The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

September 2, 2009

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s Busick a character

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MORGANTOWN —

His true love is mixed martial arts, which he comes by quite naturally.

His dad, who started out as a policeman in Atlanta, took up professional wrestling, moved back to Weirton and then to Steubenville, worked in security at the Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino and who now has “L.A. Fitness,” a gym and smoothie bar in Pittsburgh, while also promoting mixed martial arts competition, introduced Busick to Brandon Lee Hinkle and Mark Coleman.

“They were real big in my life,” Busick said.

Coleman was a national championship wrestler at Ohio State and now fights mixed martial arts, while Hinkle was a three-time national champion wrestler at Division II and now fights mixed martial arts out of Weirton.

That’s impressive company, but his brother, who is now a state trooper, goes him one better.

His godfather is Hossein Koshrow Ali Varizi.

You may know him under his professional wrestling name of The Iron Sheik.

He ended Bob Backlund’s six-year reign as World Wrestling Federation champion and was the man Hulk Hogan beat to win his first WWF title. He rode that to some quite interesting appearances on the Howard Stern show.

He wasn’t bad as a legitimate wrestler as he won a Pan-American Games medal.

“Wrestling,” said Busick, “is the ultimate sport. It’s like an art. Beautiful. Football is also one of the best sports. How many times do you get to crack someone and not get in trouble?”

Ask Busick what he likes best, and he tells you “I like the gladiator sports,” but then sort of takes a step backward.

“It isn’t that I want to sound like a trained killer. I’m really a great guy, a (Troy) Polamalu type,” he said.

And he is. He’s a nice guy away from the arena but has this engine that turns on be he wrestling or playing football.

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