A news release from David Bazzel says an announcement is coming this week that eight Arkansas high schools are prepared to add wrestling to their varsity sports menus. The release doesn’t say if they’ll be offering the sport for both men and women, as is the case in international competition.

Insurance man Greg Hatcher, a wrestler in college at Michigan, also will offer $10,000 each to install wrestling mats for the first 20 schools that apply. Once Arkansas begins wrestling, only Mississippi will lack it as a high school varsity sport.

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Personal note: I played football and basketball and did field events in track, but had no exposure to wrestling until P.E. and intramurals. in college. It was the hardest of them all. No contest. It lacks a little as a spectator sport, but say that in Iowa or Oklahoma and you might get your head torn off.

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