"Not only is it the first home match for UCA but, its the first high school wrestling match ever in Fort Smith. Were making history tonight." said Joey Crenshaw, Union Christian Academy wrestling coach. One thing that helped the program get off the ground was a big donation from a man in Little Rock who helped the school buy wrestling mats. "These mats cost between ten and twelve-thousand dollars, and so Greg Hatcher donated to forty different schools and thats a half a million dollars. He came up with the money to do that." said Wrestling Coach Joey Crenshaw. Evan Gardner, freshaman wrestler at Union Christian Academy says even though the program just got started, its already difficult. "The biggest challenge is, its the first year." said Evan Gardner. Another challenge is the competition. Union Christian Academy has some battles ahead and one is against the Arkansas school of the blind. Union senior, Jeremy Tennant says they are tough to beat. "Theyre good, just because they are blind doesnt mean that they are any worse than you. They beat guys that can see 20-20." said Jeremy Tennant. Wrestling coach, Joey Crenshaw says the state wrestling tournament is in May and he thinks some of his wrestlers can make it to the top.
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