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on Billings Anaconda, game will be here tap . . . two the had in Wrestling Becomes Major Sport in Montana Schools EDITORS NOTE -- This is the first in a series of articles written by Neil W. Hart, assistant wrestling coach at Flathead County High School, on the amateur sport of wrestling, a varsity sport at the Kalispell school. By NEIL W. HART Assistant Wrestling Coach Flathead County High School The Montana high school wrestling season began last Dec. 1 and will close with the state tournament Feb. 26 and 27. Approximately 20 schools, including Flathead, and over 210 athletes are expected to compete for the state team and individual championships at that time. Montana high with someone. Many a preschool or school boy comes home with a knee or elbow "oat" of his clothes to show for a wrestling match. It is the privilege and duty of the high school and college wrestling coaches to direct and supervise this natural urge for the benefit of all boys. During the past 10 years, amateur wrestling has shown a tremendous growth in the high schools and colleges. There are two world-wide styles of wrestling -- the "Graeco-Ro- man" and the "Free Style," both of which are competed in the Olympic Games. In the United States we use a variation o£ the. free style in which the wrestlers start in an up- schools have!right position and one attempts eluded it as an interscholastic or intramural sport. In 1959, 44 state high school associations sponsored s t a wrestling tournaments, with spectator attendance in many areas outdrawing any other high school sport. Special tournaments are also held in some areas for those boys who are blind. sponsored wrestling programs | to pin the shoulders of the oth- since the early 1930s with the'er to the mat for two seconds, first recognized Montana state This style of wrestling, as tournament held four years ago practiced in schools and col- with 10 schools participating-!leges of the country, is corn- called catch-as-catch- In 1958, 133 wrestlers from 12|monly schools competed in the state can. tournament and 1959 saw 14 looks struck to Whitefish schools and 151 wrestlers in the state tournament. Wrestling is one of the oldest sports activities known to mankind. Its practice · in prehistoric times was probably a method of learning self-preservation. About 2500 B.C., t h e ancient Egyptians were wrestling against one another in much the same manner as we are today in high schools and colleges. History and mythology are abundant with stories of wrestling competition. TREMENDOUS GROWTH The sport of wrestling appeals to the natural urge of practically all boys to "scuffle" The professional style of wrestling in this country can scarcely be classified as wrestling, and has proven very detrimental ._topth'e fast, and clean, schoor^pTprt. Professional 1 wrestling gives the distorted idea of sport because the antics of the professionals are merely an attempt to entertain. On the other hand, wrestling in schools is designed to develop the body and self- confidence as well as to provide training in fair play. a a The next article in this on high school wrestling will point out the values and dangers involved with the sport. THE INTER LAKE, Cincinnati Top Cage High school wrestling has increased many times in the NEW YORK (UPI)-- Oscar Robertson and his Cincinnati Bearcat basketball mates today topped United Press International's major college ratings with 346 points, the second highest total ever recorded in the voting. The only higher total recorded during the 10-yearhistory the ratings was the 348 count collected by Bill Russell-sparked San Francisco Dons on 27, 1955. The maximum possilbe score is 350. Each of the 35 leading coaches who rate the major schools for UPI selects 10 in the order he ranks them nationally. The points are award- past few years. In 1955 about 1,970 high schools sponsored the sport and in 1956-57 approximately 3,000 schools in- Jed on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for votes f r o m first through 10th place. Cincinnati, with Robertson setting single game (50) and tournament (122) scoring records,

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  1. The Daily Inter Lake,
  2. 05 Jan 1960, Tue,
  3. Page 5

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