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On this episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Spey catch up with Nestor Taffur and Sammy Brooks.
Order of Show
0:00 - How Nestor Taffur got into wrestling the group of hammers he started with in Bound Brook, NJ.
0:09 - Wrestling for the great Carl Adams at Boston University, and the pain of losing a program.
0:22 - How Nestor got into freestyle.
0:26 - What’s it like wrestling Frank Chamizo?
0:30 - What’s it like training with the Colombian wrestling team and training in NYC during the pandemic.
0:36 - The match Taffur is most proud of and worst whoopin.
0:38 - Nestor and Sammy ask each other questions.
0:42 - How does Sammy sauna when Carver-Hawkeye is shut down?
0:44 - Sammy’s development in the Oak Park River Forest system under Coach Mike Powell and being challenged by his older brothers.
0:50 - Learning an inside trip from Coach Powell, a bow-and-arrow from BJ Futrell and then Turkish oil wrestling with the team.
0:57 - Coach Powell’s struggle with illness and how it shaped Sammy’s career.
1:05 - Sammy almost canceled his recruiting visit to Iowa.
1:10 - Growing into his weight class and growing a mullet (obligatory mullet talk).
1:12 - Sammy is pumped for Dan Dennis being back with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and for Senior Nationals coming to Iowa City.
1:22 - Sammy’s proudest win, worst whoopin, and what’s Iowa City like during the pandemic?