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The gladiators of 10/10

Photo series by Zack Walsh `25 and Owen Barbato `25
The loose dirt and dust of 1007 East St. became embedded into the clothes and bodies of the wrestlers who fought there.

Every year in the calm before midterms week, pairs of Grinnellians face each other in one-on-one combat. Like the gladiators of Ancient Rome, they fight neither for creed nor country, but for glory and the amusement of onlookers. This past 10/10, on Oct. 7, 2023, dozens of combatants faced off in duels for the ages. All entered the arena, and while only half emerged as champions, all etched their names into the history of Grinnell.

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Owen Barbato, Staff Photographer
Owen is a third-year psychology and political science major from South Pasadena, California. When he's not photographing for the paper, Owen enjoys taking nighttime and landscape photos. In his free time, Owen can be found trying to learn guitar and overanalyzing music.
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