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[ 18 Apr 2014 | One Comment ]
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Wrestling Me and the Inner-City
By. Eric Washington
          I remember being called, “a big six.” It was almost as if people didn’t believe I was only six years old. “He sure is a big six!” It wasn’t like we were trying to get in free on the bus or an amusement ride park, this was freaking everywhere! It wasn’t that I was one of those mammoth babies, like the one you see on YouTube, all fat smoking …

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[ 19 Nov 2013 | 2 Comments ]
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Farmer Burns was a famous 20th-century Catch-as-Catch-Can wrestling champion. He earned his fame during the barnstorming days when men would travel from county to county wrestling during fairs and carnivals. Burns was one of the foremost barnstorming wrestlers and very likely wrestled  thousands of matches during his career.
After he retired from the sport, Burns turned to coaching and eventually wrote a book on wrestling techniques, diet, and exercise for wrestlers. Here are some snippets from his work published in 1913:
Practice, …

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[ 2 May 2013 | 2 Comments ]
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In our travels, we have come across a large handful of Fulbright Scholars: film makers, writers, dancers, and many teachers. However, we have yet to come across a sports-based Fulbrighter.
As the college school year is coming to a conclusion, it would be great to see student athletes, coaches, or other educators be a part of this State Department program.
For those of you who read our site, follow the Wrestling Roots’ twitter/tumblr/facebook page know, WRESTLING IS EVERYWHERE. It would be great …

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[ 14 Mar 2012 | 7 Comments ]
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The title of this article could have also read “World’s Largest Traditional Wrestling League Holds National Tournament”
This week, the NCAA — the self-righteous governing body of amateur  collegiate sports in America — is hosting the 82nd Annual NCAA Wrestling Tournament in St. Louis Missouri. The tournament is being covered by all types of national media, including the worldwide leader in sports (ESPN) who will broadcast every round for the first time in tournament history.
Of course this is a significant traditional wrestling …

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[ 12 Feb 2012 | No Comment ]
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High school and college wrestling seasons around the country are coming to an end over the next few weeks. To celebrate I’ve decided to share links to some of the best photographers in amateur wrestling. Enjoy the photos and be sure to leave a comment for any of the photographers you think did a particularly nice job.
Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been busy putting together a big announcement, so be sure to check back this week for more …

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[ 10 Oct 2011 | 8 Comments ]
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The greatest wrestling coach in NCAA history is has been given the profile treatment by the Big Ten Network. Dan Gable, who was a coach for 17 NCAA championships and 21 straight Big Ten titles will be featured on the BTN program Big Ten Icons Tuesday at 8PM ET.
Here’s the tease.

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[ 24 Aug 2011 | 3 Comments ]
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Don’t look now, but the rule of skirts in girl’s sports might one day be replaced by battle-hardened female wrestlers. The ground swell of participation in wrestling by high school girls topped a recent survey conducted by the The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHA) in percentage increase of participation.
The number of girl wrestlers in high schools grew to 7,351 athletes, an increase of 1,217 wrestlers from the previous year (an impressive 19.8 percent increase). This made girls …

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[ 9 Aug 2011 | No Comment ]
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I recently wrote an opinion piece for Intermat that explores the wrestling communities multi-layered reaction to the on-mat acrobatics of 20-year-old Greco-Roman wrestler Ellis Coleman. The goal of the article was to stoke the creative minds within the American wrestling community in the hopes that they see the need for ideas like Wrestling Roots, which seek to push the conversation about wrestling in new and exciting directions.
 Amateur wrestling needs to ask itself if it is willing to track towards a …

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[ 7 Jul 2011 | 10 Comments ]
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American folkstyle wrestling is missing out on one of the most important aspects of traditional wrestling competitions – the victory dance.
I remember sitting in the University of Virginia Wrestling room in 1999 listening to then-captain, now-coach Steve Garland and a half-dozen other wrestlers fantasize about what they would do if they ever win the NCAA championship. Almost every celebration included some use of available props, in this case ankle bands. Guys floated the idea of using them as a grenade …

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[ 23 May 2011 | No Comment ]
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The Web is filled with excellent resources about the American brand of wrestling. Many sites, including Intermat and Flowrestling cover the day-to-day information about the sport, prompting me to have a more comparative interest in the sport. I hope the posts of the next 10 weeks will add insight and perspective into our style of traditional wrestling and illustrate what other cultures might find odd (e.g.headgear) or entertaining (e.g. NCAA’s).
In the meantime click the link below to view Nick Brandreth’s …