Hartland wrestlers battled it out on the mats Friday afternoon, helping to raise money for a good cause.
Competing in front of their whole school in a spirit assembly/dual meet, the team welcomed Chippewa Hills while raising money to help support the Wounded Warriors Project.
Each year, wrestling coach Todd Cheney picks an organization to raise money for, and this year, according to Atheltic Director Jason Reck, the charity that helps support returning veterans and their families was suggested.
“This is a charity that’s very important to me as a veteran,” Reck said. “So I suggested it and he (Cheney) ran with it.”
The fundraiser was a success, according to Reck, with Hartland raising more than $2,000 and Chippewa Hills donating $100 to the cause.
“The kids absolutely responded,” Reck said. “It’s one of the most generous high schools around, in my opinion.”
Rewarded for their "great" effort, the stands were full of cheering students, supporting their team to a 41-21 victory over Chippewa Hills.
“It does a ton for school spirit,” Reck said. “And it’s great for a sport like wrestling to get some recognition and my hope is that we’re able to showcase different sports and rotate it every year and be able to bring in different opponents.”