Oskaloosa rallies around severely injured wrestler
Thu, 01 May 2014 04:26:03 GMT —
The city of Oskaloosa defined the meaning of community Wednesday night as it held a polar plunge for severely injured high school wrestler Tyler Zickefoose.
Tyler was severely injured in an ATV accident on Easter day. He suffered a broken neck and back, and he currently has no feeling from the shoulders down.
Curt Spry's children go to school with Tyler and he came up with the idea for a fundraiser for Tyler and his family.
"Last Wednesday, I was sitting on the couch talking to my kids Sydney and Bennett," said Spry. "They go to school with Tyler Zickefoose, and I challenged them to get 50 to 100 kids to come do the polar plunge, and that I would donate five dollars for every plunge."
Spry posted the event on Facebook and it quickly went viral in the Oskaloosa community.
15 people offered to match his donation so now 80 dollars per plunge will be donated to Tyler and his family.
Hunter Johnson is a wrestler for rival EBF high school and has been friends with Tyler since junior high school.
Hunter was overcome with sadness when he heard the news of Tyler's accident.
"It was pretty heart wrenching," said Hunter. "He's a pretty good wrestler, and I'm just crushed."
So he rallied his team to come together for something much bigger than wrestling by having them participate in the plunge.
"The rivalry doesn't even matter right now," said Johnson. "He's a wrestler so we came to support him."
Despite the rainy weather, the turnout to support Tyler was huge.
Over 100 people showed up to raise funds for Tyler and his family.