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Pinned follows Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane, two high school seniors, as they embark on the most important winter of their lives in a quest for the New Jersey state high school wrestling championship. Ivan Korske is the pride of Lennings, a rural town tucked away in the farmlands of western Jersey, and the odds-on favorite to be crowned state champion in the 129-pound weight class. For Ivan, the stakes are impossibly high. A state championship fulfills a promise he made to his mother before she passed away nine months earlier and will, perhaps, stem his father's continued withdrawal from life. But mostly, Ivan dreams of getting a scholarship to a college far from his dreary hometown. To him, anything short of the title is failure.
In Short Hills, a wealthy town on the other side of the state, Bobby Zane protects his younger brother Christopher from the fallout of their parents' impending divorce, while searching for comfort from Carmelina Carrillo, a girl from a depressed part of Newark. Despite the distractions from the intense pressures of adolescent love and the family's breakup, Bobby realizes his quest for the coveted 129-pound state title may be his only hope for salvation.
Pinned chronicles Ivan and Bobby's season-long efforts toward overcoming forces within and beyond their control toward a title that only one of them can capture.
©2005 Alfred C. Martino; (P)2005 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A great show of the drive and intensity necessary to be a champion." (Rulon Gardner, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, Greco-Roman Wrestling)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 11-24-07

Well done!

This was a fantastic listen. I have been involved in the sport of wrestling for over 40 years and this is, by far, the best fictional piece on our sport I have ever read/heard (Yes, even better than Vision Quest!). The technical description of the matches and the preparation for the matches was dead on. Aside from the wrestling the interaction between the characters and the everyday struggles the boys endure are common themes that everyone will be interested in. This is a must read for every wrestling fan and fun for everyone else.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 03-27-05


I bought this book for my son who is a seventeen year old high school wrestler. It is a great book for any kid who is a wrestler and who is going through normal teenage problems. It is a little too heavy on the drama and I wish that it had had more action descriptions of the matches but it was very good. The big problem with the book is the ending. It was a terrible ending and left me very disatisfied.

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7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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