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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.

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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, Smith would be talked into moving to Arkansas and helping create one of the largest grassroots wrestling movements the sport had ever seen. On Episode 4 of Rocked Up, we'll meet Pat Smith and discover how one of the legends of wrestling found himself in a state with zero wrestling and his involvement in helping build the high school and summer wrestling circuits. We'll also take a look back at 2009 and the first Arkansas team to go to Fargo.
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