Chris Uggen's Blog: iowa's back...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

iowa's back...

congrats to the iowa wrestlers who succeeded my gophs tonight as 2008 ncaa champs. i caught a few of the epic finals, especially the full-on heavyweight battle between ohio state's j.d. bergman and northwestern's dustin fox.

the multi-talented mr. bergman and osu were runners-up tonight, but they get 10 out of 10 for style. here's a display of their benefit-show ballet, backflip, n' breakin' virtuosity. i could offer a gender/race analysis of the video (esp. re: imagining how its content might've differed 20 years ago), but what really strikes me is how wrestling celebrates both the bigs and the smalls.

i love the competitive matches, of course, but one can often catch more seriously balletic moves between the competition at tournaments. neither partner offers resistance in warm-ups or drill sessions, so spectators can really see how or why a signature move might work in a match. for anyone curious about such things, here's some old video of the great john smith drilling with the great dave schultz.


At 11:32 AM, Blogger sarah said...

I'm super ticked that you beat me to the blog on this! I'm trying really, really hard not to gloat...but you did neglect to mention that the Gophs barely managed half the points the Hawks earned. GO HAWKS!!!


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