Author Archives: Pablo Di Maria

TOM’s Weekend Recruiting News – September 12th, 2016

Brandon Moen - EMU

Army West Point Army West Point hit the jackpot with the addition of Indiana state runner-up Gunnar Larson of Avon High. A strong, physical wrestler, Larson will bring some much-needed support to the upper weights. Larson is a two-time state place winner and owns an amazing 112-13 prep record. He should battle for the chance to be the starter in ...

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Getting to Know 2015 Pan-Am Champ Vayle Baker (PA)

Vayle Baker

This week TOM sits down to speak with 2015 Pan American Champion Vayle Baker from the state of Pennsylvania. Only a sophomore for the Benton High Tigers, Baker’s goal is to achieve the rare accomplishment of becoming the first female to win a PIAA state championship. TOM – Vayle, at what age did you begin to compete in the sport ...

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2016 California Junior College Season Preview

The 2016 California Junior College season will mark the 57th year that wrestling has been alive at that level in the Golden State. Many state champions and place winners have gone on to have great success in Division I, II, III and at the NAIA level. Some outstanding wrestlers that come to mind that were state champions at the Junior ...

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The History of the Louisiana Classic Invitational

Kenny Monday - BTW HS

Leading up to the start of the 2016-2017 wrestling season, The Open Mat will feature the history of various tournaments all across the country.  All of our coverage of the great wrestling tournaments across this land can be found here.  Our second feature in this series is the “Louisiana Classic Invitational,” the tournament that has been called “the premier tournament ...

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TOM’s Weekend Recruiting News

Anthony Mantanona - Iowa State

Fresno State Head Coach Troy Steiner and Assistant Israel Silva, are working hard on recruiting the best wrestlers from the Golden State in hopes of bringing back the Bulldogs to national prominence. They got two outstanding wrestlers this weekend in Robert Garcia IV of Selma High and Richie Ybarra-Brandt of Liberty Madera High (via Utah Valley University). Robert Garcia IV ...

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Max Murin Commits to Wrestle at Iowa

Max Murin - Iowa

2015 Pennsylvania Class AA state champion Max Murin of Central Cambria High, announced on Saturday his decision to attend the University of Iowa via his twitter account. Murin is a three-time PIAA state place winner (5th, 1st and 2nd) and also a 3x USAW Fargo All-American in Freestyle. Murin is coached by former Cambria High alumnus and Iowa All-American Jody ...

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Getting to Know 2016 Cadet Pan American Champion Cierra Foster of Idaho

Cierra Foster - Idaho

This week’s interview features 2016 Cadet Pan American Champion Cierra Foster of Idaho. We spoke to Foster about her training routine, her diet and future goals on and off the mat. TOM – Cierra, how were you first introduced to the sport of wrestling? Foster – I was first introduced to wrestling by my brother. When my brother turned 6 ...

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Wrestling in the Hoosier State

Chad Red

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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The History of the Doc Buchanan Tournament

Doc B

Every January, the best schools and individuals from all over the state of California travel to the city of Clovis to attend and compete in what is regard as the best tournament in the Golden State, the Doc Buchanan tournament. The tournament is hosted by Clovis High, a perennial powerhouse not only in the state of California, but in the ...

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Patrick McKee to the University of Minnesota

Patrick McKee

Six time USAW Fargo All-American Patrick McKee announced, via twitter, his decision to continue his collegiate career with the Golden Gophers. A two-year varsity starter for St Michael-Albertville High School, McKee was successful in gaining a Minnesota Class AAA state championship this past season in the 106-pound weight division. Only a junior, McKee has compiled an 82-13 prep record, and ...

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