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CAEL SANDERSON IST DER SCHWINGERKOENIG

A mentor of mine has spent a great deal of time in Switzerland, and he probably has the most extensive collection of Jeremias Gotthelf works in the United States. You've probably never heard of Gotthelf, but that's because you're an uncultured Amerikaner und schweinhund, etc.

Anyway, so he knows of my obsession with wrestling, and sent me this video


It's of a traditional Swiss folk wrestling event. They seem to wear some kind of wrestling breeches onto which they grasp. From there, they try to throw each other. Apparently, whoever can hold onto his opponent's pants while holding his shoulders on the sawdust-covered ground ist der Schwingerkoenig. It's pretty cool.

Oh, and the best part? Here's what the winner gets as his prize:

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That's right. He gets livestock!

Why don't we do this in Pennsylvania? Every PIAA champion should receive a prize Jersey heifer with his victory.

Anyway, folks, my new life plan is to go around the world exploring the various folk wrestling styles each country has to offer. Because if Switzerland gives you livestock for winning, just imagine what the Russian champs get.

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