April 29, 2011
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - At the Metro East Humane Society's (MEHS) 2011 Gala Thursday night at the Wildey Theatre, eight members of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wrestling team were honored with the Educational Group Award for their volunteer support.
"Once again, this is another great reflection on the quality of our student-athletes and their commitment to be of service to the community," Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt said. "These individuals gave up an entire Saturday to support MEHS."
This past December, the Cougar wrestlers joined MEHS volunteers at Beggin' at the Bank and entertained customers at TheBANK of Edwardsville by dressing in dog and cat costumes.
Braving the cold weather, the SIUE student-athletes made quite an impression on MEHS Executive Director Kathy Turner, who presented each person with a special MEHS dog tag.
"This was a great recognition for our young men and the wrestling program," SIUE Head Coach David Ray said. "Anything we can do to help the community is positive for the Athletics Department."
Cole Brandt (Avon, Ind.), Isaac Ervin (Morganfield, Ky.), John Petrov (Cedar Lake, Ind.), Austin Rymarz (Linden, Mich.), and Logun Taylor (Russiaville, Ind.) were honored at the event. The three others, Robert Cooney (East Moline), Alex Davis (Linden, Mich.), and Grant Sullivan (Chugiak, Alaska) could not attend due to conflicts with class.