Native American Calling

Monday, May 30, 2022 – Encore: The wrestling tradition


Host: Shawn Spruce

Native Americans are well-represented on the wrestling mat at the high school and college levels. The NCAA wrestling championships have just ended and athletes and coaches are already eyeing prospects for next season. We hear about notable Native wrestlers and find out the appeal wrestling presents for Native athletes, in this encore presentation of Native America Calling on Memorial Day.



Mark Branch (Kaw Nation) – head wrestling coach for the University of Wyoming Cowboys

Kirk Bahr, outgoing wrestling coach at Menominee Indian High School in Shawano, WI

Zach Blankenship (Cherokee and Navajo) – senior at Bixby Oklahoma High School and a wrestling recruit for Oklahoma State University

Seth Duckworth (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) – wrestling reporter for Pistols Firing


Break 1 Music: Electric Pow Wow Drum (song) The Halluci Nation (artist) A Tribe Called Red (album)

Break 2 music: 10000 Generations (song) Khu.éex’ (artist)