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    Monday, March 22, 2010

    No Holds Barred: John Perretti on the Glory of Wrestling 

    (Photo of 2010 NCAA Div. I individual wrestling champions by Bob Mayeri/No Holds Barred)

    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with the legendary matchmaker and martial artist, and our senior correspondent, 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 college wrestlers, some of the most notable wrestlers from this event, the little-noted story of the passion of the coaches, controversies and confusion over college wrestling rules such as riding time and stalling, and the advantages wrestlers from outside the U.S. have in international competition because they train in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling exclusively and not the American folkstyle which is used in the schools and colleges in America. We also discuss the transition of wrestlers into mixed martial arts, citing positive and negative lessons from the experiences of some of those world-class wrestlers who have attempted that transition. And we note some of the problems with the television production of this event which prevented its full appreciation by the viewers, as well as much more.

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