NP: Algonquin team is wrestling support for veterans

by beth on December 18, 2013

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Above: If you check out an ARHS varsity wrestling match this season, don’t expect to see them in this uniform from last year. This year, wrestlers will be standing out in camouflage. (contributed photo)

The Northborough Patch shared news from the ARHS varsity wrestling team. Beginning with this evening’s match, wrestlers are running a collection drive for a Worcester veterans shelter.

At tonight’s 6:30 meet against Tyngsboro and all future home meets this season, they are asking supporters to bring soap, shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste. To draw attention to the drive and their support of veterans, the wrestlers will don camouflage singlets for their meets.

What began as a fashion statement evolved into a charitable effort. Senior and team co-captain Alex Mazzola explained to the Patch:

“In the past, many former Algonquin wrestlers have gone into the military after their high school career, ranging from the Army and Marines to military academies such as Norwich and West Point,” Mazzola said during an e-mail interview.

“This sparked the idea for me and joe to do a camo singlet. We thought it would look awesome on the mat to have a singlet no one had ever seen before. We then realized we could do some sort of charity along with the singlets to give back to the community and help promote our sport.” . . .

“Our team has the utmost respect for veterans, they risked their lives for us and our freedom. The least we can do is give back something to them and help them in a time of need,” he said.

For the full story, visit the Northborough Patch.

1 Jim Foley December 18, 2013 at 1:38 PM

What a great idea! I am looking forward to seeing the team tonight. I highly recommend the entertainment and the cause. I hope to see a full house.

2 mike fuce December 19, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Thank you Alex, Joe and team!

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