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Ezra 7:10

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I've Been Walking Tall Lately...

...Nobody Can Hold Me Down.

     My wife doesn't like it as much as I do, but there is just something about wrestling that excites me.  No, I'm not talking about that fake stuff called the WWE, I'm talking about real wrestling, on a mat, with takedowns, escapes, reversals, cradles, back points, and pins.

    I wrestled when I was younger, so perhaps that is one of the reasons I still like it to this day.  The strength, agility, and power that wrestlers possess is amazing.  The quickness and flexibility rival that of any other athlete.  The endurance that it takes to go for a match is also superb.  Wrestlers are such well rounded athletes.

     Fort Osage has had a very good wrestling program since I've been here.  They continually send wrestlers to state, and are always in the conference title hunt.  I was able to photograph their match on December 5th vs. Lee's Summit West.  While we didn't win the dual, we won most of the individual matches.  We had several opens due to injury, and just not having the numbers to fill weight classes.  The boys that did wrestle did amazing, and here are some of the images I captured.

The beginning of matches is normally fairly slow with respect to action. There are a lot of collar ties, and a lot of hand fighting, trying to set up a shot. It is nice to be able to zoom in tight with my 80-200mm f/2.8 to get some of the expressions on the wrestlers faces.  Settings: 200mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 5000 ISO

The beginning of matches is normally fairly slow with respect to action. There are a lot of collar ties, and a lot of hand fighting, trying to set up a shot. It is nice to be able to zoom in tight with my 80-200mm f/2.8 to get some of the expressions on the wrestlers faces.

Settings: 200mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 5000 ISO

The heavier weight classes are the worst at slow action. In most cases it is a lot of hand fighting and collar ties. In this case however, the Fort Osage wrestler set up perfectly his takedown and eventually pinned his opponent.  Settings: 135mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 8000 ISO

The heavier weight classes are the worst at slow action. In most cases it is a lot of hand fighting and collar ties. In this case however, the Fort Osage wrestler set up perfectly his takedown and eventually pinned his opponent.

Settings: 135mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 8000 ISO

In some instances, one of the wrestlers is much better than the other. That was the case in this match. The Lee's Summit West wrestler was doing anything they could to keep the Fort Osage wrestler away. It didn't work, and we won this match also.  Settings: 125mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 7200 ISO

In some instances, one of the wrestlers is much better than the other. That was the case in this match. The Lee's Summit West wrestler was doing anything they could to keep the Fort Osage wrestler away. It didn't work, and we won this match also.

Settings: 125mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 7200 ISO

This is the same match as above. The Fort Osage wrestler chose down in the second period, and used this move to get a reversal. I love capturing intense moments of action. I just wish that they would have been facing me so you could see his eyes.  Settings: 100mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 8000 ISO

This is the same match as above. The Fort Osage wrestler chose down in the second period, and used this move to get a reversal. I love capturing intense moments of action. I just wish that they would have been facing me so you could see his eyes.

Settings: 100mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 8000 ISO

The Fort Osage wrestler in this match was clearly better than his opponent. Here you see very good form on a double leg takedown. I am so mad that I cut off the toes in the bottom of the frame.  Settings: 80mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 4500 ISO

The Fort Osage wrestler in this match was clearly better than his opponent. Here you see very good form on a double leg takedown. I am so mad that I cut off the toes in the bottom of the frame.

Settings: 80mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 4500 ISO

Fort Osage has a female wrestler on the team. She really knows her stuff and does a great job. I've always wondered what it would look like to have a girl wrestle a boy. Surprisingly to me, it looked just the same.  Settings: 92mm f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 4500 ISO

Fort Osage has a female wrestler on the team. She really knows her stuff and does a great job. I've always wondered what it would look like to have a girl wrestle a boy. Surprisingly to me, it looked just the same.

Settings: 92mm f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 4500 ISO

Of course, there is nothing more exciting than a pin. Sadly, since they wrestle in a circle, its hard to be in the right position, and have them looking towards you when it happens. Sometimes I get lucky though. This was the best pin shot that I got all night.  Settings: 86mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 8000 ISO

Of course, there is nothing more exciting than a pin. Sadly, since they wrestle in a circle, its hard to be in the right position, and have them looking towards you when it happens. Sometimes I get lucky though. This was the best pin shot that I got all night.

Settings: 86mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 8000 ISO

Here was another pin shot that I was able to capture. The intertwining of the limbs amazes me. Joints are bent in so many ways they aren't meant to be bent, but they still work and fight to the very end.  Settings: 80mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 8000 ISO

Here was another pin shot that I was able to capture. The intertwining of the limbs amazes me. Joints are bent in so many ways they aren't meant to be bent, but they still work and fight to the very end.

Settings: 80mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 8000 ISO

My favorite move while wrestling was the cross-face cradle. This is an inside cradle, but whenever I see a good cradle I love it. Even better that this one ended in a pin!  Settings: 80mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, 2500 ISO

My favorite move while wrestling was the cross-face cradle. This is an inside cradle, but whenever I see a good cradle I love it. Even better that this one ended in a pin!

Settings: 80mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, 2500 ISO

This wasn't technically a pin shot, but I loved how you can see the athletic ability of some of the wrestlers.  Settings: 105mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 5600 ISO

This wasn't technically a pin shot, but I loved how you can see the athletic ability of some of the wrestlers.

Settings: 105mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec, 5600 ISO

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