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First Professional Wrestling Event Comes to Pitt-Greensburg

by Miranda Smith

Let’s get ready to rumble! Pitt Fight, Pitt-Greensburg’s first professional wrestling event, is taking place in Chambers Hall gym on Thursday, March 7 at 7 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for Pitt students and kids 4-12, children 3 and under are free.

Pitt Fight features wrestlers from all over the tri-state area and the proceeds are going to the Connor’s Cure foundation. Connor’s Cure is a foundation based in Pittsburgh that raises money for pediatric cancer and gets national attention from the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE). The goal is to raise at least $1,000 for the organization.

Sophomores Kyle Harper and Cornell Grigsby are two of several people involved in making Pitt Fight into something everyone can enjoy.

“We’re obsessed with [wrestling],” Grigsby said. It only seemed fitting that they put on a wrestling show.

Harper said, “People do car washes, people do bake sales. I like to be creative.”

Harper and Grigsby are hoping to make Pitt Fight an event that happens every semester.

“The wrestlers want to build storylines. It would be kind of hard for people to understand a rivalry between wrestlers that only has one match [per year],” Harper said.

For fall semesters, “we’re trying to coin the name ‘Back to School Beat Down’,” Harper added.

This semester, Pitt Fight consists of eight total matches. The event will start off with the Apex of Combat Lee Moriarty against the Heir Apparent Chris LeRusso. To finish the first half of the event, it closes with a 15-man Bobcat Brawl. The Bobcat Brawl has various wrestlers, including Happy Hour, Chest Flexor, Marshall Gambino, and Philip Archer.

Harper’s dad used to be a professional wrestler and will be fighting in the Bobcat Brawl as well.

“Good ol’ QB Blitz is gonna come out of retirement because his son told him to,” Harper said.

After intermission, “The Rev” Ronald Hunt will be issuing an open challenge. A little later, the tag team match will showcase The Mane Event and Military Intelligence.

“Fun fact: one of the members of Military Intelligence [Lewis the Nerd] is a Pitt-Greensburg graduate from 2015,” Harper said.

The final match is a Fatal Four Way against Andrew Palace, Bulk Nasty, David “The Gavel” Wallace, and Gory for the newly minted Pitt Fight Championship.

Grigsby is most looking forward to seeing The Rev in action since he knows him personally. Harper is excited to see everyone perform.

“Some of them I haven’t seen perform yet and some of them I have. I’m curious to see where all the matches go,” Harper said.

Harper and Grigsby started watching wrestling and the WWE at a young age.

“I thought it was the greatest thing in the world,” Grigsby said.

Needless to say, they are excited for the show and can’t wait to get a reaction from the Pitt-Greensburg community. The fighters are looking forward to Pitt Fight as well.

“[A lot of them] want to come back and do stuff and the show hasn’t even happened yet,” Harper said.

The event has social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you’re curious to know more about the fighters, be sure to check out one of the Pitt Fight pages @pittfight2019.

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