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'Wrestling to Save Lives' fundraising tournament Oct. 27

There are wrestling tournaments that raise funds for programs that could use new gear or mats. Then there are fundraising tournaments that are more a matter of life and death.

The purpose of the "Wrestling to Save Lives" tournament -- to be held Saturday, Oct. 27 in Canton, Mich. -- is to help save the life of someone in desperate need of a liver transplant.

The event -- taking place at Canton High School in Canton just west of Detroit -- will offer great competition for wrestlers ages 5-18 in all weight classes... plus opportunities to meet Frank Jasper, "Shute" from the classic wrestling movie "Vision Quest" and participate in a pre-tournament mini-clinic put on by legendary coach Mike Krause.

Proceeds from the event will go to Wilfredo Pacheco and his family (including son J.C. Morgan, who wrestles at Canton High) as he donates a portion of his liver to the husband of a co-worker in need of a liver transplant. Funds raised at the tournament will help cover medical expenses as well as expenses during recovery which could take 3-6 months.

The 411 on the "Wrestling to Save Lives" Tournament

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 9 a.m.

  • Where: Canton High School, 8415 North Canton Center Road in Canton, Mich... a couple miles west of the I-275/I-96 interchange

  • Registration: Register online at Trackwrestling.com by Thursday, Oct. 25 at 10 pm

  • Weigh-ins: Friday, Oct. 26 at Canton High School or Cutler Event Center, 320 S. Main, Olivet, Mich. from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday, Oct 27 at Canton High 7-7:30 a.m.

  • Prizes: First-place wrestlers in each age/weight class will receive a custom singlet; wrestlers who place 2d-4th will receive a custom medal

  • Entry fee for wrestlers: $20 per athlete

  • Guest admission: $5 adult; $2 child; special $12 family rate for two parents and children. Donations also welcomed.

  • Rules: Modified high school rules

    Want to know more?

    Check out the event flyer or contact Greg Woochuk, Canton High wrestling coach, at gregwoochuk@hotmail.com.
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