A nyone who grew up watching WWF and professional wrestling in the s can relate to wanting to be part of the action. The distinctly American genre of campy play-fighting was chock full of great characters, great narrative and stupid stunts. That the late 90s and early aughts saw a surge in the phenomenon of backyard wrestling is no coincidence. The rise and availability of portable video cameras had a big influence on all kinds of urban action sports at the time, from skateboarding to BMX to hardcore inline skating. Suddenly, the power to record, edit, and share narrative versions of these ostensibly underground activities gave new creative license to their approach. In photographer Bryan Denton started shadowing a league of amateur wrestlers in and around New York City. What he saw was much more than your average backyard setup: proper rings plus uniformed refs and throngs of eager fans.
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Amateur Wrestling Photo Gallery by Tom Fortunato, Rochester, NY
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December 9, at pm Tina Hay 3 comments. Somehow, I managed to let almost three years go by between the first time I photographed a Penn State wrestling dual and the second one. Usually the wrestling takes place at floor level, and photographers have to either sit or kneel mat-side for the whole meet. The really dedicated ones lie on their stomach to shoot.