Indispensables of Kirkpinar: The Greaser and the Cloth Man
Besides the greasers who are responsible from installing the
huge black boilers and greasing, there are greasers who walk
on the field with ewers in their hands and give grease to
the wrestlers whose grease is dried. The cloth men give
cloth to the wrestlers whose eyes are greased.
thing which differentiates the Kirkpinar wrestling from
others is that the wrestlers wrestle by getting greased.
Kirkpinar cannot be thought without grease. In greased
wrestling, one needs to make more effort to hold and grab
the opponent. Thus, the main element is not brute force in
greased wrestling; art and motivation come into prominence
as important elements. Greasing of the wrestlers in
Kirkpinar is done by the Greasers who give grease to them.
When Kirkpinar is set up, on the field a huge black boiler
is put near the dressing rooms of the wrestlers. The
wrestlers first go to this boiler and get greased with the
grease which the greaser gives.
Greasing style here becomes exemplary for all the sports
branches. The leading names for the awards usually help each
other for getting greased and pour grease on one anothers
there are greasers who walk on the field with ewers in their
hands. The wrestlers whose grease is cleaned when they fall
onto the grass can take a break and request grease from the
greasers on the field. But this cannot come true without the
permission of the opponent. A wrestler, who feels that his
opponent rests, pretending to get greased, has the right to
invite him to wrestling by pulling the belt pulley of his
greased wrestling, greasing of the eyes under the hot sun is
a difficult situation for the wrestlers. Because the
wrestlers whose eyes have a burning sensation cannot go on
wrestling. At that time, the Cloth Men waiting around the
field succour for the wrestlers. For this, a cloth is
requested; to take from the gauzes the permission of the
opponent is necessary. Otherwise, the opponent can bring
down the wrestler who cleans his eye with the cloth. Even he
can defeat him and this triumph is valid.