This was one of the wildest event’s that I have ever photographed in my life. I spent an evening at the old Bellevue grade school photographing IWA Mid-South hardcore professional wrestling. There were several matches with both men and women wrestler’s. The one match out of the ordinary was called a lucky 13 match. The way to win the contest was to be the first wrestler to staple seven $1.00 bills to your opponent’s body. There was nothing “fake” about this. The blood was very real and it was spilled by each wrestler all over the ring and the floor of the gymnasium. The winner posed after his match with one lucky fan who collected a blood stained dollar bill in the match. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and luckily no one was seriously injured. on the technical side these images were shot with my new Canon Mark IV body at ISO 12,800 with my 135mm f/2.0 lens.
My Canon Mark III’s & new Mark IV got a real workout and performed flawlessly as I photographed 18 games over 4 days and shot 10,432 frames to capture the NJCAA Division II National tournament held on the Illinois Central College campus in East Peoria, IL. The tournament games were played from March 17-20. The finals was played Saturday night between defending champions Kirkwood Community College from Cedar Rapids, IA and the Lady Patriots of Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, VA. Kirkwood held off the talented Patriots to win there fourth consecutive National Championship for head coach Kim Muhl. The tournament MVP was Andi Waugaman from Kirkwood and the Caterpillar Power Player of the tournament was Andrea Barbour of Patrick Henry. It was a fantastic week of basketball. A special thanks to Sue Sinclair, Susan Grebner, Guy Goodman and all of there staff and volunteers who put on a fantastic tournament.
UPDATE: Added a slideshow of highlights from the event to the very bottom of the post. Enjoy.