Sport: The Grappler Dynasty

Bruno Sammartino flattening Pedro Morales with a flying elbow. The Mighty Zulu punishing Man Mountain Mike with a bone-crunching knuckle headlock. Mention wrestling, and that is what comes to mind for most Americans. Not for the citizens of Stillwater, Okla. For them, wrestling offers far, far more than the dubious diversion of watching overweight meatballs belting each other in mock mortal combat. Reason: Stillwater is the home of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the most successful team in college wrestling.

Everywhere that wrestling is regarded as a major sport—only the South gives it scant...

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