With $1,500 in proceeds earned at a recent car wash, bake sale and barbecue, a contingent of about eight fledgling Rim country youngsters, ages 11 to 17, will travel to Billings, Mont. June 30 to participate in the AAU Grand National Greco Roman and Freestyle tournament.
It will be the first time a Payson team has participated in the AAU fray which boasts the moniker "The Oldest Wrestling Tournament in the World."
Payson High School head coach Dennis Pirch said he was unsure of the exact line-up of who will travel to Montana because it would depend upon the youths' earlier commitments to family vacations and summer jobs.
The money generated at the June 12 benefit will be used to purchase new singlets, duffel bags, warm-ups ,and pay for the gas, lodging and food, said Duke Wilbanks, who spearheaded the fund drive.
"We'd like to thank the young men and their parents for working so hard to make this fund raiser so successful," he added.
The Grand National tournament, to be held over the course of four days at Metra Park, is expected to draw some of the best young grapplers from around the nation.
Pirch said the opportunity to compete against wrestlers from other states would be a great experience for the Payson youth.