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Fundraisers for former UNC, Oklahoma State champ Skyler Holman, battling cancer

Fundraising efforts for Skyler Holman on, and from selling "Holman Tuff" t-shirts
Skyler family photo courtesy; t-shirt photo from wrestling forum

At least two fundraising efforts are underway for former mixed martial arts fighter and college wrestler Skyler Holman who is now battling cancer.

“The Oklahoman” reported Tuesday that a fundraising page has been established for Holman, who won conference titles for University of North Carolina and Oklahoma State, while a Kansas online wrestling forum has announced the sale of “Holman Tuff” t-shirts as a fundraiser for the family.

According to the Oklahoma City newspaper, “Former Oklahoma State wrestling All-American Skyler Holman has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in his lungs and bones.” The article goes on to provide a link to a page established to collect donations online to help Holman, who is no longer able to work, and his wife and two small children. The fundraising goal is $25,000.

The “Holman Tuff” t-shirt fundraiser provides a second opportunity for wrestling fans to help the Holman family, who now reside in Tulsa. T-shirts are available in all sizes for $20 each. There is a link to an ordering form.

Born in May 1979, Holman spent the first two years of his college career at the University of North Carolina, where he won the 2000 ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) title at 125 pounds. He then transferred to Oklahoma State, earning All-American honors by placing sixth in the 125 bracket at the 2002 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Holman was also a two-time Big 12 finalist, winning the conference crown at the 2002 championships. In his time as a Cowboy, Holman compiled a 57-19 overall record.

Prior to college, Holman was a two-time Oklahoma state wrestling champ for Broken Arrow High School, and was named the outstanding wrestler at the 1998 Oklahoma State Championships. While at Broken Arrow, he compiled an overall record of 110-10.

In addition to his amateur wrestling credentials, Holman also competed in MMA for a one-year period spanning 2009-10. Holman compiled a 2-2 record as a professional.

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