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Wrestlers dive into Hall County for youth fundraising event

POSTED: August 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.
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Oh no, it looks like Chase Owens is hurt! And Sigmon, smelling opportunity, is plotting his next evil move. Against all odds, and to the crowd's pleasure, Owens came back to win the match.

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Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chad Mann traded his khakis for a tuxedo as the emcee for the “Brawl in the Hall” benefit Saturday night in the North Hall Community Center.

The sheriff’s office held one of its three yearly events to raise money for the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, which houses abused and neglected children.

“We’re very hopeful with every event that we get bigger and stronger and raise more for the Youth Homes,” Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said.

Suplexes and body slams ensued at 8 p.m., seeing the Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling junior heavyweights Sigmon and Chase Owens.

“You’re a loser,” Sigmon bellowed at Owens, drawing a roar of boos from an audience of hundreds, before charging into the ropes.

Owens rebounded from earlier blows, the crowd favorite from the rounds of applause, and later won by the count.
Before the matches began, wrestlers signed autographs and took pictures with fans.

“It’s always great to give back to the community, and this is such a great charity,” said Rick Steiner, one of the marquee wrestlers of the night.

Fans for decades approached Steiner and his colleagues at MACW, catching a glimpse of their childhood heroes. It’s always a great feeling, Steiner said, to shake the hands of fans that have admired him since their younger years.

Couch said the sheriff’s office strived to put on a good show for the charity, a group that helps to “provide a future for children who might not otherwise have a future.” Previously, the sheriff’s office held a Hot Pursuit 5K trail run and will hold a Thunder in the Mountains motorcycle ride Aug. 23.

The sheriff’s office plans to increase the number of events each year in raising money for the youth home’s charity.
Jokingly, Couch mentioned donning a flying squirrel suit and jumping into the arena, but decided instead to watch ringside.

“We’re all made for different things,” he said. “That’s not one of mine.”



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