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Wrestling is the world's oldest sport. In Arkansas, it's the newest.

Follow the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as it starts up a brand new sport in a place that hasn't seen major college wrestling in half a century. Rocked up follows the fledgling wrestling program as it begins from scratch with a start date of November 2019.

Produced by the Mat Talk Podcast Network.

Aug 19, 2019

Capturing the nation's attention

In the big money world of Division I college athletics, only five championship sports actually make the NCAA money. Of course, the biggest is the Final Four, the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. Now 68 teams play their way to a championships. The venues are large and the...


Aug 11, 2019

A Legend Comes to Town

In the lore of college sports, there's always the aura of having done something no one else had ever done. In 1994, a wrestler from Oklahoma State University named Pat Smith became the first wrestler in NCAA Division I wrestling history to win four straight national championships.

Years later,...


Jun 28, 2019

First, Best or Different - How Ouachita Baptist paved the way for college wrestling in Arkansas

This entire series has been telling you one story to set up another. On Episode 3, we look back at the impact of the first college wrestling program in Arkansas in nearly 50 years, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia,...


May 10, 2019

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

On the second episode of Rocked Up, we'll meet Little Rock radio personality and former Arkansas football player David Bazzel. He'll introduce us to how Greg Hatcher, an insurance man in Little Rock, talked him into pitching a press conference to try to introduce wrestling to...


Apr 17, 2019

Wrestling is the world's oldest sport. In Arkansas, it's the newest.

This is Rocked Up, the story of the foundations and formations of a new college sports team at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. What makes this story unique isn't just the fact it's a new sport, but the sport itself is new to the entire...