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LIBERTY TWP., Ohio - The Liberty High School wrestling team got into the spirit of the season before their match Wednesday evening. They hope to set a standard for other teams to follow.

These Liberty High school wrestlers may be rough and tough on the outside, but inside they have big hearts with a soft touch.

Tarik Muse a captain on the team said "We just wanted to give back because in order to receive blessings and stuff you gotta give back and sometimes people are unfortunate so you have to give you know."

 "I felt like this is important to give kids a good role model," said Joey Leschnack who is also a captain.

 These seniors have done community service in the past but this year was special.

Fellow senior and captain Darell McLendon said "We've been here for a little while and we decided that we wanted to do something that would be more of an impact as our last year."

So before their wrestling match, the team gave Akron Children's Mahoning Valley a $3,000 check for kids who can't pay for care and toys for little ones who have to be at the hospital during the holidays.

Jamie Petrus, Akron Children's Mahoning Valley Development Coordinator said "It's always so heartwarming to know that kids truly and truly believe in getting their friends and their neighbors and the other people in the community better."

An effort they hope will catch on among the other teams in their league.

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