Sunday, March 27, 2011

MAWA Wrestling Tournament

It was an interesting day to say the least :) Today was my debut wrestling match after 19 years of not wrestling. I have to say that I didn't do too bad, but I definitely could have done better. I weighed in on Friday night at 177lbs and spent the weekend somewhat kind of nervous about today. The tournament was held at Souderton High School and was the MAWA (Mid Atlantic Wrestling Association) qualifier tournament. I wrestled in the Open class which meant that anyone in that class was born in 1993 or before. Of course I ended up wrestling a 19 year old who currently wrestles for Ursinus College. I held my own for the entire match and only gave up one point which cost me the win, but it was a great experience for a 37 year old. I'm glad I did it and maybe I will train a bit for it next year....Video below:

*Update* My buddy Steve filmed the match from a different angle and just gave me the video:

Some photos from the match:

Monday, March 14, 2011

2011 ICWL Championship Tournament

We had a tough one yesterday at the ICWL Open Championship tournament to finish out the season. Michael wrestled very well and I am proud of the how well he did this season. I knew it would be challenging for Michael as every opponent in this tournament has at least two years experience. There were 15 kids in his bracket and Mike won his first two matches, the first by points and the second by a pin. In his third match he ran up against the top seeded kid who he had wrestled earlier this season and last year and had lost both times to him. Each time he had wrestled him the boy pinned Michael. This match was much better, as Mike lost 13-5. He is definitely improving, but after that loss his head just wasn't in it and he lost his fourth match unimpressively to a kid I think he could beat on a good day. all in all he had a great 2011 season and I am so proud of him. Here are the videos from the matches: