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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Saturday, January 25, 2003
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ASBURY PARK PRESS COMING UP ON WEDNESDAY: Bowling, Sign-tips and Tryouts SPORTS CONTACT US: (800) 822-9770, Ext. 4248; fax (732) 643-4012; SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 2003 2 Biggs making right moves Howell High School graduate preaches what he practices to aspiring pro wrestlers. Life took a sharp turn for Nick Podsvirow shortly after he graduated from Howell High School and entered Ocean County College in 1992. "I was in the game room at OCC and I saw a sign about the Iron Mike Sharpe School of Wrestling (in Brick)," said Podsvirow, also known as Biggie Biggs, heavyweight champion of the Independent Wrestling. Federation. "I fell in love with it." These days, Podsvirow spends his days as a Park Ranger in Monmouth County and his nights and JOE ADELIZZI IN COMMUNITY weekends either wrestling in IWF events or teaching wrestling wannabes at the IWF school in Paterson. He'll be in action tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Shane O'Brien, another Shore product from Hazlet, at the IWF Centre on Willow Way in West Paterson. Biggs, best known for his "Bigg-Bang" choke-slam-bomb, is 27 years old, a graduate of Monmouth University with a degree in communications and a better wrestler than actor, he says. "I was a shot-put and discus guy for the track team in high school," said Biggs. "But I learned the right way to be a pro wrestler at Iron Mike's school. It's important to know how to protect yourself and it's important to practice moves before you try them in matches." He's been a "good guy" from the beginning of his pro career eight years ago. "At first, I was the overweight lover-boy," said Biggs. , . : ? ' 4' .... j-Mfcrf.JMM Biggie Biggs Is one of the top local attractions In the Independent Wrestling Federation. Special to the Press "Now Biggie Biggs is taken from the rap guy Biggie Smalls who was shot down. These days I'm a white hip-hopper." At 6-foot-4 and about 300 pounds, he has a baby-faced look that the crowds, so far, have rooted for in the ring. "When I first started, the money was helping me make my way through Monmouth," he said. "These days I'm married and have a four-month-old child. But I still have big dreams. I'd love the opportunity to be on Monday- or Thursday-night wrestling." He says the training program at IWF is far from the way things were at Iron Mike's terms of looks. "It's clean here and there are no smells. The environment is much better," he says. Among the year-end achievement awards presented during the Independent Wrestling Federation's annual Holiday Banquet was the "Wrestler of the Year," which went to Biggs, the current IWF Heavyweight Champion. Biggs has held the gold for over six months since defeating Roman on June 15. He's the first IWF Triple Crown Winner, having held the Heavyweight, American and Tag Team titles during his career. .... ..:.J. W' - - Jf - "I don't know how long a good guy will stay as champion," said Biggs. "But I know that I have to keep working on what I do in the ring." He says that he met Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, the pro wrestling star from Neptune. "I was a kid and he was at Seaview Square. He gave me an autograph," said Biggs. Even if he doesn't get the call to the next level, he feels his work as an instructor is worthwhile. "The IWF has trained more than 100 students since we opened the school in 1999," he said. "They have competed in thousands of matches for over 25 different organizations throughout the country." Students are able to perform on IWF live events after approximately 3-4 months of training (depending upon how much progress a student has made). They are also able to wrestle for organizations affiliated with the IWF. After graduation, students are able to network freely with other organizations. For now, he's concentrating on tomorrow's battle with O'Brien. "He's the baddest SOB of the IWF," said Biggs. JoeAdelizzi is an Asbury Park Press staff writer, j,v- ... ,. Shore AC Masters relay team shatters world, U.S records STAFF REPORT A Masters relay team representing the Shore Athletic Club shattered both the world and U.S. records in the distance medley relay at the Metropolitan Athletic Congress Relay Invitational on Jan. 10. Harry Nolan, Rick Lapp, Tony Plasta and Bill School combined for a time of 11 min- utes, 54.8 sec- RUNNING onds in the hb meet at the 168th Street Armory, New York City. They erased the old record of 11:57.5. Nolan ran the 1,200-meter leg in 3:34.5; Lapp the 400 meters in 55.8; Plasta the 800 meters in 2:16.8; and Scholl the 1,600 meters in 5:07.7. It's the second world relay re cord the club set in the 50-59 age group. Lapp and Nolan were part of the team that set a re cord in the 4 x 800 relay in 2001. Nolan and Scholl were also part of the club's record-setting varsity club medley relay record effort of 10:08.9 in 1974. Club honorees Dave DeMonico and Lauren Rhatigan earned the top season honors in the Ocean Running Club. DeMonico, South River, was named Male Runner of the Year and Rhatigan, Brant Beach, was named Female Runner of the Year at the club's annual winter banquet and awards ceremony on Jan. 11 at the Lamp Post Inn, Pine Beach. Awards were presented to club members in a variety of categories, including runners, racewalkers, marathon runners and triathlete. In addition, club spirit awards, special achievement awards, a President's Award and a Keeper of the Wave Award were handed out. The Ocean Running Club holds many races each year, including winter and summer series. All races are open to both club members and non-members. The Ocean Running Club also presents several scholarships each spring to area high school . seniors who participate in sports and will be attending college the following fall. For additional information about the Ocean Running Club, visit their website at http: Club award-winners were: Male Runner of the Yean Dave DeMonico; Female Runner of the Year: Lauren Rhatigan; Female Scholastic Runners of the Year: Jen Blank and Shannon Dawe; Male Scholastic Runner of the Year: Patrick Lesniak; Special Achievement Award: Patrick Asay; Newcomer Award: The Suita Family; Triathlete of the Year: Jim Cummings; Male Master Runner of the Year: John Shavel; Female Master Runner of the Year: Sally Kalk-sma; Senior Master Runners of the Year: Chris Pappas and Marilyn Ryder; Marathon Runner of the Year: Bill Winterbottom; Male Racewalker of the Year: Jack Lach; Female Race-walker of the Year: Dorit Attias; Club Spirit Award: Ellen Stefanacci, Barbara Johnson, Arturo and Maria Gonzales, the Lesniak Family; Marathon Relay Award: Captain Bill Winterbottom, Jack Anderson, Mike Mooney, Chris Peters, and Tom Zarra; Marathon Relay Award: Captain Patrice Hancock, Ken Anderson, Alan Kirsch, Ken Kirsch, and Bob Hancock; President's Award: Bob and Tim Horn; Keeper of the Wave Award: Michele Kirsch. On the run Winter series continue this weekend. The Shore Athletic Club's Winter Series 5K resumes today at Joe Palaia Park, Ocean Township, starting at 11 a.m. Telephone (732) 222-9080, write the Shore AC at P.O. Box 381, West Long Branch, N.J. 07764, or visit On deck tomorrow is Freehold Area Running Club's 20th annual Winter 5K Race Series, Kids and 1-mile runs at Michael J. Tighe Park, Freehold Township. Kids races area at 9:30 a.m., and the 5K goes off at 10 a.m. Race-day sign-up only. Telephone (732) 431-2627 or visit the club website at Also tomorrow is the Ocean Running Club Winter Series of 4-mile races at Ocean County . ti Park, Lakewood, starting at 11 a.m. Race-day registration only is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Awards will be provided weekly and shirts will be available for completion of the series. Telephone (732) 505-1275 or visit www.oceanrun- . ,7

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