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    Tuesday, August 22, 2006

    NO HOLDS BARRED: John Nix on Beach Wrestling in Oklahoma, Urban Youth, and the Combat Sports 

    On this week's edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with former University of Oklahoma wrestler John Nix, who is helping run an event this weekend featuring the newest style of wrestling conducted under the auspices of USA Wrestling and FILA, the international wrestling federation.

    That style is beach wrestling, and, to the surprise of some, it is starting to catch on with many veteran and novice wrestlers alike.

    This event is the Oklahoma Southern Sand National Beach Wrestling Championship. It will be held this Sat., August 26, from 10 AM to 6 PM CDT, at 71st and Riverside in the Tulsa Riverside Parks at the beach volleyball court on the Arkansas River, all in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    Our guest, a longtime educator, also does much other essential work with young people, and especially those from the Black, poor, and working class communities in Tulsa. He is co-owner of the non-profit organization Molding Men, which, as he has written online, "formed in 2004 to promote the sport of wrestling and for the purpose of providing Tulsa, Oklahoma youth, with summer employment and educational experiences that build on their individual strengths and incorporate youth development principles." Molding Men also runs the Pin King Youth Wrestling Club, which is affiliated with USA Wrestling, and which trains over 30 young athletes mainly from the predominantly Black and poor North Side of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    This beach wrestling event as well as the rest of these most admirable activities are well-explained on several web pages.

    The Oklahoma Beach Wrestling page is here.

    The Oklahoma Beach Wrestling blog is here.

    The Oklahoma Beach Wrestling profile on MySpace is here.

    Make sure to check out all these pages, bookmark them, and do whatever you can to assist these efforts.

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