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Tracing The Growth Of Wrestling From The Early Ages To Modern Day America

By: Ola Martinsson

Different regions portray different styles of wrestling. In China, the Shuai Jiao, which is the country's oldest wrestling style originated almost 4000 years ago. Wrestling was equally popular in Egypt, as has been seen described in their artworks and some tombs as well. Greek and Roman wrestling are very similar as the latter adopted and adapted the Greek wrestling style into their culture.  England saw wrestling becoming popular in the 1500's and was categorized by its general loose wrestling pattern which was later organized into a professional sport. In the US the style developed by the Irish known as the "collar and elbow" style is most popular.

It was after the American Civil War that freestyle wrestling became most popular in United States. Gradually, adult wrestling was established as a professional sport and in 1904 freestyle wrestling was given its place in the Olympics.

The style of wrestling that is practiced at the school and college level in the United States is called collegiate wrestling. It is also called Folkstyle wrestling at times.  Drawing very close parallels to the folk styles of wrestling, practiced from its earliest days. However, collegiate wrestling has some differences with adult or professional wrestling. But no matter what the differences are, the ultimate aim of the game is to derive the same result. Both these styles ultimately aim at pinning the opponent down to the floor.

The first inter college wrestling match was between the University of Pennsylvania and Yale in 1900. This was the beginning of the most popular form and style of wresting in the whole of America. Considered to be a part of amateur wrestling for a long time, it was not until the late 1970's that the world of wrestling saw any major growth and development.  Wrestling finally found its recognition in America with the foundation of the United States Wrestling Foundation.

Taking collegiate wrestling to the next level are the many universities that have dedicated wrestling teams that compete at several levels. Amongst the team that is fast becoming popular is the University of Nebraska. In March 2009, University of Nebraska made news by ranking fourth in the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Iowa and Ohio came in first and second places respectively.

This astounding victory for Nebraska was soon followed by the shocking news of Paul Donahoe's and a teammate Kenny Jordan's, naked pictures being circulated on a gay pornographic site. A rising star in the world of wrestling Paul Donahoe's act cost him his position at Lincoln and has led to a debate regarding the double standards of the Nebraska athletic department.

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