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NCAA Wrestling Tournament Starts Tomorrow

14 March 2012 7 Comments

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 event that holds dozens of unique distinctions within its community of worldwide traditional wrestlers, many of which are easy to deduce but tough to verify. There are claims that it’s the wealthiest (one of five NCAA championships to make money) and the most well attended (100k+), and it certainly seems to be the best publicized and covered event. None of these distinctions are surprising when you look a the broader sports scene in America, and even our core values. We put an emphasis on money-making, and delight in showmanship.

I’ll be there covering the event for IntermatWrestle.com and giving a short preview on Sirius Fight Club (Sirius 94/XM 208) between 4-6 PM on Thursday, March 15th. You can head over to Intermat now for several free articles on the team race, as well as some subscription articles on who to watch.

We all have busy schedules, but if you can only watch ONE round (outside of the finals which will be broadcast on ESPN and easily DVR’ed) you should watch the final round on Friday night. This round features the semifinals and the wrestleback round where winners earn the title All-American. Wrestling is one of the few sports (all of them individual) where collegiate athletes earn the title All-American rather than have it bestowed upon them by sportswriter. Trust me, you should never trust a sportswriter. This round is coated in high emotions and should make for quality television.

Also this year three Mongolians qualified for the NCAA tournament Bagna of George Mason (197), Ganbayar of American (157) and my good friend Turtogtokh of Citadel (174). Be sure to send them some good vibes.

Enjoy the tournament and for updates be sure to follow me on Twitter @trfoley

7 Comments »

  • Rachael Taylor said:

    Sending good vibes their way. I can’t even imagine the energy at the tournament. I know you’ll do a good job bringing it to life though. Can’t wait to see your coverage!

  • Diesel67 said:

    Mongolians, eh? If Genghis Khan, so “khan” we :)

    NCAA does not govern all amateur sports in the US, only collegiate sports. The rest is governed by various bodies chartered by Congress. For wrestling, it’s USA Wrestling.

  • Eastern Wrestling said:

    Tim: We posted this article on our site for all the Eastern fans to take advantage of. Thanks for keeping the greatest fans in the world part of the action. Indeed, good vibes to the Mongolians and everyone in St. Louis.

  • old man said:

    I have to disagree with the first sentence. Greco-Roman wrestling is traditional to the Peloponnese and still has tournaments (like junior Nationals in Fargo) that are larger than NCAAs, (in participation not attendance). The rules have changed over the centuries, but the same is true of American Folk Style.

    Though, if you mean the largest traditional tournament in its home country, I will have to agree.

    • T.R. Foley said:

      Interesting.

      I was referring to the NCAA as a league of traditional wrestlers, and by input possibly including the high schools that they oversee. Were it just D1 wrestling, I think we’d be looking at something like 2500 wrestlers, more when you include D2 and D3.

      Tell us more about the local Greco leagues!

      • oldman said:

        Interesting…

        I generally think of the NCAA as an overarching governing organization of various sports rather than a league. The Greco-Roman (and Freestyle) equivalent in the United States would then be USA Wrestling, who has more wrestlers than the NCAA (because of the youth element). I’m certainly willing to count D2 and D3, but calling high schools a part of the NCAA is a stretch.

  • Lucy Shelly said:

    It was a great tournament. I’m already watch the tournament. Love it to watched. And I’m keenly waited the next tournament. Thanks!!!http://acecasinosportsbook.com/

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