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Thursday, April 03, 2014

No Holds Barred: Dan Kanagie on April 5 Virginia Shooter's Challenge 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with Dan Kanagie of the North American Catch Wrestling Association (NACWA).

He updated us on the next event for the NACWA, called the Virginia Shooter's Challenge, which will take place this Saturday, April 5. It will be held at the Amherst County High School, 139 Lancer Lane, Amherst, Virginia 24521.

The Virginia Shooter's Challenge is a regional qualifier for this year's NACWA national tournament, the Liberty Bell Classic, which will be held later this year.

This tournament will be held under traditional American catch wrestling rules, where you can only win by submission or pin. The matches will not have any points scored, as they are based on a win, lose, or draw format. There are no divisions by experience level in order to stop sandbagging. All kinds of submissions are allowed, except groin attacks, fish hooking, spitting, biting, eye gouging, hair grabbing, intentional striking, and kicking. Athletes from all styles, schools, and organizations are welcome.

We spoke with Dan Kanagie by phone Wednesday.

"Things are looking good for our second event," he said. But he is realistic that the revival of catch wrestling is just in its earliest stages. "Being new and doing the whole grassroots thing, we're not actually expecting a massive turnout in the thousands, but for being our second event, it's looking really good."

With about 20 wrestlers already pre-registered, he said, "That should be a nice turnout, double the size of the last one."

Later this month, he will also start teaching regular catch wrestling classes at the Primal Gym in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

We also discussed how grapplers from various styles are adapting to the rules and techniques of catch wrestling, the issues of governance and a governing body for catch wrestling as it continues to develop, and much more.

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