Author Archives: Alex Steen

Olympic Wrestling Brackets: How They Differ From What We See In The U.S.

Olympic Wrestling

Brackets are something that just about every wrestling fan understands.  As young wrestlers, we learn how to read them so we know when, and where, to show up for our next match.  As fans, we pour over them before tournaments, analyzing match-ups and possibilities.  After tournaments, we study them trying to ascertain what went right and what could have been ...

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Burroughs wins, Molinaro 2nd, Cox, Snyder 3rd in German Grand Prix

Jordan Burroughs - Team USA

Four members of Team USA’s men’s Olympic freestyle team took the mat in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday at the German Grand Prix.  Defending world champions Jordan Burroughs (74 kg) and Kyle Snyder (97 kg) were in action as well as Frank Molinaro (65 kg) and J’Den Cox (86 kg). Molinaro began the day with an 11-0 win over William Stier (GER) ...

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Preview: Team USA at the German Grand Prix July 2nd and 3rd

Jordan Burroughs USA Wrestling

Five members of Team USA’s men’s freestyle wrestling Olympic team are in Europe this week to compete in the Grand Prix of Germany, July 2nd and 3rd in Dortmund. The only American men’s freestyler expected to be in Rio that will not compete here is Tervel Dlagnev (125 kg). He is being held out so that he can be as ...

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Adeline Gray: Right Wrestler, Right Message, Right Time

Adeline Gray - Team USA

Four women enter the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as, at least, two-time defending world champions, Eri Tosaka (JPN), Saori Yoshida (JPN), Kaori Icho (JPN) and Adeline Gray (USA). The Japanese women, as a whole, have had tremendous success at the Olympics, winning seven of the 12 gold medals awarded in the history of the sport. The United States, on the ...

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6 Questions 6 Weeks Out From Rio

Rio Olympics

1 – Will Rio be ready? We seem to be past the point where moving the Olympic Games would be possible and canceling them all together is a non-starter. So, can Rio, facing pollution, economic depression and political instability, rally to not only host the Games, but do so in a safe and effective manner? It seems like an impossible ...

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Does Wrestling Need the Olympic Games?

Olympic Wrestling

I must confess, I love the Olympic Games. I know all about the problems with corruption, the issues with what to do with the facilities once the Games are over, the financial burden the host country suffers and the difficulty of policing doping among athletes. Even still, when August comes around and the Games begin in Rio, assuming that they ...

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Virginia Tech Looks to Build on First Ever Team Trophy

Solomon Chishko - Va Tech

The Virginia Tech Hokies and four-time ACC Coach of the Year Kevin Dresser return all but one of the eight wrestlers they took to the 2016 NCAA Tournament in Madison Square Garden.  Of the seven coming back, five of them were All-Americans in 2016.  That does not include Joey Dance (125), an All-American in 2014 and the second seed in ...

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Busiello Commits, Penn State Dynasty Rolls On

Adam Busiello

The #1 ranked 106 in the country, Adam Busiello of Eastport South Manor High School (New York) has verbally committed to Penn State via Twitter. Busiello just finished his freshman year of high school, making him a member of the class of 2019. It is an early commit to be sure, but the two-time New York state champion and 2015 ...

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Coach Burnett (Part 2) on Tervel’s Health, Youth and Preparing to Win Gold in Rio

Bruce Burnett - Team USA

Team USA Head Freestyle Coach Bruce Burnett first held the position from 1993-2000 during which time his wrestlers won four Olympic gold medals and nine Olympic medals overall.  After a 13 year stint as the Head Wrestling Coach at the Naval Academy, Burnett was retired when USA Wrestling called upon him to return in 2014.  He leads the national freestyle ...

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