Is there anything college wrestling fans can do to help save Boston University wrestling?
Fans can support the efforts of two filmmakers who are seeking funds to finance a documentary about the BU Terrier mat program, announced for elimination after the 2013-14 season, according to an InterMat story posted at the amateur wrestling website on Sunday, Sept. 1.
Michael Abelson and Brandon Lavoie are using crowdsourcing to fund their film “It Hurts to Win” to capture the last season of Boston University wrestling – and, ideally, help save the program. Fans can visit the documentary’s indiegogo fundraising website, and make an online donation to help the filmmakers fund their film. Abelson and Lavoie are trying to raise $25,000.
“This film will document the season, the wrestlers, the coaches, and the local wrestling community,” according to the “It Hurts to Win” website. “Additionally, the film will also attempt to further investigate why the men’s wrestling program was so unexpectedly and unceremoniously dropped.”
Administrators at Boston University announced on April Fools’ Day – April 1 – that the program would be axed after the coming season.
The decision to continue the program for the 2013-14 season – rather than eliminate it immediately – was to allow juniors (nearly half the BU roster) to complete their careers at the school, according to the original announcement. Even that failed to make 32-year head coach Carl Adams or his wrestlers feel any better.
“Coach Adams said they were blindsided by the decision,” said Lavoie, a film production major and lacrosse player at Emerson College.
“We’ve talked to coach Adams and the wrestlers, and they are 100% on board,” Abelson told InterMat.
“There are lots of layers to this story,” Lavoie said. “For starters, look at what coach Adams has built. He’s turned kids into men. Men who are now winners in life, in their careers.”
As the filmmakers told InterMat, crowdsourcing websites such as theirs at indiegogo are time-sensitive, saying that there’s a 30-day window for accepting donations.
Check out "It Hurts to Win" indiegogo website -- complete with info on the movie, a brief video featuring BU wrestling coach Carl Adams, and ways to give to help fund the film. And follow the filmmakers on Twitter.
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