Coming off of a sensational junior campaign at North Carolina State University, former West Holmes grad Max Rohskopf kicked off the 2016-17 NC State wrestling season in style, scoring a pin to win his match Saturday night at the 2016 NWCA All-Star Classic in Cleveland, Ohio.
Rohskopf scored the victory over Michigan’s Brian Murphy, a 2015 All-American and the #4 ranked wrestler at 157 pounds by FloWrestling.
Rohskopf, wrestling at the All-Star Classic for the second year in a row and the first in his new weight class of 157 pounds, got to wrestling in front of his family and friends that made the trek from Killbuck.
Perhaps Rohskopf simply fell into a jaw-dropping victory, or maybe he has created a new move that will become wrestling lore, but regardless, a unique maneuver got the job done, much to the delight of the locals who traveled north to watch him wrestle.
Murphy scored the first takedown, and after a Rohskopf escape, it was 2-1 heading into the second.
Rohskopf started the period on top, but Murphy scored a reversal and then got two-back points to take a 6-1 lead. Rohskopf would score his own reversal and stay on top the rest of the period to push the score to 6-3.
To start the third, Rohskopf started down and got an early escape to close the gap to 6-4. Rohskopf then went in for his own takedown, but quickly turned into the winning pin at 5:44.
The unconventional move on Rohskopf’s part was something that even the most seasoned veteran wrestling people found unable to quantify.
“I have no idea what he used other than what is known in the sport as ‘funk,’” said long-time West Holmes wrestling announcer Bret Curren. “I was there, and after watching the video I still don’t know what that was.”
Curren has kept pace with all of the former Knights wrestlers, and said the N.C State senior has vowed to wow this winter. If this move was any indication, he is off to a heck of a start.
“Max said he was going to be unconventional this season,” Curren said. “I guess so. He’s been practicing martial arts the past couple of years, especially jiu jitsu. The pinning move could’ve been something he learned from that.”
The victory was Rohskopf’s second victory in a row at the All-Star Classic. He defeated Oklahoma’s Clark Glass 9-2 last season in Atlanta at 165 pounds.