The History Of Wrestling
My first year of wrestling was in high school my junior year. I wrestled at Forbush High School in the 106/113 pound weight class throughout this winter sport. Before, I must admit that I did at many different times think that the sport of wrestling was the most dumb and homosexual sport ever. One of my friends came up to me a few months after and asked me what I thought about wrestling. I told him like I said to everyone else, “It’s the most homosexual sport ever created.” He said, “When you’re out there wrestling, you don’t think about it. I challenge you to come out this year and wrestle and tell me if you think about anything being homosexual out there.” I accepted his challenge. My first day of wrestling practice was pretty great; I got to learn some new moves. Shortly after a month had went by, we had our first match. I was the first one up. We shook hands and the referee blew the whistle; it was on then. He took the first shot. I sprawled. I snapped around him to put a half on him to break him down. After I broke him down, I maneuvered a cross face cradle on him to put him into a pinning position. I held it as tightly as I could, and shortly after, the referee’s hands slapped the mat to signal that the match was over. We went back and shook hands again and right then I realized that I had won my match when the referee raised my hand. It was the most incredible feeling in my life to win my first match in 38 seconds. I told myself that I was sticking with it; I wasn’t going to give up on this sport. Did I think about how homosexual it was? No, I went out there and did the best I could. My friend was right, you don’t think about those kinds of things when you’re wrestling. Most people tell me each and every day that wrestling isn’t a hard sport or that it’s a homosexual sport. Famous wrestlers are known to this very day for the history they’ve created and made throughout wrestling in their high school or college days. Wrestling isn’t a homosexual sport, and it is by far the toughest sport to play. You are constantly fighting the other person to win just like they are too. For anyone to step on that mat with another wrestler and to come out of that match and say it wasn’t the hardest sport, they’re crazy. Many legends are the ones that got the sport started. Wrestling is a very important sport. People do not realize the importance of the whole history behind wrestling. Wrestling is a legendary sport. This was invented by the ancient Greeks from a very long time ago. Evidence shows that the origins of wrestling were traced back from 15,000 years ago on cave drawings in the country in France (Olukoya). Wrestling occupied a place in legend and literature as a brutal sport. This was one of the most popular sports in the Olympics (Olukoya). The ancient Romans borrowed the idea of this particular sport from the ancient Greeks. They made some major adjustments to this sport making wrestling less brutal than it originally was before (Olukoya). During the Middle Ages, wrestling was still a very well known and popular sport to many royal families in France, Japan, and England. Later on, settlers traveled from England to America introducing the sport to early Americans. This sport became popular very fast to most Native Americans (Olukoya).
Shortly after began a new era for wrestling. In 1887, professional wrestling was born when Evan “The Strangler” Lewis wrestled and defeated John Action in Chicago’s very own American Catch-as-Catch Can Championship with an impressive win bringing home the title (Hornbaker). In the 1890s, the first greatest professional wrestler emerged. A man who goes by the name Frank Gotch was a very remarkable success through his own professional wrestling career after winning many championships throughout the United States (“Frank Gotch”). Frank Gotch competed against World Heavyweight Champion Hackenschmidt. Hackenschmidt was a strong favorite to defeat...
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