Kurt Adonis gave me a call today to talk a little more about his pending retirement.
He said that he’s watched wrestling his entire life and getting the chance to be in the ring with legends such as Ric Flair was “a dream come true.”
“I’ve got to wrestle with some of my biggest idols as a kid,” Adonis said, adding that Northeast Wrestling “has always given me some cool things” to do, including wrestling the mayor of Torrington.
Adonis said a lot of people would probably like to see him take on Bristol’s mayor, Art Ward, but he stopped short of challenging Ward.
Adonis, whose real name is Kurt Juszczyk, said he has always lived in Bristol and “I love the town. I’ve got nothing bad to say about Bristol.”
The wrestling match at Central where he plans to retire will be the fifth annual one there to raise money for the post-graduation party. It is likely to draw about 2,000 people, Adonis said.
He said that the wrestling group works closely with the parents of seniors and has raised nearly $40,000 for the parties during the past five years.
Adonis said he wrestled at Central in the 140-pound category when Dennis Seigmann was the coach. I asked him if he could pin Seigmann.
“He would have killed me. He still would,” Adonis said.
Adonis said he was “never really good” as a wrestler in high school because he was tall and lanky, a poor combination for the sport.
He said he doesn’t know how the final night will go except that people will leave the family-oriented event happy.
“They’re going to see an emotional night for me,” Adonis said. “I have no idea what to expect.”
He said, though, it’s going to be quite something to wrestle for the last time professionally in the same place he competed in high school.
Adonis, who works at ESPN, said he’s a hometown boy – and was glad to see the Press saved from possible closure.
He said he recently started subscribing to do his share to make sure it bounces back.
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