Marquee Match at Camp

Putting all on the Mat

After a grueling two-week Ken Chertow Wrestling Camp in State College, PA, I was the marquee match (a full 6-minute bout) at the camp's end, going against Nick Curreri, an 18 year old weighing 20 lbs less so as to emulate an opponent my age.

The Russian (2 on 1) Tie

One hold they drilled me on was the Russian (2 on 1) tie which I successfully executed during the match.  Not only do I command his arm but my head drove straight into his shoulder.

The Power Lock

Similar to a Half Nelson, I am driving a Power Lock over my opponent's head so I can then twist and turn him down to the mat.

Head Lock into the Snake

My right hand is gripping my opponent's chin as my left hand is getting ready to fly over his back and grap his left side. However, either due the Mito or the EIR (exercise induced rhinitis) I "gassed out," that is I ran out of energy to complete the move. My medical team is already seeking to resolve this so I can compete at the Worlds.  

Caught in a Vice Grip

My opponent catches me in a vice grip and when I finally belly out, he succeeded in scoring on me with a leg lace.

Driving Him to the Mat

Here, I have a Collar Tie, preparing to drive my opponent to the mat.  Camp Coach, 1988 Olympian Ken Chertow is "reffing" the bout.


All photographs courtesy of  Chad W. Rundell, Ashville NC.