Coleman, the human flying squirrel

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Ellis Coleman, who graduated from OPRF in 2009, recently made heads spin when he flipped over an opponent for a takedown at the Junior Greco-Roman World Championships in Bucharest, Romania.

Coleman leapt over Iran’s Mehdi Zidvand, wrapped his arms around his opponent’s waist, and, upon landing feet first on the mat, spun Zidvand upset down. (Well, take a look for yourself.) The move is known as the Flying Squirrel.

Nearly a dozen videos of Coleman’s takedown have been posted on YouTube. One of the posts had over 4 million views.

Coleman, who finished third in the Class 3A State Wrestling Tournament his senior year, took home the bronze medal in his weight class at the tournament.

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Posted: August 13th, 2011 4:26 PM

Ellis Coleman chatted with Chalk Them Up about his sweet new move! Be sure to check it out!

Melissa from  

Posted: August 9th, 2011 10:23 PM

What a move! Love the athleticism and finesse.

OP Parent  

Posted: August 9th, 2011 6:05 PM


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