Wrestling as a school fundraiser? Why not

By: Nick Kuhl

Lethbridge Herald

nkuhl@lethbridgeherald.com

The gym at Winston Churchill High School frequently hosts classes, basketball and volleyball games, as well as school assemblies.

Tonight, for one night only, Pure Power Wrestling (PPW) will take over the space for a live show.

The five-match event will act as a fundraiser for the WCHS Bulldogs senior boys basketball team, who will head to San Diego for a 16-team tournament later this month.

“They (PPW) came with an idea to do something around the basketball season and get the basketball boys involved selling tickets,” said Bulldogs head coach Kevin McBeath. “We’d like to see the whole gym filled, which is 1,000 tickets, but if we get anywhere close to that, it will be a success.”

“It’s something different and should be exciting,” said Kevin Farrell, marketing director for PPW, adding it will be entertaining for both the organization’s core fans as well as for WCHS students. “And we definitely place a high value on athletics. Anything that helps build that is good for us.”

Thursday’s show will feature a cruiserweight championship match as the main event, as well as a heavyweight match featuring The Gothic Knight. Bell time is set for 8 p.m. with advance tickets available at the school for $10.

Tickets will also be sold at the door for $15 and items will be collected for the food banks and Toys for Tots.

A portion of the ticket sales will go directly to the Bulldogs team, which leaves for California on Boxing Day.

In addition to their tournament, the team will also attend a San Diego State college basketball game, a San Diego Chargers NFL game, as well as a pair of NBA games up Interstate 5 in Los Angeles.