Benefit Tourney Set to Aid Newton Wrestler

AAU Wrestling chairman Terry Pride announced on Wednesday that a takedown tournament will be held held for Newton wrestler Tyler Head. While competing in an match last season, the Newton grappler was paralyzed.

The inaugural “Fight Like Tyler Takedown Challenge” will be held Saturday, Nov. 9th at Newton High School.

“The wrestling community has a huge heart when it comes to things like this.” said Pride.

Apparent to his teammates already, Tyler’s fighting spirit has galvanized his entire community as demonstrated last season as the Newton girls basketball team all sported “Fight like Tyler” T-shirts.

Tyler’s girlfriend, Madison Damiani, summed it up pretty well saying, “It takes a lot to be a wrestler; dedication, sweat, tears and the will to never give up. Tyler had all of those qualities and more. Out of the multiple times I’ve watched him wrestle, he never gave up, not once. He could have easily given up on himself after his accident but he didn’t. The transition from the wrestling mat to the therapy mat was hard but the fight to win a match is just like the fight to walk again. Tyler will never give up; just like he never gave up when he was on the (wrestling) mat.”

“Officials from the GWOA (Georgia Wrestling Officials Association) have agreed to volunteer their time to oversee the event and several local businesses have expressed interest in helping out as well,” Pride said. “I challenge every wrestler and coach in the state to come out support this preseason tournament for Tyler and his family.”

Wrestlers should register at GeorgiaEliteWrestling.com. Those wishing to donate or volunteer are encouraged to contact Pride at the AAU Georgia website: gaaau.net.