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USA TODAY: No Tension Among Wrestlers

March 17, 2014, 9:01 p.m. (ET)
Photo by Harry How, Getty Images, as shown in USA Today

Ukrainian, Russian wrestlers shown unity on mat

by David Leon Moore, USA Today

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Half a world away, the world focused on Ukrainians and Russians tensely trying to plot their futures with a controversial secession referendum and scenes of tanks in the streets of Crimea.

But here in a mostly forgotten arena, where Jack Nicholson once sat courtside and Magic Johnson seemed like he could save a league and change the world with a smile, wrestlers from 10 nations tried to show a more peaceful way.

When Magic held sway at the Forum, it was called Showtime. Sunday it was Throwtime, as the world's greatest wrestlers displayed their best moves in the Freestyle World Cup.

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