so i have read in other forums, threats which try to link specific religions with great wrestling. i think that argument is false.
however, there seems to be a recurring pattern of great wrestlers with strong religious affiliations/beliefs.
some of the ones that come to mind are: the sandersons, the brands, Schultz, mcilravy, most every iranian, gatsalov, bill zadick, slay, carr, the pettersons. even the cuban coaches are known for giving their top athletes sacred dolls from the santeria religion, as good luck charms for their international tours. the korean national team can be seen praying before meals, in tournaments.
so it seems that a specific religion does not encourage great wrestling, but having the belief that a higher authority is holding you accountable to your actions, and a higher authority is giving you backing, may be helping many of these athletes perform at their top of their game.
have i missed any other top wrestlers with strong religious affiliations?