STILLWATER, Okla.—The National Wrestling Hall of Fame successfully launched its exhibit on the Latino American Wrestling Experience during the NCAA wrestling championships on Thursday, March 20 in Oklahoma City, Okla. This is part of an ongoing series celebrating cultural diversity within the sport of wrestling.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame also hosted a forum with Latino American wrestlers during the NCAA tournament. The actual exhibit features NCAA Division I champions, senior World team members and Olympians.
“We are excited to release a 63-page online e-booklet that tells the story of a cross section of Latino American wrestlers and coaches,” said Lee Roy Smith, executive director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “Thanks to USA Wrestling, our partner sponsor, we are able to offer the features from the exhibit at no charge.”
Latino wrestlers competing in the United States dates back to 1908 Olympian Frank Narganez. Latino Americans represented in this book—and its accompanying exhibit—are people who trace their ancestry to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and other Spanish-speaking cultures in Central and South America.
For more than a century Latino wrestlers have used the sport to gain opportunities beyond the mat. They merged the values from their culture and from wrestling to find success in a variety of ways.
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