My 7th grade brother placed 5th at the big daddy of youth state wrestling tournaments this weekend (AAU). He was at 100 lbs. I was pretty excited about this, for it was one of the most stacked weights in the tourney, due to many kids cutting to 100 lbs to dodge a phenom at 105 named Ryan Leisure. Not to mention, he was the ONLY 7th grader to place in the bracket. Couldn't be happier for him.
Meanwhile, I recently learned how to convert VHS tapes to DVDs and upload DVD clips to a computer. On the wrestling forum I post at frequently, I posted this video of me wrestling in the consolation semifinals at state when I was in high school. I had just been beaten in the semis by the eventual 3 time state champion who wrestled for the Hawkeyes the following year (Cole Pape) and if I were to win, I would be going for 3rd and 4th (and face the guy who I pinned in :54 in 2nd round, who eventually wrestled all the way back for 3rd place) and if I were to lose, I would be going for 5th and 6th. I don't know if this video will be as funny to some of you as it is on the wrestling site, for the people on the wrestling site know me personally and through wrestling along with my opponent who is notorious for having 1 move that you will see in the video....a move that he was somehow successful with in high school and the D3 collegiate level.
I am the one in the black and orange....posting this video is pretty self-deprecating.
Wasn't that ugly? In 20-something years of wrestling, I had been caught in two headlocks EVER...one of them was in Junior High and the other one was THAT one!?!?! It literally looked like the type of headlock you'd seen executed by a Kindergartener...and only a Kindergartener would fall for it. Ironically, I threw a fit similar to the ones you will see Kindergarteners throw, when I walked to my coach's side in the corner of the mat...and this fit continued for like 20 minutes after the match. I was so pissed off. I felt like I had some good momentum going....and DID have it going and was stopped by the world's ugliest, slowest headlock ever. I think it was the fact that he threw it left-handed that threw me off...which is also ironic because I was notorious myself for having an effective left-handed headlock...in fact, I pinned two guys at the tourney with it and I show my variation to our youth/high school teams in which they've coined it, "the Rico."
For 5 years I couldn't think about or speak about this match and if someone brought it up to me, I'd get all pissy. I was all sorts of butt-hurt. However, 12 years later, I can finally laugh at it...or at least let others laugh at my expense to it.
UGLY, UGLY, UGLY......