A high school state champion wrestler ranked as one of the best in the nation has the chance of a lifetime to travel overseas to compete on the international stage.
But he needs help getting there.
Davison Cardinal Wrestler Alex Facundo was selected to represent the United States at the 2018 Cadet World Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Croatia next month.
“As time went on, I started to really like it. And I started to become really good and now it’s something I do every day,” Alex said.
At 16-years-old, he is already a nationally ranked wrestler.
He has won a Michigan high school state championship, the USA Folkstyle Junior National Championship and has been named an all-American.
Despite all that, he still remains humble about his accomplishments.
“It feels good to know that I can wrestle for Davison and hopefully give toward the program,” he said.
After his latest win, Alex received the chance of a lifetime to compete in the United World Wrestling Championship.
The championship is in Croatia, but he needs help getting there.
“Right now we have a GoFundMe page started up,” said Pablo Facundo, Alex’s dad.
He said he noticed Alex’s talent and passion for wrestling from the very beginning. He doesn’t want to see his son’s dream deterred.
“We’re boomed up to about $2,400, $2,500 right now. And we need to raise about $7,000 for him and I to go. Because his mom won’t let him go by himself and I can understand that,” Pablo Facundo said.
However, he said whether or not the money comes in he won’t give up. He said he will do all he can to make sure his son gets this opportunity.
Alex said he couldn’t be more grateful to his father and everyone else involved.
“You know, my dad and my mom, they’re really trying to get some money to come and help me get out there. But I mean, just a big thanks to everybody who’s helped me right now,” Alex said.
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