At NYC Wrestlefest through the morning of Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017, wanna wrestle?
Always up for a good match, have a basement mat room
in Staten Island, New York City USA near Staten Island Ferry, do mostly submission and freestyle/collegiate wrestling, have lots of endurance and like long sweaty intense hard-fought matches for competition and fun with guys up to about 190 lb. (that limit's definitely not written in stone though), fun but also a good workout. 4% bodyfat, 162 somatotype, 36 resting heart rate.
Hillside XX was a blast, see you there in 2017 at #21. 2015 pics at http://www.eskimo.com/~nickz/h15.html
Enjoy going to various wrestling events and also hold my own events sometimes. Ask me about Sunday afternoon open mats on Staten Island. Photos from Hillside, Okie Rumble and Wrestlefest on the website: http://palaestra.us.com/
See you on the mats!
Match structure: Even match, Give and take, Practicing techniques, Tag team / group fights, Workout partner, Outdoors fights
Specific wrestling styles: Wrestling with body punches, Folkstyle, Going to matches
Stand-up fighting: UFC/MMA style matches
Miscellaneous interests: Massage, I have access to mats, Friendship
Fetishes: Gut punching, Rip and strip
I am willing to travel 200 miles
I am willing to host.
=== OFF THE MAT ===
Most tales of Nick are legendary in some way and this will likely be the same. He just happened to text me as normal and let me know he was coming to my state for a few days. He wanted to meet up.
Needless to say, excited was an understatement. He arrived just after I got out of work on Friday and stayed for the weekend. We got food and ice cream, got home, and kind of just fell into battle.
=== ON THE MAT ===
We wrestled back and forth. I had an idea of what was coming, so there were definitely fewer subs than there could have been. I learned a thing or two that gave me just a bit of an advantage. I also take punches surprisingly well and he was more than ready to give or take them at any moment; I honestly believe that he has superpowers fueled by being punched.
Between this guy and Bamm-Bamm, punching may be more of a thing for me than I thought it might. Nick's punches were solid, and I think I gave as well as I got, but we were safe and aware of each other the whole time.
We took short breaks to talk about any and everything. It felt like we'd been friends for decades. I missed him before he even left and I can't wait to see him again for more hangout and wrestling time. I'm glad I could host him while he was here and I'd do it again anytime.
Not recommending him though, because I want him to myself. >_<
Synxiec and I had our first match at a group wrestling event at my place on Staten Island. In between enjoyable submission matches, he was the life of the party with his humor. Now I came to his place in Athens, GA and my first time there was memorable with his hospitality and our frequent rolling with continuous striking (oh yeah).
Not that Nick needs any recommendations.He's as well-known as the Empire State Building!
This has to be the most passionate guy when it comes to wrestling, it's his oxygen.
He can adjust to any level/style and excel at it without much effort
Loved being his punching bag! He's technical,feisty,powerful,innovative,hospitable,friendly.He's my favorite fellow Greek man.
Do wrestle this man any time, any place, any which way.
Niko is a gentleman and a pleasure to take to the mats. We've met at Wrestlefests and pre-Wrestlefests and have had long enjoyable matches. He and I, besides our common heritage, are also very partial to striking and gut punching and his strong core can certainly keep on taking lots of that in a marathon match. Highly recommended, wrestle him and then wrestle him again! :)
Thoroughly fun and sweaty brawl.
He's strong as a bull with a never quit attitude.
Lots of skill.
Off the mats he makes it seem like we're old friends.
I'm ready any time to go at it again.
9/21/17 Met Nick in DC after six years and it was like we've just saw each other the previous day. He's still the little dynamo I knew years ago. We wrestled hard and fast and trying to keep a guy a third or less of my size was extremely difficult. He got a few licks this time, so he's better, tougher, faster. A sexy, friendly guy with a glint in his eyes when he hears wrestling. This man could wrestle all day and still be unsatisfied. And he'd be as tough an opponent at 23 hours as at the first minute. Someone called NickZ, "The Mighty Mite". It's a fitting moniker! Afterwards again... Wow!
I challenge anyone to take on NickZ and tell me he isn't a fun guy to wrestle. You'd need a lobotomy if you say so.
7/30/11 To call Nick a force of nature is a gross libel to earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornadoes.The first word that comes to mind when wrestling Nick would be "fearless". This man will gladly (perhaps a little to cheefully at times) will take on any and all opponents regardless of size and weight. I am 2 1/2 times bigger and twice his height and took me on. I won, but he got a tap on me. And afterwards...
All in all, Nick is a great guy and I am very pleased to have met him. I look forward to wrestling him again very soon.
(9/21/2017) Very much enjoyed this rematch with Rafael at Chuck's mat room in the D.C. area (thanks Chuck/dcgrappler for hosting). We had previously wrestled at Hillside and at the NYC pre-Wrestlefest, but had not wrestled for years. Looked forward to the rematch, and we again had a great intense submission wrestling match and the (larger) weight difference doesn't matter. Wrestle him and you won't be disappointed.
(7/30/2011) It was a pleasure to meet Rafael at this year's Hillside wrestling weekend. Highly recommended. He's strong and skilled and always up for a fight. Sure there was that 172-lb weight difference, but enjoyed the challenge. Looking forward to a rematch at future events.
Nothing much to add that has not been said already for Nick. Endless energy strength and skills that prove weight is only a number. My brother soul in this website. Highly recommend
Nick Z, a well known wrestler, needs no introductions, with an an outstanding reputation. He is a great guy, and a very skilled wrestler with a high level of patience! Looking forward to connecting again
Wrestled NickZ a while back and REALLY want a rematch. Excellent skill, superior strength and gets his "second wind" when everyone else is ready to collapse. This guy can wrestle all day and not tire out. I can not recommend him highly enough. If you do wresle him, you bring your best, as he's always at his.
Nickz is a small firecracker with a huge spirit for wrestling and body punching. Strong, fast, determined, and playful. Had a great time. Looking forward to the next time I get to wrestle him again
Nick is a energetic wrestler who enjoys rough housing. His ripped hairy body helps the whole heel persona come alive. I enjoyed being racked, and hope to wrestle more.
Tough as nail and great guy. Looking forward to wrestling him again. Check him out. Learn a lot from this guy. Love wrestling him. Friendly but know this be ready to go at it
Was looking forward to meeting Nick and finally did. It was well worth the wait. We had a kind of combo boxing/wrestling session. I of course recommend Nick, a well-rounded guy with wide range of interests.
Nick is the real deal. Strong, skilled, reliable, and always enthusiastic. He is a gracious host who will kick your butt! Wrestle this guy and you will have done yourself a favor. Always a great time - he has become a long time and much valued friend as well as formidable opponent.
I meet this guy during my US trip. He is really strong and skilled, but also very polite and nice. HIGHLY recommended!!
Finally met nick and what a match! Was a blast to wrestle submission with striking. He can go non stop for hours! Really can't wait to meet up again. Look him up if you're in the area.
Nick = Energizer Bunny
Incredible stamina and a positive attitude is what makes wrestling with Nick a pleasure. One of these days I will pin him for a three count!
July, 2015: Another fun session with my old pal, Nick, always miss him when I haven't seen him for a while. Love his enthusiasm for the sport! He's an inspiration for us all!
The wrestling guru who humbles all doubters. Organizer of wrestling parties. Puncher of abs.
Nick is a very nice person and a welcoming host., with a good sense of humour. Earlier this week I attended a wrestling party & barbecue at his house on Staten Island. It was a lot of fun in a nice relaxed atmosphere.
As a wrestler he is one of the lighter guys, but as many of us Heavyweights know to our cost, size is't everything! He is very strong fast & skilled. Once your caught there is no escape! I think he would give most guys on here a run for their money. Thanks again Nick had a ball.
No doubt about it, NickZ is one badass opponent! Totally disproved my misconceptions about older wrestlers. You'd better bring your A Game when stepping on the mat against this guy!
Nick is a great guy.....inexhaustible! I outweigh him by alot, but I think I only got one, if any, submissions from him in hours of wrestling! MUCH tougher than he looks! Take him on! I get another crack at this tough guy in Feb in nyc......lookin forward to it! Wrestled Nick again,,and again and again and again! If you know what I mean.. =) We had great matches, round robins, some punching , laughs....good conversations! This guy should be on the wrestling yearbook cover! Wrestled him again yesterday…Feb '15 and we both got in some great punches lol…..The dude will NOT submit to my head scissors !
What a nice welcoming guy. Unfortunately I can't really add much to that already mentioned on here; he's a dynamo, very strong abs, creative gut puncher / punchee. In great shape, he puts many 'gym bunnies' to shame and he knows the what and why to exercise healthily rather than just being a slave to having big biceps and pecs. Doubtless he's a great wrestler too - meet with 100% confidence.
Nick has unbelievably energy and never stops coming at you. Despite his small size, I always had my hands full. Great wrestler and all round good guy. Wrestle him if you get the chance.
Nick is the absolute best, tuffest man I have ever had the pleasure to roll with. His way of greeting me is a hard fist to the gut and a salacious grin. Any contact with his amazing body gives me a huge hormone rush and reminds me why I am gay (as if I needed reminders). If I had the money, I would take the train to Manhattan and head to Staten Island every week for his open mats just to learn and have fun. Did I mention he can take anything and everything guys can dish out? He was in my room once being manhandled by four guys and besting them. On top of that, he has a personality and heart of gold. My desire is to spend a few hours slowly removing his clothes and ruffly exploring every inch of his hard otter body.
Nick is a GREAT wrestling, patient teacher and I am proud to call him a friend!
One of my favorite wrestlers of all time, glad to know the Beast from East who probably comes as close to unstoppable as I have met so far. Stamina for days (literally) and seemingly has the entire lexicon of freestyle and amateur styles stored in his tight lean body. Never miss a chance to meet this epic wrestler and awesome teacher as well. All around great person and an awesome host. Highly Recommended!!
Always a great match with Yngrasslr00, and looking forward to the next rematch. We've had a number of matches, 1on1, group practices and the Wrestlefests, and this wiry, scrappy dude will take on big and small opponents and everything in between, for a good, fun, long, intense mat workout.
Had an amazing time with Nickz. He's an amazing wrestler and incredibly strong. He enjoys the ab abuse as much as I do and that was the highlight of everything.
Highly recommend if you want to build up your skill and endurance. Great person to know also. Thanks Nick!
It was an honour to meet Nick during a short stay in NYC. He was generous enough to treck across town to where I was staying, while I got settled in. He was also very understanding about my jet-lag, and relative lack of experience, and we enjoyed a good hotel match despite our differences in weight and skill. Nick is made of solid iron, looks great in speedos, and knows how to do just about any wrestling move. Also, I think he could have gone on for many hours, but I was done for after being tied up in knots for only one.
I would definitely recommend meeting Nick if you get the chance. He could take on someone double my size with no problem. And a real gent too. Thank you.
Nick is one of the toughest wrestlers of his size I've ever met. In super shape and great to wrestle. Don't pass up an opportunity to roll with him
Stuart and I were scheduled to wrestle and he kept the appointment despite a fairly serious leg injury. We drilled moves and wrestled without affecting the injury and had a good session. This was done on a hardwood floor also, not on mats. He's a focused guy on the mats, a good opponent and a nice guy off the mats.
Nick is a great wrestler, a great host, and a great guy. Always have a good time with him, whatever is going on. Talk about someone who can take a lot of punishment, and bounce back for more. My hat's off to him!
Smallest guy I've ever wrestled. Lean and mean. Nicknamed the "Energizer Bunny" because of his endless stamina. I've seen him wrestle multiple guys over a space of just a few minutes. Doesn't like his action real rough but don't be fooled. He usually makes me tap out to a cradle every time. Excellent wrestler in collegiate and submission. Great host. Nice attitude. Willing to teach. One of my best buds on and off the mats. Love the impromptu fights he starts, even when there are no mats. He comes highly recommended. He will wrestle guys twice his size and often make them tap.
Great guy to wrestle. We've had lots of matches including a memorable and very rough match at the Okie Rumble, and a more recent sub match with an audience in the boxing ring of my gym (after a match on the home mats and a workout at said gym). Rough sub and striking's all cool. Look him up if you're in the area.
I have never met anyone with more enthusiasm for wrestling than Nick. He is very strong, tough and quick-he has endless amounts of energy. Also, he's a very experienced and fearless wrestler. Most of all, Nick is fun-it may be possible that this guy smiles more than I do!
Zach is a new guy here on the site, but is no newbie to wrestling and grappling. He has good skills on the mats and good instincts, and we went for at least 3 hours on our first match (one loses track of time in good matches like that). He's a friendly guy to hang with off the mats too.
nick is a great wrestling partner and friend i can always expect a hard fought tough match that can go for as long as i want because nick never tires out hes a fearless competitor and is always ready to wrestle. always looking forward to our next match
My guru is Nick, a friend who always makes you feel like you asked for it! Tough as a pit bull but friendly as a lab.Ripped, hot and skilled at furnishing beatdowns with a smile. Remember to scratch him behind the ears... I would go back for more in a second.
Always a pleasure to wrestle. I've known him for years and have had lots of great matches with him, and looking forward to more. He's real and a man of his word and in the rare event he needs to cancel, he'll give plenty of notice and it'll only be for a good reason.
Dean and I have wrestled a lot both at WINS Club (which was a great resource for the wrestling community) and at the NYC Wrestlefest. Had a great nine-hour-long match with him once. The most recent match being at the Wrestlefest, always good to meet up and wrestle once again. Needless to say, he's a nice guy, honest and won't flake on you either!
I've met and wrestled Nick on several occasions. He's strong, fast, knows lots of ways to keep his opponents grounded, and has plenty of ways to gain submission victories. This guy can literally go on for hours and not tire. HIGHLY recommended, especially for those looking for a challenge.
just finished wrestling NickZ and once again he wore me out and STILL was not tired. But it's fun..if you tap he'll stop but expect a workover before you do. And this "ham" LOVES the camera so if you like taking pictures this is your guy and he has no problem showing his face in them. A fun guy on and off the mats.
Nick and I meet at the OKIE Rumble years ago and we have had several matches over the years. He is very skilled and quick on the mat. He will wrestle at your intensity level. He is a great guy on and off the mats.
NYCgrappler is a great guy to wrestle, very skilled and can work with opponents of varying skill levels from beginner to advanced. We've been wrestling since 2002 and he is a good friend as well as a wrestling opponent who won't disappoint.
If you're an experienced submission wrestler, you'll have a great match, and if you need to brush up on your arm bars then he's your man too. :)
wow, great guy on and off the mats!! very strong and extremely fast, had no chance but really enjoyed it. And Nick has abs like steel, impossible to break. He also likes to punch, so better expect it tough. Any time again!
Hope to wrestle with Nick again. He has incredible abs. I enjoyed testing those abs while someone else held on to him.
Nick is a great guy to wrestle. You want a challenge take on this little ball of energy. No matter what I did to him he kept coming back. If you don't wrestle Nick because of his size then you're an idiot. He got more heart on the mats than most people I know.
nick is a great guy, strong, skilled and tireless. a great wrestle.
NickZ is the real deal. A true athlete. A fine man. A unique individual. Highly recommend.
Tough bastard....you will always remember that you wrestled him!
Nick is a very fine, honest person, feisty, just goes and goes, and is not afraid to wrestle with guys larger than him. I enjoyed wrestling with him at the Okie even though he pinned and wrapped me up, I had no chance. I recommend this wonderful person to anyone!
Definitely one of the toughest and strongest wrestler's I've ever faced. Have met him a few times and each time was better than the last. If you are up for a challenge, if you want to see what you are made of, take him on, you won't be disappointed. He's a friendly, respectful, fun guy, great to spend time with on and off the mats. The significant weight advantage (85 lbs) I had on him meant nothing as he's all muscle and will manhandle bigger guys as his superior cardio wears you down before he attacks over and over. If body punching during a match is your thing, you have found your man here...still can't get the sound of his giggling out of my head at each punch I connected, before he unloaded on me.
Can't wait for our next match.
If you're heavier than Nick, don't let his weight fool you. It's all muscle and he knows how to use it. Great stamina and flexibility also. Great wrestling experience. I'm hoping to get back on the mats with him again sometime.
Always Fun to Wrestle With!
He's a Great Part of Our World!
He Gives Out what he wants to get Back!
Good Advice for All of us!