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    Default Win a book following Iowa high school wrestling

    Hey everyone,

    I just finished reading Four Days to Glory, the book following Dan LeClere and Jay Borschel during their senior season of high school. It's really, really good. I have a full review on my site, and, to add to the fun, you can win a copy!

    Click here to read more about the book and the contest.


    Good luck!
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    Not sure how new it is. I picked it up in the summer. I enjoyed it. Even though I am an ISU fan it does help me be a fan for Jay, Dan, and Joe. When you throw in M* and Muller, It is kind of amazing how many wrestlers there were in about a 90 mile radius in high school. I am glad that Brands has brought back Iowa kids to the program and will be making them the foundation of his program.

    Any suggestions on getting it signed at the National Duals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gobott View Post
    Not sure how new it is. I picked it up in the summer. I enjoyed it. Even though I am an ISU fan it does help me be a fan for Jay, Dan, and Joe. When you throw in M* and Muller, It is kind of amazing how many wrestlers there were in about a 90 mile radius in high school. I am glad that Brands has brought back Iowa kids to the program and will be making them the foundation of his program.

    Any suggestions on getting it signed at the National Duals?
    The hardcover is just coming out, though I don't think that the publisher is giving me hardcovers to give away (I'm working with Harper Collins on the contest.) I got nothing on getting it signed, though. It was a weird, weird thing for me, because I finished reading the book last Friday, and then was at Midlands on Saturday and Sunday. Seeing the LeCleres and the Borschels just after reading about a year in their life was a little odd.

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    I changed the title of the thread just for you, Gobott.

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    Thats odd though I bought the hardcover Barnes and Noble in Des Moines in August. Thanks though. In a way the parents are almost the stars of the book. So it would be cool to meet them also.

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    I have had the hardback for awhile more than 6 months
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    Default Re: New book following Iowa high school wrestling

    I just finished it. I thought the majority was good, but the some parts were slow. I understand that the author has to set up the story, but as a wrestler from a small town who had experienced all that stuff, not to mention I lived less than an hour away from Cedar Rapids and had followed the two since their freshman year, it felt like I had lived through some of the chapters already.

    Call me a geek, but I enjoyed trying to remember the names of some of the wrestlers included in the story who weren't named.

    Overall, I think this book will definitely be interesting to non-wrestlers. It is short and I don't think any chapters were wasted.
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    Well, then I don't know. The publisher told me the release dates were in December and January. Maybe it's a republishing. It shouldn't really matter - it's a good book and I have free stuff to give away!

    And yeah, ISU, if there is any quibble that wrestling fans will have with the book, it's that it explains wrestling to us. Just as I can't stand that on ESPN broadcasts, it's still a necessary evil if we want to grow the sport.

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    It's a great read. We've been talking about it on one of the Hawkeye forums for 6 months now. A lot of good wrestlers are coming out of Linn and Johnson counties these days. I believe I read someplace that Ben Askren was born in C.R., and then his family moved to Wisconsin when he was very young.

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