Back in Yeee Olde Country, I was at a local wrestling tournament and watching the open division.
THE Stud of the Valley, this young, muscle-bound, 4X state placer named Rick (name not changed to protect the guilty), was faced off in the finals against…
A short, balding, big bellied referee with flabby arms.
And we all stood around the mat, ready to watch this travesty unfold.
“Where’s the pay phone? We’re gonna need to call the medic soon,” we all thought.
[For you young-ins, people used to have to put a quarter in a pay phone to make a call because cell phones weren’t invented yet. Not only did the kids not have phones, the adults didn’t either. Shocking, huh?]
Yet I digress, the match has started.
Rick the Stud is ready to tear Geezer Ref apart and we’re all lined up to watch the entertainment.
He attacks, Geezer moves slowly – and counters him.
Score: 2-0 Geezer Ref!
Back on their feet, stud Rick continues his attacks…
To no avail.
Geezer Ref has an answer to everything Rick does.
We are now watching this unfold in stunned silence.
When the match is over, Geezer Ref has prevailed – and Rick hasn’t even scored a point.
How in the world does something like this happen?
Geezer, as it turns out, didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. He had been a highly successful wrestler in his day, and, like most successful wrestlers, followed this simple formula:
- Position yourself so you can’t be attacked (Rick, the quicker and stronger wrestler, could not attack him because his positioning was excellent)
- Break your opponent’s position
- Score at will