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LuchLibre Pro Wrestling Academy Our Lady Waukegan. | Mark Ukena~For Sun-Times Media

Lucha Libre Pro Wrestling at Academy of Our Lady in Waukegan. | Mark Ukena~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 17, 2013 1:41AM

The event was called “Wrestle For Toys,” with the cost to attend a Lucha Libre (masked grapplers) professional wrestling show a new toy.

As things turned out, everybody got way more than their money’s worth.

Hundreds of Waukegan area residents responded to the Lucha Libre promotion, turning out in big numbers at the Academy of Our Lady school gym in Waukegan to enjoy a pro wrestling show and help area youngsters.

More than 300 new toys were collected at the show, and they will be distributed to domestic-abuse households and children at Vista’s hospital.

Though the pro wrestlers came from parts unknown, two local grapplers were well-received by the fans.

Both are from Waukegan, and one — The New Citizen — wears a mask, while the other — Uzi Akiva — does not.

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