A Tussle For All Ages At The Old Man Wrestling Tournament In Plainville

Two competitors face off at the Old Man Wrestling Tournament on Sunday in Plainville. Photo: Suzanne Sausville/WBZ NewsRadio

PLAINVILLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Despite the name, the Old Man Wrestling Tournament was open to almost all ages in Plainville this weekend.
Old and young alike went toe-to-toe on the wrestling mat at the Kryptonite Wrestling Klub on Sunday, and there were two wrestlers in their 50's.

"Oh yeah, I'm nervous.. if there's two minute periods, I'm going to be in for a rough day," said Bob Spratt, 53. But as it turned out, Spratt won his first match — against a guy in his 20's.

Zach, age 23, said Spratt was just being modest, and that the younger men were afraid to wrestle him. The tournament was open to anyone out of high school, and the older wrestlers had coached some of the younger ones.

The oldest wrestler there was Mark Wolfgang, at age 55. He said hardly anyone his age wrestles, so he’s forced to take on the younger guys. The Kryptonite Wrestling Klub is planning to start an "Old Man Wrestling League" this fall.

The one problem with being older after one of these tournaments is the day after.

Brett Poirier with Kryptonite Wrestling Klub started the tournament, and said the older guys tend to be nursing their injuries a little more the next day. He was asked how bad the pain was:

"I wouldn't say a car accident, but maybe a little fender bender," he said as he stifled a laugh.

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