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Club wrestling team approved by council

Wrestling was approved by a unanimous vote from the University of Richmond Sport Club Council on Tuesday to begin the process of becoming an official club sport.

Austin Helm, RC '14, will be president of the new club, which will become legitimate at the end of next year after two semesters as a campus organization, according to school rules.

"Wrestling club was here a little while back, but it kind of fell off, so I'm trying to get it going again," Helm said to the Council, which is composed of a president elected from each sports team on campus and run by an executive board of four students.

Once a sport club is approved, it is able to receive Richmond funding designated for club equipment and travel, priority in scheduling for practice spaces and access to the sport club athletic trainer, according to school rules.

Members of the council had originally worried about funding for the wrestling club because of the limited money and resources available. When President of the council Matt Burns, RC '13, addressed Helm about the issue during the meeting, Helm said his club wouldn't need much funding.

"We shouldn't have a problem raising funds [within the team]," Helm said. "Dues will cover mostly everything we need, and we're getting a mat donated by someone."

Helm currently has a roster of 18 students who would like the join the team, but they haven't started practicing because they're waiting for a wrestling mat to be donated. He said that either his father or the owner of a clothing manufacturing company that would sponsor the team would donate the mat at the end of this year.

Once they have a mat, the team will hold scrimmages against each other and eventually enter tournaments separately representing Richmond.

"I love the sport of wrestling, and I miss it a lot [since high school]," Helm said. "I've talked to a bunch of other kids who are in the same position, and I've started things before in high school, so I thought - why not?"

Contact staff writer Abby Kloppenburg at abby.kloppenburg@richmond.edu

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