UTC wrestling team helps Antioch flood victims - WKRN News 2

UTC wrestling team helps Antioch flood victims


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Wrestling Team took two days off from practice to lend a helping hand to flood relief victims.

The Moccasins' team brought its muscle and heart Wednesday and Thursday to a house in Antioch destroyed by flood waters.

"Everybody was excited about it," Wrestler Daniel Waddell told News 2. "We had all heard what was going on up here and wanted to come, wanted to come and help."

Fifteen to 20 students and their coach took a two day break from training to respond.

Thursday, they stripped walls to the frame, bagged insulation and swept pile of sheetrock and drywall.

Waddell said Wednesday's work was much harder.

"Yesterday was a lot dirtier," Waddell said. "There was rotten food in the refrigerator and, you know, old meat, it was just a bad situation, I guess."

Waddell said he was in awe when seeing lives torn apart the flood waters became a reality.

"It's really just shocking driving down the rood looking at all these houses with just piles, piles and piles of sheetrock and insulation, everything out in front, out in front of the house," Waddell said. "I mean, there's just so much work to be done here."

Coach Mike Hatcher knows the experience is good for his students.

"We could have very easily spent two days in Chattanooga training, you know, which would have been worth our while from a wrestling standpoint," Hatcher told News 2. "As a total person stand point, this is much, much more valuable for them."

Waddell said the team learned to be grateful through the experience.

This year the Moccasins put four wrestlers on the NWCA Division 1 All Academic Team, which ties for the most in the nation.

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