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MAW bringing steel cage to Steele County Fair

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MAW’s Thomas Posted aka “Leonard Literacy” flies high from the top ropes to slam down on his opponent, Ismail Junior aka “Chico Suave” at the MAW event held at the Rice County Fair last week. Posted won the match by pinning his opponent in a drama-filled, back-and-forth bout. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
Johnnie Phillips, Sports Editor

Midwest All-Star Wrestling (MAW) has taken southern Minnesota by storm over the course of the summer with plans of putting on another action-packed performance at the Steele Saloon on Tuesday, Aug. 16, the first day of the Steele County Free Fair.

Most recently, MAW put on a spectacle at the Rice County Fair last Thursday, bringing its wrestlers to center stage at the fair in front of a gathered crowd in the grandstands.

“This is the fourth year that we’ve had them here. When we first had them here it was a free event in the parking lot, but the support for it with the fans got so overwhelming that we decided to move it to the grandstand,” said John Dvorak, executive manager of the Rice County Fair. “They always put on a great show and we’re hoping to have them back next year again.”

With the Steele County Fair show on the horizon, MAW owner Dave Amitrano said the company has a surprise for its audience at the Steele Saloon.

“We’re going to use a steel cage for our matches during the fair to kind of pay homage to the name ‘Steele County.’ We’ve never used a steel cage before at our shows, so I’m pretty excited to get it set up and see how the crowd likes it.”

Spectators can prepare to see a lot of high-flying acrobatics at a MAW show, as the Rice County Fair matches saw many wrestlers using the ring ropes to fly high and crash down on their opponents.

One can only wonder what jaw-dropping techniques MAW’s athletes will be able to perform for the crowd with a steel cage at their disposal.

Yet, despite the shows and uptick in fans in and around the state over the years, Amitrano has had more reason to be proud of his company than just its successful events.

MAW is also the state’s “only Native American-owned pro wrestling company” according to its Facebook page – a feat that Amitrano said is something he is very proud of.

“I’m Native American myself, from the Bois Forte tribe in northern Minnesota, and my wife is from the Lower Brule Sioux community in South Dakota. We run the Women of Nations Eagles Nest Shelter in St. Paul and first became associated with MAW when they came to a fundraiser. After the fundraiser went successfully I reached out and bought the company.”

Fans and newcomers alike will have to make their way to the Steele Saloon on Aug. 16 in order to catch MAW’s debut in the county.

The show will be held outside of the saloon and will be free for spectators to enjoy and the first match has a bell time scheduled for 7 p.m.

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