The Kiki Cup, an international Greco-Roman wrestling meet, is being renamed the Jack Pinto Cup in memory of the 6-year-old wrestler who was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Colorado Springs-based USA Wrestling and Christina “Kiki” Kelley, the sponsor of the annual competition, made the announcement Thursday.
Pinto was a first-year member of both the Newton Youth Wrestling Association and USA Wrestling. He was one of 20 children killed along with six educators on Dec. 14.
This year’s Olympic-style wrestling meet, in which four U.S. Greco-Roman teams compete against four international teams, will be held at Colorado Springs’ Olympic Training Center on Jan. 26.
The Pinto family gave USA Wrestling permission to rename the competition, and issued the following statement concerning the Jack Pinto Cup.
“We are overwhelmed at your generous offer and thoughts for our beloved Jack. We have been simply stunned at the outpouring of support from the wrestling community, which we now realize is our wrestling family. While our Jack was new to wrestling, he approached it as he approached all of life; with the unbridled enthusiasm that made him Jack.”
National coach Steve Fraser read a newspaper report about the toughness of Pinto on the wrestling mat and believed it was appropriate to honor Jack.