On Wednesday night of finals week, Ricketts held their annual “frosh wrasslin” event. They covered their lounge with mattresses for the wrestlers and surrounded those with couches and armchairs for the audience. Now, this wasn't a Skurve-only event; there were Techers from a lot of different houses there. Now, to win a match, one had to pin the opponent on his or her back, shoulders against the ground, for some number of seconds. It was also tradition for all of the willing Skurve-frosh to fight against their roommates. Other than that, there were a few rules regarding fair fighting and safety, but that was it.
Now, I hadn’t originally planned on going to frosh wrasslin, since my night was supposed to be devoted to orgo studying. However, my brain was fried from having taken the 5 hour chE final earlier that day, and I was so anxious about orgo that I had completely psyched myself out. Soo, I ended up in the Ricketts lounge at 9:30 that night with my orgo flashcards and packet of reactions. During the two hours I was there, I wasn't *completely* unproductive; I did manage to look over that stuff a few times!
I also hadn’t intended on fighting, since I wanted to be well-rested and at my best when I took the orgo final the next day, but watching other people wrestle motivated me to do so as well… Plus, water polo had been over for a few weeks, and I hadn’t been able to make it to swim all week, so I was pretty restless and jittery. Thus, I was put in an all-Asian fight, pitted against Ninj, Maggie, and Susan in a free for all. So, I ended up fighting Ninj as Maggie fought Susan, and despite almost getting smothered and losing to Ninj, I somehow managed to beat her soon after Maggie beat Susan. By then, I was really out of breath, and I could feel all my muscles going mushy… But, I still had to fight Maggie. I managed to pin her down. But then she somehow pinned me down, and in my haste to flip us back over, I didn’t register that she was actually holding me down until it was almost too late. Thankfully, I managed to twist my shoulder off the ground before I lost, and somehow ended up pinning and successfully holding her down, and this time, for good :D.
In addition to this fight, I also was in a women’s water polo team fight—Karen, Peggy, and I were on a team, and we fought Erin, Kati, and Joy. This fight was much easier than my other, since we were in teams. As a result, the fight simply boiled down to who could take the first person out, as once the teams were unbalanced, the rest of the match was easy. Anyways, my team won, and by this time, I was completely exhausted. I hung around a bit longer to watch a few more fights, including a fight between two guys who wrestled in high school [and so they actually knew what they were doing] and a 2 on 2 Skurve vs Rudd fight.
Eventually, I made my way back to my room, ready to take a shower and sleep. Although I was exhausted, stinky, and bound to be sore the next day, I felt completely refreshed. The panicky haze that clouded my brain had faded a bit, and my anxiety over orgo had lessened enough so that I was able to review a bit before I went to bed. It was magical.
Anyways, that’s it for this post. To my readers who aren’t on break yet, best of luck on your finals. And to those of you guys who are, enjoy your break and have fun! I’ll write soon.
PS: Just for the record, I was sore for the remaining half of the week. Even when I got home on Saturday afternoon, I could still feel some lingering aches… Water polo and swimming muscles really don’t translate well to wrestling.
PPS. [or is it PSS...?]: I'm sorry I don't have any pictures of the event. I'll try to hunt some down where the people in it aren't in any super unflattering positions. No promises though.