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Wrestling has a firm hold on me

So, sports colleague supreme John Dudley once commented how there’s no middle ground when it comes to a youth’s initiation into wrestling. He meant amateur wrestling, by the way. Not the Hulk Hogan/Rowdy Roddy Piper/Nature Boy Ric Flair/Sgt. Slaughter/Captain Lou Albano variety that once hoarded the attention of my Strong Vincent brethren. I don’t remember […]

Barnabas Radke defends merits of Olympic wrestling.

As a life-long wrestler and supporter of wrestling, my first thought when hearing the Olympic committee had canceled wrestling for the 2020 Games was “this can’t be true.” Wrestling is an original Olympic sport, and one of the only true amateur sports still left in the world. In case you haven’t heard, wrestling has indeed […]

Bahamas joins the fight to keep the Olympic sport of wrestling

The Bahamas Amateur Wrestling Federation (BAWF) has joined with federations around the Americas in a campaign to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic Sport. The executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted in February to drop wrestling from the Olympic program as of 2020. The surprise decision was a significant point when the Pan […]

UFC is joining the fight to help save Olympic wrestling

There was a time in the not-to-distant past when, Ultimate Fighting Championship, (UFC) was two million dollars in the hole. Today, it’s, several billion in the black, thanks to the efforts of promotion president, Dana White, (and the checkbook of the Fertitta brothers). Now, White tells, NBC Sports, he’s taking on a new fight. “[Wrestling] needs to be more fan-friendly, it needs […]

Keep Wrestling In The Olympics

 

Jordan Burroughs: Gold medalist speaks about Olympic wrestling, NJSIAA state title in 2006

Jordan Burroughs began his wrestling career as a five year old and by 24 he has won an NJSIAA state title, two NCAA championships, a world championship and a gold medal at the London Olympics. Burroughs spoke with The Star-Ledger this week to talk about, the International Olympic Committee’s decision to drop wrestling from the Games, beginning […]

Growth of wrestling could slow without national support.

Northern Illinois wrestling coach Ryan Ludwig tried to find positives when he heard the International Olympic Committee recommended wrestling be removed from its list of core sports for the 2020 games. “I can’t look at the decision negatively,” Ludwig said. “I’ve got to be positive about things. It’s a chance to battle hard and overcome […]

Go To The Mat To Keep Olympic Wrestling

Ever wrestle? We speak of formal amateur wrestling, as mostly seen on the high school and college levels. If you have, you know it is one of the most demanding of sports, a total, all-out commitment of body and mind. It requires discipline and skill, it makes an athlete understand his or her body. It […]

Fight for what’s right. #SaveOlympicWrestling

Ancient Olympic wrestlers would sometimes fight to the death. IOC better understand we’re ready to do that again.

Wrestling will not go down without a fight. #SaveOlympicWrestling

It’s not to late to save Olympic wrestling. Make your voices heard.

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