By JOHN WALK The York Dispatch
Nearly every former athlete probably has dreams of living out their glory days again, according to Joe Musti.
For those whose dreams involve wrestling, there will be an opportunity to get back out on the mat very soon.
Coming up on April 1, Central York High School will be the host site of the first Bald and Fat Wrestling Tournament for participants 25 and older. The event, being organized by Musti, will benefit the Central York Youth Wrestling program.
Musti, who has three sons in the Central York School District who are wrestlers, came up with the idea after he and a handful of other adults from York County participated in an open tournament for adults 19 and older at Susquehannock about a year ago.
“It was kind of fun. And I thought it would be a good way to do a fundraiser here and get the dads involved,” Musti said.
Women are also eligible to compete. Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
“It will be very entertaining. Kids will get to see their dads compete and younger wrestlers will be able to see their coaches in action,” Musti said.
Some wrestlers might even be wearing singlets, though it’s not a requirement.
“We were originally going to make singlets mandatory because I thought we’d get more spectators because it would be funny to see guys wrestle in them. But I made singlets optional because some guys shied away from it,” Musti said. “But tight-fitting clothes will be required. Just no shorts and a T-shirt.”
The bouts will consist of three one-minute periods with a one-minute overtime, if necessary. The double-elimination tournament is for weight classes 140, 150, 160, 170, 185, 200, 215, 250 and heavyweight. All wrestlers must be at least 25 and currently not competing at the collegiate or professional level.
Winners will receive an award, though what exactly is still being determined.
“I’m hoping to get trophies made that are kind like a gold Buddha. Or maybe we’ll just do medals. We’ll see,” Musti said.
Given the popularity of wrestling in the York area, Musti believes the turnout should be pretty good. And some wrestlers could have the chance to settle some old grudges from back in their high school wrestling days.
“It’s all fun and games right now, but I guarantee when the match starts somebody is really going to get into it,” Musti said.
Registration is $20 for each wrestler. The deadline to register is March 30. For information, contact Musti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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