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Issue #12 |

Manual for Wrestling

Actually, the most formidable wrestlers of the 1971 Hungarian National Team were not the heavyweights, but Istvan and Gabor, the two lightest on the roster. While preparing for Munich the following summer, after pummeling his practice partner, Istvan would cheap-shot him in the ribs when the coaches walked away. In the changing room, Gabor would slam the middleweight onto the metal lockers while his teammates observed silently.

To read the rest of this story, please purchase a copy of issue #12 or subscribe to the magazine. Photo courtesy of barnyz; view more of their work on Flickr.

Ernie Wang’s fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Prairie Schooner, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. He is a PhD student at the University of Houston.

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