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South Milwaukee approves site for 'Da Crusher' statue

Posted: 9:47 PM, Oct 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-17 06:24:46-04

They are one step closer to erecting the statue in Downtown South Milwaukee in honor of “Da Crusher," Reginald Lisowski.

The city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a site for the statue. They selected a site off Milwaukee Avenue at the South Milwaukee Farmers Market.

Mayor Erik Brooks says it’s a way to honor the man, who made Milwaukee famous, as the former professional wrestler used to be introduced.

“We want to honor our heritage, he’s a part of our heritage,” said Brooks.

For months a group has been raising money to pay for the statue. Recently they surpassed their goal of $40,000 and helped the city choose the site.

“There’s just not a lot of things a current wrestling fan can find about the crusher," said Christopher Smith who is heading up the group. "I thought something needed to be done to preserve his memory. He embodied everything about the history of South Milwaukee. He would come out to Polka music. He'd talk about beer drinking."

The statue is currently being created and is expected to be up and dedicated next June.