DVIDS – News – Navy takes third place in Freestyle Wrestling, Armed Forces Championship

LAKEHURST, NJ – The All-Navy wrestling team secured third place in freestyle wrestling at the 2017 Armed Forces Championship, hosted by the U.S. Air Force, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Feb.26.

The competition took place over two days, Saturday featuring Greco-Roman wrestling and free Sunday. Navy won a silver medal at 57kg freestyle and two sailors advanced to the US World Team Trials taking third place in the 98kg and 130kg weight classes for the Greco-Roman .

“No one has ever given up here,” said James Senn, director of All-Navy Sports. “Our sailors and Coastie exceeded my expectations. They were a little behind on eight balls against two camps in the year [in the Army’s World Class Athlete Program and All-Marine Corps wrestling teams]. They were all as fit as anyone here with barely a month of camp under their belt.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael John Hollingsworth, a native of Lorain, Ohio stationed at the Jacksonville Naval Hospital, returned to the team after breaking his ankle at the start of the previous season to win the silver medal in 57 kg in freestyle.

“Being a part of the 2017 All-Navy Wrestling team has been an incredible experience,” said Hollingsworth. “I met some great people and together we were able to progress and achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Thank you to my coaches for the support throughout my journey with faith and struggle! Come on Marine!

Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Antonio “Tony” Harris, from Camden, Delaware, stationed with Assault Craft Unit Five, qualified for white at 98kg in Greco-Roman while Operations 2nd Class Zachariah “Heavy Z” Manning achieved the same feat at 130 kg.

“I had a great time training for the Armed Forces Championship, but it’s not over,” said Harris. “The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are just around the corner so I have to be on top of my game learning from my games and my teammates. I will tell anyone that this is a road that many do not want to travel, but for me it is worth it and I am happy to be on this route.

It always depends on the individual, according to Navy Chief Diver Ale Delapeña III, a native of Benton City, Wash., Stationed at the Undersea Warfare Center, Division Keyport and Coach- chief of All-Navy Wrestling. “Day after day, our sailors make decisions, life decisions that will make them flounder where they are or turn them into champions. We hold all the keys to our success.

Soldiers and Marines competing with their respective all-service wrestling teams must qualify among other service members who hold national titles and international accolades to even qualify to be part of their team. The difficulty of being a part of the All-Navy wrestling team is seen by some as staying active and motivated, many times without proper equipment or training partners, while under the command of their parents all year round, for the sport of wrestling.

“I have been stationed at Naval Support Activity Bahrain for almost a year,” said Coxswain 2nd Class Bobby Yamashita, from Glenndale, Colo., Who trains and competes for the team. navy for 6 years and has participated internationally in the International Military Sport Council, known as the World Military Games, for armed forces judo for a total of four years. “I rarely get the chance to train during my work days, which often turn into 16 hour days due to turnover, but I take every chance I can reasonably can to stay active and keep my body in full swing. form.”

“There are no partners who focus on the sports I participate in, so I keep my speed, athleticism and flexibility in great shape by focusing on movement with strength training,” said Yamashita. “It’s easy to lift weights, so I use life weights in an attempt to mimic someone trying to throw you still using conventional training means to simulate unconventional movements. “

Sailors competing for the Navy arrived with the mentality of turning every match into aerial combat, being naturally at a disadvantage due to reduced training camp length and opportunity to compete compared to their service counterparts.

“It’s bang or get hit,” said Navy Diver 3rd Class Blake Borges, from Forestville, Calif., Stationed at the SEAL One Delivery Vehicle Team. “You have to hit your bang [and bring the fight to them, no one is going to wait for you or give you a chance, this is wrestling]. ”

Date taken: 02/26/2017
Date posted: 02/28/2017 19:30
Story ID: 225269
Site: LAKEHURST, New Jersey, United States

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Robert J. King