No Holds Barred: John Perretti on the Glory of Wrestling

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman onceagain speaks with the legendary matchmaker and martial artist, and our seniorcorrespondent, John Perretti.

This past weekend, like so many others in many capacities in the combat sports,we both watched the telecast of the 2010 NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championships.We use an analysis of that event, which John Perretti said left him”incredibly impressed,” as a starting point to discuss wrestling,wrestlers, mixed martial arts, and the combat sports in general.

Among the topics we discuss are the awesome athleticism of the top collegewrestlers, some of the most notable wrestlers from this event, the little-notedstory of the passion of the coaches, controversies and confusion over collegewrestling rules such as riding time and stalling, and the advantages wrestlersfrom outside the U.S. have in international competition because they train infreestyle and Greco- Roman wrestling exclusively and not the American folkstylewhich is used in the schools and colleges in America. We also discuss the transitionof wrestlers into mixed martial arts, citing positive and negative lessons fromthe experiences of some of those world-class wrestlers who have attempted thattransition. And we note some of the problems with the television production ofthis event which prevented its full appreciation by the viewers, as well asmuch more.

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