Author Archives: Eric John

TOM’s 2016-17 Big Ten Wrestling Team-By-Team Preview

Penn State

The wrestling season is upon on us and it is time for our 2017 Big Ten wrestling preview. Once again the conference is loaded with talent with at least three teams in the hunt to capture the conference title. The clear favorites to do so are Iowa, Ohio State, and Penn State. Note that all projected line-ups have been run ...

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TOM’s 2016-17 ACC Wrestling Team-By-Team Preview

2017 ACC Wrestling Preview

Though the ACC has just six wrestling teams, this is a rapidly improving group.  Led by Virginia Tech’s team trophy winning performance last year, NC State’s excellent regular season, and North Carolina’s top notch additions since Coleman Scott took over and it is easy to see why the ACC is getting better.  Add-in Virginia who has consistently put solid teams ...

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NCAA Division I Individual College Wrestling Rankings 2016 Preseason

NCAA Division I Individual College Wrestling Rankings

TheOpenMat.com has released its 2016 Preseason NCAA Division I Individual College Wrestling Rankings. Athletes who are known to be redshirting, injured for a prolonged amount of time or are known to be coming back the second semester are not ranked. During the season, wrestlers who miss two weeks of scheduled competition (excluding opens), will be removed from the rankings (with some ...

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NCWA 2016 Preseason Wrestling Rankings

NCWA Wrestling Rankings

The defending NCWA national team champions, Emmanuel College out of Franklin Springs, Georgia, return four individual national champions as they look to defend their Collegiate Cup title in 2017. In all eight of 11 defending champions and 62 of 88 2016 All-Americans return. In addition, 2015 national champion Ruger Piva (Mountain Western) is back after an injury kept him out ...

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ASU Wrestling Adds Staff

Head coach Zeke Jones announces the hiring of Maddie Schossow as the team’s Director of Operations while recent graduate Matt Kraus will stay with the team and serve as an undergraduate assistant coach.

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End of an Era: J Robinson Opinion

J Robinson

The University of Minnesota announced that J Robinson will no longer be the coach of the Minnesota Gophers. The Hall of Fame member and winningest active coach is not going to get a parade or a farewell retirement party. No, he is leaving under a dark cloud. I have known J for 26 years and he had a lasting impact ...

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5 Things From the Junior World Championships – Day 6

Daton Fix - Sand Springs

The first day of  freestyle at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Macon, France, featured action in the 55 kg, 66 kg, 84 kg and 120 kg weight classes. The Fix is in Dayton Fix of team USA captured the Bronze medal defeating Andriy Yatsenko (UKR) 10-3 in the bronze match. His only loss was to eventual runner-up Khasan husein Badrudinov (RUS) 9-6. Badrudinov ...

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5 Things From the Junior World Championships – Day 5

Spencer Lee - Team USA

The first day of  freestyle at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Macon, France, featured action in the 50 kg, 50 kg, 74 kg and 96 kg weight classes. Spencer Lee Makes it Three Spencer Lee won his third straight world gold, second junior as he won the cadet title back in 2014. Heading into the finals he had outscored the opposition ...

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Olympian and first responder J’den Cox says he’s enjoying a return to normalcy

COLUMBIA — The latest story in J’den Cox’s unbelievable life happened Sunday, at the big bur oak tree near McBaine.Cox, Missouri wrestling’s new bronze medalist, was there with a friend when a man crashed his motorcycle. Cox said he called 911 and wrapped the man’s bleeding head in a new black Team USA shirt he was wearing for the first ...

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