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Poker Night raises funds for youth wrestling champs

Posted at 11:38 AM, May 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 22:17:55-04
<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-163933">Paso Robles Wrestling Club

The Paso Robles Wrestling Club is raising funds to provide coaching and support for students tonight with its ninth annual Poker Night at the Moose Lodge in Paso Robles.

The club was formed by ex-Cal Poly wrestlers Ryan Halse, Tony Franco and Matt Monterio in an effort to keep the wrestling program alive for Paso Robles youth.

Nate Ybarra is a wrestling coach and spokesman for the club. He says the club has seen notable success over the years with club members winning championship titles at both the high school and college level.

<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-163936">Paso Robles Wrestling Club

“It’s just for the kids to be good citizens in their community and be good sons and daughters,” said Ybarra. “So they can take this work ethic wherever they go in their life.”

Ybarra said the club has also helps coaches better their lives and situations.

“If opportunities arise, it will make you a better person,” said Ybarra.

Proceeds from the Poker Night goes to hotel and travel expenses for wrestling tournaments as well as equipment and other expenses for the wrestling club. At past Poker Nights, the event has raised up to $8,000. This year, Ybarra said the club hopes to raise $5,000.

The event starts at 6 p.m. which include drinks, dinner and a Texas Hold’em Tournament. There will also be a silent auction. The poker game starts at 7 p.m. with a $100 buy-in and $1250 prize for first place. The event is for adults only, as there will be alcohol.

Tickets can be purchased online here.