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Jan. 17, 2019

Marine Corps Sgt. John Stefanowicz describes what it's like to be a member of the All-Marine Wrestling Team.

Wrestlers stretching
Marines Stretching
Marine Corps Sgt. John Stefanowicz leads his teammates on the All-Marine Wrestling Team in a group stretch after practice at Stone Bay Gym at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 23, 2018. The Marines work out on an average of 20 hours a week and stretch before and after every gym session.
Photo By: Photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Taryn Escott
VIRIN: 180823-Z-Y5560-030
A man throws another to the ground
All Marine Wrestling
Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Terrence Zaleski throws Sgt. John Stefanowicz to the ground outside the All-Marine Wrestling Team’s Stone Bay Gym at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 23, 2018. The team often practices their techniques outside before playing soccer.
Photo By: Photo by Marine Corps LCpl. Taryn Escott
VIRIN: 180820-Z-Y5560-043
A wrestler flips another wrestler
Flipping
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. German Diaz and Egyptian Olympian Mostafa Hassan practice different techniques at Marine Corps Stone Bay Gym at Camp Lejeune North Carolina, Aug. 20, 2018. Hassan is a 2008 Olympian and was providing professional experience and tips to the team.
Photo By: Marine Corps Photo by LCpl. TarynEscott
VIRIN: 180820-Z-Y5560-002
A sweaty man
A sweaty man
Marine Corps Sgt. John Stefanowicz cools down after wrestling practice at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 20, 2018. Stefanowicz has been wrestling since he was four and has been with the All-Marine Wrestling team since 2011.
Photo By: Photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Taryn Escott
VIRIN: 180820-Z-Y5560-016