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South Beach Duals May Represent a Shift in Approach to College Wrestling Scheduling

South Beach Duals

Two aspects of college wrestling that are widely accepted, but not always the most pleasant, are that the best events happen during cold weather and the season can be a long grind. The South Beach Duals aims to challenge both of those long-standing traditions, hosting at least 14 Division I teams in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, December 29th and 30th for ...

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Getting to Know: Austin Harry, Army West Point

Austin Harry, Army

Throughout the off-season, we’re going to be getting to know returning NCAA Division I wrestlers from around the country.  We sent questionnaires to every program in the country and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall.  You can find them all whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.     Name: Austin Harry ...

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Why a Belt System Makes Sense for Wrestling

Belts

One of the limitations that wrestling has compared to many other sports is how difficult it can be to come to the sport late. If you haven't started wrestling before high school, you face an uphill battle. If you decide you want to try it as a young adult, your options are almost non-existent. This limits the number of people ...

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Getting to Know: Nick Wanzek, Minnesota

Nick Wanzek, Minnesota

Throughout the off-season, we’re going to be getting to know returning NCAA Division I wrestlers from around the country.  We sent questionnaires to every program in the country and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall.  You can find them all whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.     Name: Nick Wanzek ...

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Boise State is Another Battle in a War we’re Losing

Boise State

Boise State announced Tuesday that they were discontinuing their wrestling program, effective immediately, in order to add a baseball program. Even in their statement, the administration admitted they had no timeline, though President Bob Kustra has been talking about baseball as his pet project since at least 2015. Head coach Mike Mendoza and his team were informed that the wrestling ...

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2017 Journeymen World Classic and Duals Preview

Kurt McHenry and Yianni Diakomihalis

The 2017 Journeymen World Classic and Duals is set for this weekend, April 22nd and 23rd in Schenectady, NY. This event attempts to attract strong domestic talent as well as teams of international wrestlers from around the world. Canada and Kazakhstan are confirmed for this year's event and we will probably see more countries in the mix. Last year Russia, ...

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2019-2022 NCAA Wrestling Championship Sites Announced

NCAA logo

The NCAA has announced the sites for the 2019-2022 Division I Wrestling Championships.  After heading to Cleveland next year, the championships will return to Pennsylvania for the first time since 2011, this time stopping in Pittsburgh, in 2019, at the PPG Paints Arena.  In 2020, US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will play host, the first time since 1996 that ...

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Getting to Know: Tanner Hall, Arizona State

Tanner Hall - Arizona State

Throughout the off-season, we’re going to be getting to know returning NCAA Division I wrestlers from around the country.  We sent questionnaires to every program in the country and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall.  You can find them all whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.     Name: Tanner Hall ...

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The Next Five Rules that Need to be Changed in NCAA Wrestling

Rule Changes

The NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee announced their recommended rule changes over the weekend and there was some good stuff included. However, as is almost always the case, there are more rule issues that need to be addressed. Unfortunately, with a two-year rule cycle, we probably won't see any of these addressed any time soon, but perhaps if there is enough ...

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The Five Most Intriguing Names Registered for the US Open

Mason, Marsteller, Downey

The US Open, along with the World Team Trials for Junior and Senior Greco as well as Senior women’s freestyle among other tournaments, is just over a week away. We’ll have full previews coming later, but to whet your appetite, here are the five most intriguing names currently registered to compete in men’s freestyle. Nathan Tomasello (TMWC/Ohio RTC) – 57 ...

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