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With MMA, UFC influence spilling over to wrestling, are Olympics next?

Updated: June 11, 2008, 9:51 PM ET
By Jay Weiner | Special to ESPN.com

The U.S. Olympic wrestling trials begin Thursday in Las Vegas. It's the perfect location because so much of the chatter surrounding the event is focused on pushing the ancient sport to sexy, combative extremes.

"People aren't trying to pin each other anymore," said Jason Townsend, who is promoting a new style -- "Grappling" -- for USA Wrestling, the sport's national governing body. "They're trying to choke each other, arm-bar, leg-lock and get their opponent to say, 'Uncle.' How long ...

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