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March 16, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
WATERLOO, Iowa - Those Iowans who farm the endless green edges of this tired Midwestern city know it's rare for a crop to go from seed to silo without some calamity. That's also been true for some of the famous residents who have sprouted here. The five Sullivan brothers of 98 Adams St., for example, were a World War II recruiting bonanza before a Japanese torpedo sank the USS Juneau and killed them all. Don Denkinger was one of baseball's most respected umpires until he blew a crucial call in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series, triggering threats to his life and his home just off Sunnyside Countryside Country Club's 11th hole.
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March 16, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
IOWA CITY, Iowa - It's no surprise that wrestling, the most basic of sports, enjoys its greatest popularity here. If America is a colorful quilt, Iowa is the plain woolen square at its center. Like the wrestlers they worship, residents here tend to be strong, simple, in touch with the ground. "We've got lots of farming communities where people do hard, physical work," said Dan Gable, the wrestling legend who grew up in nearby Waterloo and became the state's No. 1 sports hero. "That makes for good tough kids who make good, tough wrestlers.
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March 22, 1998 | By Jay Nagle, FOR THE INQUIRER
Penn's Brandon Slay went to the mat last night in an effort to pin down an NCAA Division I wrestling crown, but for the second straight year he came up one match short. Slay, a senior, dropped a 7-4 decision to unbeaten Joe Williams of Iowa in the 167-pound title bout before a sellout crowd of 12,829 at Cleveland State University. The title was the third in a row for the top-seeded Williams (33-0), who captured back-to-back crowns at 158 pounds before stepping up in weight class this year.
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June 6, 1993 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Little things that go unnoticed by most appear like flashing red lights to Iowa coach Dan Gable, who has guided the Hawkeyes to 12 NCAA team wrestling titles. "He has such insights, I don't know what I'd do without him," said Tom Brands, who won the 136.5-pound individual title last night in the John E. du Pont World Team Trials at Drexel University. A member of du Pont's Team Foxcatcher, Brands defeated teammate John Fisher, 7-0 and 4-0. Fisher came within a single point of defeating reigning Olympic and world champion John Smith at last summer's Olympic Trials.
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February 1, 1993 | By Brian Freeman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The pressure was on Jon Waitneight. As the Radnor 160-pounder prepared for his match with Springfield's Chris Britton Wednesday night, several things ran through his mind. Waitneight's Red Raiders led the Cougars by just three points as he prepared for Britton. Waitneight had been on a mini-losing streak, dropping his last two matches. Britton had pinned the Red Raiders' senior during Radnor's holiday wrestling tournament in December. "My confidence had been down after the last couple of losses," Waitneight said.
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December 13, 2008 | By Phil Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Walking up to the athletic facility at Penn Charter, Dan Gable saw a bunch of kids peeking in the ground-level windows that overlook a big, bright room known as "The Pit. " "I said to myself, 'I hope that's the wrestling room,' " Gable said. "When I saw that it was, it made my day. " Gable, perhaps the most famous figure in American wrestling, was in town yesterday to promote the sport and help Penn Charter celebrate the wrestling tradition at the preparatory school in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.
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February 12, 1999 | By Tom McGurk, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
During the postseason last year, Lenape wrestler Dave Miller woke up each morning to find a different message posted on his bedroom mirror. On those little notes were simple phrases that captured the essence of positive thinking. It was his father's way of helping his son stay focused during wrestling's most grueling time. Dave Miller Sr. spoke from experience. He had dealt with the pressure of becoming a state champion, wrestling for Shawnee in 1973, and the added pressure of returning the next season.
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January 11, 1993 | By Brian Freeman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Ed Bailey took over as the coach at Interboro this season, he said one of his goals was to take the Buccaneers back to the forefront of the Del-Val League. He wanted to return Interboro to the level of success it had achieved in the 1970s, when Interboro had one of the most powerful programs in the area. Most people probably thought Bailey was a little crazy. After all, the Bucs had not won a league title since 1980 and had won just eight matches over the last two seasons.
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May 28, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia
One of Bill Blauvelt's best memories of playing sports at Cherry Hill West was the time he didn't do anything. For Blauvelt, that was quite an accomplishment. This was during the Group 4 state baseball championship game in 1990, when Cherry Hill West was in the middle of one of the great runs in South Jersey sports history - six consecutive appearances in the state finals and four consecutive state crowns. Blauvelt, better known as a highly competitive, eager-for-action, Region 7-champion wrestler, was sitting in the dugout when Cherry Hill West's Steve Farling leaped over the Hoboken catcher on a bang-bang play at the plate, sparking a benches-clearing brawl.
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April 15, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Fullback Jeremi Johnson got a six-year contract yesterday from the Cincinnati Bengals. The three-year starter had signed a one-year, $712,000 deal Thursday as a restricted free agent. But he was eager to stay in Cincinnati, so agent Peter Schaffer continued negotiations. Johnson, a fourth-round pick from Western Kentucky in 2003, will get an average of $1.5 million a year. Nearly two weeks ago, Tennessee asked Steve McNair not to work out on the team's property for fear an injury would give the Titans a devastating salary cap hit. Agent Bus Cook said the Titans have told McNair to continue to stay away.
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February 18, 2013 | By Jason Nark, Daily News Staff Writer
THE NFL is canceling the Super Bowl in 2014 in favor of competitive croquet, and the league's best teams will have to settle for conference championships instead. You're laughing, but please try to imagine it. Understand what wrestlers from Iowa to Azerbaijan are going through right now: the shock, disbelief, anger, because their Super Bowl, the Summer Olympic Games, is in jeopardy. The International Olympic Committee, the overlords of the games, voted to recommend that freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling - arguably the world's oldest and purest form of sport - be dropped from the 2020 Olympics for reasons that so far appear unclear.
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May 28, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
One of Bill Blauvelt's best memories of playing sports at Cherry Hill West was the time he didn't do anything. For Blauvelt, that was quite an accomplishment. This was during the Group 4 state baseball championship game in 1990, when Cherry Hill West was in the middle of one of the great runs in South Jersey sports history - six consecutive appearances in the state finals and four consecutive state crowns. Blauvelt, better known as a highly competitive, eager-for-action, Region 7-champion wrestler, was sitting in the dugout when Cherry Hill West's Steve Farling leaped over the Hoboken catcher on a bang-bang play at the plate, sparking a benches-clearing brawl.
NEWS
May 28, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia
One of Bill Blauvelt's best memories of playing sports at Cherry Hill West was the time he didn't do anything. For Blauvelt, that was quite an accomplishment. This was during the Group 4 state baseball championship game in 1990, when Cherry Hill West was in the middle of one of the great runs in South Jersey sports history - six consecutive appearances in the state finals and four consecutive state crowns. Blauvelt, better known as a highly competitive, eager-for-action, Region 7-champion wrestler, was sitting in the dugout when Cherry Hill West's Steve Farling leaped over the Hoboken catcher on a bang-bang play at the plate, sparking a benches-clearing brawl.
SPORTS
March 16, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
IOWA CITY, Iowa - It's no surprise that wrestling, the most basic of sports, enjoys its greatest popularity here. If America is a colorful quilt, Iowa is the plain woolen square at its center. Like the wrestlers they worship, residents here tend to be strong, simple, in touch with the ground. "We've got lots of farming communities where people do hard, physical work," said Dan Gable, the wrestling legend who grew up in nearby Waterloo and became the state's No. 1 sports hero. "That makes for good tough kids who make good, tough wrestlers.
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March 16, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
WATERLOO, Iowa - Those Iowans who farm the endless green edges of this tired Midwestern city know it's rare for a crop to go from seed to silo without some calamity. That's also been true for some of the famous residents who have sprouted here. The five Sullivan brothers of 98 Adams St., for example, were a World War II recruiting bonanza before a Japanese torpedo sank the USS Juneau and killed them all. Don Denkinger was one of baseball's most respected umpires until he blew a crucial call in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series, triggering threats to his life and his home just off Sunnyside Countryside Country Club's 11th hole.
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March 8, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Dan Gable, his sport's most recognizable figure, has become something of an EMT for college wrestling, which, depending on your vantage point, is either glowing with good health or on its deathbed. With a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall threatening several California teams, Gable has made six trips there in the last year, dispatched in a sometimes futile effort to stop the bleeding. Just this week, he traveled to Chicago for a five-hour O'Hare Airport meeting aimed at establishing a single voice for a sport that at its highest level, Division I, has been badly injured by the twin onslaughts of Title IX and a recession.
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December 13, 2008 | By Phil Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Walking up to the athletic facility at Penn Charter, Dan Gable saw a bunch of kids peeking in the ground-level windows that overlook a big, bright room known as "The Pit. " "I said to myself, 'I hope that's the wrestling room,' " Gable said. "When I saw that it was, it made my day. " Gable, perhaps the most famous figure in American wrestling, was in town yesterday to promote the sport and help Penn Charter celebrate the wrestling tradition at the preparatory school in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.
SPORTS
April 15, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Fullback Jeremi Johnson got a six-year contract yesterday from the Cincinnati Bengals. The three-year starter had signed a one-year, $712,000 deal Thursday as a restricted free agent. But he was eager to stay in Cincinnati, so agent Peter Schaffer continued negotiations. Johnson, a fourth-round pick from Western Kentucky in 2003, will get an average of $1.5 million a year. Nearly two weeks ago, Tennessee asked Steve McNair not to work out on the team's property for fear an injury would give the Titans a devastating salary cap hit. Agent Bus Cook said the Titans have told McNair to continue to stay away.
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January 27, 2004 | By Tom McGurk INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Could it have really been a blind draw? Wrestling fans couldn't have been more pumped when Sunday's main event of the New Jersey Coaches all-star meet between Absegami's Ryan Goodman and Winslow Township's Vince Jones was drawn as the final bout before a capacity crowd at Rider. In the most anticipated match since last March's state finals, Goodman scored a 7-6 decision over Jones at 189 pounds in a battle of unbeatens. It was a bout that featured what many consider the best pound-for-pound wrestlers in the state.
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April 8, 1999 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The match was a showcase between one of tennis' hottest teenage stars and a player who, a few years back, held that distinction herself. But ninth-seeded Anna Kournikova made sure there was no sweet return to the past for Jennifer Capriati last night. Kournikova stayed patient and took advantage of Capriati's unforced errors to record a 6-3, 6-3 victory in the second round of the Bausch and Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Fla. Mary Pierce opened defense of her title with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Catalina Cristea.
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