But then tragedy struck the family. Rich Bartholomew developed a form of Leukemia, and he later passed away.
Bartholomew, in charge of the Junior League system.. wanted a new wrestling mat for the high school... So through donations from boosters of around $3,000 and the junior league giving around $4,000. They got the mat that Rich wanted in time for the opening match this season.
Travis, who has only had one loss on the mat this season, and the Railroaders decided to dedicate this season to Rich.