The Farmers’ and Craft Market was crawling with Badgers this past Saturday, up bright and early to raise money for their team. Dressed in Badger blue warm-ups, hoodies, and Letterman jackets, these students hit the pavement instead of hitting the mats, due to unfortunate budget restraints that cost them a tournament trip to Bryan, TX.
You wouldn’t know by looking at them, however, that their weekend plans had been spoiled - wrestler Charlie Freese greeted shoppers warmly as they approached, kindly asking for their support with the same confidence she has surely channeled into her multiple wins this season.
According to the team, they typically compete in 10 tournaments and 15 meets each season, but, like everything else, inflation has wreaked havoc on the school’s transportation costs, and only 5 of the 10 tournaments are fully funded as of now. Though there are many willing and able adults who could drive the Badgers to their out-of-town events, LISD is required to bus them, according to booster club founder and president, Dawn Fernandez. While the wrestling team is in its 7th season, the booster club just came into existence this year, not a minute too soon.
And they are not the only group doing so - the fire department rode down to the Square in style to pose for a photo op with the Badgers, and the Hill Country Wildcats Wrestling Club donated half the proceeds from their "Sunday Scrap" to the wrestlers.
There truly could not be a team more deserving of your support. After posing flawlessly for a group photo in front of the LFD fire truck, every wrestler clambered around, eager to have their story told, not for their own individual glories, but for the sake of a team that has trained hard enough to earn a place at every tournament.
Varsity Team Captain Daemien Rivas proudly, though humbly, informed us, “This is the best talent we’ve ever had.” If you'd like to help the Badgers make it to their next tournament, you can donate directly to the LHS Wrestling Booster Club by contacting them at lampasaswrestlingboosterclub.com.
And gear up for Badger Wrestling’s last home match of the season Wednesday, January 17th! This match will be a Tri (3 teams competing against each other) with competitors Leander Rouse and Chaparral (Killeen). Be sure to come out and support the home team. Let’s Go Badgers!!