CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2010 |
A 20-year-old college student collapsed during a wrestling tournament at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday and later died, officials said. Jesus Cruz, a student at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, was on the mat with an opponent when he collapsed. He was treated by a Mt. San Antonio athletic trainer and paramedics and taken to San Dimas Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement released by Rio Hondo President Ted Martinez Jr. The remainder of the all-day tournament was canceled.
October 18, 2012 |
Shawn Daivari, who has worked for WWE and TNA, brought the scripted world of pro wrestling into the real world when he choked out a man threatening to kill another passenger on a Minnesota train. Daivari was on a light-rail train on his way to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport when Levin Blair, allegedly drunk, started swearing at a passenger who asked Blair to move so he could put his bike in the bike rack. Blair allegedly began cursing at the man, and when another person on the train asked him to sit down and be quiet, Blair made threats of violence toward the passenger.
March 24, 2011 |
When New Jersey teenager Alex Shaffer told his parents he wanted to audition for a part as a high school wrestler in Tom McCarthy's "Win Win," they said he couldn't go ? but not because they were against him becoming an actor. At first, Mike Shaffer recalled, "both my wife and I said the same thing. 'Sure, let's go.' And then, unfortunately, we realized Alex couldn't take the day off" because the teen had an actual high school wrestling meet the same day. Instead, the sophomore sent in a packet of wrestling press clips to the casting agent whose name appeared on an ad in a local paper.
May 22, 1991
Tony Okada of Savanna High School was one of 13 wrestlers named to Wrestling USA Magazine's High School All-American Dream Team, Savanna wrestling Coach Tom Caspari said. Okada, a 135-pound senior, will also participate in the Junior Greco-Roman Wrestling World Championships, July 26-28, in Barcelona, Spain, Caspari said.
August 10, 2012 |
LONDON - It's not bragging if you can do it. Jordan Burroughs, 24-year-old wrestler from Sicklerville, N.J., has a Twitter account and a tattoo. On Twitter, he's @alliseeisgold. The tattoo on his chest says, "Dream It, Do It. " Burroughs was quicker and stronger than everybody Friday, and in the gold-medal 163-pound wrestling match, he made good on all his multilayered confidence when he beat Iran's Sadegh Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 in a best-of-three-periods match at the ExCeL Centre. PHOTOS: London Olympics, Day 14 Besides the gold medal, Burroughs also earned $250,000 from a program begun in 2009 for wrestlers called "Living the Dream Medal Fund," designed to offer prize money to Olympic medalists.
October 29, 2012 |
It's things like this that make it difficult to be a fan of professional wrestling. Independent pro wrestler Eric Hartsburg, who I'm assume wrestles under the name The Ultimate Idiot, auctioned off tattoo advertising space on his face for $15,000 on EBay . The winner, who has yet to be named, chose the logo of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Hartsburg had the tattoo placed on his right temple. But get this: Not wanting to settle for just $15,000, he plans to auction off tattoo space on his forehead next.