Wrestler raises funds for Australia trip

Carson Hartnett to spend day bussing tables, waiting on customers at the Grid Iron Saturday

WEBSTER CITY — Carson Hartnett will try out waiting tables this weekend, all in an attempt to add to his piggy bank for an upcoming wrestling excursion.

Hartnett, a Webster City High School junior, will be a Grid Iron employee for the day on Saturday, as he continues to fund raise for a trip to Australia this summer. He’ll do whatever is asked — serving, seating, clearing, cleaning and so on — from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Hartnett received the invitation from Down Under Sports to make the trip halfway around the world earlier this spring. He’ll spend 11 days — July 9-21 — competing on the wrestling mat with other grapplers from the United States against teams from Australia and New Zealand, among others. And to say he’s excited would be an understatement.

“I’ve been looking forward to it for quite a while now,” Hartnett said. “Not everyone gets this opportunity. It will be a different experience with other wrestlers from around the country and wrestling people from other countries, and getting the chance to explore different parts of the world is going to be pretty awesome.”

In less than a month since he announced the trip, Hartnett says his fundraising efforts have gone well.

“I’ve hit pretty much the goal that I’ve wanted so far,” he said.

If you can’t make it to the Grid Iron on Saturday and would still like to help with the cost of the trip, you can contact Hartnett at 515-835-1333.

Hartnett is a three-year varsity wrestler for Webster City, and he’s coming off his most successful season this past winter. He compiled a 27-6 record and won North Central Conference, sectional and district titles. He qualified for the state tournament at 132 pounds in Class 2A for the first time.