on the wrestling team in junior high. Later, at Indiana University, I learned about bokh, or Mongolian wrestling.
When I moved to West Hollywood, Ivo, the Bulgarian bodybuilder who was insanely jealous of Michael J. Fox, told me that he played an interesting variation, common in Turkey and parts of the Balkans: yağlı güreş, or oil wrestling.
Since they're all greasy, the only way to win is by putting your hand inside the other guy's kisbet -- you know, where his sex organs are.
It's as if the sport was deliberately designed to be homoerotic.
Guys of all ages participate. You don't need to be muscular, but it helps.
a local tournament when I was in Turkey, but not the Kirkpinar, the national tournament held every year in June or July in Edirne, near the Bulgarian border. If you want to go, book your hotel room far in advance; the town fills up fast.
I can see why.
(But be careful; Turkey is one of the most gay-friendly countries in the Middle East, which means extremely homophobic by European standards, and for Americans, about as homophobic as the rural South).