Seek on-the-mats action only – No cyber. No phone. Interests not listed below are open for discussion. Mainly submission wrestling; but want to learn ALL fight styles, gi/no gi.
From "Lame 'n' Tame" to "Ruff 'n' Tuff" and all in between--- intensity adaptable, always safe. . Also want–a steady training partner(s) of similar weight one or two times a week–. Will mentor/work with new guys.
I'm looking for men to wrestle/grapple with---Not a lifemate; so I don't care how you look, your sexlife, your age (if legal), or how "with it" socially you are . Just be in shape and ready to rumble. Currently mentoring Scrimmagejock. He is going to be one great fighter. Seek men willing to take on both him and me, one at a time, here in my matroom. ATST, I could stand to receive some local mentoring in pro/promission.
The recommendations here, the above spanner pics (all taken 2017), and blog entries speak for themselves, that I am safe, strong, real, and a viable opponent for most men active on this site.
Forty-six verified past opponents – puts me in the top 3% of the men on the site;. Combine that with having among the highest "recommendation-to-past-opponents" ratios on the site makes me one you should take on. Have mat room & outdoor space (pics in gallery). Will take on most men.
Help wanted in getting an "in" with the local Washington DC - area wrestling/grappling scene, especially group action.
Match structure: Even match, Give and take, Play wrestling, Practicing techniques, Tag team / group fights, Two on one, Workout partner, Outdoors fights, Not interested in cyber, Looking for coach
Specific wrestling styles: Brazilian ju-jitsu, Wrestling with body punches, Promission, Arm wrestling, Mud/oil wrestling
Miscellaneous interests: I have access to mats, Friendship, I'm a heel
Fetishes: Leather, Boxing gear, Wrestling gear, Naked wrestling, Gut punching, Nipple play, Rip and strip, Muscle worship
I am willing to travel 5 kilometers
I am willing to host.
I enjoyed meeting and grappling with Spruceman during my trip to DC. He is an experienced wrestler and is strong and capable. Don't let his age fool you; he is still competitive on the mats. He has a nice set up at his home and is very welcoming. Three of us wrestled together, practicing holds, giving each other tips, and doing some one-on-one grappling. It was a great time.
Here's a man whom one might not assume, by his outward appearance, is the very skilled, strong, wrestler that he is; but looks can very deceiving. He's good, real good; and he had me and my wrestling protégé (Scrimmagejock) tapping almost like two woodpeckers, the evening of November 17, 2017. The three of us were on the mats for almost three hours, taking turns wrestling and closely observing; while Jim was letting us know by word and deed, where we were doing something amiss and what/how we could be doing it better.
There is little more I can say other than hosting him was a perfect way to spend an early Friday evening, learning how to improve one's skill, and having a real fun time doing it. The time really flew in the presence of this strong, skilled, patient wrestling guru. Hope to host him the next time he's in town. He is one man you should connect with on the mats and strive to emulate.
Wow! I feel so fortunate to have met Spruceman in the first place and then also to have him mentor me is truly amazing.
From the moment we started chatting to my first step onto his mats he has been supportive, friendly, wise, humorous, competitive and most of all, trustworthy.
We started off with just a few words of wisdom and a couple rules to keep us both safe...and then we went at it. There is no better learning situation than that!
Spruceman is an athlete (works out much harder than I do) and has nothing to prove making him the perfect mentor and coach!
His indoor mat setup is nice, very safe, well padded and Spruceman is the perfect host. We talked but it wasn't too much...just the right amount of learning and sweaty man on man action.
Spruceman is the type of guy that can offer something to almost anyone, no matter how long or little you might have wrestled, strong or fit you may be, young or old you are, etc.
I have really lucked out having recruited Scrimmagejock to Meetfighters and his requesting me to mentor him. . We had a "light" introductory match Nov. 13, 2017, f ive days before our originally planned first heavy-duty training. Guess what, it was more than a lightweight intro. He is one tremendous man on and off the mats. He is big, well muscled-strong and a challenge in his own right, despite never having wrestled or any of the fight sports in his life.
He threw great punches; and his abs have gained strength since having joined up with my abs/back coach (RadnerBearman) recently. We hit the mats in real submissive wrestling right afterwards for the better part of our three-hour session. He is a quick learner in resisting some of my moves and executing some. Take how quickly he picks up moves, and his sheer strength, he is going to be one formidable opponent for most you very quickly. Guaranteed that this report will get some updates right quick. Looking forward to working with him on submission wrestling, body boxing, and together learning pro and other styles.
Great friendly personality. Soon we plan to find guys who will join both him and me, taking us on one at a time (with two wrestling, one closely watching to learn. Stay tuned
Such a great guy. Don't let his age fool you. Rock hard stomach, great skills. Willing to teach or roll with you. Has mats, can host always a great option if you're passing through the DC area.
I heard he is strong; and it's true. He is probably twice as strong as his profile picture suggests. Love the strength and his scrappy use of it.
Showed up on time, was ready to hit the mats right quick; and spent a great couple hours wrestling and trading holds and escapes. He is enthusiastically seeking coaching (per profile) and is very appreciative of what I provided.
I hope he visits the area again soon so I can spend more time with him. Great friendly personality; and, I repeat, as well as seconding other recommendations of him, STRONG. Give him a try; you'll enjoy taking him on.
I met up with Spruceman and was impressed by the overall knowledge of wrestling that he had. We rolled for a bit and had an overall good time. He is a very nice gentlemen and has great mat space for wrestling with an inside and outside arena. I would recommend meeting up with him for a nice role on the mats.
Here's a rather new guy to the site who is a lot stronger and better a wrestler than his profile might suggest. In our encounter he was "X" percent better than I, as I am to a typical new man on board who has never wrestled before. I was thinking WITF? Am I that bad at it. And I started feeling really down for not knowing some of the things he was doing handily.
THEN! The info started coming in the course of talking, especially while walking him back to the Metro ---- wrestled in high school (that's probably 100 hrs training each year. A good friend training him now – a black belt in martial arts. Gawd knows what else? OK! Now I don't feel so bad about myself for falling short of all the stuff he has under his belt – my feeling now's replaced with envy..
Take what's in his profile, and take those abilities up an order of magnitude. Skill wise, he's more than merely the middle of the pack here.
You'd be a durned fool if you don't try taking him on. Go for it regardless of your level.
Strong and tough guy. Nice mat set up. He can take a lot of gut punching. Strongly recommend
This guy arrived better than merely on time; and ready for mat action right quick. Strong, talented, quick, per all his previous recommendations – as one would expect from a man with so many past opponents. An honor to be his 100th on this site. I would welcome an encore any time
Finally had the opportunity to get back on the mats with Spruceman again after about ten years had passed since our first meeting. We did a round robin series of freestyle wrestling bouts with a third guy present. Spruce has gotten stronger, fitter, and more technically skilled since our last fight. He's a strong, agile fighter who can deliver and take hard punches. He has a great mat room setup at his place. Don't let's his age fool you, Spruce is a legit fighter. Take him on if you get the chance.
NavyGuy was one of the very first guys I wrestled in an earlier phase of wrestling/grappling life – back in 2006. We were somewhat evenly matched then; and despite improvements in both of us, still rather even. Hence, it was a delight to meet him again today (Oct 15, 2017). Just a he was back then, he is a friendly, vibrant man and fun to wrestle. Great to host him in the matroom.
It was mainly a freestyle-oriented thing as a third party present is a freestyler; adding to the excitement for me. He is strong, skilled, quick, and 100 percent respectful of limits and tapouts. He is also good at both give and take in the Gutpunching Department. I hope, a vastly shorter time passes before joining him again on the mats.
Great guy and nice mat setup. He has got to be the most in shape wrestler of his age I have wrestled. We wrestled on two consecutive days and sweat and grunted our way through great workouts. I showed him some freestyle and demonstrated the pleasure of sinking my pins on his hot bare chest. Strong, able and eager wrestler who is more of a match than some guys I have wrestled half his age. Wrestle him!!
Met Veterangrappler on both Oct. 14 & 15, 2017. He is a very strong, experienced freestyle wrestler; and provided my first tastes of that wrestling style. He is very skilled and experienced – having wrestled regularly since age 11, including HS & college teams. He is a strong man and knows exactly what he is doing – making me effectively say "uncle" many times these two days. That huge chest of his is very effective in curbing your O2 intake.
I highly recommend him for you men doing or wanting to get some training and experience in freestyle. I can't imagine a better mate to find for that. Hope to see him again before he returns to Oregon or the next time he comes east.
I am glad Spruceman is back wrestling. He is a super-nice guy and has a great body that puts most 30 yr olds to shame. A workout fanatic that can also wrestle ! We've wrestled quite a few times over the years. I can't wait until our next match...
I would be remiss if I didn't occasionally bump this gentleman's recommendation to the top of the pile. He has spent more time with me, shown me more moves and holds, and tried to make me a wrestler than any five men combined over the past more than a decade. Great man.
We date from when he hosted a wrestling club in Washington DC for many years. Super with beginners, works well with guys of all, ages, builds, and experience. You can trust him on do's and don'ts and any limits. A natural teacher, and a good friend. Looking forward to being on the mats with him many times again over the next decade and then some.
For anyone that is considering a match with Spruceman, I encourage you to “just do it”. Don’t be fooled by his age, he was a formidable opponent, while at the same time being incredibly patience with me as I tried to replicate a hold he used on me. He did start off our session with a bunch of questions designed to determine both my skill level and my strength level. I must have convinced him that I wasn’t a complete newbie because we wrestled in his basement, rather than the outside ring. Overall, we focused on practicing holds and building up my stamina for approximately two hours. It was a great two hours, and I definitely intend to see him again.
Steven is such a great guy during our first two-hour encounter today (10/7/17). He is eager to learn wrestling skills, as he is relatively new. In reality, he is stronger and a better opponent than he believes he is; so don't let that he is humble in that regard lead you to believe he is a pushover – He is not.
The session was hitting the mats and going at it, with my leaving openings and letting him find and exploit them – alternating with practicing holds and defenses.
A friendly man with a good sense of humor, whose company you will enjoy. We clicked well enough that we have scheduled an an encore in seven days. Thus, I have a gut feeling I will be needing to update this report.
Had a great time with Spruceman today. He is strong, has skill and despite our weight differences gave we a very good wrestling workout. We also did gut punching (me as a puncher and he as punchee). He has both very strong abs and a high pain threshold. Second toughest gut I've worked. He let me work over his abs with medium and hard shots and took whatever I threw at him. In addition to all this, he is a really nice guy. Looking forward to our next session.
06/09/17: I had my second session with Spruceman.. Better than the first time and that is saying something. He took 100s of gut shots from me and kept asking for more. Definitely impressive. Also, he is an easy guy to get along with.. .
10/04/17: Another excellent time with Spruceman; this time at his outdoor mat facility. Both his indoor and outdoor mat setups are really good places to wrestle.
Mayday 2017---It's good that gutpuncherva has returned to this site. I am far from his first encounter, as the record of his past almost 40 men was lost when he had left the site. This guy can throw a great punch–more like some hundreds of them. If you don't believe me, take a look at the pic of me with the red (and obviously somewhat worn to flaccid) gut in my profile. I let him 'go to town' on me and he did. All were done (as I requested) bare knuckle.
Although I'm not gung ho on the gut thing per se, I do realize a tuff gut begets a tuff chi, extending to the entire body [or so it has been theorized]. And gut punching on a flexed gut (also exercise) begets a tougher gut, leading to stronger wrestling. Yes. We did a bit of that also during today's nearly two-hour session – Hopefully more in the future.
Just as important, or more so, he is a great guy. Friendly, and prepared to work the gut the minute he arrived. He's also safe – very careful as to where to strike and (more importantly) not to strike. He'll help you get that resistant gut – which can send a big 'F-U' message to any belligerent who elbows you on the street or in a checkout line; and you merely smile at him :) .
I really have to say that I had an excellent surprise and an excellent classroom. We fight for several hours exchanging techniques, in addition to how great it is to be able to fight in adapted space.
Before meeting Spruceman I thought he was strong, both for the photos and for the recommendations, however it is quite more and he knows how to use it in his favor. I rarely got a meeting where I had to tap more than once. It was an excellent fight with a person who besides being experienced is kind, funny and friendly. Thank you very much. Highly recommended to fight and to know more techniques and punches.
Spent over four hours today with him at my place; and he is one real prize. He is stronger, more skilled, and versatile than his profile suggests. He sure was a pleasant surprise. Sure he likes to be a jobber; but with me, he was all competitive except for some gut punching back and forth. Very competitive with that pair of legs (watch out for them).
He is also a willing and quick learner, using moves and holds I showed him right away–meaning it's good I don't mind things I teach guys being turned around against me.
Pleased and proud to be his first wrestling encounter in the USA; and am anxiously awaiting his next trip here six or so months from now, when we can pick up where we left off today. Guys in Brazil and where he travels should try to meet up with him. He's a really nice man. I highly recommend him.
Dare I call it a match; it was a crash course of instruction. You probably have seen new guys' written reviews of some typical wrestler – how they were so awestruck with what his opponent knew? A run-of-the-mill, typical wrestler, such as I, can be equally awestruck by Redlandguy. We all need that kind of humbling from time to time–I sure as hell was.
He is wrestling raised to the tenth power; as I was helpless versus him . He could counter every move I tried before the mere thought of making the body to execute them. The competitive phase of the match ended within a few nanoseconds and the instructive phase began.
I heard/read about how well he can teach–every word of praise of his abilities to instruct, with living examples, is gospel truth. In an hour and twenty minutes, he imparted more info as how to be a better wrestler than any ten hours I have ever received. The is one of those times I will use that generally overused word –"AWESOME." His ability on the mats is something for everyone to look up to and to strive to achieve. Very highly recommended.
Had a great meeting with Spruceman at his place. Genuine guy that is easy to set up a match with and able to host. The other recs on his profile are not wrong. His age shouldn't be a reason not to wrestle him. His grip is like a vice and he showed me some great moves and exercises. Impressive for a man of any age! Take him on at your own risk.
It was so great to host Iehem15 here in the matroom today (9/22/17). He might be relatively new in terms of the number of past opponents; but don't let that lull you into a false confidence that you are going to whip his butt. He is strong, quite quick, and senses what you might be going to try on him next.
We split our 70 or so minutes between showing him moves, defenses, etc. and competitively wrestling. (He's a quick learner also). We both got to do our fair shares of tapping. He is well muscled and stronger than one might expect.
He's a really nice, cheerful guy. Great to meet a man with a sunny disposition about everything. I sure hope he will want encores, whenever he can travel to the Arlington VA area.
Spruce man is a fun and strong wrestler. He kept me trapped and struggling in holds. On the mat, there is no escaping him. Off the mat, he is a really nice guy. Can't wait for our next match.
Heeltoy lives up to his name – a quintessential toy for a heel's delight. Normally I don't do the heel thing; but trying to branch out a bit. He put up enough resistance so I could make it clear to him who is top dawg (Get that pleasure of seeing him squirm and struggle where resistance is futile) – and showed him some ways to provide more resistance next time. We plan to meet again to put more gusto into the next encounter.
Recommend him for you heels, proto-heels, rolling around guys and experimental guys out there.
After missing him on my last trip to D.C., I was glad to finally get a chance to meet up with this burly Yeti man! Friendly and communicative, his home is well equipped, and once on the mats, his trash talk was matched by his unnatural strength and skill... completely kicked my ass lol...
Would love to meet up with him again, highly recommend!
Hosted him for a 2+ hours match in the matroom; and really had a great time with him. Tho he bills himself as being more jobber than heel, he was able to put up a good fight to make me earn the rights to dominate him.
He is everything his profile says he is, except he is stronger and can put up a better fight than his pictures there might suggest. Grappling with him gave me a good workout getting at muscles, motions, and angles not available with equipment. Time constraints prevented us from getting into everything we both would have liked to undertake – especially a match in the backyard; but we agreed on an encore encounter next time he's in town.
A great, strong, very friendly, attractive guy, who is good man to host here. Looking forward to an encore(s). I strongly recommend an encounter on the mats with him
Had a great time with Spruceman this morning. Super strong guy, and definitely knows his stuff. Nice guy on and off the mat, but can dish out some real trash talk and punishment whenever he wants to. Also has a great place to wrestle in! Very respectful of limits. Looking forward to wrestling with him again sometime soon.
Hosted Joseph in the matroom this morning; and to sum it up, this young man is stellar. It was really difficult to do heel-to-jobber trash talk to this guy; as he was simply too good on the mats to warrant it. How can one denigrate a man with a fighting spirit in him?
His profile suggested he would show no will to resist or fight back. Maybe so for the first few nanoseconds (a wee bit of hyperbole); but in no time at all, he was becoming a fighter – trying to resist my holds on him and fighting back trying to lock me up–and he kept at it well over an hour with only minor breaks for instruction and evaluation purposes and some wall work gut punching.
If he wants to, I would be most proud to work with this man and watch him develop to where he has me tapping and to wrestle in the mat room with some of my friends as well.
He also is interested in doing judo (and related) with me. I consider myself lucky to be one of this guy's first opponents.
I only got to spend two days and one night with Spruceman in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Brawlmart was nice enough to put us up in a hotel who was joining his wrestlefest. We both had a great time there, and especially the time at night that I got to wrestle Spruceman again. He is fun to wrestle. He is full of energy and not to mention a handsome looking guy with enough fur and hair on him to keep you satisfied. It was one of the greatest nights that we had a chance to wrestle, sleep together in a wrestling position and then wrestle again in the morning. I hope I get the opportunity to be able to do that with him, and if you get a chance, please do not turn it down.
It was really great getting to wrestle/grapple with Dean at the hotel nr Indiana PA and at the site of the Wrestlefest as well. Dean is a strong guy (You know how those lean guys can surprise you how tough they are.) and very skilled. Back then I was quite dorky at wrestling and welcomed Dean's showing me some holds and techniques – even though he "owned" me doing it.
He is one hot gentleman; and I want to get with him again---hopefully to show him how much stronger and more skilled I have become compared. to back then–Confident he will be prepared for whatever I throw at him.
Just got together with Spruceman and he is one strong, tough guy on the mats, and really knows his wrestling technique. He's also a great guy in general..
Just goes to show you. Age is only a number and doesn't always tell the true story. He'll hold his own against anyone, including guys 1/2 his age.
I'd recommend him.
Great to wrestle with RasslinCub again; as it's been almost a full decade since hitting the mats with him. He was a lot of fun a decade ago, and neither his fun nor his wrestling has abated over that time. A really nice guy who kept at it with me for a full two hours. He's got good strong legs to be a living vise. Time well spent mixing spells of competitive, instructional trading holds & moves, and playful as well. Hope he returns very soon Shame he doesn't live in my neighborhood.
Update from my original February 2016 post: So far nobody has taken me up on my $50.00 wager offer. That just shows me that the selfie generation guys on here are smarter than I thought. ;-)
Here's a tip for you. If you think Spruceman is too old or too frail for you, you are in for a surprise. If you are under 210#, and are not a trained MMA fighter or present or former collegiate wrestler, I have $50.00 that says he will kick your ass, and I don't care how old you are. This guy is a poster child for how to stay fit throughout your lifetime.
When I agreed to wrestle him I thought "i'm practically a decade younger, I'm in pretty good shape, he's old and gray, I'll probably have to go easy on him to keep from hurting him. Wrong, wrong, wrong. He's solid muscle, neck to toe. I had no chance against him. Let me tell you I am not a jobber. I like genuine competitive matches and I fully intended to control the match. It didn't take long to realize that wasn't going to happen.
If you are in the Washington DC area and want a real match look him up but be prepared. If you just want to explore a little or whatever tell him so. He's a gentleman and he will adjust his intensity to match your strength and ability.
If you are a cocky 20 or 30 something and think you are tough, I suggest you don't challenge him. I have $50 dollars that says he sends you home with your tail between your legs. If you want to take me up on the wager get in touch with me and I'll tell you how we will set it up so that it keeps us all honest.
June 17, 2017 Supplemental. Have hosted Just Dan several times; and have seen how his has improved in strength, aggro, and skill. He is more than twice the wrestler from what he was back in February of 2016, described in the next paragraph. He's far more serious competition for me now (in spite of any improvements I've made) and will be for you. Today he put up a good fight while we wrestled in the back yard. With space to move around and be more aggressive, things got quite hot wrestling wise and temperature wise. Seek him out. .
As a newbie, I could not have asked for a better teacher. He is funny. He is a gentleman. Most importantly,, he cares about the welfare of his opponent. BUT, don't take that as meaning that Spruceman is easy. He is a challenging teacher, who knows the right moves, and has the power to dominate his opponent. I realized how strong he was after I met him at the door, as he asked me to punch his rock-solid gut several times. This man could take it. We then practiced outside in a very hot and humid day, but there was enough breeze that one didn't feel taxed...except when he put his full weight on my chest to pin me down. He gave me plenty of pointers, and hopefully we will continue to meet so I can become a better wrestler. And did I say that in the middle of all of this, we would just crack up laughing? Neither of us would let up our grip on the other...but we both thoroughly enjoyed the bout. And what great exercise! Can't wait until the next round!
I seem to be having luck meeting men I have recruited to MeetFighters from unrelated sites. Thomas-Patrick hadn't wrestled in decades, and yet has a natural instinct how to wrestle. We chatted for months–finally got to meet We chose a hot day to wrestle in the backyard the first hour or so, then downstairs for more wrestling, strength testing, and light gut punching. T-P is a tall, well built, strong man, and has several ways to make you tap if you aren't vigilant because you might be thinking, "He's only a newbie." Very strong arms.
He's a great guy to meet, wrestle, and have for a friend. Great sense of humor; which shows in suddenly trying this or that hold in the middle of a conversation. I like these guys who incent me to be ready for anything – as it happens in real life. We plan to meet more times whenever he's local.
Spruceman exceeded all expectations. He is definitely strong, a talented opponent and an excellent mentor. Not once but three times he whooped me in first, a submission bout, followed by a gut punching escapade and finally an oil wrestling bout. He surely could have caused extensive damage to this newbie. Instead he left me wondering the next day whether I was beaten with a tire iron or a crowbar. Honestly, he goes to every extreme to assure his opponents' wellbeing and safety. I am grateful to be the beneficiary of everything he brought to the mats. Many lessons learned. He's got a great sense of humor in addition to his other positive qualities. I'll be back to challenge Spruceman for sure.
What a fun man he is. Hosted this new member on the site today (6/9/17) on the mats to introduce him to a triple treat for the first time in his life: gut punching, a bit of submission wrestling, and OIL WRESTLING – something he had wanted to do all his life (and only the second time oilwise for me). More than two hours mostly with the oil – and forget the newbie thing, as he was a hottie all oiled up – oiled after having introduced him to a few holds. Go for it!
He is such a friendly man, with a great sense of humor. I strongly recommend you get to meet him and hit the mats with him – better yet if you do oil. Hats off to him for braving rush-"hour" traffic to visit me...
great guy. He is really strong but held back so I would have fun. Very respectful of limits. I hope to wrestle him again and recommend him to all you guys out there.
Happy to have hosted Ringenmann today, as he has returned to wrestling after a several-year pause---and his first wrestling match here on Meetfighters. His talents are still there, putting up a good resistance to my holds, surprises, and working on him. Good on the offense as well. Part of the session was more instructive in nature, with trading holds, and similar.
Very pleasant personality adding to the pleasure of my session with him. I hope to have encores with this gentleman; and I highly recommend him.
Spruceman has a great setup and is a very hot opponent. He doesn't submit easily and is a great opponent to wrestle with. Very strong abs and hot all around. Don't pass up a chance to hook up with this guy!
Mon 29 May 2017. Hey folks. This man is big, he is strong – a chest one can hardly get the arms to encircle and bi/triceps correspondingly large. He knows his wrestling; and had me locked in what seemed akin to 101 different inescapable holds...He also can throw some good punches, as I (comme d'habitude) insisted he throw some good hard punches to test out how hard my gut is coming along. Yeah, he can punch; but his profile makes that clear, already. He also took time to educate me some on escaping from some holds and to [try to] take control of a bigger guy on the mats.
So, if you are anywhere near his size and/or skill level, or even if not and want to do a lot of tapping out, look him up. More importantly, however, is you should experience men like him, if you want to become a better wrestler
Had a wonderful gupunching and wrestling session with Spruceman. He is a tough old bird with a hard gut that can take a good pounding. Solid wrestler, too. Worked me good on his mats. He is not out to prove anything but just to have a good roll on the mats and a good gut pounding. We put on gloves for a sparring session also. Spruceman is a great guy and enjoyable company. I want to have many more meetings with him. I know he will improve my wrestling skill. No one should be wary of his age. I also know that when we set a date, he will make it.
May 28, 2017 Got to spend almost five hours of wrestling, gut punching, and boxing with USMCwrestler. He was a lot of fun to wrestle, a great gut puncher (also solid punchee with a gut as hard as Gibraltar), and skilled at boxing (which I have durn little skill at). He put up a good defense on the mat–very strong arms; a hard hitting gut puncher; and gave me a number of boxing tips to move me along in that sport.
An important note is that he is a great person. Met him socially a couple months ago. He is every bit a good natured, fun person on the mats as he is off the mats. Today, we agreed to meet in the future so we can improve our wrestling and boxing skills and work over each others' gut muscles. I recommend him highly
I had the great pleasure of wrestling Spruceman this afternoon. This guy is amazing! He is extremely strong and his abs are absolutely mind blowing! His are the perfect example of the term "washboard abs". I don't know how many times I tried to get him in a headlock, and it was virtually impossible. I have to admit that he had me beat from the onset of the match. We had a great 90 minutes of wrestling fun. Not to mention the great workout! Spruce is also a great coach. He gave me a lot of good pointers to elevate my wrestling skills. I am so happy to say that I have made a great new friend in the DC area and his name is Spruceman! We are going to have another wrestling/coaching session before I leave, and I look forward to wrestling him many more times on my visits to DC. Whatever you do, Do Not miss a chance to wrestle this guy. Also, if you need some coaching, Spruceman is your guy! He is amazing!
I just had my second wrestling bout with Spruceman, and it was as enjoyable as the first. This guy is great on the mats! I look forward to wrestling with him whenever I am in the DC area. I have also made a great new friend! Whatever you do, do not miss a chance to wrestle this guy! He will surprise the socks off you!
May 19 & 22, 2017. This man is great. He is a fun guy in that he is full of life (zest) and can pack the surprises on the mats (even if it's a talk break). So be prepared as it's open season if you are on the mat for any reason –(or even the second he walks in the front door :) ) which is a great way to prep oneself for the unexpected grabs, lunges, punches, and pulls from life's friends and foes.
Don't let his size fool you. There's good reason why 'muscle' is part of his name here; and he can come on quick to attempt a takedown. I loved every minute of his M.O. Got to the point of turning my back to him to see what next he might try for me to try to counter. I also enjoyed every minute sharing things I knew with him, and giving him opps to try them against me.
Go for this man. One of the best 90-minute sessions I've had recently. His second visit three days later was just as great; and will meet regularly when he's in the DC area. It's nice to have him as a new friend and look forward to his next surprise moves. Enjoy!!!!
I enjoyed wrestling with Spruce. He's new to the sport, but has a passion for it, and a will to learn. He's solid and tough. Hope to wrestle him again!
May 11, 2017 It was great to have hosted him today. It's widespread info that he is one of the site's top wrestlers in the Washington DC area – today he clearly demonstrated that to me in person. He showed me a lot of things during our matches – where I made mistakes, how to avoid them, how to counter his holds, etc. The kind of guy one would wish to have as an on-demand trainer.
Really enjoyed hosting him along with Roll and ThefiremanDC today; and I look forward to hosting them again – hopefully on a not so rainy day, so we can work out in the back yard.
A gracious host with a nice mat set-up. There were 4 wrestlers working out and showing moves. One of the most enjoyable afternoons wrestling in a longtime!
May 11, 2017 Roll is a very strong wrestler–had me tapping like a woodpecker the way he could tie me into a pretzel. Very gracious in showing things to help me improve my wrestling. Not only is he strong, but very experienced, and skilled.
It was an honor to host him along with two other strong wrestlers this afternoon. I hope to meet up with him so I can try to use some of the things he taught me "against him" :) Better yet if all three return on a day nice enough to have a session in the back yard. Don't let his strengths scare you – Short of paying a fortune for private lessons, the best way to learn is to wrestle men like him.
He's in excellent shape and is quite a strong wrestler. Can probably hang with anyone in his weight class. Very strong and tough abs too, that can take a pounding without flinching. Just go see him on your day to do the heavy bag work.
May 6, 2017. Hosted him in the matroom here. One of the first times I felt I met someone to do "go-at-it" boxing with the gloves on. He can hit hard. Then I, with my back to the wall, had him bare fisted work on my abs, gradually increasing intensity, to see how hard he could throw bunches to the gut. He's good at that, too. He's experienced, works out at home to keep in shape. Yep, he's everything that's in his pictures here. Look him up, and get with him.
The Spruceman is incredibly strong and was able to take the hardest gut punch I was able to put together. He also showed me some of his ab-strengthening exercises. We wrestled and boxed, and he was a most gracious host. I slept over and he invited me to stay a second night. One additional benefit is that he has a resident photographer who took pictures that I will be posting here because my pictures are way out of date.
May 7, 2017–Hosted him in my matroom. Wrestled him for a real fun time; but most the time was spent boxing and gutpunching. Really incented me to put on the gloves and box more than in the sum total of the past 60 years. He is skilled and can throw the punches (He currently works out at a boxing gym) and was giving this newbie to boxing some good pointers. He was laying on the punches hard enough to stimulate boxing aggro in me I never realized I had. Thank you 64 .
Had him do bare-fist 'up against the wall' gut punches on me---and he kept them coming at me hard and fast---and took the ones I laid into his hard gut quite well.
Great, friendly, fun guy. You men in the NJ-NY area should plan on meeting this gentleman. He's welcome back to my place any time..
Had a lot of fun.
Spruceman is a lot stronger than he looks.
Would gladly wrestle him again.
May 2, 2017 Normally I don't write up a second session; but quantum leaps warrant supplements. He hadn't wrestled in the meantime; but no hesitation to go from standing starts this time. He remembered what he learned April 6, and followed his instincts more; also picked up on what I showed him today. He is far less reticent about using his body's strong musculature this session. I welcome his future visits.
Recommend you look him up and wrestle him; as everyone needs variety in partners. Get in on the ground floor of this big and strong man, and anyone else who might be in stiff demand a year from now. His profile doesn't indicate a desire to be competitive; but it surely there. Far more interested in competing than playing at wrestling today.
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Take a guy with over 25 years of wrestling experience; add to that the musculature & strength of an ox; add a touch of good wrestling 'aggrotude.' Sum those up, and you have Danny Cedar. He is one tough man to try to handle on the mats. It appears he knows every hold, counter, takedown, and whatever else it takes to wrestle existing within '2000 Light Years from Home.'
He essentially owned me on the mats; and odds are at least 95 out of 100, he'll own you. He a good one to humble you a bit if yur a bit cocky (as I have been lately); and incent you like the proverbial hot place to redouble your efforts to become a better wrestler; so you'll want to try him on down the pike.
On top of all that, he's a friendly, likeable man. Check him out; wrestle him; and you'll find a new friend. His grade is an A plus in my book.
Had a great match with Spruceman, he's a great teacher and a really interesting guy. Amazing shape and could take my hardest punches. I'm a novice in the wrestling department and he pinned me repeatedly but gave me some good tips. He's a great host and an all around nice guy. Limits respected
I hosted DCabspunch in my matroom (4/20/2017) for gutpunching work on each other and a bit of wrestling. The main goal was to have someone here to go at me hard to see how much I can take . Ab punch wise, we probably put in a solid 20 minutes of gloved and bare fisted work having him go full force at me back against the wall mats. He can land good ones when instructed to go full force; so let him know how hard you want it.
We also did a bit of wrestling; as I had offered beforehand to teach him a few techniques. After all, his forte is ab punching; and is in learning mode as far as wrestling is concerned. It took more effort than I had anticipated to take him down to where I wanted to show him a couple things. He is good at avoiding being taken down.
My recommendation is meet up with him if you want (1) to do ab punching with each other (2) to wrestle him and be willing to show him a few wrestling maneuvers or related (3) to meet a really nice guy, who shows up on time and doesn't waste time between showing up and hitting the mats.
Spruceman is a truly great opponent. Had a great time taking it to the mats with him. He is the perfect example of "Never judge a book by it's cover." He is very skilled and strong. Glad to say that made a new friend in the process. Hit him up for a good match.
I second dcgrapler's recommendation in every respect here.***If you want to hit the mats with a big guy whose muscled arms and chest present a challenge in their own right, meet Celticgrapler. He is quite a handful to position where one can get him to tap out. I had my concerns about meeting a guy his mass; but within a few seconds in the house, I sensed this man would be a fun match–and indeed he is. He's strong, has good instincts when trying to take control of the arms, and can literally take one's breath away if he's turned 90 (so you can't roll him), on his toes while on your chest. [after I showed him that move].
More importantly, in my book, is that he's a really nice guy with a cheerful, fun, attitude, and not out to prove anything to anyone. I hope for encores, to work with him and have a fun time. I strongly recommend him
I had a great time wrestling and training with Spruceman, and I look forward to doing it again! He's very strong and skilled, and he was kind enough to guide me and teach me new things throughout our session. I highly recommend him!
Dmvboy123 visited (4/2/17) for a mentoring session laced with some competitive action on the mats. This young man is stronger than he looks (good quick-twitch muscle) and fast. Very little past wrestling history, but a quick learner. He has good instincts and will become even better when he trusts those instincts more and do what they tell him. Give him a try, he wants the chances to learn – but don't give him a 'pity match.' Let him have real action and tell him where he's doing things right and otherwise. With mentoring and experience, he is going to be "the skinny kid who taps you out."
Met Spruceman and another wrestler who was visiting from out of town for an oil match. Great fun-everybody wins when you use oil. Also a great height and weight equalizer. Spruce is a very considerate host, in good shape and very strong. A pleasant afternoon all around.
A real fun guy. Did a three-way oil wrestling match with Speedowrestler and Ctrwash. I understand that Speedo... is mostly into oil recently; and was a perfect mate for my first oil experience. Very thoughtful, as he arrived with oil and plastic to protect my mats downstairs. Check out his profile.
You want a match with an unstoppable bull of a wrestler? Then you've come to the right man. Take my word, and look at Just Dan's recommendation if you want further proof. I'm not the greatest wrestler, but I've met guys equal to or less powerful than I. But holy hell...I was NO MATCH for Spruce! This guy is formidable on the mat. Not only that, he conditions daily with 1000 to 1500 ab crunches, giving him a high-charged and balanced core he uses to the fullest. Age doesn't matter. He can wup anybody. Give him a try and be prepared! He is a great guy, a solid friend. Take him on!
Ctrwash spent several days here at the house on his annual Amtrak trip East; giving me opportunity for several matches – competitive wrestling, gutpunching, and oil wrestling. As to competitive, he put up a great resistance to my takedowns and holds.
As his profile and other recommendations indicate, his forte is the ability to deliver and withstand gut punches. He has one incredibly strong set of abs for withstanding punches – the best I have yet to encounter, and I suspect in the top one-percent of gutpunch recipients on this site. To top things off, I had a threeway-oil wrestling session with him and Speedowrestler, too – my first oil wrestling experience; and he was fun.
Where he is also absolutely stellar, and in the top one-tenth of a percent category. He is one of the most personable, friendly, genuine human beings I have ever met – the kind of person who easily could be a friend for life. Upbeat in all respects and never a discouraging word from him during his entire visit [hopefully only the first of many more.
To sum it up – a solid one-hundred-percent recommendation.
Spruce man and I met a number of years back. He's a great guy. In awesome shape. Strong and fit and he definitely knows his way around the mats. People that are counting hunt him out because of his age make it a big surprise when you're tapping or napping at his hands. I highly recommend him to you. He's a good guy and flexible and at the end of the day it's all about having fun
What a great man to meet on the mats. Encountered him at Wrestlefests in Indiana, Pennsylvania; and I really enjoyed being on the mats with him. All I can say is that the other guys here who posted recommendations have hit the nail on the head. He handles himself well and can handle you too; as he is strong, skilled, and fast..
Met at the annual Hillside Wrestling Weekend. He was a lot of fun. Skilled in submission; new to pro style. Really had some fun with him on the mats followed by some private horseplay.
Wrestled with Roughmatch some years back at the Hillside wrestling weekend. He is one tough, fast, wrestler, with all kinds of quick moves. He can take it every bit as much as he can dish it out. A really fun guy on the mats and off. Sure hope he can make it my way one of these days for an encore..or two..or three.
Spruceman was a great match, very strong. We wrestled off and on for 3 days, indoors and outdoors. He has great stamina and is tough. I would wrestle him any time.
He visited me back in July 2006. Rassled both here in town and out at the very isolated mountain place in West Virginia. [He was man enough to go out there with me] Spend three days with me and did lots of match and back 'n' forth holds, etc. Shame his work schedule doesn't have him flying all over the country nowadays as it once did. Yes, I'd rassle him again at the drop of a pin if he comes my way again.
*****March 30, 2016 Supplemental. Got word from Terryrassler that he wants to do a 10-year reunion match series both here in town and again up on Spruce Mountain with me this summer over a four-day period – on 200 sq ft of matspace in my gym room, and several outdoor locations there . Looking forward to having a lot of fun smack-dam in the middle of nowhere, where satellite phone is the only viable means of communications. Bring on the fun.
If you're thinking wrestling a 70+ year old will be a cake walk, meet Spruceman. He's a fitness fanatic, still pretty strong, and tenacious. He was quite a handful. Safe, sane, a gracious host. And a fascinating conversationalist. Go for it.
Ironranger was the perfect way to break a five-week famine of getting to do any serious, competitive muscle-building wrestling, get those physically and mentally activating "fight or flight" endorphins flowing, and work muscles in ways that weights and machines don't do.
He is strong, much stronger than suggested in the pictures. Although he said he doesn't have a whole lot of experience, his great wrestling talent must mean he is one of those "naturals" who could sense my next move and counter it. He was in control about 99.7 percent of the encounter; but the workout was, to say the least, exhilarating–all wrestling, all workout, no nonsense.
Additionally, his style is safe, sensible, and respectful of all limits. I could stand to encounter men like ironranger at least a couple times a week, was honored to wrestle with him, and strongly hope for an encore soon.
Great personality and a most highly recommended man to wrestle – consistent with his screen name and with the other recommendations here to the nines.
I travelled to Annapolis on four occasions between April 27 and September 15 of 2006 to hit the mats with ringmaster. That was right after I had first taken up the sport and he was recommended to me as someone who is a wrestling expert. I was told truthfully; as he sure let me realize how new I was at it. He has a great setup with a ring in his basement. It was an honor to meet with one of the most experienced wrestlers in the area. Try him. You'll quickly find out your areas which need improving – He is a good coach to meet and have as a friend.
Now that I recently got back into the sport, maybe I should get my butt to the "shores of the Chesapeake Bay" and have this wrestling master apprise me of what my current needs for improvement are. I recommend him highly for both his wrestling skills and his hospitality.
I wrestled Spruceman a few times at Wrestlefest. He was always a tough and safe opponent and quite skilled. He is surprisingly strong!
I hit the mats with wrestlbear on several occasions at those wrestlefests in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He's always willing to wrestle at any time; does NOT have a prima donna attitude some guys have; and is a fun guy to hit the mats with. Recommend him for those wrestling for the first time all the way to those wrestling for decades. He is one really nice, friendly guy, with not as much as a smidgen of negativism.
Wrestled Jerseybearhug several times in the previous decade at his place. He's strong, good on the mats, and a really friendly man. Recommend him for a good rasslin' time be you a beginner or advanced. If I ever get up to Jersey again, I'd sure want to wrestle him again; and he's always welcome here if he's in the neighborhood. If you plan on being in South Jersey, check him out.
Spruceman is a tough opponent. Strong on the mat. Always guy who likes a aggressive match should lock up with Spruce.
It was many years ago that I wrestled hardonthemat in several venues; and I remember he was good then – and have no reason to suspect he hasn't become yet better. He's quick, experienced, and knows his holds and tactics. Don't let his size give you false confidence, lest iit might take a month for the impression of his foot on your butt to fade away.
Spruceman is a fantastic wrestling partner. I've known him for about 10 years, and have nothing but the highest opinion of him. Tough, strong, skilled, and a true gentleman off the mat. Very highly recommended.
Boxer VA has been a wrestling buddy of mine for almost a decade. He is skilled, quick, and has great wrestling instinct in that he can sense his opponent's next would-be move and counter it. I recommend this really nice person to anyone from a total newbie to the very experienced. I trust him enough to introduce me a bit to boxing soon (a sport about which I've always had much trepidation). Anyone who knows me regarding boxing would know that is one hulluva lot of trust. Go for it!
Had a wonderful time wrestling this man in his back yard battle ground. Bearhug combat in the barrels was amazing and we drenched in sweat, but neither man would give. Would fight him again in an instant!
Fun guy into long tight bearhugs. We even did a unique thing of standing in two buried barrels and bearhugging, grappling, in the bamboo patch that was in my yard back then. Still have some barrels above ground here for some more barrel-rasslin'