Olympic wrestling’s vicious takedowns are gone but not forgotten

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    Olympic wrestling's vicious takedowns are gone but not forgotten

    Martin Klein (Russia) wrestles Alfred Asikainen (Finland) in the 1912 Summer Olympics. The match went on for eleven hours and forty minutes.

    (Wikipedia Commons/Vladimir Rodionov, RIA Novosti)

    Olympic wrestling's vicious takedowns are gone but not forgotten

    Shamil Serikov (USSR, right) and silver medalist of the 1980 Olympiad Jozef Lipien (Poland) go to the mats.

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    Olympic wrestling's vicious takedowns are gone but not forgotten

    Silver medal winner Slavko Chervenkov of Bulgaria (up) and bronze medal winner Julius Strnisko of Czechoslovakia during a men's Freestyle Wrestling 100 kg match at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

    (Wikipedia Commons/Tim Hipps)

    Olympic wrestling's vicious takedowns are gone but not forgotten

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program Spc. Faruk Sahin throws Minnesota Storm's Jake Deitchler during the 66-kilogram Greco-Roman finals of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

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    Olympic wrestling's vicious takedowns are gone but not forgotten

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program 1st Lt. Leigh Jaynes wrestles Sunkist Kids' Tatiana Padilla in the women's 55-kilogram freestyle semifinals of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

    (Wikipedia Commons/Tim Hipps)

    Olympic wrestling's vicious takedowns are gone but not forgotten

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dremiel Byers wrestles China's Deli Liu in the second round of the Olympic Greco-Roman 120-kilogram tournament during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

    (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Olympic wrestling's vicious takedowns are gone but not forgotten

    Sushil Kumar of India competes with Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu of Japan (in blue) during their 66-kg freestyle wrestling gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Olympic wrestling's vicious takedowns are gone but not forgotten

    Men's 120-kg freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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    Olympic wrestling's vicious takedowns are gone but not forgotten

    Freestyle wrestling in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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    Olympic wrestling's vicious takedowns are gone but not forgotten

    Freestyle wrestling in the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday in London.

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    Olympic wrestling's vicious takedowns are gone but not forgotten

    Liván López (in red) vs. Jabrayil Hasanov at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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