Just about every man goes through a mid-life crisis. When men reach their mid-40s or 50s they suddenly realize that they don’t have as much time left on this Earth, and can’t take anything for granted, which is why they go out and buy that new Porsche or pick up that 20-year old girlfriend. Frankly, it sounds pretty awesome, and I can’t wait to have mine.
Still, there are some men who actually have their mid-life crisis and do something beneficial for themselves. Guys like Terence Haynes who found himself in his early 40s weighing in at 429 pounds, and knew he’d probably die soon if he didn’t make a change. So what did he do? He began working on achieving his dream of being an old guy wrestling with much younger men.
Terence Haynes kept alive a decades-old dream by shedding 200 pounds and earning a spot to wrestle against collegians half his age.
At 45 years old no less.
Haynes, who weighed 429 pounds just over a year ago, dropped down to 228 on a 5-foot, 9 1/2 -inch frame while wrestling at Baldwin-Wallace College. His bulging arm and neck muscles testify to a relentless workout routine meant to exorcise a 15,000-calorie-a-day eating habit that bordered on obsession to cover up everyday problems in life.
Haynes went back to college to complete a degree in computer information systems while in the midst of his new workout routine, and was discovered by the Baldwin-Wallace’s wrestling coach, Rich Fleming, while on campus. The coach asked him if he’d be interested in wrestling, and even though Haynes hadn’t done it since junior high, he agreed.
He then went 2-13 during the season, but that hasn’t soured Haynes on the experience as he plans on wrestling again next year, and hopes to throw the shot put for the school’s track team this spring. No word on whether or not he’s going to take a job at a local supermarket and spend his nights watching Marisa Tomei strip.