Real Pro Wrestling was set to be the next great thing in the sport of wrestling. The league was going to give the best collegiate and international wrestling stars a chance to compete at the professional level. Teams were going to compete in dual meets across the country, and finally, America’s top wrestlers were going to have television exposure – and a chance to earn money for their talents. But the dream never materialized and eventually the league folded. What led to the downfall of Real Pro Wrestling? RPW’s Matt Case explains this and much more in an exclusive interview with TheWrestlingMall.com
By Matt Krumrie
Real Pro Wrestling was going to be the next big thing in the sport of wrestling – a professional wrestling league for “real” wrestlers, those who competed in folkstyle. freestyle and Greco-roman styles, featuring the top collegiate and international wrestling stars from across the country.
But the dream never worked out for co-founders Toby Willis and Matt Case. Many wrestling fans have wondered why it didn’t work out, and what happened to the league that showed so much potential but never was able to develop into what wrestling fans – and Willis and Case – had hoped for.
(For RealProWrestlingFans members: Corey Jantzen is the younger brother of Jesse Jantzen, who competed in Season 1 of RPW.)
Shoreham-Wading River’s defending state Div. I champ ruled out by NYSPHSAA
BY GREGG SARRA
Newsday Staff Writer
Shoreham-Wading River’s Corey Jantzen, the defending state wrestling Division I champion at 125 pounds, has been declared ineligible to participate for the rest of his senior season by the state Public High Schools Athletic Association.
Jantzen, who competed as an independent, was disqualified from further high school competition after he violated state rules by his participation against collegiate wrestlers at the Midlands Tournament in Evansville, Ill. last week.
“We have a rule in the state handbook that is very clear and states student-athletes cannot compete against college athletes,” said Ed Cinelli, the executive director of Section XI, Suffolk’s governing body. “We don’t give a waiver of a rule of this nature. I was never given any indication that he was competing in a collegiate tournament.”
Jantzen, who has already accepted his admissions letter to attend Harvard, became only the fourth high school wrestler, and the first from New York, to compete in the Midlands Tournament. He finished seventh in the competition.
Written by Steve Menchinger
It’s not too often that an opportunity comes into someone’s life in which they have an chance to make a name for themselves in the world of professional sports. The movie “Invincible” staring Mark Wahlberg is a true story of Vince Papale and prime example of someone who had that once-in-a-lifetime chance. Papale who was a middle school teacher and pro football fan was invited to an open tryout for the Philadelphia Eagles football team in 1976. In storybook fashion, Eagle’s coach Dick Vermeil observed his tryout and hired Papale onto the Philadelphia roster because of his speed (40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds) and his allure to the blue collar fans of South Philadelphia.
Albeit a microcosm of the NFL opportunity and stardom that Papale was given, the RPW Qualification Series is no less intriguing as anyone who wanted to try out, including women wrestlers, were invited to compete to become a pro athlete. Wrestlers from around the U.S. and the world showed up to one of four regional qualifiers this past fall and battled hard for a chance to earn a free trip to San Jose, CA and the opportunity to challenge a previous RPW athlete from Season One for their spot on a pro team roster.
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By Kent Sesker
Nate Gallick Prepares For New Challenge
Kent Sesker – RealProWrestling
Last March, Nate Gallick of Iowa State prepared to battle Teyon Ware of Oklahoma for the right to be NCAA champion at 141lbs. Gallick had beaten Ware seven out of eight previous matches, the lone loss occuring in the 2005 NCAA title match. Gallick triumped in 2006 with a first period takedown that held up for a 3-2 victory.
Gallick is now competing for the Cyclone Wrestling Club in Ames, IA and will wrestle as long as his body holds up. Only 23 years old, the future looks bright for this Arizona native.
Gallick headlines a talented field of post collegiate wrestlers who will compete at RealProWrestling’s North Regional qualifying tournament on Saturday, November 4 at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. Gallick will wrestle at 132lbs.
MIchigan All-Americans Ryan Churella (163) and Greg Wagner (264) will also challenge for RPW regional titles. Luke Eustice was an NCAA runner-up for Iowa in 2002 and will compete at 121. Former UNI star Dylan Long will be in the mix at 145.
Written by Ted Witlulski
Few things about Joe Warren’s temperament lead people to believe he is a patient man. Warren’s aggressive wrestling style seemed to be fueled by a raucous nature that left people to decide to love him or hate him quickly. The kid was in a hurry to get to the top and he wasn’t willing to wait.
So, for Warren, 2001, 2002, and 2003 had to leave him with a feeling rivaling a kick to the gut with a steel-toed boot. Each year he began the season fully confident that he was the man. This was his year. So, with failure not as an option, three years running Warren finished the World Team Trials one place off of the National Team.
Every year 4th place with the same three arch rivals keeping him away from his dreams. Glen Nieradka, Dennis Hall, and Jim Gruenwald were the puzzle that couldn’t be cracked for Warren, who already knew he would be a World Champion someday.
“I never doubted myself. Even when people thought I was crazy to switch from freestyle to Greco-Roman. I knew that I was meant to be the best.”
By Gazette News Services
Great Falls native Mike Zadick has committed to taking part in season two of Real Pro Wrestling.
Last year, Real Pro Wrestling debuted on PAX and Fox Sports Network and Sidney native Brandon Eggum competed at 184 pounds. Eggum was ranked third and won one contest and lost in the semifinals to finish 1-1. It was a single-elimination tournament.
According to the Real Pro Wrestling Internet site, Zadick, Travis Lee, Nate Gallick, Matt Gentry and Greg Jones have committed to competing at a regional qualifier to earn a chance to be a part of season two.
Zadick’s father, Bob, said his son Bill Zadick, a 1996 NCAA champion at Iowa, is also interested in Real Pro Wrestling.
The basic purpose and plan of Real Pro Wrestling is to showcase freestyle wrestling in a way to where a sports fan will turn it on, view it, enjoy the sport and be entertained. The goal is to gather more momentum for the sport and find more fans and potential wrestlers for the future.
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Written by Koy Kosek
In November of 1993, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was organized. The concept was brilliant in its simplicity: there were only two major rules regulating the fighters – no biting and no eye-gouging – and the rounds were 10 minutes each in length. Presumably to look good on television, fighters were put into an eight-sided cage dubbed “The Octagon” with no way out during the match. Each competitor would try to secure a victory, either by knocking out, choking out, or forcing the surrender of his opponent. As an example of how vicious the competition was, none of the matches in that first event even went the full length of the first round. Royce Gracie was crowned the original UFC Champion in what is now known as UFC 1.
Originally, the sport of mixed martial arts (abbreviated MMA) was billed as a mixture of sports more than as a sport unto itself. Early matches pitted jiu-jitsu experts against boxers, boxers against karate fighters, karate fighters against wrestlers, etc. In its early form, the MMA movement was a kind of mix-and-match of fighters with various backgrounds.
Fast forward to 2006.
Written by Josh Lashley
Just about anybody who’s ever witnessed a wrestling match, let alone those who competed on the mat for any extended period of time, can attest that it is quite unlike any sporting event that they’ve ever seen. Unlike a football or basketball game, where your fellow teammates are on the playing surface at the same time and if you’re not feeling well, someone else can be subbed in for you, wrestling is one-on-one combat. If you aren’t feeling up to par, that’s just too bad. Once you shake hands with your opponent and the referee blows the whistle, the battle gets going whether or not you are at 100 percent.
Further, wrestling isn’t contested at a relatively leisurely pace, like say a baseball game. No, wrestlers go at one another at a furious pace and the action is constant. If a wrestler is outgunned during a match, he has nowhere to hide. When a wrestler is getting dominated, it’s right there for everyone in attendance to see.. This, of course can include their friends, girlfriends and/or family members. If, on the other hand, a football player is getting manhandled at the line of scrimmage, it may get overlooked amongst the other things going on around them.