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Working Class Sport for the Working Class Ivy

Certainly not squash. Not crew. Not fencing. Wrestling.

Olivia Dwyer, a senior writer for The Sun, has a great article
in Sports Illustrated about Cornellís dynamic and in-your-face wrestling program.

To anybody who has never been at a wrestling match at the Friedman Center, the events are highlighted by blaring music, rabid fans, and a zany mascot. To a large extent, I would say that the character of Cornellís wrestling program embodies the spirit of the University.

"[The administration doesn't] like it, but they let us do it anyway," (Cornell's head coach) says of his musical selections and mascot's behavior. "And it's certainly better to ask for forgiveness than approval. They don't think it's appropriate for an Ivy League setting. Well, guess what? Neither is wrestling. It's a very blue-collar sport. Perhaps it's not fencing, it's not crew, but we can win at the highest level here, and everyone loves winning."


Matthew Nagowski | Posted on April 13, 2007 (#)

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