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In the world of wrestling, adversity is par for the course. The Stony Brook University wrestling team is no exception when it comes to battling it. Over the course of the past few years, the club survived a serious financial setback that left it with a barebones budget. With that issue behind them, the team has moved on to the tasks at hand: working towards the emergence of its first All-American, and possibly producing a mixed martial artist. “To be an All-American, you have to really dedicate your life,” Dennis Kropp, a 22-year-old senior and All-American hopeful competing at 174 pounds, said. “It’d be amazing. It’d be huge. To be able to say that for the rest of your life would be unreal.” The road to becoming an All-American is a grueling one. In the National Collegiate Wrestling Association, the division in which Stony Brook’s team is affiliated, an individual…

The Gold Standard, a bronzed man in a black and gold mask whose mouth spreads into a pompous smirk, squares off against El Super Hombre, the down-home powerhouse in the luchadore mask. The Gold Standard takes Hombre to suplex city several times over; the crowd grows wild. Then the pins last longer and longer before finally Standard pulls Hombre down to the mat and taps him out with his patented 49er Arm Bar. In the next round, El Super Hombre comes back with a huge vengeance, hitting Standard with a flurry of strikes and pulls out a win by painfully pulling Standard’s arm across his back in his famous El Superhold finishing move. It sounds a little ridiculous, but anyway, that’s wrestling, and it’s only a game. The cards are moved back into the decks, then both are reshuffled. An even two matches took a total of 30 minutes. Steve…