Have been wrestling a few years now, and really enjoy it. Submission is what I like, but am up for trying other styles as well. (Interests listed are indicative, not limiting.) Have had some bjj training. Although I really enjoy competitive matches, I have had a couple of knee injuries recently, so am wrestling less intensely. Am happy to just roll around. Safe and sane only. I generally have fun at whatever level. Have 12 x 12 mats at home in Dupont Circle in DC, and can host. Although I travel a lot, when I am in DC, I'm frequently available weekdays as well as other times. Not into cyber or phone matches.
Match structure: Even match, Give and take, Play wrestling, Practicing techniques, Tag team / group fights, Two on one, Not interested in cyber
Specific wrestling styles: Brazilian ju-jitsu, Promission
Miscellaneous interests: I have access to mats
I am willing to travel 20 miles
I am willing to host.
Enthusiast is a great submission wrestler and was quite a challenge. You'll find him to a really nice guy to push your limits and sweat doing it. I really enjoyed hosting him, and highly recommend a match especially if you have mats. Next time, I want to go freestyle but I would not be surprised if he beat, too. He's amazing.
Had a great time wrestling this guy. Previous recommendations did not lie - he really is strong! He graciously agreed to wrestle submission, although freestyle is what he has been training in. He has a great mat setup in his garage, and we worked up a serious sweat. He was a gracious host, and I thoroughly enjoyed the match. Definitely up to wrestle him again!
enthusiast is a skilled wrestler, though a beginner in pro holds, still able to kick my ass on my mats with lots of back stretching holds and after he found out how bendable i am, he proceed to make me take even more! we have a sweaty 20+ minutes match recorded and we reviewed the match after, man i wish that i am in better shape, enthusiast looks way better than me in his trunks! i hope to meet him again in the future and highly recommended to others
Although pro is not something I do that much, I had a great time with this guy. He makes a really good jobber. He suffered beautifully in the holds that I knew and taught me a couple of new ones. He sure knew how to bring out the heel in me. And looked really good doing it! Definitely up for more time on the mat with him.
I highly recommend ‘enthusiast’. Awesome wrestler with the training, skills and strength to lock on a variety of submission holds, and an equally awesome guy off the mats too. Hope to lock up with him again, and it is an honor to give him his 100th well deserved recommendation.
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.
I knew I had my work cut out before meeting Enthusiast but nothing prepared me for his skill and strength. This guy is a wrestling beast and a total blast to lock up with. In addition he was able to give me some pointers to help up my game. I'm looking forward to battling it out with him again...hopefully, sooner instead of later. Can't wait!
I had a great time rolling with this strong, tough guy. He has muscles and knows how to use them! Lots of fun trash talk as well. One day hope we can find mats to wrestle on. I definitely recommend him, and plan on wrestling him again, the next time I'm in Chicago!
Enthusiast is sexy, sensual, and tough as nails. We had a very fun match, in which I submitted to him over and over again, while not giving in–and him enjoying every minute of making me suffer (and me enjoying that too). He has a great body, a great set of moves, and is a lovely, interesting guy detached from the wrestling context too: great conversation, friendly, and sweet. 100% recommended.
Enthusiast is very skilled and strong for his size. He gave me a great match with limited time and space. I look forward to meeting this gentleman again when we have more time and proper Mat space a great guy who is totally recommended by me.
Strong and skilled! Had to go all out to keep this guy from making me tap out!
Had a great time with this guy.. makes a damn hot heel. Enjoyed getting pulled apart, twisted about, beaten down, put in my place in submission after submission. I'm still a little bit sore.. which is always a good sign.
This sexy guy made a great jobber, suffering beautifully in whatever hold I put him. And then he came back for more! It was great that he put up a struggle, futilely of course, and then submitted. I worked him over good, and we both ended up with smiles on our faces. Definitely want to have a return engagement!
A skilled wrestler who likes to dominate and boy did he dominate me for the best time of our encounter. Strong and plenty of stamina. Nice guy, safe and sane and definitely worth meeting him. Recommended
Enthusiast was an amazing man to take on. Wrestling Enthusiast was like fighting a boa constrictor. His movements are methodical and lighting fast. He will seamlessly use your own body weight against you and then trap you in a crushing hold. Almost every time I thought I had him tapping he would wriggle out of my hold. He was kind enough to teach me a few things. He is a great teacher and highly recommended taking him on if get the chance.
Had a lot of fun with this rough and ready guy. We rolled around for a couple of hours, without much of a break, bouncing all over the place. He may not have a lot of training, but he's put his "other sport" abilities to good use in wrestling. Strong, limber, good-natured, and lots of fun. If you like to have fun and get a good workout from a tough opponent, look him up!
Had the pleasure to finally wrestle Enthusiast, and so glad I did. He Is a great coach/mentor for newcomers like myself. My session with him was very informative and he's very knowledable on holds, and overall wrestling. He is competitive, very fit, strong, persistent, intelligent, skilled, and handsome. He was patient and gave me great pointers when necessary. Fortunate for me to have such a skilled wrestler locally to train with. I look forward to our many sessions in the future. Gracious host with a great setup. Great guy on the mats and even better person off the mats. I definitely recommend wrestling Enthusiast if you come across him.
I was really impressed with this guy, who is brand new to wrestling. Sure, he was strong, which I expected, given his size and physique. What was surprising was his athleticism, and even more so his speed. I don't normally see someone with that size and those muscles who has the quick reflexes this guy does. Very impressive. I look forward to continuing to wrestle him. He's a strong opponent now, and as he gets more technical skills, he will be even more formidable. Wrestle him if you're looking for a strong, agile opponent, who has a good, competitive wrestling instinct.
Outstanding wrestling opponent. We have wrestled a few times and it is always great.
I had nice time with enthusiast in Washington DC. We practiced a range of skills on his big mat. He was not only an experienced grappler but also a good trainer. He'd like to share me the techniques which could make the holds more efficiently. I deeply felt hisenthusiasm in wrestling. A excellent wrestling partner on mat, and a kind friend off mat. Strongly recommened.
yeah, i totally agree, that next time me and coach dick fight it will be even more fun. hell, I'm sure to the point of me being taken out on a stretcher ! cause this daddy totally gets the "pride in fighting" ethos and not about the pain. sure pain is involved. but in one instance, his insane & methodical - and hot as hell - hammering of my abs was not about hurting me, as it was about his being able to unleash all his masculine energy on a slightly less masculine underling. so yeah, what dude who really gets what grappling is all about, would not want this hunky master of the mat to use you and lay you out in as many ways possible ? so, next time for sure - get the stretcher ready !
Had a great time muscling this tough guy around. Jobber? Maybe, but not one who rolls over. He fights, for sure, and is damned sure built for it. All hot, lean muscle! Get him in a good, tight hold, and enjoy yourself by pounding him as he tries to fight his way out - and sometimes succeeds! Lock up with him, and you'll have a battle on your hands! This son was a lot of fun for this coach - before, during, and after the match! Sorry it's taken us so long to meet. Next time will be even more fun!
I was not sure how this was going to go down. Well this hot daddy is one muscled stud who dominated me from the very beginning. One hold after another with incredible force and tenacity, holds which most guys have not been able to place me in. It was almost as if I were in one of those UCW squash matches!
He used me like a total jobber!
Aside from that a real gentlemen.
Great time with this guy. Looks just as good as his pictures, and makes a great jobber, even if it was somewhat unexpected. I enjoyed muscling him around and listening to all the trash talk coming out of his mouth when I had him in holds he couldn't get out of. Added to the pleasure. In addition to be a lot of fun on the mats, he's a great host, with a good mat set-up, so go out and have fun with him!
I wrestled Dick four years ago and beat him 4-0. He came through town again this month. Now I'm 30 pounds heavier than he is; but damn he has been training. I felt lucky to end up with a 1-1 draw. Also, he's fucking hot.
It's been fun wrestling Kevin. In between matches, I must have forgotten to tell him about the bjj training.... Like he forgot to tell me about all the muscle he packed on! He's a strong, aggressive wrestler, and I had a blast wrestling him. Will always try to wrestle him while I'm out there!
Unfortunately for me enthusiast would give most guys half his age a run for their money! Strong skilled and in great shape, happpy to recommend.
Definitely a guy you should wrestle
Fit experienced with good grappling skills makes for a good submission wrestle
Had a great match with this guy, who graciously agreed to meet up, even though he was still recovering from surgery. We kept it somewhat low-key, but it was still tough! He's got bjj skils and strength to go with it. Lots of back and forth, near subs, etc. A whole lot of fun! I would absolutely wrestle him again, although fear I wouldn't fare so well once he gets back up to full speed. My only complaint is that he lives too far away to wrestle often!
Dick is one of the very best 'older' wrestlers on this site. We first wrestled a few years ago, and he was a handful then, and since then he's had regular BJJ training and is very skilled, He has remained fit and tough, and with his skill no one in his age group is likely to submit him. On top of all this, he's a super nice guy, smart, reliable, and a gracious host. I always look forward to the opportunity to wrestle him again.
He and I have met up several times over the years, and have always had a great time! Strong, skilled wrestler, who seems happy with whatever kind of match we had. (And I was happy with them as well!). Sometimes competitive, sometimes relaxed, always friendly. He's equally good as a host and as a guest, and good company as well. I expect/hope that we will have many more matches going forward. Certainly recommended!
Had a blast with this gentleman, when he was kind enough to come down to my patch in Brighton. Great lock and roll, back and forth as planned. Great to wrestle and hang out with.
What a great guy!!! I saw this awesome, skilled wrestler was in town, but hesitated because of the weight difference. I need have had no worries! He took as many subs off me as he pleased. We had a good two hours on the mats, which were fun, intense and extremely enjoyable. I did manage (I think) two submissions! This wrestler is fit, strong, agile and fast. But he's also charming, with an excellent sense of humour. This was one of those meets that I would not have missed for the world.
100% GOLD STAR recommendation!
True, this is a big guy, but I had seen from his recommendations that he was also a responsible one, so had no hesitation about accepting his challenge. Was glad I did. It was a lot of fun, particularly when he reached into his bag of dirty tricks for an underhanded move. Had a great time! And he kindly saved me the hike up to the mat room by picking me up at the station. A gent!
Enthusiast is fit awesome wrestler, I completely recommend him to everyone, it was througouhly enjoyable and fun. He dominated the match and showed how good he is not only as a wrestler but also as a nice guy. I hope he comes back again and have the chance of a rematch.
what can i say, he is very polite and nice on the mat and it was a pleasure to roll with him. He is very safe and it makes me a lot of fun to have some good matches with him.
Also he is a nice guy off the mat and i can definitely give a very good recommendation if you want to meet him!!!!!
Hope to meet him again
We had a cool intense and sweaty match. Enthusiast is strong as a bull and has good skills in wrestling. A perfect opponent, if you are open for a real man to man match. I can recommand him a lot!
This guy is technically among the best I have ever wrestled, and wasn't able to do much against him. Skilled, aggressive (but sane!) Those of you who are going to wrestle him for the first time should pay close attention to his videos. Gives you a good idea of what you will be up against! He is also a great guy and excellent host! Definitely want to wrestle him again.
I met Enthusiast during his brief visit to Cambridge and was left in awe at his level of fitness. If I"m looking like that when I reach his age I'll be very happy. Not only is he strong and agile on the mats he's skilled too applying his BJJ knowledge to great effect. We had a great match, making each other sweat and work hard for any subs.
As many others have said, this guy is tough, strong, and skilled. He is really tough mentally, and strong physically, which makes him very hard to submit (I couldn't!). A competitive wrestler, but very sane. We had a good long, sweaty bout, with lots of back and forth. Would definitely be up for a rematch! And yes, he looks as good as, or better than, his pictures!
Enthusiast is very enthusiast to wrestle! He is well trained, fit, strong, and very skilled. He can submit you out of the blue, like a snake, slowly but without any possibilities to move. 🐍
He is a very nice guy, very interesting, polite, reliable like his amount of meetings can show it, and very ponctual. To be recommanded with no doubt!
... I too look forward to next time!
Wrestle slowly it was impossible!
In the end, after he made me sweat and suffer, I felt much better ... closer to healing !!!
I wait for you, Dick!
He graciously agreed to wrestle even though he was still recovering from knee surgery. Although we said we would just wrestle slowly, his "slow" is most other guys' "fast". I had a great time with him, worked up a good sweat, and ended wanting more. I look forward to next time!
Un lottatore autentico, fortissimo e tecnicamente preparato.
Ho potuto solo imparare qualcosa da lui.
Bella persona con grande spirito combattivo.
Mi sono divertito.
Molto forte fisicamente e tecnicamente.
Ho imparato molto da lui.
Ci siamo confrontati nel rispetto reciproco.
Grazie per avermi incontrato Dick!
Enthusiast it was a really tough opponent. Strong, athletic, very fit . It has a strength of a young , excellent technique, grappling hard. it was a tough match, very very sweaty ( on the mat looked like an oil fight match), exhausting, I enjoyed this match.
Very correct , friendly person. I recommend it highly . GRANDE LOTTATORE !
Rockrage is a very fit, very athletic guy. He also has a good spirit for wrestling, and is very competitive. He has only started grappling, so has very limited technical skills, but puts forth his best efforts, aggressive, but safe and sane as well. He responds well to a bit of coaching, and I enjoyed our match. I would definitely wrestle him again.
I forgot to ask this man his secret to eternal youth. I really found more agility, strength, and stamina in him than in many forties. I want to publicly thank him for the beautiful match had, for what he taught me, and for the time spent together in and out the mat. I really hope to have another match with him. Higly recommended.
I can only agree with what others have said: a very strong, fit and agile opponent, whose legs you must respect. To add as well, his legs are very good on defense as well as offense. It is difficult to pass his guard. I also showed him a potential submission move, which he then used to submit me some minutes later in the match - a very quick learner! And a very nice guy as well. I certainly recommend him and hope to wrestle him again.
16-17.10.2015 - Enthusiast is absolutely the type of fighter that I would be. Agile, intelligent, prepared and unyielding. A true model for all with the wrestling true passion. Our meetings were exciting and balanced, and except that we live far away I would like to train with him. Very Highly recommended
Update September 2016: Just met up with him in Turin, and, one year later, he is even tougher, having gained more muscle. A very, very tough opponent! He is also very knowledgeable about Turin and very generously shared that knowledge with me on his own personalized tour of Turin. He was well worth the trip.
This is one tough guy! And one who just keeps going. There is no stopping him! Excellent technique, obviously well-trained. Great fun wrestling him, several times in one trip. And a very nice guy off the mats as well. Definitely will make it a point to wrestle him again, even traveling to Italy to do so!
One of the fascinating things about wrestling is how things don't go the way you were figuring. I haven't had that many opportunities to wrestle someone my age so I'm figuring with a fair size advantage on Enthusiast, I'm going to have to back off some to keep thing competitive. Wrong..... So we get together on my mats and lock up from our knees and I'm thinking I'm going to use leverage to put him down on the mat and run my offense from mount or side control. Wrong.... Very quickly I find myself having to work defense against him. Which went on for most of the rest of the match.
Very entertaining and educational match. We'll have to do this again.
Had a great match with this "gentle giant"! Sure he's a lot bigger, but knows how to use his size appropriately. In other words, no need for us smaller guys to fear getting on the mat with him. He's also tough and has skill, so we had a good back and forth battle!
What a great wrestler and inspirational person! What can I say that hasn't been said already? Just when I thought my wrestling skills were getting better Enthusiast showed me some moves and got me in holds I'd never encountered before. We had a great time - his submission skills are awesome and after making me submit repeatedly was patient and nice enough to teach me some holds and let me put some holds on him, as well to practice. If he's in your town, wrestle him! .
Wow I just meet enthusiast what can I say he is one hell of a guy strong as hell and really fun to wrestle he is the oldest guy I every meet and I am glad I did I will be sore in the morring I can't wait to meet up with him agen he put me in a couple of holds I never been put in if he is comeing to ur area don't pass this man up he will give u a run for ur money no lie
Great guy and tough competitor. Had a good time with enthusiast. If you get the chance, wrestle him!
I knew this guy was a skilled wrestler but I arrogantly thought I am strong, aggressive and 10 years this old guys junior - I will kick his arse. WELL was I wrong - Dick is fit, strong, aggressive, very skilled and hot. I got my arse kicked good and proper during a sweaty submission fight. I had a great workout but I was outclassed by a better man, I look forward to a rematch in London in November - we have unfinished business. Dick is a great host and a genuinely decent bloke,
Had a great fight with this tough, strong guy. He's aggressive, and keeps coming at you. Had a good long, very sweaty roll with him. Was completely exhausted at the end. And then went out for a beer. He's pretty much the ideal opponent in my books, and look forward to tangling with him again.
One of the best wrestlers you can find out there.His long history in the scene as well as his passion for wrestling are evident by the time he gets you under his control.Not much I could do against this man's experience but grit my teeth and ....enjoy being overpowered(wink).Meeting him is like attending a wrestling course.And what can I say about his physique...I hope we ll meet again!
Very Nice guy! very strong and well trained was a lot of fun-thought I wouldtire him out with my stories! lol
A fine, friendly and attractive fellow; strong for his size and with decent wrestling skills. We had an excellent time grappling on the mats; a lot of fun and a great work out. I look forward to his next trip through Texas.
Probably the best technical wrestler I have ever faced. Really good, really strong. Generous enough to give me some wresting tips from his vast store of them. Friendly guy and gracious host has well. If you have a chance to wrestle him, go for it! Hope to wrestle him again when I'm in the area.
Good grappling and conversion
Would love a rematch.
Very patient with my schedule and delay.
I want more time with him next time.
Enthusiast is a very skilled and trained submission grappler. I would highly recommend him to anyone seriously interested in submission wrestling. He was a most gracious host and he was even willing to share is wrestling knowledge. Just a great guy. Thanks for the experience.
We had a great time wrestling.
He is really strong and experienced and he got me in a few uncomfortable holds a lot of times. At the same time he was great enough to teach me a couple of tricks.
He's also a nice man and a very good company.
Looking forward to meeting and wrestling again soon.
I had a great match with this guy. He's very strong - all over - but particularly impressed with his arm strength! We had a good, long sweaty match. He's very tenacious, and just kept coming. It was a lot of fun! Then had a good time with him over a quick meal. Hope to wrestle him often.
Met up with him a few times in DC and was great host. He really has a good knowledge of holds and is VERY strong fighter. Also saw him grapple at Gay Games 9 in Cleveland
One of the greatest guys i have ever met! I had great time with him , in fact a lot of hours with him and i would like even more! He is one of the kind as a person but as a wrestler too.
Clever, interesting, nice talker, open-minded, polite , caring are only a few of his advantages.
On the other hand, he is tough wrestler, passionate, with great skills, strong and copetitive as anyone should be!At the same time full of fun and respect and pleasure and trust.
Thanks for everything and especialy for sharing your << hold>> with me.
You can realize his wrestling level and his great personality only if you meet him! Don t lose this great opportunity!
I really enjoyed meeting and wrestling this tough guy. Even though he is relatively new to the sport, he has great instincts and endurance. We had a very sweaty bout, going back and forth a lot. It was great! He's a very nice guy, but a fierce competitor!
In order to describe enthusiast I will use one of my favorite American expressions.Submission wrestling and enthusiast fit like a glove.When something fits like a glove it's haute couture.He is strong, experienced safe very fit and amazing submission wrestler.I hope that i will have the chance of wrestling him again in the future.Totally recommended!!!
This guy was such a treat to wrestle. He's got a perfect body for wrestling, strong, muscular, and is always ready to go. I really enjoyed rolling with him, going back and forth. He's also an excellent host and cook! I'm definitely going to return to Greece so that I can wrestle him again. Really recommend him!
Well the first thing i could say, it that i wish to be his shape when i will be 65...Very strong, very fast and of course skilled are some of the gifts that enthusiast bring with him when he steps on the mats! We had a great match with lot of give and take action and we both left the mats exhausted and soaked in sweat! Don't let his size or his age stop you from wrestling him! Thanks for the experience!
Met him during his visit in Athens. The room was small but our excitement big :) He's a very strong skilled wrestler that takes his time to apply his knowledge of the sport though always safe and fun. Apart from wrestling it was great to chat with him! Hope to meet you again some day :)
Don't let him fool you. This guy is tough and doesn't back down from a good challenge. We have yet to submit each other! Great set-up and definitely recommend if you're coming thru the DC area.
Tough, strong guy much stronger than his size and age, really likes to wrestle, we had a great bout back and forth. Very nice guy in and out of mats, dont miss a chance to wrestle him. Will wrestle again for sure
Good to meet up with this tough, skilled guy. He went out of his way to organize a great place for us to wrestle. Had some really good back and forth bouts with him, worked up a good sweat, learned a few things, and enjoyed some excellent conversation as well. A great afternoon!
Dick is strong and very skilled! If we had been in same size and weight I would had no chance at all! The room was very small, but nothing could stop us wrestling and exchanging holds. I could spend hours wrestling sweating and training with him!!
Dont miss him guys and dont let his age decieve you! He is extremely good!
Hard to add much to what's already been said. Yes, he has the body of a Greek god, is extremely strong, wrestling skills galore, and lots and lots of fun. We had a good sweaty time, going back and forth. Only wish I had time to wrestle him again and again!
With his amazing strength and stamina, Dick is a very... enthusiast wrestler! Very skilled, determined and competitive, wrestles in a very safe way and likes to give to his opponent a hard time! It' s very difficult to submit him. But, even if you do, you better be prepared to submit to him as well! We had a very nice match, which would be even better the room was larger. Off the mats, he is a very pleasant, cultivated person with lots of interests! Highly recommended!
Boy, is this guy good! A very strong guy, with lots of skills. He showed me quite a few new moves, and was very generous about explaining them. If we had had more room, I expect that the match would have been even better. It will be fun to meet him on mats one day!
Had great fun meeting to wrestle, as well as spending some time off the mats too. He has great technique and strength, and generously shared some of his knowledge. Very interesting to chat to and someone I want to meet again.
Had a great wrestle with this guy when he was visiting Washington. Very strong and flexible, and a pleasure to wrestle. Enjoyed the time on the mats with him enormously, as well as time off the mats. Definitely want to lock up with him again!
That was the best two hours I've spent in a long time. This guy is strong, smart, and very skilled, with a real love for and understanding of submission wrestling. He was willing to work with me as a newbie, show me some basics and let me practice on him. He was very supportive and encouraging, analyzing my potential strengths and weaknesses, and always up for another round when I was ready. He's got a good focus on keeping the match safe for both guys, and gave me some his advice in that area. He truly inspired me to push myself, and after a couple hours he had worn me out completely.
Enthusiast is very easy to talk with, and made me feel instantly at ease, even before we hit the mats. His friendly, relaxed demeanor certainly made it easier to swallow the humiliation of having my ass handed to me several times over the course of the evening. I'm already looking forward to next time.
This guy was full of surprises, all good! He is very strong, much stronger than I expected. He also has very good wrestling instincts, including a competitive spirit. He moves very quickly, and utilizes his long legs and arms to advantage. When he gets some additional experience under his belt, he will be a much tougher opponent than he already is.
Caught me last minute and we were able to meet up for a match. He's very easy going, patient, and strong. He knows how to use his opponents advantages against them and offered a great challenge.
This guy was a lot of fun to do battle with. Strong, and tenacious. Did not give up - at all! Would really like to wrestle him on mats sometime and see if we can come to a conclusion on our discussion whether the big guy or the little guy has more advantage on mats. Very friendly guy as well!
Wrestling Dick provides another example of skill trumping strength everytime. He is a highly skilled wrestler and also quite strong. In spite of his dominance, I had fun wrestling with him. He has had a very interesting and remarkable professional career which I enjoyed hearing about. I strong recommend him.
Dick is a superb wrestler (his arm bars are killer) and a true gentleman. He was fun to roll around with and patiently gave me pointers. The fact that he's in really good shape added to the experience. An enthusiastic thumbs up!
I got meet and wrestle enthusiast at a private meet on Friday 16th October 2015.
First of all, in excellent condition (not only for his age, but anybody!). Having only wrestled a hand full of years. He is impressive, and his intelligence and strength comes through when he does wrestle, a triangle to watch out for.
Having spent more than one day meeting him... He comes across as a humble person. It’s worth saying again if you want to learn about wrestling meet enthusiast, he is not great for his age - he is just great. Highly recommended this gentleman.
Very much enjoyed wrestling this lighter, very skilled guy. He is indomitable, and will take on guys of any size! He is very flexible, agile, and exceedingly difficult to submit! I very much hope to wrestle him again. He was also very kind off the mats and willingly showed my around Manchester. Great both wrestling him and spending time wandering around.
Had a brief wrestle with strong and skilled guy. Fast on the mats and took a lot of effort to keep him at bay:-) pity our match was cut short would have liked a longer session. Really nice guy too. If you get the opportunity to wrestle this fella take it you won't be disappointed. Cheers mate :-)
I have the opportunity to wrestle this great man.Yes he Is GREAT because he Is 65 y.o. But stronger than a Young wrestler. I love is Wonderful engine and is agility. Our fight was fantastic and very difficult to dominate him for me in factory the score is 1 to 1.
Highly recom Mendes.
I wait another match with him as soon as possible.
Had the pleasure of wrestling this strong, talented guy. He's an excellent wrestler, and knows how to use those impressive muscles. We had a good struggle, lots of back and forth. He's also very friendly and fun off the mats. Am planning a trip to Italy next year so we can wrestle again!
17/10/2015: Had an all-too-brief grapple with enthusiast at the meet v. our Italian friends at Pippa's and definitely need more time with this great wrestler. He's very skilled and totally controlled me, taking submissions off me effortlessly, and I think that I could learn a lot from more mat time with him, so I hope that we get to do that before too long. He's also in absolutely superb shape and very strong, as well as being a friendly, personable and interesting guy to chat to off the mats. Safe, sane and very highly recommended, this is an A* wrestler.
great to meet this fit, skilled wrestler. Shame our bout was so short due to my tight schedule but would wrestle again for longer i hope
had a nice time wrestling. very friendly and fun, and pretty good on the mats. he's very enthusiastic:)
He is a great wrestler and a fun mat warrior.
Had a great match with Enthusiast - he's strong and skilled and looks great in gear. Nice guy too. Looking forward to locking up again.
Enthusiast was not only a great match but a great guy as well. He is very strong and you are up for a challenge if you get on the mats with him. I had a great time wrestling him and hope our paths cross again when he is in Chicago. I Highly recommend him if you want a tough challenge.
What a great guy to have a match against! He is in excellent shape, has a great knowledge of wrestling , and was patient and willing to teach and display a wide variety of holds. He was enjoyable to talk to and knew all types of wrestling. Very accommodating and was a person I would highly recommend and want to wrestle again. Just an awesome opponent!
Fit nice guy who doesn't mind rolling with someone bigger. Good guy who keeps his body in shape and has a good attitude about this stuff.
Wow, what am amazing guy! Had a really good wrestle with Dick when he was in NZ. This guy is very highly skilled, and knows a lot of holds and escapes. I was no match for a guy of his skill level, and suffered in a couple of painful holds. It was a real pleasure to meet a guy who has the experience in matches that Dick has. If you get a chance to meet him, you should take it Very friendly, and I highly recommend him !
enthusiast is a fine wrestler and a fine person. Although I am plagued by a back problem that doesn't seem to want to go away, I enjoyed nearly 2 hours of jobbering and a range of holds that stretched my bod significantly. Hopefully if we can meet again, I'll do a better job of jobbering. Enthusiast is an excellent opponent well worth your time for a match.
Wrestled Enthusiast Dick at the '15 nycfest. Briefly round-robined with Camike and Enthusiast, which was fun even when they "ganged up" on me….lol. Enthusiast is a really good wrestler and a good guy. He won ! What can I say, the guy got a gold medal at the Gay Games. Would take him on again, more aggressively !
great match and great guy to wrestle dont pass up a chance to wrestle him if your looking for a skilled tough and fun oppenent ! hope we have many matches in the future
Whoever said wrestling this guy was like wrestling a tank had it right, as long as the tank in question had a blue belt! Strong, skilled, great guy to wrestle, excellent host. Took me to the cleaners, but really want to wrestle him some more. Lots of fun!
Super skilled guy that trains. Great mats and great host. Happy to call him a wrestling bud.
Tough, strong and tenacious on the mats, great guy off the mats. Enjoyed a very good workout and glad for the opportunity to lock up with this guy!
I finally got to wrestle someone older than me..and got to call someone "Old Man"...joking of course.. he moves as well as and has the stregnth of anyone 20 years younger...awesome guy..awesome time
I had an excellent match with enthusiast. The name really fits as he is a clever, strong and technical submission wrestler.
How did you put it, "even more fun than I thought it would be"? :) I hope we'll meet again, some day!
Met Dick today and had a great wrestle with him, had me tied up in knots and once he gets you in a hold, you ain't escaping unless your making him sweat which even then is a struggle!
He is extremely fit and in good nick ;) and his pics do not do him justice, so much better in person and he certainly knows some great holds.
Had a great give n take match, then a heel vs jobber match with him.
Also gave me a few tips and showed me some great holds.
A sound, safe and fun guy to be around and great to chat to....shame we didn't have longer, could have wrestled him all afternoon.
I would definitely meet again.
Mark is a guy strong for his size and very feisty. Not someone to get taken down or give up without being forced (really!) to do so. Makes him a lot of fun, and would wrestle him again anytime. We had a good struggle, some back and forth, and an excellent conversation. Hope to have another go at him!
This guy really deserves his nickname! Completely enthusiastic about wrestling...
A nice and reliable wrestler, a resistant opponent, with a solid and powerful body.
Don't get fooled by his age, he is quite combative on the mats and is worth a good match!
Out of the mats, reliable and a true gentleman. Completely recommandable!
Gold medal submission grappling match. Dick took me down and tapped me out in less than 2 minutes. Powerful. Fun. Humble. Great Competitor. Sexy.
This guy should be called 'mean on the mats,' for he is one tough hombre. I outweighed him by 50 pounds and still he took me apart bit by bit, pythoning me by putting his arms around my neck when he mounted me so tight I could feel my own teeth going through my lower lip as he crushed my face into his chest. He released me the minute I tapped. The guy is a beast. I learned a lot wrestling him and would love a second try at him again some time. enthusiast won 5 falls, and I won, uh, enthusiast won 5 falls as I said. LOL. The guy knows what he's doin'.
In addition, he's a really nice guy, but be prepared to be schooled on the mat.
Very skilled, strong, great endurance. Fun on and off the mats. Looking forward to our next match.
An all around GREAT guy! Good submission wrestler, hot body, and excellent conversationalist. After a number of my buddies recommended wrestling Enthusiast, I'm glad we finally made it happen.
Don't let his light weight fool you. Very strong and skilled!
Looking forward to another match.
very strong wrestler and very kind guy and very nice body :-)
great fighter, very good technique and impressive strength. I had a great time, higly recommended!
Great shape! Strong! Aggressive! And so much fun. I'd roll with this guy over and over again! You should too!
Enthusiast is strong, skilled, can dish it out and take it, always enjoyable to wrestle and yes enthusiastic. :-D
This guy is a strong and good looking opponent who proves that older guys are not to be underestimated.
Quite skillful in Submission Wrestling and fun all the time.
He makes sure the match stays safe and he is reliable when it Comes to organisation or timing of the match.
Very pleasant companion in between the rounds, too.
I recommend him to everybody!
Can't say enough good things about this guy! Much stronger than he
looks, great wrestler, and all round great guy. Thought before we met
he would be a good match and was not disappointed. If you ever get
the opportunity to wrestle him, you will see what I mean. Highly
Was a pleasure from the very start. Easy to set up the match, on time and great guest. Had an incredibly tough, focused roll with a lot of back and forth. Gave me everything I could give back at me. Solid, in shape, sane, tenacious and incredibly good for being in the game only a few years. Off the mat, smart, modest, easy guy to get to know. Can we clone him? Gets a 10/10 and look forward to next time.
Great match! He smoothly moderated his superior strength skill and weight advantage so that we had a fine back and forth wrestle. Made me feel i was actually wining some of the time and know i was losing the rest. His willingness to explore and experiment made for more fun. Excellent venue.
Have wrestled him many times and always a great hard fun match. Strong as hell, great competitor and terrific all around guy.
He's pretty amazing on and off the mats. You really have to be alert on the mats - he's strong, skilled, and doesn't pass up any opportunity to take advantage of openings. Excellent to wrestle - would do so anytime. Off the mats, just a great guy to hang with.
I had a great match with enthusiast, he was nice and very strong ! Fun match up ! need a rematch !
Never underestimate a smaller opponent! This guy has a body of iron and similar strength! If I managed to defeat him, it was after a hard struggle. A gracious host with a great mat setup. Looking forward to tangling with him again.
Had been looking forward to wrestling him for quite a while, and it was very much worth the wait. Excellent skills, really strong, and graciously adapted himself to my skill level. Plus, a very good sense of humor! Look forward to another match...
I had the opportunity to meet and wrestle twice and each time was better than the last. For a novice his size betrays his strength and determination. One of the strongest neck cranks I ever felt. He is a really nice genuine guy off the mats. Looking forward to the rematch.
Great wrestler. Very strong and fun to roll with. We had a good battle on the mats. Looking forward to another match with him.
Strong. Tough. Persistent. Great fun. What else could you want on the mats?
I wrestled enthusiast this past Canada day and had a great time. He's extremely fit and it's clear he gets lots of opportunities to wrestle. He's a perfect wrestling combination of a nice guy off the mats and not so nice on them. I highly recommend him as an opponent.