William Tackett vs Enrico Cocco
Photo by JitzKing
Written by Rome G. Lytton IV
“Tackett brings his outside leg over Cocco’s right leg and inverts with a unique grip to set up an attack on Cocco’s leg. Both the crowd and myself are stuck wondering what type of movement that was.”
‘Do not you leave. Do not blink. Do not go pee. Watch this match.’
That being said, my eyes are focused. Either grappler could take this match quickly, clearing his way to the finals.
Both athletes make their way to the center, slap hands and we’re on our way.
Tackett decides to sit down and scoots in, snatching up a leg with his left arm. Cocco lowers his base and looks to pass, but Tackett brings his outside leg over Cocco’s right leg and inverts with a unique grip to set up an attack on Cocco’s leg. Both the crowd and myself are stuck wondering what type of movement that was.
Tackett triangles his legs around Cocco’s hamstring and sets up what looks like a deep kneebar. Tackett senses Cocco tries to escape by back stepping around, so he’s set up a trap to fall into a heel hook. This is high-level game playing.
Cocco knows he’s in trouble and starts to roll to get out. Tackett goes belly down to put more pressure on the heel hook attempt, but Cocco is able to roll and find Tackett’s arms to buy himself some time. Tackett then switches to grabbing Cocco’s other leg and crossing it over to secure a 411 position.
Cocco defends again and fights off Tackett’s attacks. It looks like he’s about to escape, until Tackett switches to an outside heel hook on Tackett’s right leg.
This time Cocco is dead to rights and has no choice but to tap.
This was one the most exciting matches I’ve seen lately. Both of these grapplers could’ve taken gold in the final. Cocco had some great defense to start, but Tackett’s transitions were mind blowing.
I look forward to watching both grapplers compete in the future.
Tackett def. Cocco by outside heel hook at 1:21 into the match.