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Jacobs wins Frank Gotch Catch Tournament

Curran Jacobs, former Michigan State wrestler and current mixed martial arts fighter, took first place in the 2017 Frank Gotch World Catch Wrestling Tournament in Humboldt, Iowa Saturday.

Curran Jacobs (far right) with Team Jacobs
In second place was Travis Wiuff, who once wrestled for Minnesota State-Mankato. Anthony Pacheck placed third.

A forerunner of modern folkstyle and freestyle wrestling, catch wrestling is the product of old-style catch-as-catch-can wrestling. Matches can last up to 20 minutes. Catch wrestlers may use joint lock submission holds; however, unlike MMA, contestants are not allowed to punch, kick or choke opponents.

For the second year in a row, the event was held at Humboldt High School in the hometown of Frank Gotch, early 1900s world champion wrestler who used submission holds in most of his matches.

This year, the Gotch World Catch Wrestling Championships featured a dozen athletes, all competing in an open-weight tournament. There was a wide variance in the actual weights of the wrestlers. As Jacobs pointed out on Facebook, "Today, I weighed in at 194 lbs. exactly. Travis Wiuff was 253 lbs. (Nicholas) Caggia was 311 pounds. And (Wil) Bunn was 298."

In an interview with InterMat, Jacobs, 28, disclosed that he pinned Wil Bunn, defeated Pacheck by a double wrist-lock, and beat Wiuff twice in two separate matches, using, appropriately enough, the Frank Gotch toe hold both times.

"This was a brutal tournament," an exhausted Jacobs told the Catch Wrestling Alliance blog after winning the event.

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