"My thought was, at least give it a chance." Pro wrestling denied in Hamilton – WKRC TV Cincinnati

by Christian Hauser, WKRC

Hamilton’s city planning commission denies request to bring pro wrestling to Hamilton. (WKRC)

HAMILTON, Ohio (WKRC)- Construction on Main Street in Hamilton is mostly wrapped up, but there are still some spots with orange cones.

Brian LeVick opened Future Great Comics in October of 2017.

“I did notice right before the construction that I was getting a little bit of an upswing and getting a lot more customers that routinely came in week-to-week,” LeVick said.

It’s right next to a construction zone.

“It’s not looking too great for me to stay open during construction. So, if the wrestling company isn’t going on, I will probably have to shut the store down and move it elsewhere,” LeVick said.

But now, LeVick said he needs to find a way to make some more cash to keep the business afloat until the construction is finished.

“I have loved wrestling my whole life. I was a sponsor for a local wrestling company that in a sense went debunked and all the wrestlers left. They needed a home. I cared about these people. They are first-class wrestlers and they needed a home, so I looked at that and said, ‘You know what? This is something I’ve always wanted to do. Plus, this might help out the store.’ So, I said, ‘Hey, why not give it a shot?’” LeVick said.

LeVick came up with Future Great Wrestling. He found a space to have the matches on North Brookwood Avenue inside ELITE Performance & Wellness that is already open, but he didn’t know the neighbors across the street would be so opposed to his idea.

The people against bringing wrestling to the gym said they are not against wrestling at all. They’re worried about the traffic and noise that comes with having 250 people leave an event at the same time.

LeVick expected up to 265 people would come to watch the matches that would be held on Friday nights. He also wanted to sell snacks like popcorn and nachos, and there would also be beer and wine available. He explained to the city planning commission that everything would be over by 9:30 or 10 p.m.

That is what has people, like Faye Baker, in the Colonial Lake community worried.

“People are not just going to rush out and leave at that time. There will be lingering, and they’re going to come outside and do whatever they do. They’ll probably be hanging around there until 11 o’clock or later,” Baker said.

Baker said the neighborhood is mostly retirement-age people. They are worried because all the parking lot exits empty right in front of their houses.

LeVick and the neighborhood made their cases to the planning commission earlier in December. The city staff recommended the commission OK the project. It voted a 3-3 tie and it was not approved.

“My thought was, at least give it a chance. They were talking about maybe doing a 30-day review or something like that. At least give it a chance. If there is anything that half the people there were concerned about, let me know and we will fix it. I’m not the type of person that will let things go by like that. So, if the city has concerns, at least give me a chance to get off the ground,” LeVick said.

The neighbors said they wouldn’t mind if the wrestling happened anywhere but right across from their homes.

“If it was somewhere other than right over here, I mean, there are areas around here that are vacant. There is the plaza, like you said, right behind over there, and most every storefront in there is empty right now,” Baker said.

LeVick will present a new plan to the commission at a meeting on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at 345 High Street in Hamilton. The public is welcome to attend.

LeVick has started an online petition in favor of his proposal.

Dallastown wrestlers will head to Florida holiday tournament for competition, bonding, fun – York Dispatch

JACOB CALVIN MEYER, 717-505-5406/@jcalvinmeyer
Published 9:38 a.m. ET Dec. 26, 2018

It’s not just birds that are flying south this winter.

A group of Wildcats will trek down south, too.

Well, 14 to be exact.

The Dallastown High School wrestling team is traveling to Kissimmee, Florida, this weekend for a tournament against some of the best high schools in the southeastern part of the country. The Wildcats’ 14 starters and coaches will spend their five days in the warm weather wrestling in the Knockout Christmas Classic, relaxing by the pool at their large house and at Disney’s Universal Studios.

“I like to travel with a team,” head coach Dave Gable said. “It gives us a unique opportunity to bond as a team and within our wrestling community. It’s also a way to get the kids to experience some things beyond wrestling.”

In his first stint with the Wildcats, Gable took two similar trips in the early 2000s to Reno, Nevada. This year, the team’s 14 starters, three coaches and two managers will go to the 40-team competition at Osceola High School.

“We wanted to do something similar,” he said. “We wanted to go somewhere with this group and have them experience travel together and the team bonding and good competition. We looked into the Reno tournament, but it was cost prohibitive and didn’t work with schedule. We saw this tournament, which had a lot of good teams and seemed to be a well-respected tournament.”

Top-tier programs: While the competition Dallastown faces is strong in Pennsylvania, Gable said the teams participating are top-tier programs, including the defending state champion and/or runner-up in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

“We are excited to go down and wrestle against people like that. It’s neat to wrestle against the top teams in other states,” Gable said. “Florida has really emerged over the last several years with some really talented wrestlers. Florida now has more and more wrestlers who are competing (in NCAA) Division I. When you look at high school rankings, you see more Florida kids who are at the top.”

The Dallastown wrestlers, of course, are pretty good in their own right. They’re 2-0 in dual meets and expected to contend for the York-Adams League Division I championship. They’ve also performed well in a pair of prestigious invitationals, winning the 26-team Mule Classic at Solanco in Lancaster County and taking fourth at the 45-team Panthers Holiday Classic at Penn Cambria in Cambria County.

Unbeaten heavyweight Raymond Christas is leading the way, having won individual titles at both tournaments. 

Gable said he expects seeing different teams and wrestlers in Florida will help his team continue to improve this season.

“I think what makes the trip worthwhile is to see the competition from teams you typically wouldn’t,” Gable said. “It can get old to wrestle the same programs.”

The schedule: The team will fly out Thursday and get settled into a large house that will fit all 19 people. Many of the wrestlers’ families, Gable said, are travelling down and staying nearby.

“We rented a house together with a whole bunch of bedrooms and swimming pool, so we can enjoy the company of each other,” Gable said.

Weigh-ins and the first day of the tournament are Friday. The second and final day of competition is Saturday. On Sunday, the team will spend the day at Disney’s Universal Studios before heading back on Monday.

Alumni, sponsors step up: The trip was mostly paid for by alumni and sponsors, Gable said.

“It was people who believe in the program and what we are doing, and they wanted to give back,” Gable said. “I can’t express enough gratitude for the sponsors and alumni who made this trip possible.”

Reach Jacob Calvin Meyer at jmeyer@yorkdispatch.com.

Sound Off: Final Voting For 2018 Female Wrestler Of The Year – Wrestling Inc.

We’re nearing the end of 2018 and that means it’s time for Wrestling Inc.’s “Best of 2018” awards! Last week, you sent in your nominations for the “best of” in each of the following promotions: WWE / NXT, Ring of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Impact Wrestling, and the Independents.

Each day this week we will have final voting to determine this year’s winners. Please vote in the poll below to determine this year’s “Female Wrestler Of The Year.”

Here is the current schedule for this week’s final voting:

Monday (12/24): Male Wrestler Of The Year
Tuesday (12/25): Female Wrestler Of The Year
Wednesday (12/26): Tag Team Of The Year
Thursday (12/27): Cruiserweight / X-Division Star Of The Year
Friday (12/28): Breakout Star Of The Year
Saturday (12/29): Event Of The Year
Sunday (12/30): Match Of The Year

The final winners will be revealed next Monday (December 31). If you want to look back, here are the winners from 2017, 2016, and 2015.

Wisconsin Rapids Middle School wrestlers raise $1,775 at brat fry to help family – Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Wisconsin Rapids Wrestling, For USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Published 2:24 p.m. CT Dec. 24, 2018

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School Wrestling Team hosted a brat fry earlier this month to raise funds for a local family of eight in need this holiday season.

The team wanted to do something to give back to the community, and the community responded in a tremendous way. The athletes raised $1,775 in just over two hours, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to help make the holiday season a little brighter for the family.

“I am beyond proud of our athletes, their families, and the entire community for making this fundraiser a success!” Coach Brian Back said. “The outpouring of support for this local family was way beyond what any of us expected. It’s inspiring to see how generous our community is capable of being to help those in need.”

The wrestlers gathered after school, made homemade signs, lined the street to encourage drivers to stop by and manned the food booth. Not only was the event a great character-building opportunity for the young athletes, but it also was a memorable team bonding moment and a chance to see firsthand the generosity of their community.

One wrestler was especially impressed when one man stopped by who said he didn’t have much to give but still wanted to donate a couple of dollars to the cause.

Coach Nate Weidman also wished to express his gratitude for the support the team received from the community.

“We’d like to take a minute to also thank the Rapids Wrestling Mat backers for purchasing all the food, Dairy Queen for letting us use their facility to hold the event and donating dilly bars, and IGA for selling us the food at a discounted price.”


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High school wrestler forced to cut dreadlocks, public outraged – WJTV

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Greenwich wrestling team off to a 3-0 start – Greenwich Time

With victories against Wilton, New Canaan and Fairfield Ludlowe, the Greenwich High School wrestling team couldn’t have asked for a better start to its season.

And first-year Cardinals coach Jere Petersen couldn’t have asked for a better way to begin his tenure.

The Cardinals upped their mark to 3-0 with a 45-27 road win against Ludlowe on Wednesday and seem primed to reverse the results of numerous matches from last season, when they were considered a rebuilding squad.

“From the first three matches of the season, we look strong across the board,” said senior Andrew Nanai, who anchors the team in the 182-pound weight class and is one of the squad’s four captains. “We have a bunch of strong lower weight guys, a bunch of strong middle weight guys and good heavyweight guys. We are looking really good this year.”

Senior quad-captain Mitchell Grimes, who is in his fourth season on the team, is one of the wrestlers to watch in the 132-pound class. Including tournaments, he currently sports an impressive 7-1 record.

“Last year, we didn’t have too many seniors in our lineup, this year we have a lot more,” Grimes said. “We have a lot of good, experienced wrestlers, who can place high at FCIACs and place at the State Open.”

Junior Emmanuel Lai, who is being relied upon to power the Cards in the 138-pound division and senior Jackson Blanchard (195-pound class) also serve as captains of the Cardinals.

“I inherited a great group of kids, including our captains,” Petersen said. “They do a really good job of leading the team, which is still pretty young. We have a few freshmen and sophomores in our lineup and about half the team are underclassmen. So the leadership we are receiving from our captains and upperclassmen is very important.”

Greenwich tied Ludlowe for 10th place at last season’s FCIAC Championships, after having a tough regular season. This winter, the Cardinals are aiming higher.

“Last year, we were in a rebuilding state, this year, most of our lineup is filled with strong, more experienced guys,” Nanai said. “We hope to win every match we possibly can and finish in the top three at FCIACs — that’s one of our biggest goals this year.”

Said Grimes: “We have some new kids on our team that could make some noise in the FCIAC this year and some guys who placed really high at the FCIAC tournament last year.”

Greenwich begins the new year with several challenging conference dual meets, as it will visit Staples (Jan. 2) and Stamford (Jan. 3), before hosting Trumbull (Jan. 9).

“Staples coming off the Holiday break is going to be tough, along with our other matches,” Petersen said. “We have to stay mentally ready.”

Here’s a look at Greenwich’s squad:

AT THE HELM: Petersen takes over the program from Greg Domestico, who guided the Cardinals for three seasons. A graduate of Columbia University, where he was a member of the football and wrestling teams, Petersen began coaching at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. As the school’s varsity wrestling coach from 1991-1994, Petersen guided the team to a 58-14 record, with two division titles, while finishing in the top three of the Public School Athletic League each season.

Petersen enjoyed a successful youth and scholastic wrestling career. As a member of the National Team Champion Sacramento Super Stars, he won two national titles.

He qualified for the 1980 U.S. Schoolboy and 1982 Cadet Freestyle National Teams, winning a silver medal at the Schoolboy World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. While wrestling at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, Calif., Petersen was an all-state performer. He was also a member of the California Junior National Freestyle Team and was a two time U.S. Western Regional Freestyle Champion.

“It is exciting to take over such a good program,” Petersen said of his new position. “We have 53 kids on our roster and a good coaching staff, which makes it a fun situation. Greg (Domestico) left a good roster of kids to work with and we are receiving such great support from the parents and our booster club.”

C.J. Ceci, a 2008 Greenwich High School graduate, and Ray Matthews join the coaching staff as assistants. The Cecis have been a fixture in Greenwich’s wrestling program. Brothers Ben Ceci and Mike Ceci were former Cardinals, who excelled on the mat. C.J. Ceci’s brother, Vincent, is a sophomore on this season’s squad and his cousin, Louis, is a freshman.

“From what we’ve seen from Day 1 until now, the kids are putting in the work and ready to learn,” Ceci said. “In the four weeks we have been wrestling we have seen the team make a major jump. They are eager to get on the mat and improve and its paying dividends.”

WHO’S ON THE MAT?: Freshman Javier Serra (106-pound class) has looked solid in his first season on the squad. Sophomores Calvin Breier and Isaac Arkongold compete at 113, while freshman William Grimes, Mitchell’s brother, has impressed against his opponents in the 120-pound division.

Sophomore Carlos DeWinter has wrestled up in class the first several matches, excelling in his 126-pound bouts. He will most likely compete at 113 most of the season.

Last season saw DeWinter place fourth in the 113-pound class at the FCIAC Championships and finish fifth at the Class LL Championships.

Freshman Max Feldman and sophomore Justin Mejia provide depth in their weight classes, while Mitchell Grimes brings a wealth of experience and guile to the mat for his 132-pound matches.

Grimes in coming off a junior season in which he placed fifth in the 126-pound division at the FCIAC tournament. Lai (138), Stanback (145) and Cristobal Isaacs (152) are returning wrestlers primed to improve upon last season’s success. Vincent Ceci and junior Joseph Calderon are looking to make their mark in the 171 and 160-pound weight classes, while Nanai is seeking another pretty dominant season at 182.

Nanai claimed the 182-pound FCIAC title last winter, then placed third at the CIAC Class LL championships. Blanchard is an experienced competitor in the 195-pound and 220-pound divisions, while senior Esras Flores-Najera and sophomore Kyle Jampole should also see action in the 220-pound class.

Junior Glen Rivas should be a mainstay in the lineup at 285 for the Cards.

STRENGTHS: Nanai, Grimes and DeWinter should amass plenty of victories for the Cardinals and help spark the squad in the postseason meets. Last year’s first-season competitors seem to have shown marked improvement thus far.

“My goals for the team are pretty simple,” Petersen said. “I want the kids to get better every time they walk off the mat. I want them to improve in the wrestling room and every time they wrestle in a match. Work hard, have fun and pay attention and absorb everything that is going on. If they care of those aspects they will have success and get better as the year progresses.”

BRUNSWICK BOUND: The Town Crown match between neighborhood rivals Greenwich and Brunswick will not take place this season, as both teams had trouble fitting it into their busy schedules. But Greenwich will compete in the Brunswick Invitational, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 19. It will mark their first appearance in the tournament.

“We are looking forward to the Brunswick tournament, it should be an intense tournament,” Grimes said. “We want to place a lot of guys in the tournaments we compete in. This is our year to do our best in each tournament.”