Monica Hartwig, Wrestling Mom of Bronson Stark, passed away May 22nd after losing her battle with cancer at the young age of 46. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stark/Hartwig family during their time of grief.
The death of Monica Hartwig is the second experienced by our wrestling community in a short period of time.
During this short period, I have witnessed first-hand the rally of our wrestling community in support of our wrestling families. It makes me proud to be associated with such a fine group of people that care about and support our wrestlers and families.
If you don’t realize it first-hand, then I will let the actions of the Stark/Hartwig family speak for me. They believe the sport of wrestling and our community’s support has been such a benefit to their son Bronson that they have requested in lieu of flowers donations for Monica Hartwig be made to the Sparta Wrestling Program.
What does one say to that? I honestly don’t know what to say to this family because “Thank You” doesn’t seem to fit. A mother and a wife is gone too quickly from this world, and the Stark family thinks of us.
This request makes it obvious to me that the direct support and involvement of our coaches speaks volumes to the quality of individuals we have leading our young men and women and I hope they are proud of their efforts. I know I am.
To me, it also should make anyone of you– past, present, and future–understand that your influence on a young athlete can and does have profound effects–not just on the individual-but an entire family.
Sadly, it too often takes tragedy to bring us perspective. We are doing good things folks. Things that positively effect an athlete and family well beyond any individual successes that may be experienced on a wrestling mat.
President Sparta Wrestling Club