Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Futures Tourney

Nice article about Zak :)

On Sunday, the 2nd string wrestlers went to battle at the annual Future's tournament hosted this year by Roger Williams University. Wesleyan brought 6 wrestlers: Mike Baratz, Zach Larabee, Richard Leuchter, Dave Amrhein, and Jacob Sheffer. Austin Frank was the lone placer with a 3rd place finish at heavyweight.

Austin Frank started off the day by facing Adam Datema of Williams. In the tight match, Frank scored three escapes, but was unable to fend off two takedowns from Datema. Coming into the end of the match, Frank had Datema in a front headlock and nearly scored a takedown to send the match into overtime. Frank lost the match 5-3. Frank then wrestled teammate Dave Amrhein winning 3-1. Frank followed with a tight win over George Madosky of Johnson and Wales University (JWU) by getting the winning takedown in overtime. In the consolation finals, Frank had a rematch against Datema, who he lost to in his first match, but this time Frank wrestled at a whole new level. Frank's instensity was unmatched by his opponent, which translated into Frank taking down Datema twice and never letting Datema close to his legs.

Also at heavyweight, Dave Amrhein wrestled his first match again Michael Cyr of Trinity. Although down early in the first period, Dave displayed lots of fight as he used funk and scrambling techniques to reverse his opponent twice from bottom. However, that did not prove to be enough as he lost 12-5. Dave then lost to teammate Austin Frank.

Also at heavyweight, Jacob Sheffer first wrestled Kyle McGuire of Trinity. This proved to be a tough match with Sheffer losing 3-1. McGuire ended up winning the tournament. However, in the the 1st consolation round, Sheffer rebounded by employing several single-leg takedowns to win by a solid score of 8-3 over Maldonado of Norwich. Up next for Sheffer was a match against Adam Datema of Williams. Wrestling well, the match was close and Sheffer showed great motion and intensity on his feet and rode tough with a cross-body leg-ride on top. However, Sheffer was caught off one of his shots in neutral and was pinned.

At 149, Zach Larabee proved to be the most exciting wrestler of the day. After losing his first match, Larabee wrestled Joey Holbeche of RWU. Although it was a competitve bout on their feet, on top Larabee proved to be lethal. Larabee locked up a tight far side cradle, while Holbeche was on his base, rolled through and pinned his opponent at 3:25. The pins did not stop there as Larabee in his next match proved to be Wesleyan's most dangerous wrestler from the bottom position. In his match against a JWU wrestler, from the bottom position, Larabee sat out, pressured back into his opponent and grabbed his opponent's head until Larabee was flat on his opponent who was flat on his back. Larabee gained the defensive pin at 3:25. This move does not have a name but will from now on be referred to as "the Larabee." In his next match, Larabee wrestled another person from JWU. In the high scoring match, Larabee was in the bottom position was being tilted, yet he somehow managed to get his opponent into a headlock. With a tight headlock, the JWU wrestler seemed to be pinned, but the referee did not call one, and the JWU wrestler tapped out. Larabee received for the back exposure 4 points instead of the usual 3 due to the tapout. However, that did not prove to be enough as he lost 14-11. Zach Larabee proved on Sunday that he is a very dangerous wrestler from the bottom position and has usurped Gideon Levy of his unofficial title of being the team's best defensive pinner.

At 157, Mike Baratz went 0-2, but wrestled with tough defense.

Also at 157, Richard Leuchter had to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. This caused him to go 0-1.

Here are the brackets:
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Friday, February 17, 2012

Changing Habits....

This writing prompt is for:


       I have a love/hate relationship with the kitchen. I love it because we always gather there for meals, chats, and  just hang out and play games. It's warm and comforting. It is a safe place to tell your secrets, share your fears and enjoy a good meal or snack all at the same time.
     I hate it because it is my place of weakness. It is where sugary cookies and salty cheese hang out. For many years I would sneak in at night and give in to my greedy friends. I would tell them my secrets and insecurities but they wouldn't reward me with wise words. They would give me guilt, high cholesterol and many added pounds to my petite figure.

     Then I met my husband. We were a perfect match. His love was meat and potatoes, mine was juicy and mayonnaise laden BLT sandwiches. Then we had three children and passed down our love of food to them. We were showing the boys that love was food. Love was crispy toast, hot, greasy bacon and it enveloped our family like a bad disease. Until one day it clicked.

     My husband came home from coaching football practice and showed his concern for our youngest. He always came in last during the laps and the other kids were starting to make fun of him. We had to stop this cycle before his health got really out of hand and make a lifestyle change.

     It was hard at first. It was hard to remove the foods that we loved and craved from the house and switch them over to healthier versions. Fruit and veggies now became part of our beloved  family while we "disowned" the bad eggs....bacon, white breads, potatoes and all the cookies and candies were banished from the house. We did it though. We made the change necessary for our family's health and we couldn't feel better, literally and physically!

     My husband has lost 70 pounds, I have lost 20 pounds and the kids are no longer last in laps. Goodbye BLT's, hello veggie wraps!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

GLEE - Full Performance of "I Will Always Love You" airing TUE 2/14

No matter who sings this song, I get know when you hear a song you always associate it with a time in your life...I will always remember a hot day in Puerto Rico driving down the road and this song came on the radio, making the first decision of many to follow, which led me to where I am today. sorry, a little emotional today :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012


   This is a fictional piece of writing for

      There is only one table occupied tonight. The weather channel has been on the t.v. behind the bar all afternoon covering the snowstorm. The city has come to a standstill. Liza gets up from one of the tables in the back of the restaurant where she has been filling salt and pepper shakers for the last half hour. She walks over to the bay window wondering what the hell has happened to her life.

     "Wow", she thinks out loud. "Who would have thought I would be waiting tables at my age?" She thinks about all the "what ifs" she could have done and the "why's" that led her down this road.

     Two years ago, she was a writer for the local newspaper, and a good one at that. She had the handsome, athletic boyfriend on her arm, going to all the jumping parties and the late night dinners at swanky restaurants. She had a cute townhouse that was decorated in the shabby chic theme that was all the rage. She was popular and having the time of her life. She didn't realize it then, but of course now she does, that as one drink was leading to others, her love of alcohol was leading her to addiction. And it was that addiction that led her here. To an empty restaurant, no money, no boyfriend and almost all of her friends gone. She threw it all away because she loved her precious booze more than herself. She chose alcohol over herself and everyone who cared about her. She didn't see what it was doing to her life and her career. She only saw the want and need of the warm liquid rolling slowly down the back of her throat and the immediate comfort it gave to her.

     She looks at her reflection and wonders if she should try and call him again. "no", she whispers, it's to late and he will probably just hang up again for the hundredth time. Instead she dials another number. "Hello, Barb?" She pauses. "Yes, it's me. I was just having a tough time tonight and wanted to talk".

     Liza sits down at the table picking up the salt shaker where she left off. With the phone in one hand and the salt in the other she thanks her sponsor for always being there for her......

Pick four numbers, each between 1 and 10.
Write them down so you remember.
Then take the four elements and combine them into a short story.
All four you picked MUST be your main elements, but you can add in other characters, settings, times and situations. 500 word limit.

I picked:
4. a waitress
4. a restaurant
9. in the middle of a snowstorm
7. Reminiscing on how things change

Friday, February 03, 2012

Quote of the day:

Some bridges are meant to be burned in order to light the way.