The Sydney Silverbacks hosted the inaugural Emerald City Wrestling Open earlier this morth at Sydney’s City Gym, featuring 18 wrestlers from both Australia and overseas.
US wrestlers Gene Dermody and Josh Watkins from San Francisco Golden Gate Wrestling Club, and Chris Lorefice and Vince Downing from the Los Angeles Southern California Wrestling Club participated in the event on Friday, March 1.
As part of the open, the Silverbacks established two new awards in honour of wrestlers who have contributed greatly to the sport of wrestling and the club itself: the Webb Award and the Verey Award.
The Webb Award was given to Anthony Wells for representing the heart of the club with his help and perseverance through physical endurance.
The Verey Award went to Nicholas Preston for his outstanding effort and improvement in the sport since he began.
“Our first ever Emerald City Wrestling tournament was a great success. All the wrestlers gave their all, and did themselves proud with a number of matches keeping the spectators on edge,” Silverbacks president Tony Galluzzo said.
“The Emerald City Wrestling Open is going to be a strong annual wrestling tournament held each year at Mardi Gras time. The US wrestlers were impressed with the event the club put on and we hope that this will the start of an annual international wrestling tournament held in Sydney.
“The Sydney Silverbacks would like to thank the generous support from City Gym and the Harbour City Bears, and would also like to thank Team Sydney for being there on the night.”
The team hopes to send a contingent of wrestlers to the Gay Games in Cleveland Ohio in 2014.
“For anyone who would like to join us in Cleveland there is more than enough time to start wrestling now and come and join our team for the Gay Games,” Galluzzo said.
The Silverbacks are running a beginners workshop on March 24 between 1pm-4pm at City Gym.