From UNI Athletics:
UNI Wrestling began a crowdfunding project Wednesday to help raise funds to upgrade the wrestling room in historic West Gym.
“When I first got the job nine years ago, I got these mats redone,” head coach Doug Schwab said. “I talked with coach (Dan) Gable before I got the job and I asked, ‘what’s important, what should I really look for,’ and he said, ‘the mats.’ We are on these things every day. We pour our blood sweat and tears and our craft is on this mat.”
The current mats are nine years old and well past their expected lifetime and the team is looking to Panther fans to help cover some of the cost.
Fans can get involved for as little as $50 with levels of giving all the way up to $5,000.
“A lot of blood, sweat and tears have been poured on this mat, and a lot of pain and suffering, but a lot of rewards also have been built in this room on these mats,” Schwab said. “With all that work comes wear and tear and it is time for some new ones.”
The goal for the project is to raise $15,000 within 30 days.
Fans can learn more about the project and get involved at Pawprint.UNI.edu/Wrestling.