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"Brawl at the Hall" sees high turnout

By Daniel Herda  - dherda@h-ponline.com

The second annual “Brawl at the Hall” saw many as hundreds came to Heritage Hall in Hier’s Park to witness local wrestling superstar Kasey Geyer (KC Thunder) and several wrestlers fight each other on Saturday night.

Geyer, 43, Fort Wayne, is a 1992 Huntington North High School graduate and a 1997 Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne graduate earning a degree in elementary education. Geyer said last year’s event was a success and he wanted to bring the event back to Huntington this year.

“I am beyond happy with the crowd turnout tonight,” Geyer said. “Looks like all the kids are having fun. We have great weather, last year we had a sheet of ice, but this year its perfect. Everything came off exactly how we wanted.”

War Wrestling hosted the event, with owner Christine Meyers saying that owning a professional wrestling organization is “a very exciting business.”

There were eight matches that provided good, wrestling entertainment – with both adults and kids getting into the fun.

“It is action-packed and it is a good time,” Meyers said. “The action drives them to it. People like to see the wrestler’s beat each other up, like boxing. I think they like the fighting.”

Nathan Hammel and his son Leyton came out to support KC Thunder and to see a good holiday wrestling match – with Hammel saying that although he lives in Fort Wayne now, his roots are still in Huntington.

“We are here to support KC Thunder, he’s our buddy,” Hammel said. “(KC) is a great guy and he’s good with the kids. He puts on these shows and its just all pretty cool.”

Leyton says one of his favorite things about wrestling is watching the tag team matches.

Phil Troxel and his son Trey also attended the match – with Trey offering his thoughts on what fascinates him about professional wrestling.

“I really like it when they climb on the rope and then jump off of it,” Troxel said.

The event also saw door prizes and vendors offering wrestling merchandise.

Several attendees were out of the Huntington, and Indiana, area, with Mark Ganger coming from Ohio to see the event.

“It’s a good show. They always go a very good job.”

Ganger said he attended last years event and looks forward to coming back to Huntington again if the event is held a third time. Although he cannot get into wrestling himself because of a pacemaker, Ganger said seeing many of his favorite characters take the stage is “awesome.”

“They’re all good,” Ganger said. “I hope they come back here too because I will drive it.”