So much has happened since the last trip to Penn State, but who cares... I wrestled Cael Sanderson. The end of practice rolls around and it's time for a 10 minute live go. There's an odd number of wrestlers and since I'm not training for anything (other than to get better), I'm just hanging out. Coach Cael Sanderson walks over and says, " I'll wrestle with you if you want" So I said "Yeah, sure." Then he toyed with me like a kid playing with a kitten. "Take my wrist" he says, "go ahead..". "No" was my reply, " I don't want it!" as i slapped his wrist away. (Did I just do that? Did I really just slap Caels wrist). It wasn't long before he had a trapped arm gut and had me tech'd. I did get to his legs a few times, but ended up on the losing side of those exchanges... big shock I know.
Well Kyle Dake was there... enough said. Here's the semi-final match between Dake and Mason Manville.
A video highlighting our trip to Penn State
Had a great workout in this beautiful room yesterday!... video coming soon
The Champ had 30 seconds to take me down...
The Set-up: November, 2012. A week earlier, Mark Bader of Flowrestling challenged NCAA Champ Jordan Oliver to the cradle challenge. Mark had to last 1:00 minute on bottom without getting cradled by Oliver. When asked to make a challenge of my own, I took on the most explosive wrestler on the planet... lets just say I didn't quite make it. Super coach Mike Krause manned the camera for this one and provided the commentary, while Dan Gable, camp organizer Frank Popolizio, and hundreds of wrestlers and parents looked on. I spoke to Gable after the challenge and he complimented me on defending one of Jordan's shots. "Great hips" he says... I can die now.