Monday, February 1, 2010
Gabriel Pionkowski wrestled with NWA-Central States Wrestling in Kansas and Missouri from about 2003 to 2008, as best as I can figure it, working his way through college. He used the ring name of Payday Patterson--sometimes Gabe Patterson, sometimes Payday Pionkowski.
Last year he graduated from Bethany College, an Evangelical Lutheran college in Lindsborg, Kansas, earning a degree in art education (his studio art can be viewed at his website here). At commencement, Pionkowski presented the college president with a framed pair of his wrestling briefs, in appreciation for his years of study at Bethany.
He has reportedly moved to North Carolina to set up a painting studio.
versus Michael Strider, 3 May 2008 (via ljh7557) ...
At a special exhibit of his paintings, 3 May 2009 (via KalleOskar) ...
What a difference a year makes! Congratulations, Gabe.