Leading a double life as a problem solver

During the week Anthony Garibai is a Treasure Valley social worker, but on nights and weekends he solves problems in a much different way.

BOISE -- To put it simply, when people have tough problems to deal with, they go to Anthony Garibai.

Garibai works as a social worker at Tidwell Social Work. At Tidwell, clients come in to get help with issues like homelessness, unemployment, and just not having the resources to get by.

"That's what I do - I solve problems," said Garibai.

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Garibai is good at understanding and helping clients at Tidwell, because for years he lived those struggles.

"I definitely know what it's like to be living on the streets and begging for change and not having a shelter over my head," said Garibai.

Life looks a lot different for Garibai now, but still on nights and weekends he leads a double life. Solving problems that you could call personal problems, in a much different setting.

Garibai fights for what he believes in while moonlighting as a professional wrestler.

"It's really therapeutic in a way," said Garibai.

Inside the squared circle the problems that need solving can be a little more straightforward than what he deals with as a social worker: Problems like wrestling a guy who is much bigger.

Most recently he wrestled an opponent who appeared to be double his size.

"I tried to pick him up and I just couldn't, he was the bigger guy. It's very similar to David vs. Goliath," said Garibai.

Gairbai is currently the heavyweight champion for Idaho's only professional wrestling promotion, Wrestle Club. Like a lot of professional wrestlers and fans alike, his journey into the world of wrestling has a familiar beginning.

"I've been into it ever since I was a little kid, I remember being 5 years old and watching Jake The Snake Roberts on TV, it was just something I felt connected to, something I was drawn to," said Garibai.

Anthony Garibai
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In the ring Garibai wrestles as "The Lost Soul," a persona rooted in the same history that makes him so effective as a social worker.

"The lost soul came from me being homeless for 4 years, and for 4 years that's what I felt like," said Garibai.

It's that feeling that helps make such a strong connection with fans

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"I don't want anybody else to go through what I went through and now that I'm able to help people they don't have to go through some of the stuff I went through," said Garibai.

While living his dream wrestling for the last 10 years has been great, the truth is his love for the ring has taken its toll over the years.

"They say statistics wise each match is like going through a car wreck, and that's reality," said Garibai.

Making it in the professional world isn't easy, but “The Lost Soul” will tell you it's all worth it.

"I do take a financial loss with wrestle club a very big financial loss but that loss does not equal the smiles on the kids’ faces, doesn't not equal the smiles of special Olympics, does not equal the fundraisers we do, so there is no price tag in that," said Garibai.

Through it all he says whether it's struggling to make ends meet, or pinning an opponent for the 1,2,3, Anthony Garibai has learned a very simple trick to solving any problem.

"Things are going to be bad but, don't accept it. Continue to fight."

Garibai will soon have a whole new life to learn, fatherhood. He will become the proud dad of a little girl coming up in April.

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