Vision Quest's Shute among stars at Olympic Wrestling Gala

Want to shake hands with Shute?

Frank Jasper, who played the muscular, menacing undefeated state champ Brian Shute in the iconic wrestling movie "Vision Quest," has joined the list of U.S. wrestlers, celebrities and heroes who will be featured next month at the 2016 Olympic Wrestling Gala presented by the United States Marine Corps.

The gala, which takes place Thursday, June 9 at L.A. Center Studios in downtown Los Angeles, coincides with World Cup of Wrestling Week, culminating with the United World Wrestling's men's freestyle World Cup competition to be held at The Forum in Los Angeles June 11-12.

Frank Jasper
"Join us for an inspirational evening with the toughest people on the planet -- our heroes from the military, MMA champions, stars from movies and entertainment, our Olympic and wrestling greats, and some very special guests," according to the website announcing the event, which is presented by the U.S. Wrestling Foundation and USA Wrestling.

The subject of a one-on-one interview with InterMat last month, Frank Jasper wrestled in high school (starting as a 112-pounder on the JV team as a freshman), then at Eastern Washington University. The pre-med student learned that a movie being filmed nearby was seeking a six-foot tall wrestler to join the cast. After a round of auditions -- and a wrestle-off with another grappler who had become an actor -- Jasper won the part as the rival to Matthew Modine's character Louden Swain.

In addition to Frank Jasper, other featured guests at the Olympic Wrestling Gala include Olympic gold medalists Kurt Angle, Rulon Gardner and Steve Fraser; NCAA champ Anthony Robles; and MMA stars Daniel Cormier, Randy Couture and Joe Warren; and many stars from the world of combat sports, film, and more.

The 2016 Olympic Wrestling Gala begins with a "Meet the Stars" opportunity from 5-6 p.m., followed by a VIP reception from 6-7 p.m. The General Reception runs from 7-9 p.m.

Individual tickets are available for $600 each; a table for ten is $5,000. Additional unique options for sponsorship are available; for details, contact Mark Malick at (412) 378-4509 or email him at

For more information on the 2016 Olympic Wrestling Gala, visit the official website, call Jack Clark at (703) 297-6351; or email him at

Donations made be made online at .

The U.S. Wrestling Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Tax ID # 37-1698099 that supports the missions of USA Wrestling, the National Wrestling Coaches Association, and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, to grow wrestling at all levels and develop opportunities for new participants.

Check out another special event during World Cup of Wrestling Week: The Wrestler's Esthetic art show, featuring original artwork related to the sport of wrestling and its competitors.


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