Alligator Wrestling: The New Extreme Sport

Founder of Florida’s Freestyle Alligator Competition, James Holt, wants to turn the tribal tradition of wrestling alligators into an extreme sport.

The competitors in Holt’s Freestyle Alligator Competition dive into a deep pool where their deadly opponents await them for a 10-minute session of wrestling.

Competitors are scored in six categories: aggressiveness of the alligator, difficulty of the move, style, appearance, showmanship and water wrangling.

Holt is an American Indian whose family has wrestled alligators for generations. He said: “We do it the way it was done back then. That’s what this competition is. We’re recreating it as it would have been done in the wild. We have a deep water pit. These alligator wrestlers are going to jump in there. They’re going to show whatever skills they have.”

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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