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HTC grad will wrestle in FM Saturday

Noah Cutler, aka Ricky Love, will entertain professional wrestling fans Saturday night at Buffalo61 in a fundraiser for the Fort Madison High School baseball team.

Noah Cutler will finally be wrestling in his home town.

Cutler, a professional wrestler and a 2009 Holy Trinity Catholic High School graduate, competed at the end of July in Keokuk and in February wrestled in Burlington.

His last stint closer to Fort Madison was the Lee County Fair show in 2013.

But Cutler — who goes by Ricky Love, "The Tangerine Dream," when he competes — will wrestle J.T. Energy Saturday night at Buffalo61 restaurant next to Quality Inn & Suites on the west end of town.

It's a fundraiser for the Fort Madison High School baseball team and starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

"I'm excited to come back," Cutler said. "It's been a little awhile since I've been in Fort Madison."

He said, "People are excited to see a home town kid and hopefully put on a good show for everybody."

The show was originally slated for June which was during Fort Madison's "monsoon" season.

Austin Bayliss of Wellman is the promoter for Central Empire Wrestling, which is putting on the show.

He said the morning of June 22, "There was an 80 percent chance of rain. We made the decision dearly on that we were going to reschedule," Bayliss said, rather than risk starting a show and having to end the outdoor event because of bad weather.

"This show is going to be just as good if not better," Bayliss said.

Cutler sells health insurance for Health Markets, but he's constant training for his professional wrestling matches.

"I've been training since I was 12 years old," said Cutler, who played soccer for HTC and then for Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.

Cutler said he beat J.T. Energy once in a tag team match, "but I know he's real good opponent.

"He was trained by Seth Rollins," Cullen said. Rollins is the current heavyweight champ for WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment.

When asked if the rise in mixed martial arts events has cut into professional wrestling, Cutler said, "If anything, it's gotten more popular in the past three or four years.

"There are three or four major companies offering contracts in the United States," he said. "When I started there was only one."

Cutler said, "You see a lot of guys coming from MMA to professional wrestling."

Cutler wrestled for Impact Pro Wrestling when he competed at the Lee County Fair.

As for Bayliss, he put on his first show in 2007 when he was just 18.

"This has definitely dominated my adult life," he said, and he operates under Bayliss Productions, LLC.

He has a degree in digital broadcasting from William Penn and does video productions as well as promoting wrestling matches.