NEW BRITAIN - The seniors for the New Britain wrestling team werenâ€™t the only ones being honored Wednesday night.
So too was the program by the New Britain Police Athletic Leagueâ€™s Twisters youth wrestlers.
Before the senior night ceremony began, former Hurricanes head coach Charles Ferguson, who is now the director of the PAL wrestling program, and New Britain police officer Barry Hertzler, the PAL director, presented current New Britain head coach Jordan Jacquo with a $1,000 check for the high schoolâ€™s wrestling program.
â€śWow,â€ť Jacquo said as the announcement was made.
The donation was made after the Twisters hosted their first ever tournament on Sunday at New Britain High with the help of the Hurricane wrestlers.
â€śWe asked coach Jordan if the wrestling team would be able to help out and they did,â€ť Hertzler said. â€śThey came out in full force, spending nine hours here, making sure the clocks were running well. We really collaborated well between the high school program and the Twisters. We had over 300 wrestlers come through Sunday and we did raise a lot of money for the Police Athletic League and the Twisters program and we thought it would be a great opportunity to give back to the high school. Without the help they gave to us, we wouldnâ€™t have been able to do it or make it as successful as it was for what they did for us on Sunday.â€ť
And itâ€™s a partnership both the Twisters and New Britain hopes will be a long one moving forward with the youth program acting as a feeder system for the high school, something that will be a benefit to both.
â€śLast year we just really got [the Twisters program] off the ground and this year, we just really went for it,â€ť Ferguson said. â€śOur first tournament was very, very successful and with the high school coming in to help us, we thought it was appropriate for us to give back to them also. That was what we wanted to do. The program needs so much and to work as a cohesive unit with them, thatâ€™s our goal, and to try to feed as many wrestlers as we can into their program.â€ť
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