Haven't posted much about the wrestling season of late........
'cause it keeps you pretty busy.
Most of the Saturday tournaments have us dropping him off at school by 7AM, leaving for the tournament at 8 and then not home again till usually around 8PM. Long days in bleachers.
At the individual tournament in allendale 1/9, Cole and his buddy Joey Cullen both placed 6th place in their weight classes out of 18 teams in attendance. (last year I believe he placed 5/6th in JV there).The team total score (based on individual points for wins) garnered them an overal 6th place as well. Quite good considering Hamilton is a division 3 school and there were several division 1 & 2 schools there as well.
More often than not Cole is beginning to win his matches and more than not those wins are by pins.
The coach takes them to some pretty tough tournaments as that will get them prepared for conference finals as that's what really what counts for season records and going to State.
A lot of the local teams will have good records and placings in tournaments but it's because the tournaments they attend are not that tough or only a few teams.
Here is Cole's first match Saturday morning where he performed well showing good techniq and form. the first near pin is his reverse cradle. (we're still working on a name for it, he has a one armed one he calls "The Bleeder"). the final move is a double arm stack that the best wrestler on the team is infamous for doing over and over (that kid is ranked 2nd in the combined 4 divisions for his wt). For Cole to pull it off is pretty Kewl.
The only downside was that in his final match he once again got nailed in the nose (by a knee). Last Saturday this happened twice in two different matches and in Whitehal in Dec it was a crossface that saw him bleed for 10mins. First one last week was a headbut, second one was an elbow when he was puttting a guy in a spladle. I'm telling ya, wrestling is way more injurious than stickfighting!
Oh, and after the injury timeouts, Cole tends to comeback and win the bout anyway which he did again saturday. The headbutt he won with an armbar.