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GO BATMAN!! St. Rose co-head wrestling coach Kurt Pellegrino back in the UFC octagon tonight

March 19, 2011

I don’t know about you, but tonight I will be glued to my computer…

Not to follow the NCAA tournament statistics… Not to read about why my favorite basketball team, the Knicks, can’t win a game against an under .500 opponent, while being 6-1 against playoff contenders.

No, I will be on Facebook,  to watch the live broadcast of St. Rose co-head wrestling coach Kurt Pellegrino’s undercard fight as part of the UFC 128 tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Pellegrino – a Point Pleasant Borough High School graduate – has just come off a season where as a first year co-head coach, along with Dan White, the St. Rose wrestling program had its best season in school history.

Pellegrino, who is known as “Batman” in the UFC world, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu style blackbelt that has overcome obstacles his entire life.

In our conversation prior to the 2011 St. Rose wrestling season, Pellgrino spoke of turning around the Roses program as just another challenge to accept.  Despite the program’s history of struggling to win more than 1 or 2 matches a season for a very long time, Pellegrino helped the team earn 6 wins in 2011, with St. Rose even  advancing to the NJSIAA non-public South B semifinal.

Tonight will be a night for Pellegrino to step off the sideline as coach and back into the ring as a competitor.  He will be fighting Gleison Tibau, from Brazil.  As part of a promotion for UFC, Pellegrino and Gleison’s fight will be broadcast free on

IF you can make it in front of your computer tonight, I would suggest taking the time to  give back to Pellegrino, the same support he has given the local Coast Star athletes in 2011.   GO BATMAN!!

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