We think we know the story pretty well already: Young wrestler has two dreams: (a) to win the state championship, and (b) to win the love of a girl. The defending state champion is a man-mountain who carries telephone poles to the top of stadiums. The girl is an independent drifter who is 20 years old and doesn’t take the hero seriously. By the end of the movie, the only suspense is whether it will end with a victory in bed or in the ring.
All of those characters are written, directed and acted just a little differently than we might expect; they have small roles, but they don’t think small thoughts.