Southern Tier Wrestling Presents Second Event Sunday
The second instance of locally produced independent wrestling was on full display at the Celoron Legion on Sunday afternoon.
Southern Tier Wrestling’s most recent production, “Big Trouble in Little Celoron,” took place before hundreds of eager spectators outside the Herman Kent Post 777, where a number of key matchups were staged.
The event was the second hosted by the recently established Southern Tier Wrestling company, which was founded in Jamestown earlier this year by local professional wrestling aficionados Randy Grey and Jon Osterdahl. Its first event was held at Jamestown Community College in April. As Sunday’s event was being held, Osterdahl said he was more than satisfied with how it was being received.
“I’m ecstatic about the turnout today,” he said. “This is a great crowd for only our second event, and the people that didn’t come today are definitely missing out.”
Featured in Sunday’s program were: a mini-match between Kid Canuck and Pepper Jack; the first ever ladies bout between Maria Manic and Beautiful Beaa; a matchup between Southern Tier Wrestling’s heavyweight champion Asylum and “Big Time” Bill Collier; and Southern Tier Wrestling’s tag team champion “The Divine Alliance” with their manager, Jon Kennedy. Also appearing in the event were The Rochester Wrecking Crew, The Patron Saints of Professional Wrestling, Brandon Thurston, Marek, Rico Cruz, Ezra Elwood, The Homewreckers, The Caesar, Yuri Koloff, Vince Valor and Warchild. The results from these matches will be printed in The Post-Journal at a later date.
Osterdahl, who serves as co-promoter, writer and booker, said Southern Tier Wrestling will hold its third event during the city of Jamestown’s annual Labor Day Festival in Bergman Park on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Grey, owner and promoter, said he and Osterdahl ran into each other at an event roughly a year ago and struck up a conversation that revolved around starting a new wrestling group that would call Jamestown home. The now established company joins the competitive ranks of other independent wrestling groups in much larger markets, such as Buffalo; Cleveland, Ohio; Erie, Pa.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.
“The reason we chose Jamestown as our home base is because there is a tremendous wrestling fanbase here,” Grey said. “And right now, we also have a waiting list of (wrestlers) who want to be involved in our shows; so not only do we want the fans to come out, but we want the performers to be a part of our shows, too. We’re going to be so elite that we can pick and choose who we want to be on the shows.”
For more information about Southern Tier Wrestling and its upcoming events, find the locally owned company on Facebook.