Story by Lon Tytell
Steve Moss, the manager of Verizon Wireless in Warwick, is once again trying to overcome adversity to achieve success. Moss is a grappler, which combines the skills of ground combat, wrestling, Sambo, judo, jiu-jitsu, and other mixed martial arts.
In 2015, he placed second in his weight class of 180 pounds in the Intermediate Division at a North American Grappling Association (NAGA) competition. He had planned to move up to the 2016 Expert Division, but his hopes were dashed. His C7-T (a disc in the spine that connects the neck to the spine) was severely herniated and he suffered from pain down his entire right arm.
After months of self-rehabilitation and work with chiropractor Joseph Bednar and art therapist Jody Lynn Reider, Moss regained his strength, lost 20 pounds, and surprisingly, competed in the 170 pound Intermediate Division in 2016. He finished again in second place, losing the final match by one point. Moss competes in the No-GI category wearing mixed martial arts shorts and rash guards, which are Under Armour-style shirts used for grappling. These shirts display the names of sponsors.
Moss was looking forward to competing in the Expert Division in this year’s competition, which would lead to a higher level stage in the Super Fights. He now suffers from a spinal injury, but knowing that he overcame a setback in 2016, Moss feels that he will recover again so he can achieve his goal. He hopes that his struggles through pain will inspire people to chase their dreams when they encounter adversity.