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Springfield VFW hosts Dynamic Championship Wrestling match

Wearing a black singlet, 321-pound Kyle Kraven puts Big Jim Hutchinson, dressed as Santa Claus, in a head hold during the Dynamic Championship Wrestling match inside the Springfield Veterans of Foreign Wars post hall Saturday night. The match was the night's main event, and the two wrestlers were competing for the DCW heavyweight title.
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Kyle Kraven puts Big Jim Hutchinson in a head hold as they compete for the Dynamic Championship Wrestling heavyweight title Saturday night. The match drew about 100 fans out to the Springfield Veterans of Foreign War Post event hall.

About 100 people packed the Springfield VFW Hall on Saturday night for some local, independent wrestling matches put on by the Dynamic Championship Wrestling company.

There were still flags for each branch of the military hanging up next to a poster of the Pledge of Allegiance. But towards the front of the room was a sparkling curtain, colorful lights and a speaker to play the wrestlers’ walk-out songs.

There were five showcased bouts and a main event, featuring heavy-weight champions Big Jim Hutchinson and Kyle Kraven, who duked it out for the DCW heavy-weight title.

Clocking in at 265 pounds, Big Jim Hutchinson walked out as Santa Claus, passing out candy to the fans.

His opponent Kyle Kraven, weighing in at a whopping 321 pounds, was not a fan favorite. He was met with boos and heckling from children and adults alike as soon as he stepped in the ring.

The match lasted about five minutes, and much to the audience’s chagrin, Kraven ended the match by putting Big Jim in a headlock.

Carrying Big Jim signs, fans walked out of the VFW hall with their heads hanging low in disappointment. Big Jim was still face down on the mat.

Announcer Steve Bossman has been in this industry for 30 years. He says it’s the fans’ energy that make these local matches special.

“This is old school wrestling,” Bossman said. “You know, nobody talks for half an hour or something. It's match after match, body-slamming, head-bashing action and fans need to know that that still exists.”

Here’s a lineup of the rest of the wrestlers competing in the head-bashing action:

Match 1: Lamar vs. James Roenick

  • Winner: James Roenick

Match 2: Demise vs. Shawn Evans

  • Winner: Demise

Match 3: Great American Beast vs. Jack Phoenix

  • Winner: Great American Beast

Match 4: Pennsylvania Smith vs. Sinclair Octavious Bentley

  • Winner: Sinclair Octavius Bentley

Match 5: Jake Braggntown vs. Adam Rohrgeous

  • Winner: Adam Rohrgeous

Main Event: Big Jim Hutchinson vs. Kyle Kraven

  • Winner: Kyle Kraven

Dynamic Championship Wrestling will be back in Troy at the Miami County Fairgrounds on Jan. 8. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Mawa Iqbal is a reporter for WYSO. Before coming to WYSO, she interned at Kansas City PBS's digital magazine, Flatland. There, her reporting focused on higher education and immigrant communities in the Kansas City area. She studied radio journalism at Mizzou, where she also worked for their local NPR-affiliate station as a reporter.