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GSU coaches wrestle in fundraiser event
GATAmania set for Friday
In this file photo from the 2018 event, Georgia Southern head coach football coach Chad Lunsford, center right, cheers on assistant coach Victor Cabral, left, as Cabral steps into the ring to defend the Eagles' honor during the American Premier Wrestling Summer STEAM event at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center to benefit the Georgia Southern chapter of Athletes in Action. - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Georgia Southern University football coach Vic Cabral will be featured in a wrestling  match Friday during the annual GATAmania fundraising event.

The American Professional Wrestling  sponsored attraction will start at 7:15 p.m., with official bell time at 7:30 p.m., at the Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Center on the GSU campus, said coordinator Tom Caiazzo.

The annual fundraising event will benefit the GSU chapter of Athletes in Action, which “has been using sports as a platform to help people answer questions of faith and to point them to Jesus,” he said. “They believe sports has the power to open doors and create connections in a way that few other things can, and that’s why they are constantly working to create new ways of reaching out to athletes and sports fans alike. Ultimately, their goal is to see people’s lives changed as they discover God’s purpose for their life.”

The night’s entertainment will feature competitors including World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and NOW (New Ohio Wrestling) star Marcus “Buff” Bagwell, Johnny Swinger and Sofi Castillo, said Matt Wise, campus director of the GSU Athletes in Action chapter.

There will be “seven matches (and) non-stop action” featuring GSU’s Cabral, also known as “Venom,” he said.

Cabral will team with Tommy Nero and “Scratch” against Young DC, Iron Mike and Damien in the first-ever GATAmania Bowl, where the winner gets a custom-made GATA belt trophy, he said.

And, there could be a surprise. GSU head coach Chad Lunsford will be there as well, “and you never know what will happen when Coach is around with that trademark chair,” Wise said.

The doors open 6 p.m., with pizza, drinks and light concessions available. Official GATAmania T-shirts will also be for sale.

Tickets are available at D&R Car Care, Eagle Clips and Tanning, Nona Picci restaurant and at the door before the event. Ticket prices are $12.50 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under, and special limited VIP tickets are $20.

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 Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.




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