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Stu Hart's grandson continues family tradition


By AL RUCKABER -- Calgary Sun
  Stuart Hart Jr. may be a chip off the old block.
 But, the 14-year-old, Grade 9 student at Father James Whelihan school doesn't have any grand dreams of some day following the pro wrestling trail of his famous family.
 Young Hart is the grandson of Stu Hart, Calgary's Mr. Wrestling. And, of course, the youngster is also the nephew of world champion pro wrestlers Bret (Hitman) Hart and Owen Hart.
 Stuart is a wrestler and a pretty accomplished one at that. Early in April, he won the city school championship in the Cadet Division at 51 kg. And he plans to wrestle competitively next year when he enters senior high.
 But his days are not filled with dreaming of some day filling the shoes of his famous uncles. Instead, his feet are firmly planted on the ground.
 "I don't think I want to be a pro wrestler -- that's just never really grabbed my attention," said Stuart.
 "What I'm thinking about is being a lawyer.
 "I really like wrestling but I do it just for the fun of it. That's why I wrestle -- not because I come from a famous wrestling family."
 Don't get him wrong. The youngster, who is the son of Keith, a non-wrestling Hart, has a great respect and admiration for his family.
 For example, he's extremely proud of being named after his grandfather.
 "It's much more than a name," he said.
 "Lots of people say, 'wow, you're named after the man who brought pro wrestling to Calgary.' That's neat. I get along really well with my grandfather. He's a really good man."
 As for his famous uncles, Bret and Owen, he says, "it's kind of unique. Not too many people have famous people as relatives. They've come over to my school and when kids hear they're coming, it's like, a real big deal. But not to me. It's just sort of normal seeing them. Others say 'wow'-- I say `hi, uncle'.
 "I see them quite a bit, like every couple of weeks. So, to me, they're just like any other persons. They're just my uncles."
 Stuart receives glowing reports from his coaches.
 "He's a very polite, hard-working kid who's dedicated to achieving goals," said Father Whelihan wrestling coach Scott Galloway.
 "Definitely, he's very competitive and he takes his wrestling very seriously.
 "He started wrestling competitively at our school three years ago and he's shown a lot of improvement."
 When informed the young Hart doesn't have big dreams of pro wrestling, Galloway chuckled and added, "that sounds like him. He's a pretty level-headed kid -- not a dreamer. But I believe he will carry his wrestling over into senior high school and I think he'll do very well."
 Added assistant wrestling coach Lisa Bressanutti, "he's just a great kid with a very good sense of humor. He's a good wrestler and a good sport."
 Galloway says young Hart's heritage is a feather in his hat but not one he abuses.
 "His uncles have been to school before and Stuart doesn't make a big deal of it. The kids respect him for his heritage. The kids are real good about it. It's more an admiration thing."
 And with Stuart, it's also an admiration thing when it comes to his feelings about his famous relatives.
 The chip off the old block is there but there are no grand dreams of following some huge footsteps.

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