LEBANON COUNTY, Pa. — Ben Moser is busy all year long.
This weekend, his family and friends won't have to drive too far to see him step into the cage.
While consistently training, a camp before a fight really ramps things up for Moser. This week he will start the serious weight-cutting to get down to the level he needs to reach for Saturday's fight.
Moser will be the main event on a ten-fight card this weekend. While he's had offers to fight in Philadelphia, the chance to fight in his own backyard will be a special one for Moser.
Despite high school wrestling season being a few weeks away, his ELCO wrestlers have become a part of the pre-fight prep.
"It's awesome because it's like my own little cheerleading section. I love those kids. They actually help me get ready for the fight. I mean some of my kids are state qualifiers and state champions, so they definitely push the pace," said Moser. "You know, they are obviously 15 years younger and very skilled, so I consider them training partners as well as students and friends."
Moser knows that an event like this can go a long way to helping expand the sport in the region.
"I think it's huge. I coach ELCO wrestling, so I have a lot of wrestlers that are always looking to step into a cage after they're out of high school. So, it definitely helps grow the sport. The Lancaster, Lebanon, and Harrisburg area is becoming a hotbed in martial arts," said Moser.