Wrestlers grapple for a good cause

The Brooklyn Bulldog Tony Biella with fans (L to R) Alex Coyne 21 of Bensonhurst (718 838 0924) - Cassie Mendola 25 of Bensonhurst (347 219 1592) - Lauren Guiliano 25 // East Coast Professional Wrestling fundraiser - Our Lady Of Guadaloupe Church - 15 Ave & 72 St - Photos by Steve Soloomonson 04-21-12

Lets get ready to ruuummmbllle!

Grappling greats from East Coast Professional Wrestling rolled into Bensonhurst on Saturday night, turning Our Lady of Guadalupe School’s gym on 73rd Street into a testosterone-laden, muscle-bound, trash-talking school for youngsters who want to become masters of the four-figure leg lock and the backdrop driver.

The event, which featured World Wrestling Entertainment legend Kevin Nash and heavyweight champ — and Bensonhurst native — Tony Biella, gave wrestling-loving students a chance to shake their ring heroes’ hands and watch the matches from just feet away, as well as support their school.

Against the ropes: Wrestler Rob Comacho pushes around opponent JL Chico.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Gary Cassiliano, president of Guadalupe’s youth program, organized the school’s first fight-night fundraiser with the New Jersey-based Wrestling Association back in 2010.

The event was so popular that the wrestling night has become regular event, Cassiliano said.

“We do it three to four times a year,” he said. “The entertainment is fantastic. We bring in big wrestlers, and the kids have a blast.

Smackdown!: Wrestler Vinny Demaro pins rival Jumbo Joe Gunns.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

“It’s a real family event,” he said.

Money raised from the wrestling night will go into the youth program and into making repairs on the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on 15th Avenue between 72nd and 73rd streets, Cassiliano explained.

Fans can look forward to the next wrestling night in just a few months, Cassiliano explained.

Brooklyn champions: Wrestler Tony Biella and referee Vinny Romano pose with undefeated heavyweight State Sen. Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge).
Photo by Steve Solomonson

“We like to build up the suspense, so people look forward to it,” said Cassiliano. “When it comes around and you see the excited looks on the kids faces.”

“It’s a tremendous evening, and its all for a good cause,” he said.

Kings of wrestling: World champion Kevin Nash with possible future wresters Michael Angelos, Anthony Tristani, and Dominick Tristani at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bensonhurst.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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