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Author Archives: Alex Steen

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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Team USA FS Coach Bruce Burnett on Technology, Burroughs, Dennis and Molinaro (Part 1 of 2)

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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Who Won the U.S.’s First Olympic Wrestling Gold Medal?

1908 Olympics

Who won the first Olympic gold medal for the United States in wrestling? With the internet at our finger-tips this should be a simple question to answer. However, the early Olympic competitions were a far cry from what we see today. Many of the early competitions had few competitors from anywhere outside of the host country. The citizenship status of ...

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Ohio Claims Freestyle Title at 2016 Junior National Duals

Drew Mattin - Ohio

Team Ohio claimed the freestyle championship at the 2016 Junior National Duals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Saturday. After qualifying for the championship pools by winning pool C in a 34-33 thriller over New Jersey, Ohio was certainly in title contention, but I don’t think many would have predicted them to dominate as they did in their final four duals. Ohio, wrestling ...

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