campaign up to $25,000 by Nov. 27 -- when the Mountaineers square off on the mat against North Carolina at home.

"I was able to attend Appalachian for three years because of the athletic scholarship I received, and that experience has helped shape my life," Wayne C. York said. "Wrestling is such an inclusive sport because it gives opportunities to all different shapes and sizes to continue participating in Athletics at the collegiate level. That's why I want to give back to the App State Wrestling program."

The money raised will solely benefit wrestling scholarships, which allow young men the opportunity to pursue academic and athletic endeavors at the top level.

Fans can donate to help the Black and Gold by heading to http://www.alumni.appstate.edu/wrestling and either select one of the gift levels available or enter in any other amount that they would like to contribute.

"We greatly appreciate Mr. York's generosity and what he is doing for our program!" head coach JohnMark Bentley said. "We have such a rich tradition for the sport of wrestling here at Appalachian and people like Wayne are allowing us to continue building upon that tradition."

Last season, York presented a check for $25,242 in support of wrestling at Appalachian before the Mountaineers squared off against the NC State Wolfpack.

York wrestled for Appalachian State from 1949-51 and graduated with a degree in physical education. York was inducted into the Appalachian State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 20, 1997 in recognition of his outstanding collegiate career. York was a member of the undefeated 1950 squad that went 13-0 and set a new national scoring record with 368 points.

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