Pinned (FULL DOCUMENTARY)



Lakewood, Ohio has two high schools with very different wrestling teams. The public school, Lakewood High, dominated during World War II but hasn’t had a state champion since 1959. This may change with senior Matt Curley. Matt, who is naturally strong and wrestles with an unorthodox style, lives with his single mother in a small apartment and dreams of becoming a champion. Placing in the state as a junior, Matt will do anything to win, including training all week on a diet of just three oranges. Unfortunately, natural talent isn’t enough in wrestling. To be a state champion in Ohio requires dedication, discipline and time. The greatest challenge to being an Ohio champion, however, is right in Matt’s home town: St. Edward High School. For two generations, St. Edward has dominated Ohio high school wrestling. So many brackets from state champions occupy space in the Eagles’ wrestling room that some have been moved to the track above. Three of those brackets belong to their captain, Lance Palmer. Lance has wrestled since he was 9. He employs a ferocious physical style, using a version of the half-nelson which forces his opponents to get pinned – or suffer a broken arm. On his way to winning a third title as a junior, Lance pinned every opponent in the sectional, district and state tournaments, including Lakewood’s Matt Curley – twice. Sharing the credit for Lance’s success is his father, Dwayne, who made Lance lift weights on Christmas Day, then had his son repeat eighth grade to improve his chance of success in high school. Dwayne even has Lance wrestle full grown bears to hone his skills. “Pinned” is an intimate glimpse into the lives of two young men fighting for the same dream in radically different ways. Along the way are thrilling victories and agonizing defeats that reveal exactly what it takes to be a champion in a sport where pain is practiced and winning is worth any price.

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  1. Is anyone else creeped the hell out by matts mom? "Its like hes my husband, you know, cause we fight." No its like a mother and teenage boy. I feel like shes enjoying being filmed wayyy more than he is as well, and enjoys his success in wrestling more than he does too. He said in the beginning that he just wrestles cause he feels obligated and doesnt care about it. I feel like hes only doing it because his mother is forcing him. Either way, shes very off putting.

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  2. I placed 3rd in state 2004 "Colorado" I was not mentally prepared either now I'm 33 and just barely officially getting over the fact that I could have done better in counseling they called it the what ifs… I'm stronger now though in a crucial money making time in my life and taking care of my family I created a son who likes hockey now I know how to properly train him.

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  3. wrestlers are a brotherhood. the pain, dedication no matter if you win or lose. it is the greatest sport. I wrestled back in the mid '90s in Oklahoma under an all American , state champion coach. once a wrestler always a wrestler.

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  4. I wrestled in late 90s. I graduated in 96. We had no real idea about nutrition or smart ways to cut weight. But we had lots of heart. I to was someone who had more heart than physical ability. But man how I wouldn't take anything for those experiences. I also truly believe it made me tougher and able to handle tough situations in my adult life. Thanks wrestling and all the great coaches and wrestling partners at Castlewood high!!! Thanks for everything

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  5. That boy did not get caught in a Granby role .That was a shoulder role. The Granby includes controlling the wrist as you role thru. I hear announcers call it a Granby roll.Contact coach Steve Martin ,Old Dominion Univ. whose father Billy Martin (Granby High) invented the Granby roll ln the 50's .Coach Martin's teams won 24 state championships and is considered the best high school coach of all time. Please contact coach Martin and learn the correct move.

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  6. No wonder that get their girly asses kicked by st eds every single year. New coaching staff wld prob be a safe and healthy option for Lakewood.

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  7. One of the bears mauled and killed one of the volunteers. https://www.morningjournal.com/news/animal-keeper-sam-mazzola-found-dead-at-home/article_6ba9fbc2-8534-53e7-80bb-183cd85d86c6.html

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  8. This movie reminded me so much about the ridiculous (and sometimes quite dangerous) perspective on weight cutting and competition in wrestling. I feel slightly embarrassed to admit it, but the wrestler Curly from Lakewood reminded me a lot of myself during my youth. I firmly believe i would have had a far more successful career if i was given a more wise approach to diet in wrestling. I attribute most of my gas tank running out in tournaments to lack of proper calories and nutrition. If i only knew then what i know now.

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  9. I will never understand wrestling a bear, and I wish people would knock this nonsense off. It's not showing toughness or strength. It's just lame. It's like racing somebody who doesn't even know they're in a race. The bear doesn't have a concept of "wrestling", and certainly not for points. For a bear, it's either I hunt and kill you, or I don't. Real simple.

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  10. Lol imagine the outrage over that bear scene if this was filmed in 2019-2020 and the tigers and shit keyboard warriors would go nuts

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  11. its sad to hear a young man say he wouldn't want his kids to wrestle just goes to so you how hard his father has pushed him into hating the sport he use to love

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  12. I bet Lakewood has alot of kids stolen from them. To bad that powerhouse cant win without stealing kids then I would be impressed.

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  13. Ryan Bertin was a monster at St Ed’s I remember watching him win beast in hs then go on to have a phenomenal college career.

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