Get to know TROY’s new wrestling club

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Did you know that Troy University has its very own Wrestling Club?

The club, which has 30 members, is one of the newest groups on TROY’s campus.

At a typical practice, the Wrestling Club begins with a warmup run. Next, the wrestlers drill their different moves before ending practice with conditioning. The club is open for all students. Practices are held Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m.

“It really kept me grounded,” said freshman member Mattie Register. “It’s really good to have a schedule and to have something to keep you active and your mental health sharp. I don’t think that I could have asked for a better set of friends. Especially coming into a new environment like college from a really small high school, it’s been just phenomenal, honestly.”

Members attend annual conferences in the month of March. They compete on mats, wear head gear, and show off their latest moves.

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“We can compete in any Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 tournament or go to separate tournaments that they have for the NCWA specifically,” said Club President Nicholas Gelsosomo. “We just go to whatever competition that we can schedule and fit in'”

One of the biggest challenges for the club is fundraising. In the past, members have held Pie in the Face, and several raffles. They also have a GoFundMe set up. 

“We need to fund our own club, since we do not get any funding from the school,” Gelsosomo explained. “We are trying to do fundraisers, GoFundMe’s, and stuff like that to help. It’s kind of been difficult to get funds and to keep everything going, but one of the big benefits is meeting new people and having a better way to just stay in shape instead of just going to the gym or hitting the treadmill.’

To learn more about this club, join or make a donation, visit the club’s Instagram page @troytrojanswrestling.

According to the fundraiser, the club is trying to raise $10,000 in order to purchase a wrestling mat, cover tournament fees and trips.