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A different kind of wrestling at local Sikh temple

Thousands attend annual wrestling tournament at Deshmesh Darbar Sikh Temple in Lodi

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Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011 12:00 am

They're dressed in nothing but shorts as they duke it out on a pile of dirt. They get bruises, cuts and even bone fractures as 10 teams from Sikh temples throughout California and beyond compete in a way that most Americans wouldn't dream of.

More than 3,000 people crammed the grounds outside the Deshmesh Darbar Sikh Temple on Sunday for a full day of wrestling, basketball, volleyball, eating and praying at an annual event in the southern outskirts of Lodi. The festivities even included a 71-year-old Sikh man lifting a 125-pound weight.

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