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Wrestling tournament set for Oct. 21 at Danbury PAL Center

August 21, 2018

Attention wrestlers of all ages: A folk-style wrestling tournament is scheduled for Oct. 21 at the Danbury Police Activities League Center to raise funds in support of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction banquet.

The one-day tournament will have separate divisions for elementary school, middle school, high school and open wrestlers. Medals will be awarded for the top three wrestlers in each weight class.

A USA Wrestling card will be required to compete (smart-phone copies acceptable). Entry fee is $25 for pre-registered wrestlers, $30 for walk-ups. Admission will be $3 for adults, $1 for students.

Weigh-ins will be held the morning of the tournament. Elementary school and middle school wrestlers will weigh in between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m., and high school and open wrestlers will weigh in between 11 and 11:30 a.m.

For more information or for a registration form, contact Mark Cammisa at 203-790-9209 or markcammisa@comcast.net.

The Danbury PAL Center is located at 35 Hayestown Road in Danbury.

The tournament is being held in support of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction banquet, which is scheduled for May 4 at the MGM Hotel at Foxwoods Resort and Casino. The six inductees to be honored that night are Colonel Charles Anderson, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient who has served in the Connecticut Army National Guard for more than 30 years, and as the head wrestling coach at both Trumbull High and Norwalk High; John Bennett, a coach, official and four-time member of the U.S. Veterans World Team; Patrick Burns, former New Milford High coach, an official and CIAC wrestling committee member; Carmen DelVecchio, one of the top officials in New England and in the nation; Jason Shaughnessy, a founder and coach with the Police Athletic League youth wrestling program in Fairfield and the head coach at Fairfield High School and Fairfield Warde High School; and Dennis Siegmann, the former head coach at Bristol Central High for 22 years and an assistant coach at two junior colleges that won four national championships in six years.

Tickets to the hall of fame banquet will be made available online beginning in October.

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