By Dominic Garcia

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– A pro wrestling academy in Golden is getting a lot of attention. Mercury Pro Wrestling has a facility on the Jeffco County Fairgrounds and teaches students everything about the sport. Everything from wrestling moves to acting.

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Ellis Ebersole, who goes by Curtis Cole in the ring, started at the school several years ago.

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“I was a wrestling fan when I was a kid, huge fan. As an adult, you grow up and get out of it. So when I found out this school was here I just had to come and check it out,” he told CBS4’s Dominic Garcia.

Ellis Ebersole, a.k.a. Curtis Cole (credit: CBS)

He’s now their reigning champion and an instructor. Men, women, even kids are welcome and classes are four nights a week. On weekends, they put on shows that are open to the public.

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“You got athletes, former college athletes; you got people who come in here who’ve never played a sport in their life. People who are into drama and performing, it’s just a whole hodgepodge of people,” says owner Matthew Yaden.

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Mercury Pro Wrestling
owner Matthew Yaden (credit: CBS)

Yaden says not only do students learn wrestling moves, but confidence and respect they can apply in their daily lives.

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“They learn public speaking, how to approach people, the confidence to talk to them. So in your day job you can confidently sell what you’re doing,” he told CBS4.

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The academy has been so successful they also produce their own TV show.

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LINK: Mercury Pro Wrestling

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Dominic Garcia anchors CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and reports for CBS4 News at 10 p.m. Connect with the Denver native on Twitter @cbs4dom & on Facebook.