|Chiseled female boydbuilder launches monthly wrestling matches between men and women|
By Mark Morales
Falsetta, 44, stands five feet four inches tall and has been wrestling for 20 years. A chiseled female bodybuilder is inviting men to her Greenpoint studio to test their strength in Olympic-style wrestling against some well-built beauties.
Falsetta says her underground shows aren't like anything on TV - because they're real fights.
"It's harder for people to accept mixed wrestling because it is actual wrestling," said Falsetta. "Men wrestling women, as opposed to what they see on TV, which is more of an act."
Falsetta said she started wrestling almost 20 years ago as a way to make ends meet while she trained for bodybuilding competitions. She still remembers the first time she forced an over-anxious tough guy to give up by using a series of head locks and powerful leg scissors.
"It was extremely empowering to know that little old me wrestled this guy. I was strong enough and built enough to make him tap out," said Falsetta, who stands 5-foot-4 and is able to bench press 185 pounds.
The club kicked off last year, when Falsetta invited male and female wrestlers to square-off in mixed matches on the mat at the Shangri-La Studio on Sutton St.
The female wrestlers who participate aren't just athletes, she said - they're pro body builders, mixed martial artists and power lifters. "They aren't just going to roll around on the mat with a guy. They're going to use their experience," Falsetta said.
Teresa L'Heureux, a competitive bodybuilder who goes by the ring name "Tsunami," said the male challengers have been getting more competitive. But L'Heureux said she made "short work" of a guy last month who taunted her before the match not to break a nail.
"The new ones that come in say 'we got this,' and the next thing they know they're tapping out," she said.
"It's an actual competition," said Scott Lavare, 37, a filmmaker who said he grapples with the ladies once a month.
"I really try my hardest to pin them. They're really strong and give me a great workout," he said.
Falsetta said she hopes to take her shows mainstream and is banking on other people wanting to see men battle the ladies.
"I get really excited when these women do great against the guys," she said, "especially when you see these women bodybuilders beating these big guys."
To learn more, go to mixedwrestlingevent.com.