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Semi-Pro Wrestling Alive and Well in Oshkosh

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Semi-Pro Wrestling Alive and Well in Oshkosh

By John Maino. CREATED Feb 27, 2014

Oshkosh, WI -- Semi-pro wrestling is alive and well in Oshkosh. So who exactly are these people and how did they get here? Well, lets start with kids who were maybe a little hyperactive.

"Well, mom didn't like it. I gave her a lot of heart attacks growing up, jumping out of trees and whatnot," said semi-pro wrestler, Mike Safford. 

Throw in those big guys from class who were maybe a little disruptive and liked the attention.

"It's not that I'm just going to go out and hit you. It's trying to illicit an emotion out of you," said wrestler Seth Wittkowske.

Add a dash of homage for those who came before.

"I can remember to this day, WrestleMania 6. The ultimate warrior versus Hulk Hogan, that right there was it. I mean I had all the figures growing up," said wrestler Don Gotti. 

Add it all together and you've got local semi-professional wrestling. 

"They call themselves weekend warriors because that's what they are is weekend warriors. They just want to scrounge and claw for any opportunity," said Dylan Postl.

Postl, also known as Hornswoggle of WWE, has made a great career as a wrestler but wants to keep the grassroots alive in his hometown of Oshkosh.

"This is where I started, this is what matters. You're not going to get anywhere if you don't start here," said Hornswoggle.

The first trip in the square circle is an eye opener. 

"I was under the impression when I was watching it on TV that there has to be a trampoline. Those guys are hitting the mat really hard and getting up like it's nothing. The first time I ever took a bump in that ring, I was like this is just wood and steel. This is not pleasant," said Wittkowske. 

Gotti adds, "A lot of people don't realize that everything in there really does truly hurt."

The pain is a small price for a few minutes of fame in front of a few hundred fans.

"This is an escape from reality. It's one of those things where you don't have to be yourself for a couple hours. For two days on the weekend, you get to be somebody else," said Wittkowske. "It's a soap opera on steroids."