June 19. 2009 8:13PM
Wrestling family pitches in for Beatty
By K.J. Pilcher

The Gazette


Chad Beatty Iowa wrestler

For University of Iowa wrestler Chad Beatty, it?s family helping family.

Members of that ?close family,? the Hawkeye team and others in the wrestling community, are helping raise money for Beatty?s father, Paul.

?Everyone wants to help each other,? said Beatty, a two-time state champion for Wilton. ?It?s a tight bunch of people.?

Paul Beatty suffered a debilitating injury in 2002 while trimming a tree for a family friend. He fell about 15 feet, broke his back in two spots and severed his spinal cord. He was paralyzed from the waist down.

Money is being raised to give Paul a chance to walk again.

?There?s a lot of rallying behind this cause,? Iowa Coach Tom Brands said.

Expensive treatment in Germany could extract stem cells from his hip and implant them in areas of his spine.

?It has a very high success rate,? Chad said. ?Every patient that?s been there has improved a lot. He?s ready to go.?

Brands called Paul a ?fighter? and that if he gets what he needs he is determined to walk.

?The nature of sports, in general, is a fight to be successful,? Brands said. ?Paul Beatty?s fighting to walk. That?s pretty motivating to see.?

Fundraisers have raised more than $10,000 and more are planned. The Beattys hope Paul can make the trip to Germany before the fall semester begins at Iowa.

Last weekend, a wrestling camp at Starmont High School in Arlington with the proceeds going to Paul?s assistance. Beatty said 66 kids attended and 15 wrestlers made the trip for the two-day event.

?I?ve had great support from my teammates,? Chad said.

It doesn?t end there. Chad said plans are in the works for a silent auction to be held in the Iowa City area in late July. The H.A.W.K. (Hawkeye Area Wrestling Klub) 5K run.walk will be held in Tipton on Aug. 15 in conjunction with other games, food and entertainment for all ages to raise money for the Beatty?s cause.

Chad has appreciated the support.

?It?s great,? he said. ?It?s unbelievable. Very powerful stuff.?

Brands: 2 sports OK

University of Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands said he would always support an athlete willing to fully commit himself to multiple Division I sports.

The topic surfaced when Williamsburg junior Austin Blythe was offered a scholarship to play football for the Hawkeyes and Coach Kirk Ferentz.

Blythe, 16, also is projected as a Division I wrestling recruit. He has an 86-7 career mark, is a two-time state finalist and won the Class 2A heavyweight title in February. He was a national runner-up in Greco-Roman and an all-American in freestyle last year.

Blythe said he doesn?t know which sport he would choose and is entertaining doing both. Brands said it?s doable, but noted that former Hawkeye Mark Sindlinger was the last athlete he can recall being successful in both football and wrestling. Sindlinger was a starting offensive lineman and an all-American heavyweight for Iowa in the late 1980s.

?It?s a unique situation,? Brands said Thursday at the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. ?It would take a great commitment and a pretty disciplined fellow to do that.?

An athlete would face plenty of tough tasks, balancing training for both sports, academic responsibilities and a social life.

?It takes a pretty special guy,? Brands said. ?You?d be juggling a lot. You have to be on top of everything. All that deals with a unique tough-minded and passionate person.?

Jordan McLaughlin played football and wrestled as a sophomore in 2006-07. He joined Iowa?s wrestling team to help fill the 197-pound weight class and pinned Michigan State?s Nick Palmieri in his first match.

?McLaughlin was huge,? Brands said. ?He got to wrestle a pretty important match for us and got a pin.?

Athletes have to have a passion to succeed in both sports and want to ?be great,? according to Brands, who hinted at a grand plan for that athlete after football and wrestling seasons.

?Then we?ll give him to (Iowa men?s basketball coach Todd) Lickliter after March 20,? Brands said.

No word on Frayer

Although neither school has announced it, it appears Hawkeye strength and conditioning coach Jared Frayer is leaving Iowa for Wisconsin.

Media outlets quoted Frayer saying he has accepted a position as a full-time assistant with the Badgers and head coach Barry Davis. He would fill a position vacated when longtime Badger assistant and former Hawkeye Bart Chelesvig resigned in May after 16 seasons. Frayer is expected to replace Donny Pritzlaff, who replaced Chelesvig as Davis? top assistant.

Iowa coach Tom Brands declined to comment on the matter.

Frayer joined the Hawkeyes? staff last year. He was a two-time All-American, four-time national qualifier and an NCAA runner at 149 pounds in 2002 for the University of Oklahoma.