GERMANTOWN – Wrestlers from around the region assembled in the Northwest High School gymnasium Saturday for a good cause.
The school hosted the first annual Dorsey Challenge Open Wrestling Tournament and Benefit to ‘Pin A.L.S.’
In addition to wrestlers from Montgomery County programs such as Damascus, Richard Montgomery and Wootton, there were student-athletes representing Gwynn Park and Northwestern in Prince George’s County.
The event was organized by Watkins Mill head coach Tony Barnes with proceeds going to the family of Poolesville head coach Kevin Dorsey who is battling A.L.S.
“Kevin, he was diagnosed with A.L.S last August,” said Barnes, who has known Dorsey for 15 years. “We’ve been great friends and supported each other through the years.”
One of the matches featured Navy wrestler Robert Winning against recent Gaithersburg High graduate Fabio Tamakloe.
Winning, a Montgomery County product, pinned Tamakloe to earn a hard-fought victory over his younger opponent.
After Winning’s victory, he and Dorsey shared a moment together as the two embraced.
“He wrestled for me at Poolesville,” said Dorsey.
Tamakloe, who represented the Montgomery County Wrestling Club during the event, was impressed with his opponent.
“He was real good,” said Tamakloe. “He knew what he was doing. That was a good match. Even though I lost I learned something from it.”
The turnout for the event showed just how much the local wrestling community gathered to support one of their own.