Sport: Homeric Sweat

And their backs creaked beneath the violent tugging of bold hands, and the sweat flowed down in streams; and many a weal, red with blood, sprang up along their ribs and shoulders; and ever they strove amain for victory.

— Odysseus v. Aias, from The Iliad

In Toledo last week, a group of U.S. wrestlers strove amain, using some of the classic grips of Homer's time. As in Homer's time, the sweat flowed in streams, even if blood did not. Toledo's heaving modern heroes were competing for titles in a wrestling style new to National A.A.U. competition : Greco-Roman, a modified descendant of...

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