Author Archives: Alex Steen

Chance Marsteller to Lock Haven

Chance Marsteller Lock Haven

By: Alex Steen, Editor Chance Marsteller has announced, via his Twitter account, that he is transferring to Lock Haven University and will wrestle for Coach Scott Moore next year.  Marsteller, who was 166-0 and won four Pennsylvania AAA state championships at Kennard-Dale High School, spent the last two years at Oklahoma State.  Both his redshirt year and freshman campaign were ...

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Olympic Wrestling Profile: Jordan Burroughs 74 KG

Jordan Burroughs USA Wrestling

By: Alex Steen, Editor Name: Jordan Burroughs Height: 5’ 9” Weight Class: 74kg (163 lbs) Club: Sunkist Kids Lives In: Lincoln, Neb College: Nebraska High School: Winslow Township High School, Atco, N.J. Born: July 8th, 1988 Now 124-2 on the Senior level for his career, three-time World Champion and defending Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs is one of only three ...

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Molinaro falls short, US to take 13/18 to Rio

USA Wrestling

By: Alex Steen, Editor Wrestling’s final day of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro featured men’s freestyle competition.  The lone American on the mat today was Frank Molinaro, attempting to qualify 65 kg.  The draw was a tough one with 2013 world champion Devid Safaryan (ARM) in the opener and many quality opponents lurking in Molinaro’s ...

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US Women 0 for 2 on Day 2 in Istanbul

Tamyra Mensah USA Wrestling

By: Alex Steen, Editor Day two in Istanbul saw women’s freestyle take center stage.  Tamyra Mensah, 69 kg, and Kelsey Campbell, 58 kg, were the American’s competing for a spot in this summer’s Olympic Games.  Unfortunately both dropped matches in the quarter-final round early this morning and will not be wrestling in Rio. Campbell got off to a fast start ...

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FLASH: Thielke wins silver medal, qualifies for Rio Olympics at World Olympic Qualifier in Turkey

Jesse Thielke USA Wrestling

By: Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling ISTANBUL, Turkey – U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion Jesse Thielke (Germantown, Wis./New York AC) earned a berth at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with an inspiring performance at 59 kg/130 lbs. in Greco-Roman at the 2nd World Olympic Games Qualifier at the Bagcilar Sports Complex on Friday. The 23-year-old Greco-Roman phenom ...

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Beasts in Training: Volume 1

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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Last Chance Olympic Qualifier Preview

USA Greco

By: Alex Steen, Editor Six Americans head to Istanbul, Turkey this week for their last chance to qualify their weight classes for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. With only the top two finishers in each weight class qualifying, there is no margin for error. The action will take place over three days, Friday (Greco), Saturday (Women’s FS) ...

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Olympic Wrestling Profile: Andy Bisek 75 KG

Andy Bisek USA Wrestling

By: Alex Steen, Editor Name: Andy Bisek Height: 5’ 9” Weight Class: 75kg (165 lbs) Club: Minnesota Storm Lives In: Colorado Springs, CO College: Northern Michigan High School: Chaska High School, Chaska, MN Born: Aug. 18th, 1986 Long before Andy Bisek grew his famous mustache and started bringing home World Championship medals he was a good, but not great, high ...

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Ramos, Monday and Chaid to North Carolina

University of North Carolina

By: Alex Steen, Editor It has been less than a year since Coleman Scott was named head wrestling coach at North Carolina, but already he has the program moving in the right direction. After a third place finish at the ACC tournament, but a disappointing 35th place finish at NCCAs, Scott has gotten off to a stellar start in his ...

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Olympic Wrestling Profile: Elena Pirozhkova 63 KG

Elena Pirozhkova USA Wrestling

By: Alex Steen, Editor Name: Elena Pirozhkova Height: 5’ 5” Weight Class: 63kg (138.75 lbs) Club: Titan Mercury Wrestling Club Lives In: Colorado Springs, CO College: Pikes Peak CC High School: Greenfield High School, Greenfield, MA Born: October 13th, 1986 Long before she ever set foot on a wrestling mat, Elena Pirozhkova had experienced challenges and hardship in her life. ...

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