As the winter season of folk style wrestling comes to an end, the dedicated wrestler beings to look forward to “fiving” his opponents over the spring season.
In Freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling, a five point throw is one in which a wrestler is thrown with grand amplitude, hips over hips, feet in the air, and directly to danger. It is a throw not allowed in the winter folk style season, so with the advent of spring wrestling, many will now ask, “Got fives?”
In a play on the Madison mantra, “Take the Pain,” many will now state, “Take the Five!”
During the spring season, there are many opportunities for the year round wrestler to train in the art of freestyle. With the support of Beat the Streets, there are numerous Neighborhood Training Centers, and of course, there is the Manhattan Training Center with practices four days a week.
Neighborhood Training Centers are up and running at Grand Street Campus and James Madison in Brooklyn, Grover Cleveland in Queens, Eagle Academy in the Bronx, and Tottenville on Staten Island.
Throughout the spring, there are also many chances to compete.
Calendar of upcoming events:
Wednesday, March 26th, April 2nd, and 9th at the Manhattan Training Center, 145 Thompson Street, between Houston and Prince.
Saturday, April 12th at Petrides High School, 715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Saturday, April 19th at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th at East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Friday, May 9th – Sunday, May 11th at Broome County Community College, 907 Front St #1, Binghamton, NY 13905