Author Archives: Alex Steen

Top 10 Greco-Roman Wrestling Olympians of All-Time

Best Greco Wrestlers

By: Alex Steen, Editor As we here at The Open Mat continue our series on the greatest Olympic wrestlers in each style, we turn our attention to Greco-Roman.  As with the men’s freestyle list, performance at the Olympic Games was weighted above all else.  Other accolades were considered, but were largely used for tie-breaking purposes when wrestlers’ Olympic resumes were too ...

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The Top 10 Men’s Freestyle Wrestling Olympians

Best Freestyle Olympians

By: Alex Steen, Editor We here at The Open Mat are setting out to name the greatest Olympic wrestlers in each style. We start today with men’s freestyle.  Performance at the Olympic Games was weighted above all else.  Other accolades were considered, but were largely used for tie-breaking purposes when wrestlers’ Olympic resumes were too close to separate. The Olympic games ...

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Cadet World Champions Diakomihalis, Steveson Repeat at UWW Cadet Nationals

Gable Steveson - USA Wrestling

By: Pablo Di Maria AKRON, Ohio – Cadet World champions Yianni Diakomihalis and Gable Steveson were triumphant Sunday morning as they dominated the field to claim a second UWW Cadet National Championship. Competing up a weight class at 63 kg/138 lbs. one weight above where he won the Cadet World Championships in 2015, Diakomihalis shutout two-time Cadet Freestyle All-American Jamie ...

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University Nationals Recap: Final Day

Zane Richards - Illinois

By: Alex Steen, Editor If yesterday in Akron was a marathon, today was a sprint!  The final day of the UWW Cadet and University Nationals featured just under four hours of wrestling, but it packed a month’s worth of action into that short time!  The Cadet division began the day with the best two of three finals to determine world ...

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University Freestyle Recap: Semi-finals Set

Isaiah Martinez

By: Alex Steen, Editor After a long, hot day in Akron, Ohio, we’ve determined the semi-finalists on the University side and the finalists on the Cadet side.  There were some huge brackets, especially in the University division, so there was a lot of wrestling to digest.  We’ll go weight by weight to let you know what happened on the University ...

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Recap: Day 1 UWW Cadet/University Nationals

G'Angelo Hancock

By: Alex Steen Day one from the UWW Cadet and University Nationals in Akron, Ohio is in the books. With Greco athletes from around the country in action on day one, there was high drama, intensity, and, of course, some ridiculous throws! I’ll just hit a few high points here, but you can find full results below. First off, I ...

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2016 UWW Cadet Freestyle Preview

Yianni Diakomihalis

By: Pablo Di Maria The 2016 UWW Cadet Freestyle & Greco-Roman tournaments will be held at the Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House, on the beautiful campus of the University of Akron. The top eight place winners in each weight class will qualify for Fargo Cadet Nationals in the same style, while the winner will represent the U.S. Team ...

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University Nationals: Day 2 and 3 (Freestyle) Preview

Kyven Gadson

By: Alex Steen, Editor The World University Championships take place in Corum, Turkey, October 25th-30th. To earn a spot on the team representing the U.S. this fall, wrestlers must win this weekend in Akron, Ohio. The University level is an interesting mix of current NCAA competitors and post graduates athletes. Eligible wrestlers are either currently working towards a degree or ...

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Beasts in Training: Volume 5

Beasts In Training

By: Alex Steen, Editor Every week across the country wrestlers of all ages, shapes, sizes and both genders get after it competing in the greatest sport known to man.  Tomorrow’s NCAA Champions and Olympians are out there honing their craft and laying waste to the competition.  In this space, I pay tribute to some of those Beasts In Training (BIT).  ...

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National Wrestling Hall of Fame celebrates 40th class with grand re-opening of its renovated facility in Stillwater, Okla., June 3-4


The National Wrestling Hall of Fame is turning 40 years old in 2016. The Hall of Fame will be inducting and honoring the 40th class at the 40th Anniversary Honors Weekend on June 3-4 with a grand re-opening in its Stillwater, Okla. location.   The current $3.5 million complete renovation will allow visitors to experience the rich history of wrestling ...

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