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Wrestlers At The Trials is a powerful collection of stories about 90 remarkable wrestlers - in their own words. These amateur wrestlers from the 1960s, '70s and '80s had a common goal....to make the US Olympic wrestling team. Their compelling stories - most of which have never been told until now - reveal their ordeals: fighting backroom politics and racial prejudices; surviving weight-cutting countdowns and physical training beyond - way beyond - normal boundaries. From the tongues of Blubaugh, Douglas, Owings, Gable, Farrell, Schalles, Kemp, Mills, Schultz, Fraser, Monday and many other great wrestlers....read their stories of glorious achievements and punishing defeats. The stories of their Trials.... Amateur Wrestling News, in their review of the book last year, commented that Wrestlers At The Trials is... full of fascinating stories, anecdotes and opinions... a must for any serious wrestling fan. The book, which is a hard-cover 196 page publication with many action photographs, also received the 2007 Publication of the Year award from the National Wrestling Media Association.
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Jamie Moffatt captained his prep school and college freshman wrestling teams despite being labeled slow but weak by his more talented teammates. He is a retired Management Consulting Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and the former Board Chairman of the College Sports Council, a non-profit advocacy group who oppose the enforcement of the Title IX quota (proportionality) system. He was the co-author, in 2003, of A Turning Point, a story of the 1953 NCAA wrestling championship, won by Penn State. Jamie and his wife Betty reside in Cape May, NJ.Review:
I love it. --Novelist John Irving
Jamie Moffatt, in his new book, Wrestlers At The Trials, has taken a look at a subject long neglected by wrestling historians - the Olympic Trials and all the effort, combat, pain, intrigue and politics involved in this quadrennial event. The book begins with the 1960 trials and continues through 1988, with a chapter devoted to each Olympic year. Each chapter of the book begins with a brief discussion of the social environment at the time and the process used to select the team members. The rest of the chapter is devoted to the wrestling, training, and final selection of the team. The author has interviewed countless wrestlers and coaches involved in the trials and each chapter is loaded with lengthy quotes from these insiders. There was very little media coverage of the trials and this book, with its numerous insights and behind the scenes stories, fills this vacuum. We learn about the legendary war between Olympic gold medalist Doug Blubaugh and Phil Kinyon in 1960, the round robin of Ed Banach, Chris Campbell and John Peterson in 1980, and the 1984 duel of world champions - Lee Kemp vs Dave Schultz. Politics are part of amateur wrestling and this was no more apparent than at the 1984 trials. The book contains a whole chapter on a=2 0process (the protest and arbitration hearing regarding the second Freestyle bout between Lee Roy Smith and Randy Lewis at 136.5 pounds) that was as prolonged as the 2000 presidential election. The chapter contains a full chronology of events. It was a battle between the two power centers of wrestling in America - Oklahoma and Iowa - and it would have repercussions for years to come. Wrestlers At The Trials is full of fascinating stories, anecdotes and opinions and it is a must for any serious wrestling fan. --Jay Hammond, Amateur Wrestling News
Wrestling fans will enjoy Wrestlers At The Trials, by James V. Moffatt. The book, published last year by Exit Zero Publishing, Inc., is a collection of stories as told by many of the wrestlers who competed in the United States Olympic Wrestling Trials from 1960 through 1988. Readers will enjoy an in-depth look through the eyes of 90 wrestlers who competed in those tournaments. The book is set up in such a way that one wrestler often delivers his blow-by-blow description of a finals match and then his opponent offers his own account. Needless to say that offers readers a couple different perspectives. The format results in some very in-depth and first-person accounts of some weight classes while other weight classes aren't covered. Moffatt also sets the tone at the beginning of each chapter with a little history of what was going on in the United S tates during the year of each particular Olympics. At the end of each chapter he includes - juxtaposed to the list of the final U.S. Olympic team and their results - the final results from the U.S. presidential election that year. It's a neat touch. There's certainly plenty of material that will interest Pennsylvania wrestling (fans). The whole book is indeed enjoyable. --Jon Cannole, The Pennsylvania Wrestling News
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Book Description Exit Zero Publishing, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0979905109