Over on the wrestling mat Austin Dewey is a three year starter for the Broncos at 174 pounds. You could say that he is all about Boise State. Dewey’s father played football for the Broncos when the blue turf was first installed at Albertsons stadium.
Tomorrow inside Taco Bell Arena the team will take to the mat wearing pink singlets and headgear for the first time in school history. For Dewey it's not just to get noticed by wearing pink but to raise awareness for cancer.
When he suits up and takes to the mat he is reminded of the disease that took his aunt, cousin, and grandfather. His grandmother is currently fighting bladder cancer.
"I’m wrestling not just for myself i'm wrestling for my family. I want to make them proud. I want to do something that's going to have a lasting effect and also bring tons and fans and help to raise awareness of cancer.” said Boise State wrestler Austin Dewey.
Dewey carries on the memory of his family with tatoos on his arms and left shoulder, and even more when he goes to battle on the mat
" The forearm piece i have says the foolish man seeks happiness in the distance and the wise man grows under his feet. It reminds me that even though tragic things can happen not to take off running at things way in the distance. Chase something to mask in and kind of live, grow, and develop your own happiness below you” said Dewey.
He has won five of his last six matches including a pair of decisions in the Broncos opening homestand but tomorrow night he will fight just a little harder.
" I love having something to give to my family to watch. It lets me represent my name and my family. Its me out there doing this for myself and for them which gives me a really good drive.” said Dewey.
" When he first came he was kind of a boy and all of a sudden he is a young man now. I hope he ends up somewhere in the valley and we can keep him around. He has just been a pleasure to work with and it's great to see him turn into a man,” said Boise State head wrestling coach Greg Randall.
Austin Dewey and the Broncos face Northern Colorado at 7:00 P.M. tomorrow night at Taco Bell Arena.