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June 23, 2012

 

Pro wrestling card will lend a helping hand

Special night set for Post brothers

By ALAN BUTLER
Sports Editor

After an absence of over two years on the local scene, East Coast Pro Wrestling will be returning to Cortland for a very good cause.
The Cortland County Junior Fairgrounds will be hosting a professional wrestling card entitled “This is Your Life” this coming Friday night — June 29 — to raise funds to help cover medical expenses for Cortland’s own Glen Post.
Event organizers are referring to event as “a show for the coolest fan/manager we’ve ever known.” Described as a wrestling superfan, the 30-year-old Post has been confined to a wheelchair his entire life while battling Spina Bifida.
With failing health, Post’s personal “Make-a-Wish” was to have professional wrestling return to his home town. Not only will that dream come true, he will be acting in the role of manager when older brother Joe Post competes in his first championship match as part of the evening’s card that will consist of eight or nine bouts in all.
Joe Post will be featured in the “Hometown Challenge” title bout, that ECPW Championship billed as a showdown between Mr. Saturday Night and Cortland’s Own Average Joe.
“I do this for myself because it’s my dream, but I’m basically doing it for him because if he weren’t in this situation he would be in the ring wrestling, too,” said Joe Post in reference to his brother prior to taking on this title match challenge.
Doors to the event open at 7 p.m with the bell to ring for the first bout at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are available locally at the Daily Grind and A Pizza & More on Main St. in downtown Cortland, Quick Stop Beverage and Grocery on West Road and Cort-Lanes on Tompkins St. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the event at a higher price.
Now 33 years old, Joe Post remembers being around age five when professional wrestling caught his and his brother’s attention on television. He did not begin to pursue that dream until 2008, and after a year of training took part in his first professional match.
Glen Post accompanies his brother to all of his matches, and now manages a stable of grapplers under the tongue-in-cheek name of Crusin’ Cripple Glen Post and the Unemployment Line.
Workouts at the Cortland Fitness Center get Joe Post prepared for his matches, as he hopes the experienced gained in ECPW events lead to bigger and better opportunities.
“I’m basically trying to become respectable and make it to the big time and television, which is hard,” said Joe Post of his wrestling ambitions. “You have to have the heart, the desire and the determination.”
He hopes to display all three of those traits in his match against Mr. Saturday Night as East Coast Pro Wrestling returns to Cortland after having held previous shows at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex. The ECPW is involved in holding shows in upstate New York as well as parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Also appearing in the show at the Cortland County Junior Fairgrounds will be an ECPW 607 champion match where Little Daddy C will defend his title against The German Menace Kraig Stagg.
Top contender for that 607 Championship, AnarchY, will face Trip in another featured attraction. In a Women’s Championship Match, Chrissy Johnson takes on The Puerto Rican Princess.
Other matches will have Draven, the One and Only vs. Gino Caruso; Dryden’s Own Nick Paradise vs. Fabulous Frankie Villa; The Emanons/Junior White vs. Big Aaron Nasty/Brooklyn Joe/The Returning Creeper; and Crazy Ivan vs. Andrew Anderson (Co-Star of “The Wrestler”). The card will also include Cortland’s Suited Assassin Shawn Armstrong along with other ECPW wrestlers.
Cortland’s Diamond Ricelli will be performing live at intermission.
The ECPW also has a weekly television program “Winning” that airs in Cortland and surrounding areas on Time Warner Cable Channel 2 every Tuesday night at 10 p.m.

 

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