Let me just say that there's a darned good reason that I stick to taking pictures of things that don't move - well, with the exception of the occasional train which is a lot easier to take pictures of then teenagers wrestling! Now I'll be the last to tell you that I am any sort of professional with a camera and I certainly hope that I don't pretend to be but if I ever thought I was even close to that mark, Thursday night's results certainly proved otherwise! Out of the 350+ pictures I'm lucky if there were 50 that came out halfway decent. Between the lighting (ah, flourescents!) and the constant movement, the pictures were less than stellar but hopefully there's one or two in there that Renee likes. I did get the all-important picture of Matthew pinning his opponent in his match but it would have been nice if some of the shots leading up to that moment had come out better.
|Matthew "grapevines" his opponent for the win|
The girl on the Burrelville team lost her match fairly quickly and I noticed that as she sat on the chairs on her team's side of the mat that she was pretty much left to her own devices as the guys seemed to pretty much ignore her. I gave her lots of points for not only wrestling but also for dealing with the indifference from the rest of her team. On the Chariho side of the mat things were totally different as Isabella, a foreign exchange student from Germany, not only seemed to be accepted but welcomed by the guys on her team.
|Matthew, Nate, and Isabella|
So guess who probably got razzed unmercifully on the bus ride home after the match? It was the closest match all night and, in my opinion, definitely the most exciting as Isabella managed to hang on for the win by a mere two points. You could tell that she was becoming quite exhausted towards the end of the match but with the entire home-team side of the gym shouting encouragement and yelling "Isabella! Isabella!", she managed to hold on and take the win. Heck, it was enough to make me almost jump up and cheer myself but instead I put the camera down and clapped just as loudly as everyone else as it was a darned impressive match and Isabella definitely had earned the applause - as well as a lot of admiration for even just being there.
I forget the final score but Chariho managed to win by pretty much a landslide which I guess is not too surprising considering they're at the top of their Division in Rhode Island right now. All in all it was an enjoyable evening in spite of how the pictures did/didn't come out and I'm glad that Renee had asked me to come out - she and her husband John have a lot to be proud of in Matthew and Matthew has a lot of to proud of in his team. Here's hoping they finish their season in that Number One spot and that Isabella wins a few more matches before the end of her season! Not to sound cliché but YOU GO GIRL!
|John, Renee, and Matthew|