Saturday, October 7, over 50 Prosper High School boys and girls wrestlers, along with their families, met at Gordon Beirsch – Shops at Legacy to volunteer their time and provide the fixings for making 2,000 sandwiches to feed the homeless as part of the Feed The City initiative by TangoTab. In total, over 13,000 sandwiches were made with several organizations participating.
Feed the city began in 2015 and according to the website is, “a community event that brings people together of all ages and backgrounds to help feed their fellow neighbors.”
“The Prosper Wrestling coaches and booster club parents have a commitment to instill a heart of servitude in the members of our team,” says Prosper High School wrestling coach Sion King. “These kids come by it naturally. Wrestling is a mental, physical and emotional sport. It requires the best of the individual each match, and the opportunity to compete as a team. They understand the importance of teamwork.”
This is Coach King’s first year with Prosper Independent School District. He and his wife, Tanya, moved from Amarillo, Texas with their three children. He has received Head Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year awards from the Texas Wrestling Coaches Association. King has coached Girls State Dual Wrestling Champions and Boys State UIL State Wrestling Tournament Champions. He has also coached the Girl’s Texas Team for Nationals. His experience and community focus make King a great addition to the Prosper Wrestling program.
Former Prosper head wrestling coach, Darren Snyder, was inducted into the Texas Wrestling Hall of Honor last year and was instrumental in building a strong wrestling program, including junior high, in Prosper during his six-year tenure.
With a strong senior team, it is going to be an exciting year for Prosper wrestling. There are ten returning seniors: Anthony Acevedo, Alyssa Alvarez (3rd State), Tristan Baugher (State Qualifier), Anthony Centrella, Tommy Flaherty (5th State), Kade Mann, Jack Megow, Alex Varela, Cristiana Williams (State Qualifier), and James Wujek (4th State).
“Two years ago, the Prosper Girls Wrestling Team placed 3rd at the state tournament, and Gabe Costa became Prosper’s first State Champion,” says Rutledge Gordon, Prosper Wrestling Booster Club Vice President. “Wrestling in Texas has increased 146% and we are seeing that increase in our own team, almost doubling in size this year. It also helps greatly that we have strong junior high and kids wrestling programs at Prosper. Wrestling is going to continue to grow in Prosper and surrounding areas. We couldn’t be more excited than to have Coach King continuing to lead us in success.”
Prosper Wrestling season will officially begin on November 11 with the Prosper team trials followed by the Warrior invite the following week, November 17-18.
In addition to the attending the State UIL Wrestling Tournament in Katy, Texas, the Prosper Boy’s Wrestling Team will travel for the first time to El Paso on January 13, 2018 to stake their claim at the State Wrestling Duals. The team is seeking sponsorships to defray the cost of travel expenses. You can contact Prosper Booster Wrestling Fundraising Chair, Tonja Waring at 972-632-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Renee Marler | Renee@CedarbrookMedia.com