Pro wrestling tour comes to New Kensington campus

With signature moves, such as the "Meltdown" and "630 Splash," professional wrestlers make their Penn State New Kensington debut on Wednesday, April 20, in the Athletics Center. Bell time is 7:30 p.m.

The International Wrestling Cartel (IWC) show, "College Fightfest Volume 2" features the top wrestling talent in the tri-state area. The card includes a tag team revenge match, a title match, and a women's match. The undercard is highlighted by student Joe Mandak, a junior communications major and event organizer.

The headliners are some of the biggest draws on the IWC circuit. The tag team match pits the Founding Fathers, a juggernaut of current and former IWC World heavyweight champions "Big League" John McChesney, Dennis Gregory and Jimmy Vegas against Jon Bolen, Simon Xion and a mystery guest. The title match gives Azrieal a shot at the Super Indy championship belt. He faces the winner of the April 16 bout between Matt Justice and Super Hentai. The women's exhibition is a rematch between Mia Yim and Lorelei Lee. Yim got the best of Lee in September at "Collegefest Volume 1."

"The event brings something new and exciting to the campus and free admission for students is an unbelievable offer," said Mandak, who serves as president of the Lion Ambassadors, the co-host. "With a good turnout, we can make this an annual event."

If this event turns out to be one of the best and most entertaining, there is no reason why pro-wrestling can't and won't come back to Penn State New Kensington."

The athletic Mandak was a two-year starter for the New Kensington Lions men's basketball team. He served as student assistant coach this past season.

"It will be great to see students and the community enjoying a different type of athletic entertainment at the campus," said Vanessa Myers, assistant to the director of student affairs. "I expect a fantastic crowd, especially since Joe will be showing off his wrestling skills.”

ICW shows are family oriented and focus on athleticism and entertainment. Since 2002, the independent organization has brought some of the biggest names of WWE to the western and central Pennsylvania. The roster includes legends Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, as well as current stars CM Punk and Matt Hardy.

Tickets for the show are $15 for ringside; $10 for general admission; $7 for kids under 12; and free for Penn State students with ID. There is a $5 up charge for Penn State students sitting ringside.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life and two student clubs -- Campus Activities Board and Lion Ambassadors. The activities board assists the Student Life in planning events and activities.

Lion Ambassadors is a service organization found on every campus of Penn State. The program began in 1981 at University Park and reached the New Kensington campus in 1989. Since then more than 200 Penn State New Kensington students have come through the program. Membership involves an interview and maintenance of a minimum grade-point average. Mandak is the current president. The mission of the Lion Ambassadors is to serve the University, the student body and alumni by acting as representatives of the University and the New Kensington campus. The club's primary responsibility is to assist the admissions office with the recruitment of new students. Lion Ambassadors provide tours to prospective students and their families on a regular basis, attend open houses and other admissions events, answer the questions of future students, promote the campus throughout the community and organize community service projects.

Tickets can be purchased online at Campus students can get tickets at the Student Activities Office. For more information, contact Vanessa Myers at 724-334-6063 or via email.

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Last Updated April 06, 2011