03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Secret Of Mashed Potato Perfection

T O the brave gladiators of the Mashed Potato Wrestling Federation, it does not matter whether the potatoes are peeled beforehand or if the cooking water is correctly salted.

"You just want to make sure you don't breathe it into your lungs," said Steve Barone, a video producer in Minneapolis and the reigning champion of the sport, which takes place in a pit of squishy mashed potatoes. "That stuff is like concrete," said Mr. Barone, whose pit name is Steve-O Gratin.

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