Jabs and slams: professional wrestling comes to Ottawa County

Feb 13, 2024 | Featured, Sports | 0 comments

It was all about hair pulls and headlocks inside the ring. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)


Shouts of “Your momma didn’t raise no quitters,” and “That ref can’t count past two” filled the air during the Insane Wrestling Revolution event at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds on Feb. 7. A packed crowd came to get a close-up view of the wrestling greats they had previously only watched on TV.

“We have a lot of people from Toledo, and people came from Monroe, Michigan,” said Kelly Rigoni, who organized the event with her husband, Billy Rigoni. “And we have a lot of people from our neck of the woods – people from Port Clinton and Oak Harbor.”

A fan celebrates a win at the Insane Wrestling Revolution event. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

The audience was entertained by ten matches, and the main event featured Terry “Rhino” Garin facing Franchise Shane Douglas. Rhino was the big attraction of the evening.

“I’m here to see Rhino,” said eight-year-old Wesley Knecht of Port Clinton, who attended the event with his mother, Acacia Knecht. “This is really good because I’ve never seen this live. My mom and dad used to watch wrestling on TV with me, and now I get to see it here.”

From left, Billy and Kelly Rigoni organized the Insane Wrestling Revolution event at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds on Feb. 7. The couple will bring wrestling back to the area on May 8. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Billy said close to 300 people attended the event.

“I didn’t really know what to expect because this is our first time doing this,” he said. “We have a lot of kids and a lot of adults.”

Among the crowd were several female wrestling fans.

“It’s great to see women here. A couple of grandmas brought their grandkids,” Kelly said. “It’s just a huge mix of people. Everyone was super excited to see this.”

In that mix was nine-year-old Ana Sigurdson of Fremont, who watched the show with several family members.

A wrestler reacts to a hit during the Insane Wrestling Revolution event at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds on Feb. 7. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“I invited both of my grandpas to come, and my brother loves wrestling. My dad was in wrestling,” she said. “I came to see Rhino.”

Sigurdson had as much fun watching the show as any boy there.

“Well, you know, I just like it,” she said. “I watch wrestling on TV, but it’s different in person. It’s different being here. It’s just fun.”

Another Insane Wrestling Revolution event will take place on May 8 at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.


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