So a couple of weeks ago, I was rolling through Olean, New York with some people. We were listening to a weird combination of The Doors, ZZ Top, and the commendable Swedish death metal band, In Flames. To quote ZZ Top, I was feelin' all right.

But somehow my experience did not feel complete. I knew that Olean was the hometown of a former Penn State wrestling legend. This man is named Jeff Prescott, and he won two national titles. Prescott was an exemplar of one of my favorite wrestling styles: what I call the Shitkicker. Like the boots after which he's named, the Shitkicker wrestler is not the prettiest, or the slickest, but he does what he does, and what he does is simple, solid, and unstoppable unless you're basically elite. He also often has a serious bad attitude, and a lot of bad intentions towards his opponent. Frank Molinaro is the most recent example of a Shitkicker to wear the PSU singlet.

As for Prescott, first off, he and Chad Zaputil of Iowa were once wrestling at the Virginia Duals. Prescott and Zaputil wrestled quite a lot; Zaputil finished second to Prescott two years in a row at NCAAs. They were both disqualified for fighting. Prescott wasn't dirty, and he wasn't cheap, but he was intense in the way that can get just plain nasty. Here's a former Penn Stater, Chad Dubin, talking about Prescott:

I remember in the Spring of my junior year when Tim Flynn was a grad assistant and was running practice by himself. I was wrestling Jeff Prescott, and let's just say things got really physical. It got so bad that we weren't wrestling but just trying to punch each other so Jeff says "Do you want to take this outside." I said "Sure. Let's go!" So we walked out the back door of the old room onto the grass to just throw down and fight. While this was going on, Tim Flynn was in the restroom. When he returned, the room was empty, and he had no idea what was going on. He soon realized that all of the guys on the team were outside watching two idiots having a fist fight in the grass. (The fight was a draw when Flynn broke it up.)

Boys will be boys!

Here's a grainy old school video of Jeff Prescott doing his thing against the aforementioned Zaputil and getting approximately fifty million exposure points:

Now, as I rode through Olean, suddenly from out of nowhere, I was happily shocked when we drove past the storefront for this place:

It's terrifying in a Prescottian way. There's simply a picture of him having his hand raised by a ref, with the sign "If you want it...this is how you get it!" Sketchy in all the right ways. Sadly, I didn't get a picture or have the time to stop in, but it was dander-raising.

Anyway, I'm wondering if any of our resident BSD matheads have anything to say about this wrestling club or Prescott in general.

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