Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Illest Takedown Ever Hit in a Greco-Roman Match!

I tried Greco-Roman wrestling for like a day. I just couldn't swing it. I stood chest to chest so much that day, my chest hairs intertwined with my training partners'. Sick right?!

No disrespect to those Greco guys though. I have 'nuff respect for them. I just never could grasp the concept of wrestling with no contact to the legs. I guess, in a weird way, maybe it has something to do with the fact that I'm a 'leg man'.

Okay, never mind, I'm only embarrassing myself now. The point is, the kid in the video below really gets off. This is by far, the most innovative takedown I've ever seen in a Greco Roman wrestling match. This is like the Anthony Pettis-off-the-cage-kick of Greco Roman wrestling.

The innovator of this awesome move is Ellis Coleman, a freakish standout wrestler from Illinois. Formerly a resident of the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University, Coleman now trains full time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Coleman owns high finishes in elite tournaments at the junior and cadet levels. He also placed placed third at the 2010 US World Team Trials and with some fine tuning stands to be a potential candidate for the 2012 Olympic Team.

Ellis' trademark "flying squirrel" is best described as a "jumping reverse body lift". It's kind of like he jumps and slips behind his opponent, secures a reverse body grip and performs the lift from there, but it's all in one fluid motion. Apparently, he's hit this move several times before, but I'm guessing it's never made it to film. But to do it in the Junior World Championships just adds to the flare of it all.

The Video comes from Ellis' match against Iran's Mehdi Chooli Zeidvand at the Junior World Championships (Greco Roman). Ellis went on to place third in the 66 kg (145.5) weight class.

Ellis Coleman kills it at the 3:01 mark...
Kids: Don't try this at home!!!

Or catch a quick shot of the "flying squirrel" after the break.

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