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Friday, February 07, 2014

No Holds Barred: Al Bevilacqua on National Registry for Wrestling 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum member Al Bevilacqua about his latest project, the National Registry for Wrestling.

The veteran coach, educator, and promoter of the sport of wrestling serves as co-chair of this organization, which is seeking to sign up wrestling fans as well as present and former wrestlers of all levels in order to popularize the sport.

We spoke with him by phone Thursday.

Speaking just about the U.S., he said, "There's six to eight million people that are alive today that have wrestling in their backgrounds."

The ambitious goal of the National Registry for Wrestling is to sign up one million people on its free web site.

"If you get a million, you're in the game. You got a shot." he said.

"We have no shot now. We have no power. Numbers gets power," he added. "And that's why we got started."

One of the many features of the National Registry for Wrestling web site is the posting of a list of televised and webcast wrestling meets in the U.S. This is particularly timely, since the college wrestling season is in full swing. This Sunday, February 9, the two top ranked teams, number one Penn State and number two Minnesota, will wrestle each other in a dual meet, which will be televised live on the Big Ten Network starting at 2 PM ET.

Our lengthy discussion included focusing on the need for grassroots efforts such as this Registry to promote wrestling, how the Beat the Streets program has resulted in the growth of high school and middle school wrestling in many U.S. cities, the worldwide power and popularity of wrestling, the need to get good ratings on television and build a fan base, the real main reason why many colleges have dropped wrestling (and it's not Title IX), and much, much more.

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

No Holds Barred: Raul Ramirez on June 7 Catch Wrestling Alliance International Invitational: The Rebirth 




On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with our correspondent Raul Ramirez of the Catch Wrestling Alliance.

The date and place are now set for their first event, the Catch Wrestling Alliance International Invitational: The Rebirth. It will be held Saturday, June 7, in Collins Court in the John Wooden Center on the campus of UCLA, at 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095-1612.

This invitational event will feature catch wrestling, where you can only win by pin or submission.

Among the athletes who have so far been confirmed to compete in the Catch Wrestling Alliance International Invitational: The Rebirth, are:

Christopher Crossan of the U.K. He won a gold medal at the 2004 European BJJ tournament in Lisbon, gold at the 2005 Gracie European tournament, and was the Alan Woos and Ernie Riley Trophy Winner at the 2013 International Catch Tournament in Wigan, England.

Ian Jones of the U.K. He is a professional MMA fighter with 20 years of competitive martial arts experience. He holds a BJJ brown belt, is a three-time British Thai boxing champion, and has 13 years of grappling experience. He is also a catch wrestler and has wrestled out of the Snake Pit Wigan.

Luis Ojeda of the U.S. He is a Level 3 Scientific Wrestling Certified Catch Wrestler under Billy Robinson, a two-time King of Catch heavyweight champion, and has competed and trained in numerous disciplines including judo.

Jon Strickland of the U.S. A longtime catch wrestler, coach, and martial artist, he is now also building the Billy Wicks Foundation, named for the catch wrestling legend under whom he has trained.

Qin Yunquan of Singapore. She is a martial artist, catch wrestler, and freestyle wrestler, as well as an instructor for women's and children's self-defense at the Kapap Academy Singapore.

Many more athletes will be confirmed shortly.

We spoke with Raul Ramirez by phone Monday.

"Within the past few years, people have been really training hard in catch wrestling, all around the world. So this is basically going to be a big showcase for some of the people who have doing some higher level catch wrestling," he said.

"They're going to be coming from all around the world, straight here to the Wooden Center at UCLA. We're basically going to put on a really, really great show for people to see what higher level catch wrestling is."

We discussed the rules of this event, the difference between catch wrestling and other styles of grappling and wrestling, how catch wrestling was once a major and legitimate professional sport, how this event is open to all styles and all groups, and much more.

"We've got to get the politics out of it," he said. Otherwise, referencing what had happened to catch wrestling a century ago, it will become "extinct."

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

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ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

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