Author Archives: Alex Steen

Wrestle Like A Girl Traces Little Known History of American Women’s Wrestling

Wrestle Like A Girl

Helen Maroulis’ gold medal victory over 16-time world and Olympic champion Saori Yoshida, of Japan, this summer marked the first ever Olympic gold medal in women’s wrestling for Team USA. It was a historic moment, in many ways, and ended the drought that the American women had suffered through since women’s wrestling debuted at the Games in 2004. However, the ...

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Five Things You May Have Missed Over The Weekend

Jason Renteria - OPRF

We covered the Super 32 late yesterday so this will be everything else that happened over the weekend. Intercontinental Cup Seven Americans competed in Khasajvurt, Russia, over the weekend in the 2016 Intercontinental Cup. Nick Gwiazdowski (125 kg) was the only one to make the finals, falling there, 2-1, to take the silver. Alan Waters and Nico Megaludis got Team ...

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Five Things from the Super 32

Super 32

Another Super 32 is in the books and it lived up to the hype in every way. For two days many of the best wrestlers in the country put it all on the line. There were upsets, classic encounters, and plenty of action that we won’t soon forget. Here are five quick things from a tournament that we could talk ...

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Sunday Numbers – October 16th, 2016

Rick Durso - Franklin & Marshall

With high school preseason tournaments going on, WCWA action underway, and the NCAA season fast approaching, this week’s Sunday Numbers is a grab bag of dominant performances/careers and a note about the Super 32. 1391 Wrestlers in the High School division of the Super 32 which was wrestled Saturday and Sunday. The largest bracket was 120 pounds with 168 competitors. ...

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Michigan Blends Youth With Experience


In a different year, one when there were fewer loaded teams returning in NCAA Division I wrestling, Michigan may have headed into the off-season after the 2015-16 season as a contender for this year’s national title. The Wolverines were coming off of their first top-10 NCAA finish since 2008. They had three All-Americans returning, hoped to get the injured Davonte ...

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Top Five Unranked Division I Wrestlers

Davonte Mahomes - Michigan

Now that our preseason rankings are out, who are the guys that aren’t in the top-20 that might make some serious noise moving forward? This list shows that some really good wrestlers didn’t make the cut, but it also shows how big a factor health and weight can be. Please note, I decided not to put freshmen on this list ...

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The Road To NYC: Training Update Number Three


I first started wrestling over 25 years ago. While that may seem like a long time to some of our younger readers, training again has made me realize how much of that time I spent completely unaware of some of the most important aspects of training. It wasn’t until after I started coaching that I fully realized how much of ...

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Five Things To Watch This Weekend

Conflict at Carver

Super 32 The toughest high school tournament in the country, the Super 32, takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. The list of nationally ranked wrestlers, and others who might be after this weekend, is far too long to cover here, but check out our extensive breakdown in our Super 32 weight-by-weight preview. Night ...

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Pinfall Enthusiasts – Episode 2


If you missed Episode 1 of Pinfall Enthusiasts, you can listen to it here.  In Episode 2 of Pinfall Enthusiasts, Bryce, Eric and Alex go through the recently released preseason D1 rankings to discuss who they think will win each weight and who some dark horses for All-American honors might be.

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TOM Experts Panel Predictions: NCAA Division I

NCAA Wrestling

TOM’s preseason NCAA Division I wrestling rankings debuted yesterday, but we wanted to take it a step further.  We all expect certain wrestlers to far exceed their current rankings while others seem likely to fall short of where they are right now.  For one reason or another, the ranking they have earned is not necessarily indicative of how good they ...

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