When Sean Doyle heard Hines Rotriga’s story, he knew he had to get his wrestling team at Wheeling Jesuit to support the four-year-old battling stage four Neuroblastoma.
“In Wheeling, Hines is like so ingrained in Wheeling right now, that people have watched this transpire over the last two years, and watch his highs and watch his lows which cancer just presents,” said Sean Doyle, Head Coach of the Wheeling Jesuit wrestling team.
When the coach told his team about Hines’ story, their response was united. They wanted to do anything to help him.
“It’s honestly just a great opportunity for us to be able to give back to the family and help them a little because we were given so much and it’s awesome to give back especially with a Jesuit background, it’s awesome,” said Dominick Nania, a wrestling team captain.
Giving back is something the coach instills in his wrestlers, and they call it Cardinal Culture.
“One of the things within our cardinal culture which is kind of our mantra as a program is that we’re going to be really involved with the community and always be willing to go out and give back,” said Doyle.
“It’s just a part of our program where we like to give back and charity work is a big thing for us. It’s honestly great that we have the chance to do that when there’s somebody in our area as well,” said Nania.
Dominick said his team was especially excited to give back to a local cause where they can see the impact.
“I encourage our guys to follow his story and maybe at some time second semester when he’s home he can be an honorary captain and sit on the bench with the guys,” said Doyle.
And when the Cardinals shut out Ohio Valley University at the match, they were wrestling for something bigger than their team.
“Everybody that’s continued to support the school and the program and Hines, it was nice to see something come together from two different angles to be a good cause,” said Doyle.
Kevin Forde, Director of Athletics for Wheeling Jesuit, said the University plans to match all of the money raised for the Rotriga family.