Feature Articles

TOM’s High School Wrestler of the Week – Feb. 20th, 2017

Austin O'Connor - St. Rita

St. Rita’s Austin O’Connor joined the elite four-timer club this weekend by winning his fourth Illinois state championship, this one at 152-pounds. With his 20-7 win over Cole Smith of Providence High, who O’Connor beat for the fourth time this season, O’Connor became the 15th four-time state champion in IHSA history. O’Connor became St. Rita’s second four-time state champion. The ...

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What is the Ultimate Wrestling Weekend?

Maybe you have seen the banners and twitter posts about the fundraiser TOM is doing for the Xtreme Couture Foundation and USA Wrestling, maybe you have not. Our staff wanted to take the time to explain why we are doing this, why we think it is important and what the ultimate wrestling weekend is all about. The Ultimate Wrestling Weekend ...

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TOM National High School Wrestling Team Rankings – Dec. 23rd, 2016

TOM National Highschool Team Rankings

TOM has released our latest set of national high school team rankings for the 2016-17 season. Blair Academy (NJ) remains on top of the list which includes 40 outstanding high school wrestling teams from across the country.  Two teams that were outside the top-40 last time around have made it in, including Pomona (CO) who won the Reno Tournament of ...

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TOM Chats with Jaxen Gilmore after his RTOC Title

Jaxen Gilmore - Yukon

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Cook Jaxen Gilmore from Yukon, Oklahoma has won a lot of matches in his wrestling career.  That is a given for anyone that earns the top-seed at the Reno Tournament of Champions.  Still, Gilmore had never won a tournament of this magnitude.  After winning his first state championship last season, he took some losses during the ...

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California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA): Mid-Season Report

Seville Hayes - Palomar

The Falcons are the favorites to win the CCCAA The Cerritos College wrestling team, which is guided by Donnie Garriott in his 11th season as head coach, is a strong contender to acquire its fifth CCCAA State Championship in school history this season. The Falcons are 14-0 and have won the Bakersfield Duals, Mt. Sac Duals, the West Hills tournament, ...

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Report: Gold Medalist Toghrul Asgarov Tests Positive From 2012 Olympics (Updated)

Toghrul Asgarov - Azerbaijan

UPDATE: UWW tweeted this morning, “Contrary to news reports, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Togrul Asgarov (AZE) has never been in violation of UWW’s anti-doping policy.”  The Hindustan Times article has now been updated as well to reflect that Asgarov has never been in violation.  It certainly appears now that this report was erroneous. The Hindustan Times is reporting that 2012 ...

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Under the Radar: Ursinus College (PA)

Ursinus College

In the land of wrestling that is Pennsylvania, one man is King. Slow down Nittany Lion fans, I am not talking about your Midas, Cael Sanderson. A name known to the most hardcore of fans of the sport sits atop the pantheon of College coaches in that region. Bill Racich, the head coach at Ursinus College reigns supreme and you ...

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Olympic Preview: Day 1 – 59 kg (Thielke), 75 kg (Bisek)

Andy Bisek - USA

The opening day of Olympic wrestling, Sunday, August 14th, features Greco-Roman action in the 59 kg and 75 kg weight classes. Jesse Thielke and Andy Bisek take the mat for Team USA and will face deep, difficult brackets. Expect brackets sometime in the afternoon or evening on Saturday, August 13th. 59 kg This weight class is deep, but at the ...

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Reinventing Youth Wrestling Part III: The Vision

The Open Mat

This article is a continuation: see Part I, Part II In the previous two articles we provided an introduction and some of the problems that exist. In this article will provide a vision that we have discussed over the past two years. Following this we will break down the vision and offer more detail on each aspect. This plan is ...

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