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Wrestlers raise money for a good cause

Updated: Thursday, January 9 2014, 08:33 AM CST
Reported by: Kyle Rogers

NEWVILLE -- With half-nelsons and heavy hearts, Big Spring High School wrestlers hit the mats Wednesday night for their former coach who lost everything on Christmas morning.

Kemal Pegram, his wife Celeste and their young daughter moved to Hummelstown just a few months before Christmas so his daughter could attend a school meeting her needs. Though, on Christmas morning, when lighting a fire place their home turned into a blaze. The family lost everything. 

“I texted him the night after it happened and I asked him how he was,” said Gregory Warner, a senior wrestler at Big Spring High School. “He said, ‘You know me, I’m always fighting strong. We’ll rebuild. Bigger and better.’”

Pegram, who taught at the school, has been on the minds of his former wrestlers and head coach Nate Gutshall.

“All of the kids looked up to him,” said Gutshall, before Wednesday’s match. “He’s definitely made a difference not just in the wrestlers, but the students of Big Spring.”

Though Pegram’s coaching led him to Lower Dauphin School District, the varsity boys’ team at Big Spring still wanted to help in some way. 

The start of the school’s alma mater is “Stand together” and the Big Spring Bulldogs followed suit. 

At the match, a donation box was set up for the family where spectators dropped off everything from loose change to $50 bills. 

Gutshall said he hopes his wrestler’s learn that in somebody’s time of need, they will continue to come together and be good people.

“Anything to give back to him after what he gave us and to everybody at Big Spring,” said Warner. 

While Pegram was not in attendance, the team and visitors were able to raise $1000.Wrestlers raise money for a good cause

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