A Lean, Mean, Green, Pinning Machine

While the weather was snowy and cold outside, the action was hot inside the RAC on the campus of George Mason University this past Sunday as the Patriots hosted The Citadel. Mason won three of the matches by fall, and also had one major decision, and sent The Citadel packing with a 31-18 win to…

Diving into the deep end with George Mason Wrestling

When I was about seven or eight, I took swim lessons. My kids, who were district swimming champions and state qualifiers, find this very hard to believe because when I was training for a triathlon with my daughter years ago, we agreed that I basically swim like a set of keys….. Anyway, after I took…

Being #UnCommon With Coach Frank Beasley of George Mason Wrestling

Frank Beasely is in his second year as head coach of the George Mason Patriot wrestling team. Coach Beasley came to GMU after serving as associate head coach under Pat Papolizio at North Carolina State. Beasley was also the recruiting coordinator. Just prior to today’s dual meet against the University of Buffalo I had a…

Boy Do I Have A Lot To Learn!

The basic concept is pretty easy to grasp: two athletes, using their arms and legs, try to take each other down to the mat, and get a pin. Seems easy enough. But… What if there’s no pin? What’s this “ride time” all about? Wait, so folkstyle isn’t freestyle? There’s a mercy rule in freestyle? Any…

An Old Dog Does Learn New Tricks: My First Wrestling Match!

Growing up in Florida in the 60s and 70s, I had two loves: baseball and wrestling. If you have read any of my other posts (and if you haven’t now would be a great time!), my love for the game of baseball is well documented. Wrestling may shock some. And here’s the real shocker: it…