Thank you for your post. I would like to shed some light on why the city of Asheville bid for the Southern Conference Wrestling Championships. First, North Carolina or even Asheville is NOT a hot bed for wrestling. Keep in mind that all conference championships including the NCAA's are up for bid to host such tournaments. With all the universities and colleges that are dropping wrestling in their sports program, here is a town that is stepping up to promote the sport of wrestling. "WE WANT TO BRING WRESTLING TO THE MOUNTAINS". Hopefully some day one of the local universities or colleges like UNC-A or Western Carolina will add wrestling to their sports program. I would think that any wrestling supporter throughout the country would like and support that.
Why is a Big South school hosting the Southern Conference? Simple. The town of Asheville purchased the rights to hold the tournament there for the next 3 years. That's right, 2015, 2016 and 2017 So Cons will be held in Asheville. Here is a town that has made a big commitment to the sport of wrestling. They have embraced it, supported it and want it to grow. Hopefully in the years to come visitors will not just come to visit the beautiful mountains, Biltmore House, Grove Park Inn, it's white water or ski resorts but rather come because it's a town that supports our sport!
Soon you will see another national program coming out of Asheville. HEAD LOCK ON HUNGER.
Headlock on Hunger is an outreach of Eblen Charities a nonprofit organization based in Asheville North Carolina, that brings together the wrestling community as well as public, private, and sports organizations to help provide food for children who are dealing with hunger at home.
With childhood hunger statistics reporting that one out of five children do not have enough food at home, many times the only meals they receive at school is the only food they will have to eat and when the holidays or other times away from school arrive, far too many face the chance of going hungry until they are back in class.
Headlock on Hunger is meeting this challenge by enlisting and partnering with wrestling teams from middle school through college, coaches, clubs, fans sponsors, and everyone who is interested in making sure no child goes hungry.
By collecting food and cash donations during the wrestling season at meets, tournaments, as well as social media and other campaigns throughout the year, will help ensure that those children facing hunger will have enough to eat.
WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!
Keep an eye out for Headlock On Hunger, you may see this at the next tournament you go to. Possibilities include, the NCAA's, Beat The Streets, Southern Scuffle and the world championships being held in Las Vegas.
BE HAPPY THAT A SMALL TOWN LIKE ASHEVILLE IS STEPPING UP TO PROMOTE THE SPORT OF WRESTLING!