On this episode of the Deerfield Public Library Podcast, we had the pleasure of talking to a very unique guest, wrestler Colt Cabana.

Colt Cabana—real name Scott Colton—grew up in Deerfield dreaming of one day becoming a professional wrestler. Colt now wrestles around the world and has amassed a huge following through his infectious comedic stage persona and his popular behind-the-scenes podcast The Art of Wrestling.

This is a wide-ranging conversation about following your passion, building and sustaining an unconventional career, and how to put someone in a “Billy Goat’s Curse” or wrestle a cat. You’ll also hear about the time Colt showed up to his job at Shepard Middle School with a black eye and what wrestlers and drag queens have in common.

Wrestling Dreams

Colt also has a recent autobiographical children’s book, Wrestling Dreams, written with author and illustrator Erica Weisz. Erica, herself a Deerfield resident, joins Colt at the end of the show to talk about the writing process and the message they hope to impart to young readers. You can check out Wrestling Dreams from the Library in print and digital formats.

You can learn more about Erica’s writing and illustrating at mrsweiszbooks.comand find the book and more from Colt Cabana at coltcabana.com.

We hope you enjoy our seventeenth episode! Each month we’ll be releasing an episode featuring a conversation with a dynamic guest with a Deerfield connection. Learn more about the podcast on our podcast page.

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