Catch-As-Catch-Can

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Catch-As-Catch-Can

 

professional wrestling that allows any moves or holds, including tripping, holding the legs with the arms, hitting, and twisting and bending the joints, with the aim of pinning the opponent on his shoulders.

This form of wrestling originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in North America; its sources go back to 17th-century American amateur catch-as-catch-can wrestling, which was based on British and Mayan wrestling. As a form of entertainment, commercial matches are presented in the USA, Great Britain, Italy, and a number of other capitalist countries; they are usually held in a ring and have a predetermined scenario.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Crossan is also running a United Catch Wrestling British squad training session at the Legit Pro gym on October 23 (noon-3pm).
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Catch wrestling was pioneered in Lancashire hundreds of years ago and is considered the original style of no holds barred combat.
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Crossan, 36, lost by pin to former Michigan State Spartans captain Curran Jacobs, but also impressed a crowd which included current Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight and catch wrestling specialist Josh Barnett.
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He received an opportunity to wrestle in Los Angeles after taking further big scalps with Crossan at an international catch wrestling event at the Robin Park Centre, in Wigan.
"It evolved from Lancashire catch wrestling, which has been going on for hundreds of years and is seen nowadays at country fairs.