Saturday, March 6, 2010

Last Tournament of the Season

Today was the last tournament of the season for Michael and he took a solid 2nd place. The tournament was held at Neshaminy Maple Point middle school which happens to be right next to where I grew up and where my parents still live. The tournament was the PJW (Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling) Sectional Qualifying Tournament. Any place finishers in the top 3 move on to sectionals. This does not apply to any wrestlers 6 and under which is where Michael was.

Weigh in's were Friday evening at the school and Michael was wrestling in the 6 and under 40lb division. Since this is a more serious tournament we had to make sure that he weighed 40lbs exactly and had to cut out cookies before bed for a few days prior to the tourn. After school on Friday we drove to my folks house to wait for weigh in's. When we got there he was just slightly over 40lbs - but after a quick trip to the bathroom and removing his socks he was 39.9lbs and made weight with ease. Unfortunately they then told me that there were not a lot of 40lb wrestlers and asked if it would be ok if they combined the 40 & 45lb wrestlers together - DOH! I said that was fine.

The first two matches Michael wrestled he won by pins and both opponents were approx his weight. The final match was against a kid who usually weighs above 45lbs and Michael was caught in a headlock and got pinned. Not bad for the season. His 2009-10 record for the season was 23-10 with 12 of his wins by pin. I am very proud of my little wrestler and look forward to many more successful seasons.

Here are the videos from the tourn - disclaimer - all videos this season were shot by me on a tripod -  these videos were shot by my father without one and the only videos where I make an appearance :)

Match 1

Match 2

Championship Match