Very sad to hear.
Blatnik was a helluva guy !
It seems appropriate to post 49North's tribute.
RIP Jeff Blatnick
Seems almost appropriate as he WAS all heart. A true mountain in the sport. I saw his gold medal match on television and was completely sold on wrestling in those moments. It was my 2nd year of wrestling and I had considered quitting. Watching this match made me commit to sticking it out. RIP Sir.
These are sad times for the wrestling community. There's a thread on themat about a former Russian star who was murdered, and I learned from Daniel Igali's facebook that a top Nigerian wrestler (Abbas Daniel is his name I think) is in critical condition after an armed robbery.