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    I read this book last spring, I used to have a quote from the book as my sig line:
    "Wrestlers are better than other athletes because their drive is so pure, because their pursuit is so solitary. So few people outside their circle of fellow wrestlers could ever begin to understand the sacrifices they make in order to simply get on the mat, much less compete and win."

    Good interview with the author:
    http://www.thesportsinterview.com/markkreidler.htm

    A good book that does good balance of explaining wrestling to the uninitiated without dragging on. I think ESPN needs to drop the "Wrestling 101" segment it usually adds during the NCAA finals. Lets face it, very few viewers are watching who are not wrestling fans and to those who are not fans, 5 minutes is not going to let them appresicate what is going on.

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    How come I am just hearing about it now? You crazy kids have to share this stuff!

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    Blue, when the book came out there was a couple of threads about it. Probably didn't see them. Oh, well still a great read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiltz View Post
    Blue, when the book came out there was a couple of threads about it. Probably didn't see them. Oh, well still a great read.
    I guess I was in space. Oh well. But for anyone who hasn't read it... I'm giving them away!

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    I got it this summer but just got around to reading it about a month ago. I always enjoy books that chronicle a sports season, so I was glad to finally see one for wrestling. For me it ranks right up there with Friday Night Lights, A Season Inside, Junction Boys, Season on the Brink, and To Hate Like This is to be Happy Forever.

    I'm already an Iowa fan but this makes their team even more interesting. I always enjoy watching wrestlers more when I feel like I know more about what makes them tick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiltz View Post
    Blue, when the book came out there was a couple of threads about it. Probably didn't see them. Oh, well still a great read.
    I thought it was kind of funny when Kriedler talked about the out of state "imports" named Mark Perry, Charlie Falck, and Alex Tsirtsis like they were chopped liver.

    I know he wrote the book with the point to spotlight Iowa wrestling, but that still struck me as kind of funny.

    Definitely a good book, recommend to any wrestling fan.
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    It was interesting to me that he called Perry a New Jersey import and didn't mention Perry's lineage.

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    I just looked at your blog, and the cover picture you have posted is different than the cover of my copy. So it looks like it is some kind of re-issue. Strange.
    Super 32 Challenge - October 26-27, 2013

    "Good things happen when you wrestle for a full seven minutes." -- Jayson Ness, post-finals press conference

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    I just read this a couple weeks ago and loved it!

    Does anybody have any other book recommendations for wrestling fans?

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