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Hillside Wrestling Weekend IX was held July 17-21, 2002 and was felt by many participants to have been the best Wrestling Weekend yet. Wrestlers attended from all over the U.S. as well as Canada, Mexico, France, Germany and even the United Arab Emirates. There was plenty of mat time for challenge matches, and the freestyle wrestlers' experience culminated in what promises to be a new tradition: the Saturday tournament. Thanks to a new caterer, the food was great. The weather was ideal, without any of the cold nights such as during last year's events; days were sunny and hot except for the Friday afternoon thunderstorm which of course didn't stop the wrestling.
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End of Weekend and Ride Back.
This year’s route, much like last year’s, was from Mineola (Nassau County), NY, through Queens and Manhattan and the rest of the usual route through New Jersey and Pennsylvania. One-way mileage: 180.4 (299.3 km*), round trip 384.0 (637.8 km*) (*the km values are slightly more than the mileage/1.6093 because they were recorded on a separate unit [Cateye CC-5000] calibrated differently; the mileage was recorded on a Huret Multito).
It was a very hot day, though being in the mountains cooled things off a bit (it was still at least 90° F).
Heading down the mountain into Carbondale, the slightly cooler mountain air gave way to hot breezes that felt like an electric heater or furnace. In previous years, the 90's of New Jersey would give way to 70's or 80's by Carbondale (which is 25 miles from Hillside), but not this year, when a bank thermometer there read 95° F. New Jersey was also hot as in recent years, though it was cooler at night.
Probably guzzled more water and electrolyte drink than on any previous Hillside ride. The day's heat gave way to a comfortable night with perfect temperatures for sweat-soaked matches into the wee hours of the morning (as the guys who'd set up their tents next to the mat areas soon found out).
There were already 40 wrestlers present when I arrived at 7:46 p.m. on Wednesday evening and paused to take a picture before checking in at the camp office.
The remainder of the weekend was cooler without getting too cold. I wrestled on all the different mats, though mostly on the freestyle and submission mats, starting Wednesday night after dinner.
Saturday morning, getting ready for the tournament.
The freestyle tournament was a welcome addition to the wrestling weekend, with plenty of intense, hard-fought matches starting in the morning, with a few final matches also after lunch. The major teams such as Metro, Golden Gate, and others made a good showing, as did a number of individuals not associated with a team.
Freestyle tournament pics:
The tournament continues after lunch.
This was the second year that Hillside had a pro ring, and for the first time I hit the ring, having an extended submission match (sorry, it wasn't pro-style) there with Glenn, where every throw onto the canvas reverberated through the mountains.
The pro show on Friday night was rescheduled to Saturday, overlapping the talent show but still well done and entertaining, particularly with Jim's and others' remarks from the peanut gallery. ;-)
Also check out the article by Gene Dermody along with its gallery of pictures by Erich Richter (select "best edits" to keep download size down).
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