King of the Roc
Billy Roc teaches his students the art of professional wrestling. His sweat-scented storage garage doubles as his classroom, dubbed The School of Roc. His program is one of a handful in the state to teach the sport. But no teacher compares to Billy Roc, the self-proclaimed King of Indiana.
(L-R) The School of Roc: Josh Cantrell, Tim Handlon, Shephen Peake, Billy Roc, Chris Owens, Isaiah Van Auken, Percy Davis, Oscar Lopez.
Billy Roc (center) with The School of Roc’s two freshman students, Isaiah Van Auken (L) and Josh Cantrell (R).
Peake pins Davis to the mat during a scrimmage match. “I love playing the (bad guy),” Peake says. “You control the match more.”
Davis puts Peake in an arm lock. “I take my personality and crank it up to 11,” Davis says about his wrestling alter ego.
Peake cradles Davis across his shoulders before a body slam. Owens (right) serves as referee.
Lopez punishes Davis during a practice heat. Lopez is from Long Island. “Rent is cheaper out here,” he says.
Van Auken drives his elbow in Owens’ chest . “I don’t remember when I didn’t like wrestling,” Van Auken says.
Owens flips Van Auken on his back for a body slam
Handlon fruitlessly reaches for the ropes as Van Auken twists his other arm.
Owns digs his boot into Cantrell’s elbow. Owens was once injured in practice by Billy Roc. “He gave me a black eye,” Owens says.
Handlon pins Van Auken with his knee and taunts the imaginary crowd. Handlon is Roc’s first student.
Handlon puts Cantrell in a headlock. Having wrestled in over 500 professional matches, Handlon is the school’s most seasoned student.
Cantrell winces after a chest slap from Van Auken.
Roc (left) watches Cantrell and Van Auken scrimmage.
Roc instructs Cantrell proper pinning techniques, using Van Auken as an example.
Josh Cantrell, aka The Metal Messiah. “I’m thankful Billy is here,” he says. “He gives me a chance to pursue my dream.”
Isaiah Van Auken, aka The Syko Sun.
Cantrell hooks van Hauken around the arm in preparation for a body slam.
Cantrell and Van Auken practice mat wrestling, and pulling hair.
Van Auken take’s a boot to the face, courtesy Cantrell.