Students honor fallen Army specialist with memorial wrestling tournament
Island Tree high school students in Levittown honored a fallen hometown hero with a memorial wresting event.
The 14th annual Daniel Fuentes Dawg Pound Duals Memorial Wrestling Tournament was held in memory of Army Specialist Daniel Fuentes, a 19-year-old Levittown native who was killed in Iraq in 2007.
Fuentes was a 2005 Island Trees High School graduate and member of the school's wrestling team.
His mother believes the event is a fitting tribute to her son.
“He didn't think about himself. He thought about the safety of everyone else. He wanted this country to be free,” she said.
NYPD officer Brian Buith went through basic training with Fuentes. He remembers him as a supportive friend.
“Very friendly. He was a very outgoing guy. From what I remember of him, he was always there, always asked if you needed help,” he said.
In keeping with Fuentes’s giving spirit, the tournament raises money through raffles to provide scholarships for Island Trees graduating seniors.