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Thursday, January 10, 2008
NO HOLDS BARRED: Wade Schalles and "Wrestling 411", "Mr. Wrestling" Ali Gümüs, and the State of Wrestling
On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman focuses on the precarious state of wrestling, both in the U.S. and internationally, and interviews two key people who are working to improve the sport.
A new weekly wrestling highlight show, called "Wrestling 411", will debut Thursday, January 17, 2008, on the CSTV network in the U.S. It will also be available on the Media Sports Productions web site.
To learn more about this important program, we spoke with Wade Schalles, a two-time NCAA wrestling champion, a champion or All-American in folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling and in sombo and judo, and a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Wade is now working with Media Sports Productions, and along with people including J Robinson, the head coach of the defending NCAA Div. 1 champion Minnesota Golden Gophers, is promoting this show as a way of popularizing wrestling and overcoming some of the difficulties which have hobbled this sport.
International wrestling is also in decline, according to Ali Gümüs, the leading wrestling journalist in the world. Also known as "Mr. Wrestling" and based in Turkey, he has been an editor and writer for the Turkish publication Tercüman and is the author of numerous books on wrestling. He also serves as the chairman of the Wrestling Commission of AIPS, the International Sports Press Association.
Ali was in New York this week, and we spoke with him about the crisis in international wrestling and what can be done about it.
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Labels: Ali Gumus, boxing, Eddie Goldman, FILA, freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, Mr. Wrestling, NCAA, No Holds Barred, USA Wrestling, Wade Schalles, women's wrestling, wrestling, Wrestling 411