Ferraro Tournament At Sharpsburg VFD Fundraiser Is Becoming A KSWA November Tradition

November 3, 2015
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist

Only two Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Megastars have earned the distinction of being “Mario Ferraro, Sr. Memorial Tournament” winners—Kris Kash and Lou Martin. This coming Saturday, Martin is the favorite to repeat, while Kash has an opportunity to walk off with the most prestigious title in the Commonwealth.

The Mario Ferraro Sr. Memorial Tournament (which is also a fundraiser for the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department) is quickly becoming one of the highlights of the “Road to FanFest” season, and in the past two Novembers, memories have been made. Last year, it took a dastardly turn from Shawn Blanchard and Tommy Faime to record Martin’s win. The “Sharpsburg Screwjob” cost Kash a repeat as Tournament champion. Instead, Martin bullied his way to victory (and Blanchard’s pile driver on Kash also helped).

This year, Martin takes on Bobby Badfingers in the first round of competition. Badfingers has never been in the Ferraro Tournament before and he’s looking to make a splash after missing some time earlier this year due to an injury. In addition, the Badfingers/J-Ru “Deedz” combination fell short in their quest for tag team gold over Big and Bigger. That recent change came courtesy of Mayor Mystery’s other team—The Mercenaries.

In the other first-rounder, Lord Zoltan takes on frequent foe “King” Del Douglas. This year’s event marks the first time that the KSWA Hall of Famer, Zoltan, enters the Ferraro tournament. Douglas lost in a match with Kris Kash during the first tournament. This time around, Douglas and Zoltan have been at odds going into the match. In recent months, Lord Zoltan has stolen bits and pieces of the Monarch’s ring attire. First it was the crown and then the cape. Zoltan has paraded around while Douglas has stewed in his own juices.

Meanwhile, the “new” KSWA Tag Team Champions—“Canada’s National Treasure,” “Nasty” Nick Crane and deadeye tactician Sniper—will face the former tag team champions—“Big” Mike Malachi and Jack Massacre in a rematch for gold. Malachi and Massacre were very proud of their championship, which was immortalized on the cover of the Wall Street Journal in 2014, and are equally eager to get the belts back. Crane and Sniper have other plans, as they have toiled for years to get their hands on those straps and they have no intention of letting them slip away.

The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) World Heavyweight Champion, Shawn Blanchard, will take on two Megastars in a Triple Threat Match Saturday Night. The record-extending 6-time Champion will face longtime formidable rivals Justin Sane and Kris Kash. Kash will get a shot at retribution for last year’s Sharpsburg Screwjob. Meanwhile, the craziest competitor in KSWA history, Sane, is perhaps waiting for a pinfall that could give him the top gold that has always eluded him. The always confident Blanchard says this latest matchup with Kash and Sane will be no different than the dozens of times they’ve wrestled over the past decade or longer. Blanchard fully expects to remain on top.

Five Star Champion Mitch Napier has been told by the KSWA Championship Committee that he will defend against the always challenging J-Ru. The two Megastars do match up fairly well, even though J-Ru has concentrated on being one half of “Deedz” with Bobby Badfingers, and Napier is the strongest pound-for-pound grappler in KSWA history. J-Ru has earned the right to be called one of the best wrestlers in the promotion’s history to never hold gold. That could change Saturday night if Napier isn’t “ready to fight.”

Sharpsburg’s Sharpshooter, “The Future” Shane Starr certainly has his hands full with Harley T. Morris (w/David Marbell) this Saturday night. Morris is coming off of one of his most impressive matches, a loss to Mitch Napier in October. Starr, who remains at the top of his game, was victory a month ago with Kris Kash as they defeated “Deedz” in tag team competition. Morris is always a problem, even more with Marbell at his side. That being noted, Starr seemingly always kicks it up another gear in front of his hometown fans.

The Mario Ferraro Sr. Memorial Tournament is part of the KSWA fundraiser for the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department. The event is this Saturday, November 7, at the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department, 1611 Main Street, Sharpsburg, PA. Bell time is at 7:00 p.m. and all tickets are $10. For more information, call 412-726-1762.

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