Like father, like son...sort of.
Tyler Senerchia, 14, is aggressive, skilled and tough, making him an extremely good lacrosse player.
His father, Taz, an Extreme Championship Wrestling original, achieved much success using those same characteristics.
On the field, alike. Off it, not so much.
“They call Tyler ‘Gooch,‘ short for Gucci,” Taz chuckled. “He’s always got the sharp sneakers, the sharp clothes. He’s suave.”
That’s so opposite Taz.
“I think that’s why he does it,” Taz surmised.
Also, Taz‘s trademark number in ECW was 13. Tyler wears 33.
Taz continued: “He’s Mr. Smooth. He’s Mr. Gucci. Everything is perfect -- his clothes, his uniform, his gear, his gloves. Everything is so pristine. He cleans his helmet.”
Then the proud dad noted: “He’s anal about that stuff, but yet, when the whistle blows, he’s got fight and fire, and he’s nasty.”
Currently a broadcaster for TNA Wrestling, Taz made a huge impact in the wrestling ring with fight, fire and nastiness. He helped revolutionize a global industry nationwide with attitude and a hardcore style.
Two different sports, but lacrosse and pro wrestling -- the ECW way -- have one similarity. Where Tyler uses a stick to block or intercept a pass, control the ball, pass and/or score, ECW talent could grab a stick to whack an opponent.
Though, Taz, known as the Human Suplex Machine, didn’t need a stick. One fierce warrior with a judo background, he gave nor asked for any quarter.
• YouTube video of Taz at work in ECW
Tyler works hard, too, resembling that no-nonsense, rugged approach. He’s earned the distinction of being one of the best high school freshmen lacrosse defensemen in the country. Starring for St. Anthony’s High School in Melville, N.Y., Tyler also competes for the Long Island Express, one of the top lacrosse travel programs in the nation.
• YouTube video of Tyler at work at the Yale Bulldog 120 Camp
One of the premier college recruiting camps for high school players, Tyler more than held his own against older players.
As a freshman, Tyler has already verbally committed to Bucknell University, an NCAA Division I program in the Patriot League. Bucknell is in Lewisburg, Pa., about a 2 1/2-hour drive from Philadelphia, a city Taz knows very well.
Taz said: “Tyler just got to keep his grades up, keep playing hard, and he will be good to go.”
• Lockdown on TNA
The TNA Lockdown pay-per-view, with each match in a steel cage, is 8 p.m. EST Sunday, March 9 from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.
TNA champ Magnus vs. Samoa Joe.
Team MVP (Jeff Hardy, team captain MVP and The Wolves Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards) vs. Team Dixie (Austin Aries, team captain Bobby Roode and The BroMans Robbie E and Jessie Godderz).
TNA Knockouts champ Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim.
The Great Muta, Seiya Sanada and Nakanoue vs. Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) and Chris Sabin.
Tigre Uno va. Manik.
Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw.
Cowboy James Storm vs. Gunner.
The broadcast team for the pay-per-view is The Professor Mike Tenay, Taz and Jeremy Borash.
For information on Lockdown visit www.impactwrestling.com.
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• Making an Impact
TNA Impact Wrestling is 9 p.m. EST Thursdays on Spike TV.