Community showcases its support for local wrestlers

Photo by Jennifer Johnston – Eureka’s Kelli Johnston in action at last year’s state championships.

By Ray Hamill — Earlier this month, outgoing Eureka High seniors Kelli Johnston and Slate Delsman were both named to the California state wrestling team that will compete in a national freestyle tournament next month in North Dakota.

Both girls, however, were faced with raising around $2000 each for flight and board in order to compete at the prestigious event.

And that’s when the local community responded with overwhelming support.

“They found out on Friday at noon, and we literally raised close to $3,000 within 18 hours,” Eureka High girls wrestling coach Cecil Wilson said. “When we found out, there was a tremendous response.”

According to Wilson, the support came in multiple different ways, with local clubs, individuals and businesses all donating funds to help the cause.

An emotional Wilson was very pleasantly surprised.

“I was floored,” he said.

The two Eureka graduates will travel for the national tournament in mid July.

The talented dup, who each enjoyed tremendous success during their time at Eureka High, will continue to wrestle together next year at Colorado Mesa, an NCAA Division-II program.

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