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EXTREME FIGHTER Bobish set for 'King of the Cage' battle



Published: Sat, February 2, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Mount Union wrestler will fight in California next Sunday.

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YOUNGSTOWN -- His moniker is "The Bull" and for good reason.

At 6-foot, 239 pounds, Dan Bobish is a hulking figure of a man who is regarded as one of the top "No Holds Barred" fighters in the world.

Next Sunday, at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, Calif., Bobish will compete in just such a fight, a "King of the Cage" match against Erik Pele of Las Vegas, Nev.

Pele is the No.1-ranked contender for the vacant King of the Cage heavyweight belt. Bobish is ranked No. 2.

Outstanding record: Bobish was an all-state wrestler at Maple Heights High and then earned All-American honors at Cuyahoga Community College. Bobish then transferred to Mount Union College, where he compiled a 58-2 record in two seasons, finishing third in the nation in Division III at 275 pounds, and, as a senior, winning a national championship.

His coach at Mount Union was Don Montgomery.

"Dan's a competitor and what made him tough was that when he went into a match, he just didn't like his opponent," said Montgomery, who coached wrestling for 23 years at Mount Union and remains the defensive coordinator on the football staff.

Bobish also played one season at defensive tackle for Mount Union and later had a tryout with the Cleveland Browns.

Montgomery said he didn't doubt Bobish could have played at the pro level. "Yes, he is big, fast and surely mean enough to play," said Montgomery.

Worked with Hartzell: Bobish's trainer is Marcus Marinelli, a Cleveland native who has been engaged in all forms of physical training for wrestling and martial arts fighting. In preparation for his extreme fighting date in San Diego, Bobish has also worked out with Dick Hartzell.

Marinelli has a martial arts studio in Independence, a suburb of Cleveland, with a nutrition store in an adjoining building. For the last year stretch bands have been an integral part of his business, he said.

"I believe they should be used in all forms of training and I do that for martial arts fighting, weightlifting and cardio training for all ages," said Marinelli.

Bobish, who can do several bench-press receptions at 500 pounds, received a lengthy workout from Hartzell.

He was given tips on breathing techniques, flexibility, foot quickness and explosiveness. When the workout was finished, a smiling Bobish said, "I will be back for more of this."




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