EN­TER THE SQUARED CIR­CLE

Lo­cal wrestler hop­ing for packed arena. SPORTS

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY JULIE COLLINS jcollins@cb­post.com

Lo­cal wrestler Gary Jes­some is hop­ing for a packed arena when he re­turns to the squared cir­cle af­ter a decade.

Known to his wrestling fans as Duke MacIs­sac, he’s a former East Coast Pro Wrestling (ECPW) heavy­weight cham­pion.

Jes­some is mak­ing his re­turn to the can­vass Sun­day, May 28, as part of Is­land In­va­sion 2017 at the Syd­ney Mines and District Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Is­land In­va­sion will also fea­ture Mar­itime le­gend Brody Steele, Rid­dick Stone, The An­swer, sec­ond gen­er­a­tion star Zack Doyle and some sur­prises as well.

“Sports en­ter­tain­ment is some­thing peo­ple can go watch to­gether as a fam­ily, kids love it,” said Jes­some, with a broad smile. “En­ter­tain­ment wrestling is on the rise, all over the Mar­itimes they are sell­ing out. Folks can come and cheer on the he­roes, and boo the bad guys, it’s great fun and I love it. It’s never left me; it’s my pas­sion. It’s opened up the world to me, but I’m al­ways drawn back to my Cape Bre­ton val­ues.”

Jes­some, who trains five to six days a week, is ex­pect­ing a huge turnout on May 28.

“The lo­cal tal­ent now is on an in­ter­na­tional level. Wrestlers who work in In­dia, South Africa, Europe and across Canada and the U.S.,” said Jes­some, who fishes lob­ster when he isn’t train­ing. “Life put me on a dif­fer­ent path. It’s been 10 years and since I re­turned home a few years ago there doesn’t seen to be a day when some­one doesn’t

ask about wrestling. When I left wrestling I was a cham­pion and I’m ex­cited to be back. Live wrestling is a hun­dred times bet­ter than watch­ing it on tele­vi­sion. The lights, ex­cite­ment and the noise, it’s cap­ti­vat­ing and it stays with you.”

Tick­ets are avail­able in ad­vance at Alexandra’s Fam­ily Restau­rant, 266 Com­mer­cial St. in North Syd­ney or for fans out­side

of the North­side you can call 902-565-7030.

“ECPW is the only pro­mo­tion in Nova Sco­tia where you can see ev­ery ma­jor name in Mar­itime Wrestling. No other pro­mo­tion has this cal­iber of tal­ent com­bined from ev­ery wrestler on this show,” said EPCW owner Shel­don MacLean. “Many other tour­ing wrestling out­fits have tried to gain the same suc­cess as we have in the past but has never come near the crowd sizes we have had, largely due to lack of ad­ver­tis­ing and pro­mo­tion which is key to the suc­cess to any kind of busi­ness. If no­body knows what’s go­ing on then how can you ex­pect pos­i­tive re­sults?”

MacLean said the first show back has stars from the Mar­itimes, some of which have com­peted

all over the world from Eng­land to Puerto Rico and all over Canada and the U.S.

“We also have a young man di­rect from the United King­dom who stands 6’9” and weighs 280 lbs. who will be mak­ing his first ever ap­pear­ance in Cape Bre­ton. This show is stacked.”

JULIE COLLINS/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Gary Jes­some, who wres­tles un­der the ring name Duke MacIsaac, is look­ing for­ward to the re­turn of East Coast Pro Wrestling to Cape Bre­ton later this month.

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