Springfield Wrestler Tim Bapp Brings Home the Belt

February 12, 2014 in Stories, Youth & Education by Jen

Springfield Wrestler Tim Bapp Brings Home the Belt

Tim Bapp wins belt- picutred with coachesThree of Springfield’s young grapplers recently competed at a wrestling tournament in Burnt Hills, NY: Eighth-grader Gillian Guy, brand-new to the sport this year, is throwing down with some fierce competitors this year and held nothing back in Burnt Hills.  She put out her best efforts against 5 very strong opponents; although she was not able to win this time, she is improving daily and has a “killer single” — a move intended to take one’s opponent down by tackling one of his legs — according to Coach Don Beebe.  Matt LaChapelle, also in 8th grade, has been battling an inner ear ailment and left Burnt Hills early, after putting out some serious effort on the mat.
Seventh-grader Tim Bapp squared off against all the boys in his 4-man bracket, and battled hard to bring home the title of “Champion,” plus the snazzy belt awarded to the first-place wrestlers at this tournament.  Tim has worked hard all season, through injury and illness, making himself the best he can be — with the combined wrestling know-how of coaches Don Beebe and Floyd Buck, Tim is well on his way to State Champion on Feb. 22.
This win qualifies Tim Bapp to wrestle in the Tournament of Champions, a national competition held in Columbus, Ohio in late April.  Others on the team are in the process of qualifying; the trip to Ohio will require a team investment of around $3,000.  Please come to the team’s annual fundraising event, the Schweitzer Memorial Take-Down Youth Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, March 8th at Riverside Middle School.  This year, the wrestling will include junior high as well; the action will kick off around 9:30AM in the gym at Riverside.  Admission is only $1 for adults, kids under 10 are free.  Concessions will be available all day in the cafeteria.
To make a donation to help the team, please contact Team Manager Kelly Stettner at k.stettner101@gmail.com or Springfield Parks & Rec at (802) 885-2727.