Wrestling community accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By Richard Immel USA Wrestling | Aug. 21, 2014, 3:03 p.m. (ET)

VIDEO: Women’s Freestyle World Team ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Over the past week social media sites have been flooded with videos of people dumping buckets of frigid ice water on themselves all in the name of charity.

The Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon was started to help raise awareness for the neurological disease known as ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig Disease.

The ALS Association reports that approximately 740,000 people have donated nearly $42 million just this month to the organization, largely due to the success ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Once again, the wrestling community has accepted the challenge, with the sport’s top stars participating and donating to the ALS cause, and having a little fun along the way, arctic style.

All eight members of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Freestyle World Team took the plunge for ALS by jumping in a cold tub bearing a chilling temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. These women will compete at the World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan this September.

Other notable names in the wrestling world accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge were two-time World Champion and Olympic Champion Jordan Burroughs, Head Coach for the U.S. Greco-Roman World Team Matt Lindland, Head Coach for the Women’s Freestyle World Team Terry Steiner, 2012 Olympic bronze medalists Coleman Scott and Clarissa Chun and many more.

For more information on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and how to participate in the cause to find a cure for ALS please visit http://www.alsa.org/