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|Plenty of storylines to follow at RPW Regional Qualifiers|
By Ted Witulski Real Pro Wrestling
The recent announcement by Real Pro Wrestling of an open tryout for wrestlers to make a team for Season Two has generated interest from a wide range of wrestlers nationally. Greco stars like Mark Rial from Iowa, and Division II All-Americans such as Adam Keiswetter from the University of Nebraska at Kearney are set to battle for the chance to make it into the Super-Qualifier and the possibility of making one of the eight pro teams in the spring of 2007.
Great storylines will give wrestling fans plenty to talk about as the regional qualifiers take place. The first is set for San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 28th. One of the many storylines that fans might have some interest in at the first qualifier includes a spurned wrestler and former coach of Fresno State University.
The northern California region was shocked at the immediate dismantling of the wrestling program at FSU even as Head Coach Shawn Charles and Assistant Coach Travis Pascoe were putting together a top 15 recruiting class.
At the first regional in San Jose, fans will get to see the great competitors vying for real recognition with national television exposure. Expect to see former Nebraska wrestler Travis Pascoe, now an assistant coach with Jim Zalesky at Oregon State University, battle for the top spot.
Pascoe said, "I'm excited to return to northern California to wrestle in the qualifier. The Fresno state decision was one that was beyond our control, but I'm focused to do what I need to do to make a Real Pro team this year."
Pascoe placed sixth at the NCAA Championships in 2005, narrowly losing to Tyler Baier of Cornell in the semifinals. The disappointing loss didn't drive Pascoe away from the sport; instead, Pascoe has developed a reputation as a tough match.
Last spring in Las Vegas at the U.S. Open, Pascoe fought through the wrestle-in tournament and then pulled a gigantic first-round upset of two time NCAA champion Chris Pendelton. Pascoe finished fourth overall at 84 kg/185 lbs. At the World Team Trials, Pascoe gave eventual World Team Member Andy Hrovat a big scare before falling.
Real Pro Wrestling is bringing out the storylines for wrestling this fall at four regionals.
Regional Qualifier #1 - West
Location: San Jose, CA
Date: Oct 28, 2006
Regional Qualifier #2 - North
Location: Mt. Vernon, IA
Date: Nov 4, 2006
Regional Qualifier #3 - East
Date: Nov 11, 2006
Regional Qualifier #4 - South
Location: Tulsa, OK
Date: Nov 18, 2006
Location: San Jose, CA
Date: Jan 7, 2007
Wrestlers who are ready to take a shot at making a pro team are encouraged to fill out an application at www.realprowrestling.com or contact Dean Morrison at 615-234-1359 or firstname.lastname@example.org