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  • Athletes are the First Victims of Iran's Retaliation

    TEHRAN, Iran -- U.S. wrestlers have been banned from participation in the Freestyle World Cup, as reported by Iran's official news agency. The ban is the first official response in previously threatened retaliation to President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel Visas for Iranian citizens.

    "Eventually the visit by the U.S. freestyle wrestling team was opposed," said Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, referring to a special committee review of the event.

    The Freestyle World Cup is to take place Feb. 16-17 in the Iranian western city of Kermanshah. Wikipedia states, "Wrestling World Cup is an international wrestling competition among teams representing member nations of the United World Wrestling (UWW) the sport's global governing body. The championships have been conducted every year since the 1973 tournament. The World Cup began as a dual-meet competition for the top teams on each continent, but now features the top teams in the rankings of the previous year's world championships."  The first Freestyle World Cup took place in Toledo, Ohio, where it has been held a total of 17 times. It has been held a total 29 times in the United States. Iran has held the event five times.

    The following athletes are currently wrestling for the USA Wrestling Freestyle Men's Team: Cody Brewer (61 kg), Kyle Snyder (97 kg), Nick Gwiazdowski (125 kg).

    The following athletes are currently wrestling for the USA Wrestling Freestyle Women's Team: Victoria Anthony (48 kg), Sarah Hildebrandt (55 kg), Alli Ragan (60 kg), Tamyra Mensah (69 kg).

  • New Giant Gada or Jori

    Giant Jori or Giant Gada
    Who's got the biggest club in town?

    Call it what you like, a gada or jori, this is big fun!  This one will soon be shipping to Robert D., a long time customer from New York.  Made of solid hardwood, you can now order your own Giant Gada.  Robert has made sure to remind me to shoot photos for this baby and make it a product, so here is the first one.  I will be working on the product page today.

    Gada come in a variety of styles, but are basically longer two handed Indian Clubs. Sometimes called a mace in the western European martial arts world, the Gada or Jori (Jory) is a 2 handed club for swinging exercises.  This is a traditional upper body strength and endurance training tool popular with wrestlers in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan practicing primarily kushti wrestling.  It is fantastic for your back, core, grip and shoulders, particularly if you have a bad rotator cuff, like me.

    In case you are wondering, it was 26 degrees warmer yesterday, making it a relative heat wave at 22 degrees Fahrenheit.  We had almost no wind, so I warmed up very quickly swinging this beast.  It was a blast and I am sore today.

  • Abraham Lincoln, the Wrestler

    “During the period in which wrestling was an active object of his interest, Abraham Lincoln defeated Jack Armstrong the champion of Sangamon County, Illinois.” (“Nestor Kraly's Amazing Sports Records & Other Oddities”; Fawcett Publications, Inc.; 1975, p. 37)

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