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The Golden Era of Team USA Freestyle Wrestling

Team USA 1992

The golden era of international wrestling in the United States began in 1984 with the communist boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics. The success seen by American wrestlers at that Olympics inspired a generation and led to levels of international accomplishment not seen since the 20s and 30s. Some of the greatest freestyle wrestlers in American history, John Smith, Bruce ...

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Cadet Pan-Am Championships: Team USA Dominates

Cadet Pan-Am Men's FS Team USA

The 2016 Cadet Pan-American Championships wrestling tournament took place July 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Lima, Peru.  Competitors born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 competed in Greco-Roman on day one, women’s freestyle on day two and men’s freestyle on day three.  Team USA sent a full roster for each competition made up of wrestlers who had proven themselves at the ...

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Dennis Wins Gold on Day 2 at German Grand Prix

Dan Dennis - Team USA

On day two of the 2016 German Grand Prix, Daniel Dennis (57 kg) was the only Team USA Olympic team member to take the mat, after Frank Molinaro, Jordan Burroughs, J’Den Cox and Kyle Snyder all wrestled on day one.  Dennis’ bracket did not feature the high level competition that Molinaro, Cox and Snyder faced yesterday, but the Azerbaijani who ...

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Olympic Wrestling Brackets: How They Differ From What We See In The U.S.

Olympic Wrestling

Brackets are something that just about every wrestling fan understands.  As young wrestlers, we learn how to read them so we know when, and where, to show up for our next match.  As fans, we pour over them before tournaments, analyzing match-ups and possibilities.  After tournaments, we study them trying to ascertain what went right and what could have been ...

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Burroughs wins, Molinaro 2nd, Cox, Snyder 3rd in German Grand Prix

Jordan Burroughs - Team USA

Four members of Team USA’s men’s Olympic freestyle team took the mat in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday at the German Grand Prix.  Defending world champions Jordan Burroughs (74 kg) and Kyle Snyder (97 kg) were in action as well as Frank Molinaro (65 kg) and J’Den Cox (86 kg). Molinaro began the day with an 11-0 win over William Stier (GER) ...

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Preview: Team USA at the German Grand Prix July 2nd and 3rd

Jordan Burroughs USA Wrestling

Five members of Team USA’s men’s freestyle wrestling Olympic team are in Europe this week to compete in the Grand Prix of Germany, July 2nd and 3rd in Dortmund. The only American men’s freestyler expected to be in Rio that will not compete here is Tervel Dlagnev (125 kg). He is being held out so that he can be as ...

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Adeline Gray: Right Wrestler, Right Message, Right Time

Adeline Gray - Team USA

Four women enter the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as, at least, two-time defending world champions, Eri Tosaka (JPN), Saori Yoshida (JPN), Kaori Icho (JPN) and Adeline Gray (USA). The Japanese women, as a whole, have had tremendous success at the Olympics, winning seven of the 12 gold medals awarded in the history of the sport. The United States, on the ...

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6 Questions 6 Weeks Out From Rio

Rio Olympics

1 – Will Rio be ready? We seem to be past the point where moving the Olympic Games would be possible and canceling them all together is a non-starter. So, can Rio, facing pollution, economic depression and political instability, rally to not only host the Games, but do so in a safe and effective manner? It seems like an impossible ...

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Does Wrestling Need the Olympic Games?

Olympic Wrestling

I must confess, I love the Olympic Games. I know all about the problems with corruption, the issues with what to do with the facilities once the Games are over, the financial burden the host country suffers and the difficulty of policing doping among athletes. Even still, when August comes around and the Games begin in Rio, assuming that they ...

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Coach Burnett (Part 2) on Tervel’s Health, Youth and Preparing to Win Gold in Rio

Bruce Burnett - Team USA

Team USA Head Freestyle Coach Bruce Burnett first held the position from 1993-2000 during which time his wrestlers won four Olympic gold medals and nine Olympic medals overall.  After a 13 year stint as the Head Wrestling Coach at the Naval Academy, Burnett was retired when USA Wrestling called upon him to return in 2014.  He leads the national freestyle ...

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