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Growing annual local wrestling event to raise funds, awareness for autism



Dalton freshman Dylan Hershberger with Madman Fulton who will wrestle May 14 for an autism awareness fundraiser.

Dalton freshman Dylan Hershberger with Beastman who will participate in the May 14 pro wrestling fundraiser for autism.

DGKN staff report

WOOSTER  An autism awareness fundraiser event has returned and this time it will be more than just a wrestling show. Wrestling fans are in for a treat May 14 with live pro wrestling matches.

For the third year, Joe Hershberger and his son, Dylan, a freshman at Dalton, are organizing the event.

“We would like to thank Jimmie Lee and ASWA Pro Wrestling out of Mansfield for working with us to put on an awesome event,”

Hershberger wrote in an email.
This is the first year doing an actual pro wrestling show itself with matches, Hershberger explained. A similar event was scheduled in 2020, but two days before the event everything began shutting down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There will be seven matches including a Battle Royal in memory of Jonas Hershberger, Dylan’s grandfather, who passed away last year,” Hershberger said. “He was a huge wrestling fan and supporter of our events. Special guests include Impact Wrestling’s Madman Fulton, and former WWE Stars Eugene, Rob Conway, and Zach Gowen. Zach Gowen is a huge inspiration to many, as childhood cancer took one of his legs, and he incredibly performs on just one leg!”

Proceeds will again be donated to The Northeast Ohio Autism Group. Tickets are available at Operation Fandom in Wooster or online at Starting at just $10. There is an increase at the door the day of.

There will be an opportunity for autographs and pictures with most wrestlers, some with small fees, Hershberger said. Some wrestlers will have merchandise available to sell on their own as well.

Doors open at 6 p.m. May 14 at Cornerstone School gymnasium, 101 W Bowman St., Wooster. Bell time is 7 p.m.

Visit or call 330-417-5275.

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