USA Junior wrestler Ellis Coleman has brought serious recognition to his school, Northern Michigan University.
At the Junior World Championships, Coleman pulled off one of the greatest mat wrestling moves in the history of the Greco-Roman wrestling. The sport is thousands of years old, but I’m not sure if this difficult move has ever been executed so perfectly.
Coleman went flying over Mehdi Chooli Zeidvand of Iran with a move he has dubbed “The Flying Squirrel." The Iranian wrestler doesn’t know what hit him. Zeidvand freezes and is at the mercy of his opponent because he is so surprised by what's happening.
This move is absolutely astonishing. Everything they teach you in wrestling is about staying low and keeping a solid base. Years of practice and experience cannot prepare you for a man jumping over you while pinning you to the ground.
It was that mindset that Coleman used against his opponent and it was the instinct to go down that made the jump-over even more amazing.
The biggest concern for Coleman is that with the mainstream exposure he is now receiving he will never be able to use that move again on the mat. If an opponent knows that’s coming then getting caught in the air could be disastrous for Coleman.
No matter what happens from now on, Coleman will live on in our hearts as the kid who did the Flying Squirrel move.