Introducing the Flying Squirrel Greco Roman Wrestling Takedown

Photo by USA Wrestling via www.themat.com

Sometimes it is difficult to be innovative in a sport that has a comparatively limited set of techniques to its peers. This is particularly true in Greco Roman Wrestling where the rules state you are not allowed to 'attack'  below the waist of your opponent which includes grabbing with your arms or sweeping with your legs. There is also the danger of losing points should you prematurely break a tie up in the clinch which basically means once you engage you better make the most of it.

Enter Ellis Coleman, a Team USA member at the Junior Greco-Roman World Championships yesterday in Budapest, Hungary Bucharest, Romania who got to show off something of a signature move in what has become known as 'The Flying Squirrel' - an acrobatic form of takedown where he dives over his opponent's head and grabs the waist on the way over only to land on his feet and finish with a Gutwrench throw. It may only score 3 points as a technique, but it gets 10 out of 10 on style.

Coleman actually lost that particular period 3-5 but was able to come back 4-0 and 1-0 as you can see in the below video. Coleman went on to place 3rd and take home the Bronze at the Championships, but this move is pure gold.

 

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