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Baseball vs Wrestling

In the fourth matchup of round one, baseball takes on wrestling for the right to move on to round two.

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Which Sport Creates the Ultimate Athlete?

Tale of the Tape Overview
Each week we will match two sports against each other in a tournament style bracket and you, the fan, can vote for which you think produces top athletes.  The winning sport will advance in our tournament bracket and at the end we will crown one sport the "Ultimate Sport".  Along with the matchups, we will feature one top athlete from each sport and they will engage in a head-to-head heated debate.   

Voting will start on Thursday's and end on Wednesday's.  There will be a new matchup every week with the final matchup starting on Nov. 20.  Good luck!    

The Debate
Milton High (Ga.) elite pitcher Dylan Cease and Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) national wrestling champ Mason Manville go head to head in defending their sport.

Why is the ultimate athlete in your sport?

  • It’s a difficult sport that requires very good hand-eye, reaction time and natural ability. Most baseball players are good athletes.

  • Wrestlers use everything — mind and body. We have to be smart and understand a variety of techniques, know when to use them and how to change and adapt in the middle of a match. We have to be strong and fast on our feet.

What makes baseball more difficult than wrestling or vice versa?

  • You need more hand-eye coordination for baseball because you’ve literally got the blink of an eye to react.

  • Wrestling is a controlled brawl, and no one can help when you’re on on the mat. In baseball, people on the bench can pick up your slack. In wrestling, if you lose, it’s your fault. Wrestling is way more demanding. The entire time you’re competing, you’ve got to think about how you’re going to beat your opponent who is also thinking how he is going to beat you.

What’s the best measure of an athlete (e.g., strength, speed, quickness, agility, etc.)?

  • Speed can only get you so far. You need hand-eye coordination to hit, field and throw.

  • Your head makes you a complete athlete. Whatever sport you do, you’ve got to have a plan in your head. You could be the strongest or fastest, but if you have no mental strategy, people can easily beat you.

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