Author Archives: Pablo Di Maria

2016 Asics/Vaughan Cadet Women’s Freestyle Nationals (Fargo) Preview

Cadet Women's Fargo

The 2016 Asics/Vaughan Cadet/Junior National Championships begin Saturday, July 16th in Fargo, North Dakota. There will be wrestlers competing in the FargoDome for eight consecutive days, beginning with Cadet women’s freestyle and culminating on the 23rd of July with the Junior men’s freestyle final session. In between, thousands of wrestlers from across the country will battle for the coveted stop ...

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Dinuba’s Jacob Wright to Attend Fresno State

Jacob Wright - Fresno State

California state runner-up Jacob Wright, of Dinuba High, has verbally committed to attend Fresno State and wrestle for the Bulldogs. Wright, a three-year starter for the Emperors, completed the 2015-2016 season with a 37-3 record and finished second in the CIF state tournament. Wright becomes the first high school recruit for Coach Troy Steiner after securing three post-high school athletes ...

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Alaska: Wrestling in the the Last Frontier

Alaska

All across America there are stories to tell of remarkable high school wrestling programs and wrestlers.  Each state has its own history, culture and flavor.  Here at TheOpenMat, we’re going state to state, profiling the high school landscape and giving you a taste of what high school wrestling means around the country.  You can catch-up on our other state profiles here. ...

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Tatiana Suarez Becomes “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 23 Champion

Tatiana Suarez

LAS VEGAS, NEV – California native Tatiana Suarez, made quick work of her opponent, Amanda Cooper, to become the “The Ultimate Fighter” season 23 women’s straw-weight champion Friday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “We don’t break; we break people. We don’t break, and I will never break. I’ve overcome a lot in my life. I’m ...

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Mejia, Renteria De-Commit from Iowa, Re-Open Recruiting

Justin Mejia

Editor’s Note: Jason Renteria, TOM’s #4 at 120, from OPRF, Illinois also de-committed from Iowa last night. Three-time California state champion Justin Mejia of Clovis High, announced yesterday via twitter the decision to de-commit from the University of Iowa. Many California wrestling fans across the country wondered if the reestablishment of Fresno State and the addition of three former high ...

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Wrestling in the Southwest: New Mexico

New Mexico

All across America there are stories to tell of remarkable high school wrestling programs and wrestlers.  Each state has its own history, culture and flavor.  Here at TheOpenMat, we’re going state to state, profiling the high school landscape and giving you a taste of what high school wrestling means around the country.  You can catch-up on our other state profiles here. ...

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Fresno State Wrestling Adds 3 Clovis High Alums

Fresno State

FRESNO, CA – Newly appointed Fresno State Wrestling Coach Troy Steiner, has started the recruiting process as it has been confirmed that the Hokit brothers (Josh and Isaiah), along with former Clovis High School teammate Kristian Olivas, will be competing for the Bulldogs in the near future. After a 10-year hiatus from competition at the varsity level (Fresno State currently ...

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Hawaii: High School Wrestling on Island Time

Travis Lee - Hawaii

All across America there are stories to tell of remarkable high school wrestling programs and wrestlers.  Each state has its own history, culture and flavor.  Here at TheOpenMat, we’re going state to state, profiling the high school landscape and giving you a taste of what high school wrestling means around the country.  You can catch-up on our other state profiles here. ...

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2016 Junior National Duals: Freestyle Preview

2016 Junior Duals

From double leg takedowns to the gut wrenches, fans in attendance will see a little bit of everything at the 2016 USAW Junior National Duals Freestyle competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma this Friday and Saturday. 38 teams will assemble in the Cox Business Center for the opportunity to be called National Champions. Leading the way, and looking to three-peat, will be ...

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