Saturday sorbet: The Bennett Tiger Wrestler’s Open
Match 1: note the phantom “back points” given to Satchel’s opponent, who spent the majority of the match running from him. Satch wins 12-4.
Match 2: Satch wrestles defensively and tentatively; I think I freaked him out by telling him how good his opponent was, and by further telling him that I though if he wins the match he wins the tournament. On several occasions, had Satchel driven harder he would have had the takedowns that went the other way. The Brighton kid simply wanted it more today. And after the match I told Satchel that:
– which Satchel took to heart, completely dominating Match 3, and moving as quickly and aggressively as I’ve ever seen him outside practice with kids he knows. He’d wrestled this particular kid before, and so I think he was confident going in. He wins this one by pin. Unfortunately, my wife was holding the baby and hit the sleep button, so this video comes in two parts (though all you miss is the beginning of Satch’s stand-up cutaway).
Next week we head nearly two hours east to wrestle in Akron; the week after, another two hours to wrestle in Sterling. The final tournament of the season, put on by the Calhan Bulldogs, Satchel won’t be attending, because unlike every other club, the Calhan club’s representative won’t allow us to arrive at 8:30 for a tournament that begins after 9. Not even if we pay in advance. And register in advance. And call from the road to let him know we are en route. And despite our having made every other tournament.
So screw the jerk. We’ll keep our money, and he can keep his jackboots.