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Taft Eagles prepare the main gym before every wrestling match.

Taft Eagles prepare the main gym before every wrestling match.

Jared Wallace, Reporter

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Winter sports preparations have begun, and lots of funds are needed especially for the Taft’s Boys Wrestling team’s 2018-2019 season.

William Howard Taft’s Boys Wrestling team, run by Head Coach Brad Engle and Coach Tom Angsten, is one of the seasons upcoming sports teams with expensive equipment that is needed to help take their program and athletes to the next level. Wrestling gear is very expensive and not too much of the gear can be reused and often have to be bought new each season. The team is asking the Eagle community to donate and show their support for their Boys Wrestling team through donations on a app called Snap Raise. Donations given to the wrestling team will go to expenses such as: rolls of tape for the matts, tournament costs, traveling fees, specific gear and uniforms. Donations are being accepted from the team until Dec. 10th.

An example of how much certain wrestling materials cost are the current Taft wrestling matts in room 336, which according to Engle, cost about $8,500.

“We had a fundraiser on November 10th, but that was mainly for adults. We decided to try out another method to get us more donations and such, as it worked well last year,” said Angsten and Engle.

Coach Engle and Angsten used Snap Raise last season in hopes of raising money for the team and decided to do the same this year due to its past success. Snap Raise is an app that makes it so everyone has their own account, but the donations all go into one large pile to help the cause. Eagles can download the app and donate how much they want to the Taft Boys Wrestling team.

“The purpose of donating to your school’s sports teams, like it is to any program here at Taft, is to benefit and further those athletes and that program. That donation could have gained that team just what they need to take it to the next level, to become the best, or to reach their goals,” said senior captain Brendan Gallo, Div. 937.

Donating is not hard, and anyone from Taft students or family members can do so. If anyone wants to help out your fellow Taft Boys Wrestling team download Snap Raise to be a supportive eagle.

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