Take Down



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D.J. started wrestling in February and this past Saturday was his very first tournament. 

It started out early for weigh-in and then the waiting….  and the waiting began. 

So much waiting that our scrapper took a catnap on the floorboard of the bleachers. 


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D.J.’s division was supposed to start at 11a.m. but was running a little late.  Two and a half hours late!

We we’re worried that we would have to leave before he had the chance to wrestle,

which would be quite unfortunate since we’ve sat for all those hours and he was so looking forward to his first match.

But luck would fall on our side and he was called to Mat  #1 within 15mns. of our deadline.



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The ref. wiped them down to make sure they didn’t have any slick-stuff, shook their hands,

opponents did the same and the game was on.


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Those first few tense moments to see who is going to shoot first, like gunslingers at high noon.


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I’m not sure what exactly happened, but D.J. has him by the legs.

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David, Devin, Miss Is and I were along side the mat cheering D.J. on.  The guy in blue is one of D.J.’s coaches.


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Nice lift.  The scoreboard in the background, 0-0.


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D.J. is up three and round two is about to start.


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I know it’s really blurry;  the action is fast and D.J. is working it.

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The red team scored a point for his escape.

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Oh boy, that doesn’t look good.  Right now the score is 8-4 against D.J.


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Uh-oh!  Come on D.J. 


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In an instant D.J. turned it around. Hold’em!!

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Still holding….

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Such a nail bitter!  Keep him down, keep him down.!!!


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Now the ref is on the mat, making absolutely sure.  




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The ref closes the match by saying how he thought that was the best match he’s seen all day.

They all shake hands and then it happens.

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D.J. is announced the winner!  Whhooo-hooooo, we’re all jumping up and down!


The wrestlers shake the hands of their opponents' coaches and then their own.

His match coach said that he couldn’t believe that this was D.J.’s first match and that

with a last name like his, he’s gotta be a wrestler. 

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The winners sign their bout sheet.  You can see the score 4-8; without the pin, he would have lost.

The exciting match erased the painful day of waiting and the ride back home was a happy one.

If we didn’t already have plans that evening, we would have stayed so he could finish the

tournament.  Can’t wait for the next one!   Of course, this is all to stay in shape for football!  lol