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Power

Wrestling has always been one of my favorite sports to shoot. Trying to illustrate the sheer power that these people expel to pin their opponent is both difficult and exciting, and without fail, new challenges arise with every pair that faces off on the mat. I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with the North Idaho College men's wrestling team, and follow-up at a meet the same week. These are some of my favorite images from my time with the team, with some non-visual reflection mixed throughout. I hope you enjoy, and thank you for looking! 

North Idaho College wrestlers practice takedowns on one another during an afternoon practice Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at North Idaho College. 

The North Idaho College wrestling team get ready to begin a spinning warm-up on stationary bikes Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at North Idaho College. The men warm-up with the cycles for about 10 minutes before hitting the mats to practice wrestling. 

North Idaho College wrestler Omeed Chamanzad completes a barbell squat, a fundamental exercise in wrestling strength training, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in the Winton Hall weight room at North Idaho College. 

North Idaho College wrestlers do somersaults to get warmed-up and used to hitting the mats during a practice session Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at North Idaho College. 


I was trying to understand the mechanics of the sport in order to know what to look for and how to shoot it in an interesting way, but in the end, I just was just acting on instinct in the moment anyways. I think I know now what to really look for next time. 

North Idaho College wrestlers practice moves to bring their opponent to the mat Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at North Idaho College. 

Kevin McLean, right, and Cooper Thomas use a cable machine to strengthen their triceps during a weight training session Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in the weight room in Winton Hall on North Idaho College's campus. 

Chase Campbell works on a heavy rope exercise during a wrestling weight training session Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in Winton Hall on North Idaho College's campus. The exercise increases strength, power and endurance. 

Two North Idaho College wrestlers jokingly spar with one another before the start of an afternoon practice Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at North Idaho College. 


Looking for those different moments of the sport. Or maybe they're just ordinary moments, but captured in a little bit different of a way. I just have to keep pushing. With access like this, you can't help but feel a capacity to want to dive in with both eyes open. 

Twisted up in a variety of wrestling positions, North Idaho College wrestlers practice moves during a practice session Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at North Idaho College. 

Rathdrum native Killian Estes of North Idaho College puts Coeur d'Alene native Garrett Demers of Montana State Northern in a headlock on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 during a match-up at North Idaho College. 

North Idaho College's Jordan Hall, right, faces off against Montana State Northern's Matt Weber on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at North Idaho College.