Wrestling for the Hilltoppers: Fundraiser for High School Baseball, Nov. 5th
Posted by Ben Simon on November 1, 2016
HILLSBORO, IL, Nov. 1st, 2016 – Robert Allen, the coach for the Hillsboro Hilltoppers high school baseball team, admits when he sees his son compete in the wrestling ring he worries about him getting hurt. “I think it’s absolutely awesome he thoroughly enjoys it and people enjoy watching him.”
His son, Jarred Allen, who is pursuing a business degree at Illinois College in Jacksonville, enters the ring in checkered gear and clown paint under his ring name “Cardini.” His persona “is rather popular among fans. The kids love him.”
Coach Allen thought of bringing in Pinfall Wrestling Association as a fundraiser for Hilltoppers baseball after seeing Jarred wrestle at Lanphier High School in Springfield and how the people enjoyed it. “Pro Wrestling is rather popular among teens and adults alike, so I thought it would go over well in the Hillsboro Community.”
Jarred notes he came close to never becoming Cardini. “I wanted to quit the training program halfway though. The training regime is no joke.” He credits his trainer Bradley Stephens for motivating him to graduate Pinfall Academy based in Auburn a year ago.
As Cardini, Jarred wrestles in a tag team “The Carnival” with another man in clown makeup known as Hatta. “When I told my family about Cardini, they thought it really strange. They had seen Hatta, and were a little freaked out by him.” Hatta challenged the champion Derek Moss last Saturday at Lanphier, in which Cardini interfered heavily on behalf of his teammate, but Moss was able to overcome them both to retain.
Moss, a former basketball player who played for the Ponies at South Fork High School in Kincaid, will be putting up his PWA Regional Heavyweight title against Cardini’s trainer Bradley Stephens in the main event. Cardini will face Jimmy Karryt of Bloomington.
While the younger Allens’ were always excited about Jarred’s pursuit, the elder Allens’ eventually got behind him. “My dad talks a lot about Cardini to his friends and coworkers. I am sure all who come to Collision Course this Saturday will understand exactly what all the hype is about.”
The Pinfall Wrestling Association event “Collision Course” at Hillsboro High School, 522 East Tremont Street on November 5th will feature six matches and will raise money to pay for uniforms and athletic equipment. Doors open at 6:30pm with bell time 7pm. Tickets are $10 at the door for adults, $6 for kids, with kids age five & under free. Visit pinfallwrestlingspringfield.net for more.