High School Wrestling

PA Round-Up – Verkleeren, Waterway Duals and Malvern Prep

Jarod Verkleeren - Hempfield

It’s heating up. I don’t mean the weather here in Pennsylvania, where Septembers are hotter than Julys. It’s ramping up. School’s in, the practice schedule is picking up and the old questions are popping up. “Where’s his weight at? How’s that new freshman looking?” Wrestling season is on its way. News and Notes In a move that should surprise no ...

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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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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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Jason Renteria Commits to Nebraska

Jason Renteria - OPRF

Three-time Illinois state finalist, 2016 Illinois state champ, TOM’s #18 senior and the second ranked 132 in the country Jason Renteria, a senior at Oak Park River Forest, has committed to Nebraska. Renteria, who formerly had committed to Iowa only to de-commit in July, announced the decision via Twitter. I will be taking my athletic talents and academics to the ...

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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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