All over Dakar, Senegal, wrestling schools train these up-and-comers hundreds at a time -- all of them trying to make their mark as wrestlings next star. For many of these young men, it is one hope to out of poverty. These images chronicle the struggle of wrestlers to achieve the dream of being the one rising star who makes it.
A group of young men doing rigorous calisthenics to train at a wrestling school in the suburbs of Dakar, Senegal.
A group of young men train at a wrestling school in the suburbs of Dakar, Senegal.
A wrestler pauses during a sparring match at a wrestling school, outside of Dakar, Senegal.
The view through the cheering crowd during a wrestling match in Dakar, Senegal.
A crowd cheers during a wrestling match in Dakar, Senegal.
A wrestler pauses before a match.
A policeman tries to control the crowd entering the stadium during a match. Matches always draw a large crowd - sometimes filling stadiums of 40,000.
A large wrestling match in Dakar, Senegal.
A wrestler is comforted after a loss. Along with the blow to the ego, each loss lessens the wrestlers chances of graduating to more lucrative matches.