Curran Jacobs of Michigan submitted accomplished wrestler and MMA veteran Travis Wiuff twice in one day to take first place in the 2017 Frank Gotch World Catch Wrestling Tournament in Humboldt, Iowa today. This year’s tournament featured the twelve toughest and bravest wrestlers in the world in an open weight division. Third place was won by Anthony Pacheck of Iowa, in a submission win over Christopher Morales of Los Angeles. “That was the best catch wrestling match I have ever seen” said an enthusiastic Mike Chapman regarding the first match between Jacobs and Wiuff. “This was a brutal tournament,” said exhausted Curran Jacobs after winning gold, and a $500 cash prize.
How many points can you score in six minutes? That is how many Olympics wrestling matches are decided. Getting points for passivity and pushing your opponent out of the circle are not in the spirit of wrestling. If the goal of wrestling was to pin your opponent, then adding points and short time limits change the goal. A wrestler can win by out scoring the opponent. It seems like the rules of freestyle are designed to make sure that the wrestling event is over quickly. An example of this would be the aforementioned push out, or awarding a point if a wrestler cannot score after being put on the shot clock.
The tragedy of wrestling and grappling events is that wrestlers and fans are emotionally devastated when a wrestler loses by a small difference in points. Catch Wrestler, and former captain of the Michigan State wrestling team, Curran Jacobs stated in a recent interview for Takedown Wrestling that he always fell short of becoming an All American wrestler because of a slight point dif…
We posted this image of American Catch Wrestling master, William Wicks doing a front face lock, or "Grovit." Many people had questions about the term, "Grovit." Here is an explanation by Dr. Stephen Greenfield.
"The original meaning was associated with a local word for an animal such as a sheep with a misshapen jaw (usually overshot). I believe it was applied to the name of a tool as a reference to the shape. As far as the Wigan Grovit, I would suspect it was in reference to the appearance of someone who had it applied to them."
Dr. Greenfield is a physician, wrestler, and historian who works with the Snake Pit Wigan