Author Archives: Alex Steen

Risen From the Ashes: Wrestling’s Battle to Remain an Olympic Sport

Save Olympic Wrestling

By: Alex Steen, Editor At its core the Olympic Games are about uniting the world.  They are about bringing together people who might not have much in common and highlighting the commonalities we all share.  In a strange turn the Olympics did exactly that in 2013, not through the Games themselves, but by making a recommendation that wrestling be dropped ...

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Advanced Sports Media Group, LLC. announces the acquisition of TheOpenMat.com, looks to continue horizontal expansion

May 31st, 2016 – Advanced Sports Media Group, the leader in college and high school sports media, is pleased to announce the acquisition of TheOpenMat, the premier destination for high school and college wrestling content. Currently, all users have unlimited access to the TheOpenMat.com’s content, including national, regional and local event coverage, individual and team rankings, predictions and analysis, commentaries ...

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Iran lineup set for Freestyle Wrestling World Cup in Los Angeles, Calif., June 11-12

Hassan Rahimi - Iran

The wrestling federation of Iran has provided its lineup for the 2016 Men’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., June 11-12.   The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships, and will feature the top eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world.   The Iranian team is experienced and talented, with a World ...

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Top 11 Moments in USA Wrestling History

Rulon Gardner - USA Wrestling

By: Alex Steen, Editor #11 – Henry Cejudo wins Gold in Beijing At just 21 years of age, having skipped college wrestling to focus on freestyle, Cejudo’s run at the 2008 Olympic Games was heart stopping.  In his first three matches he lost the first period under the best two of three periods format of the time.  Each time he ...

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Wrestler, Warrior, Hero: Major Douglas A. Zembiec

Maj Douglas A. Zembiec

In 2004, as a part of Operation Vigilant Resolve, then Captain Doug Zembiec led Echo Company 2/1 into Fallujah.  As the ground assault commenced, Zembiec and the 139 Marines of Echo Company fought from building to building, street to street, in an effort to take the city.  They met heavy resistance.  When the fighting was over, Zembiec, as was his ...

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The Little Guys (and Gals): University of Jamestown – Part 2

University of Jamestown

You can find The University of Jamestown on Interstate 94 in North Dakota, 100 miles in either direction from an actual population center. Take the exit with the oversized bison and drive north towards the black and orange checkered water tower. There you will find the campus that houses my alma mater, home of The Jimmies. A member of the ...

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Updated With Final Results: Controversy reigns at Russian Nationals

Viktor Lebedev - Russia

By: Alex Steen, Editor One of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the world, the Russian National Freestyle Wrestling Championships, began overnight in Yakutsk, Russia.  While rumors of corruption and intimidation plague the Russian wrestling scene, we’ve never seen anything like this.   At 57 kg, two-time world champion and 2015 world bronze medalist Viktor Lebedev wrestled an extremely controversial match ...

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Kaori Icho’s Last Stand

Kaori Icho - Japan

By: Alex Steen, Editor Kaori Icho is not Saori Yoshida.  The two Japanese wrestlers have a lot in common.  They’ve each won gold medals in the last three Olympic Games and head to Rio looking to claim a record fourth gold.  They each won their first world championship in 2002 and won again last year in Las Vegas.  Between them ...

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The Little Guys (and Gals): University of Jamestown – Part 1

University of Jamestown

By: Bryce Villa You can find The University of Jamestown on Interstate 94 in North Dakota, 100 miles in either direction from an actual population center. Take the exit with the oversized bison and drive north towards the black and orange checkered water tower. There you will find the campus that houses my alma mater, home of The Jimmies. A ...

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TOM TOP 30 HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN

Adam Busiello

Rank Name School State Weight 1 Adam Busiello Eastport-South Manor NY 106 2 Cohlton Schultz Ponderosa CO 220 3 Nick Raimo Hanover Park NJ 120 4 Dylan D’Emilio Genoa OH 106 5 Julian Ramirez Tampa Jesuit FL 152 6 Jordan Decatur CVCA OH 120 7 Travis Ford-Melton Marian Catholic IL 106 8 Julian Chlebove Northampton PA 120 9 Matthew Olguin ...

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