International Wrestling

Ragan Earns Silver as World Championships Conclude

Alli Ragan - Team USA

Photo Courtesy of John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com After sending three world championship debutantes to the mat on day one, Team USA sent a more experienced team to compete on day two. Each of the three Americans competing on Sunday also represented the red, white, and blue in 2015 while Alli Ragan (women’s freestyle, 60 kg) was making her fourth consecutive world ...

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Logan Stieber Wins Gold on Day One at the World Championships

Logan Stieber - Team USA

The opening day of the 2016 World Championships for the non-Olympic weight categories was a good one, overall, for the Americans. Logan Stieber, men’s freestyle 61 kg, Sarah Hildebrandt, women’s freestyle 55 kg, and Chris Gonzalez, Greco-Roman 71 kg, all acquitted themselves well Saturday despite all three being on the Senior level world stage for the first time. Stieber’s wide ...

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Non-Olympic Weight World Championships Preview

James Green - Team USA

For some in the international wrestling community, this year was a problem. With the Olympic Games taking place in August, those that have taken to competing at non-Olympic weights were faced with a dilemma. They could either move away from their ideal weight class for one year to pursue Olympic glory or they could settle for a year without a ...

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Mensah Takes Silver, Anthony Bronze at Golden Grand Prix Final

Tamyra Mensah USA Wrestling

Japan is the dominant power in women’s wrestling, but on day two of the Golden Grand Prix Final in Baku, Azerbaijan, it was China that sent five women into the gold medal matches on their way to earning seven medals on the day, including two titles. Russia finished with six medals, five of which were bronze, while Japan had five ...

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Waters Medals While Gadisov, Russia Dominate at Golden Grand Prix Final

Abdusalam Gadisov - Russia

While most of America was sleeping their way into Thanksgiving day, some of the best wrestlers in the world were hard at work at the Golden Grand Prix Final in Baku, Azerbaijan. Men’s freestyle led off the proceedings with eight wrestlers competing for Team USA. Former world champion Abdusalam Gadisov (RUS) proved he could still dominate at 97 kg, crushing ...

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Rahimov, Mambetov, and Baroev Lose Medals from Beijing

Olympic Wrestling

The IOC has announced further failed doping tests from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and three of the athletes caught were Greco-Roman wrestling medalists. Vitaliy Rahimov (AZE) was the silver medalist at 60 kg, Asset Mambetov (KAZ) was a bronze medalist at 96 kg, and Khasan Baroev (RUS) was the silver medalist at 120 kg. Team USA is not in ...

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Wrestling Letters: Patrick Martinez

Patrick Martinez

Patrick Martinez, the “Lone Wolf” of Greco-Roman wrestling made the world team for the second consecutive year yesterday, winning the 80 kg weight-class at the Non-Olympic Weight World Team Trials in New York. Before he did that, he wrote a letter to his younger self as that young man started out in the sport. This is the first in a ...

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The Road to NYC: The End of the Journey

NYC

48 seconds. After nearly two months of restricting my diet, working out two times a day, working my aging body back into wrestling shape and down to weight, I got to wrestle for 48 seconds. Somehow, I’m still convinced it was a worthwhile experience. As I sit here the day after, shoulder aching, hungry despite several large meals since I ...

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Gonzalez, Martinez Head to Budapest, Bey, Hancock Win Titles

G'Angelo Hancock

In the closing session of the 2016 Bill Farrell International and Non-Olympic Weight World Team Trials, drama reigned, intensity was a constant, and the new Greco rules, with no forced par terre, proved controversial. Both world team spots were won in decisive third matches while some future stars of USA Greco took titles at Olympic weights. Alejandro Sancho scored an ...

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Gonzalez/Sancho, Martinez/Anderson Set to Challenge for World Team

Patrick Martinez - USA Wrestling

On the final day of action at the New York Athletic Club, Greco-Roman action took over at the Bill Farrell International and Non-Olympic Weight World Team Trials. World team spots for next month’s Non-Olympic Weight World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, were on the line at 71 kg and 80 kg while international titles were on the line at the Olympic ...

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