In August, the Community Post reported on Minster Police Chief David Friend, a former wrestler and current referee, visiting the Minster Service Club and speaking about his goal of bringing wrestling to Minster.
At the service club meeting he talked about working to obtain a $9,600 40x40 mat that would travel with the program.
At that time, he had raised about half of the capital necessary with donations from local businesses and associations with the goal to compete in youth tournaments from November through February.
Since then, Friend has come that much closer to his goal, raising around $9,200 of that money from 31 local business and individuals.
“I went to these businesses, it was pretty tough with COVID,” said Friend. “It was hard for me to even go in there because I know the employees and restrictions they have on their end. But the good people; there’s individuals people, businesses, associations, service clubs, all willing to help.”
He did, however, also decide to cancel the inaugural season for the Minster Wildcat Youth Wrestling program due to COVID concerns after seeing the letter from Minster Superintendent Brenda Boeke pertaining to COVID19 in the community in early October.
To read the rest of this story, pick up the Dec. 1 edition of the Community Post