I?m a wrestling fan. No, not that steroid laden soap opera you see on ?Smackdown? ? or whatever. I love the ?world?s oldest and greatest sport? ? the sport of Socrates, Plato and Lincoln (Abraham or McIlravy)? the sport of Gable, Smith and Sanderson.
I know it?s late for sending you my ?wish list? ? but here it is.
Santa, I want wrestling to become an urban sport. It is the most democratic of all sports. You don?t have to win any kind of
Wrestling history was made Saturday night and, for once, I can honestly say I contributed. The Iowa/Iowa State dual meet broke the all-time NCAA attendance record when 15,955 people jammed into Carver Hawkeye Arena. That?s about 500 more than Carver can actually seat, but the university got special permission to sell reserved ?standing room? along the rail at the top of the concourse.
It was a special moment in college wrestling. I talked with one Hawkeye fan who drove from Colorado
It?s on ESPN?s list of ?101 Things All Sports Fans Should Do Before They Die?. It doesn?t have a catchy name like ?Bedlam? or ?Civil War?. It?s simply the Iowa vs. Iowa State dual wrestling meet ? one of the most exciting events in all of the Olympic sports.
In a sport where an attendance figure of 3,000 is considered good, the Hawkeye/Cyclone dual has topped 12,000 twenty-one times and three times has gone over 15,000. Another 30 ? 40,000 will watch the live broadcast on Iowa Public
Johnny Cobb has a mission ? to bring intercollegiate wrestling to Texas. Cobb, the wrestling coach at Tascosa High School in Amarillo, is working to establish men?s and women?s teams at West Texas A & M. He is joined in his efforts by one of his former wrestlers ? Olympic champion, Brandon Slay ? and Amarillo Palo Duro coach, Steve Nelson.
I asked Coach Cobb, a former Oklahoma State University wrestler, when and why he started this journey.
Cael Sanderson greets you when you enter Smitty?s Shoe Repair. No ? the Cyclone legend is not actually there ? it?s an autographed life size cut out of the Olympic champion ? holding a giant can of Hy Vee Chunky Vegetable Soup.
Calling Rich Foens, the owner if Smitty?s, a wrestling fan is a classic case of understatement. The walls of his shop on the square in Marion, IA are covered with wrestling memorabilia (and pictures of his grandkids). There are autographed photos and posters