Saw this this morning on FaceBook and thought it would be great to share it here. In addition to Peter you’ll see some of our other loyal classmates there in the crowd too. Can you name them?
This was the New York State high school wrestling tournament held in Syracuse, NY in March 1974. Video shows my first round match against Rick Armstrong, from Whitney Point, who beat me 6-3 and went on to place first. He later became a D3 national champion in college and all-American. Look at the last minute of the match, I was down 4-3, in neutral position and “takedown wins it!” Then Armstrong pulled a move I’ve never seen before (later became illegal)! This video includes my late father Farrell Ruppert, team mate Chris Hart, coach Bill Synder among several others. Special thanks to assistant coach Ray Tellier, who was the cameraman. Peter Ruppert
I never liked the concept of trying to pin down some sweaty guy!
Hi Scott, the trick is to pin them before they get sweaty! Haha
Very cool to have been able to capture the film and show us. Chris says he knows what a great wrestler AND football player you were. You helped him gain a lot of yards!
Hi Tricia, I just read your comments, they are very nice! One of my most satisfying moments in football was blocking for Chris and watching him go the distance!
thanks, Tricia and Chris!
Hi Peter, I still remember sitting in front of you in Myrna Feldman’s Biology class…..and you constantly spitting into a cup or an empty milk container! For the longest time I thought this was the oddest behavior…. until you explained one day that it was to lower your weight. Another fascinating kernel of knowledge gained in bio class!!