Adam Frey: Champion On and Off the Mat

We look at the legacy of wrestler Adam Frey, a true champion on and off the mat.

Adam Frey was a two-time national prep champion wrestler at the Blair Academy in New Jersey. At Cornell University, he was Ivy League Rookie of the Year and an Olympic hopeful in the 133-pound weight class.

Then Frey's life was upended.

After Frey was involved in a car crash in 2008, he had a precautionary CAT scan. The scan revealed tumors in his liver, kidneys, and lungs.

Thus began the toughest match of his life, a 21-month battle with cancer that would twice see him reduce his cancer cell count to zero, only to suffer recurrence.

"He said from the very beginning, 'I will go down swinging'," his mother Cindy told The Cornell Daily Sun. "It was a challenge, and he was always up for a challenge."

Frey began blogging about chemotherapy and sought ways to help others going through the same experience. He started the Adam Frey Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is "to give comfort to and provide enjoyment for those receiving treatment for cancer." One way they support cancer patients: helping to fund $100 gift cards to be used for food, gas, or prescriptions.

Frey's own battle with cancer ended Dec. 26, 2009, but his good work lives on.

Tomorrow, the Adam Frey Classic at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, will feature some of the best NCAA wrestlers hosting clinics and grappling with each other to raise funds and remember Adam. Learn more about the event in memory of Adam.

Read and share tributes to Adam in his online Guest Book.