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    Monday, September 01, 2014

    No Holds Barred: Luis Ojeda, Anthony Sansonetti, Thomas Velasquez, Ray Karakas, Bob Carson, Liberty Bell Classic/King of Catch Wrestling Tournament 

    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with catch wrestlers Luis Ojeda, Anthony Sansonetti, and Thomas Velasquez, coach Ray Karakas, and Bob Carson of Carson's Corner, at the Liberty Bell Classic/King of Catch Wrestling Tournament.

    This event took place Saturday, August 30, at Primal Gym in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

    In the main event, Luis Ojeda and Anthony Sansonetti had an epic catch wrestling match, with Luis Ojeda finally winning by pin in 55 minutes and 10 seconds. The match had to go into a fourth, overtime period, with no pins or submissions having been scored until then. By winning, Luis Ojeda was crowned American heavyweight catch wrestling champion, the first such holder of this title in real catch wrestling since the early 1900s.

    The big winner of the tournaments was Thomas Velasquez, who captured championships in both the heavyweight and absolute divisions. By winning the absolute, he also won this event's Frank Gotch Award.

    "My coach over here was telling me that it wasn't going to be easy," said the new champ, Luis Ojeda. "I didn't know what was going to happen. You never know in these things."

    He added, "It was a great match. It could have went either way, and I hope we can do it again."

    We also discussed the strategy for both wrestlers in this match, how they implemented it, what their plans are, and more.

    With Thomas Velasquez and his coach Ray Karakas, we discussed his background, how he got involved with catch wrestling, his plans, and more.

    With Bob Carson, we discussed this current new era in catch wrestling, how this style is fan-friendly and has great potential, and more.

    A photo gallery from this event can also be seen here.

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