Wrestling for a cause

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A large crowd came out on Saturday night to the annual Relay for Life Wrestling event at the Manila Community Center.

Getting ready for the main event.

This is the 10th year Ron Horn and fellow wrestlers have volunteered their time and talent to raise money for the Buffalo Island American Cancer Relay for Life.

This year's event was more than a benefit wrestling. It was held in memory of Ron Horn's father, Ronnie Horner. Ronnie Horner was a supporter of the Buffalo Island Relay for Life and organized the benefit wrestling in Manila each year.

Buffalo Island Relay for Life Chairman Brenda Matheny expressed her appreciation to all of the wrestlers who made the wrestling a success.

"We appreciate them and everyone who comes out to support the event," Matheny said. "We also appreciate the City of Manila for allowing us to use the community center."

Getting ready for the count.

Ron Horn said he looks forward to returning to his hometown each year. He also expressed his appreciation to his fellow wrestlers for supporting the benefit in memory of his father.

All of the proceeds from the event will go to the Buffalo Island American Cancer Relay for Life. The wrestling match raised over $1,400.

Joining Ron Horn this year were Mr. 500 Barry Wolf, Lukas Frost, Outcast, Chris Day, The Big Indian Quiote, Snuffy the Hillbilly w/Cherry, The Untouchables, The Asylum, Nick Mason, Paul Riot, Anton Leveigh, Colt and Rick Burton, and others.

There was a challenge match with Manila's Chief Hill called out by the Nugget Vancely. Chief Hill took the match in short time by hitting Nugget over the head with a guitar which delighted several young wrestling fans who collected pieces of the guitar for wrestlers to sign.

The grand finale was six wrestlers to the end inside and outside of the ring with Ron Horn named the winner.

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