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Wrestler, Warrior, Hero: Major Douglas A. Zembiec

Maj Douglas A. Zembiec

This story first ran on Memorial Day in 2016. In 2004, as a part of Operation Vigilant Resolve, then Captain Doug Zembiec led Echo Company 2/1 into Fallujah.  As the ground assault commenced, Zembiec and the 139 Marines of Echo Company fought from building to building, street to street, in an effort to take the city.  They met heavy resistance.  ...

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Hey Ref: The Cool, Emotional, Odd, Funny, and Worst Moments

Hey Ref

Stop for a minute and think, what’s your favorite wrestling memory, or any organized sport for that matter? Whatever it is, an official was there to watch it unfold. Obviously, we don’t partake in the celebration or in some cases the disappointment but we watch them happen because we’re always the other person on the mat. We get a firsthand ...

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Hey Ref: What’s Your Experience With Youth Tournaments?

Youth Wrestling

Most officials I know start from the bottom and by bottom I mean they get their feet wet by officiating youth matches/tournaments. After a while you’ll do some Jr High then High School then some will take the leap to the NCAA. That’s the route I took. My first couple years officiating I only had youth assignments. Now I only ...

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What Grinds My Gears: Cauliflower Ear Discrimination

Grinds My Gears

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author alone and are not necessarily shared by TheOpenMat.com. I am sick and tired of the discrimination against those Americans who deal with the destruction of the underlying cartilage of the pinnae. That is right; I am speaking about “Cauliflower Ear”. It is bad enough that I have ...

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What Grinds My Gears: Push-Out Advocates

Grinds My Gears

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author alone and are not necessarily shared by TheOpenMat.com. Do you know what really grinds my gears wrestling fans? I am sick and tired of the push to make folkstyle wrestling into Sumo. I do no care how much you scream and yell that a push-out rule will ...

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Five Things You May Have Missed Over The Weekend

USA Wrestling

Team USA dominates UWW Schoolboy Pan-American Championships freestyle competitions Six young men took home gold medals, nine of ten finished on the podium and Team USA finished on top of the team standings in freestyle at the Schoolboy Pan-Am Championships. Brandon O’Brien, 32 kg, Carter Young, 38 kg, Keegan Slyter, 47 kg, Dominick Serrano, 59 kg, Cougar Andersen, 66 kg, ...

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Five Wrestling Books That Every Fan Should Read

History of Collegiate Wrestling

The season is almost upon us. For many that will mean long car rides, long days in the gym and, if you’re anything like me, a severe case of wrestling fever. To help fill the downtime and sate your hunger for all things wrestling, here are five books that every wrestling fan should read. There are plenty more, of course, ...

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Grow The Sport: Sell Wrestling To The Little Kids

Rugby Beast

The average athlete in each of the four major North American professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League, weighs more than 200 pounds. In fact, if you look at the chart on this page plotting the height and weight of every athlete in each of those leagues, you’ll ...

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Plan Now To Prevent Burnout Later

Youth wrestlers warm up

Can you feel it? The time is drawing near. If you’re coaching or competing, you’re probably either already back on the mat or about to be. Preseason tournaments are starting. Official practice start dates are getting closer and closer. After a long, eventful summer of freestyle and Greco, folkstyle season is nearly here! This is your last chance to take ...

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What Grinds My Gears: Bumperstickers

Grinds My Gears

I do not know if I could be any clearer about my absolute antipathy to spending more time in a vehicle than necessary. The longer I have to spend behind the wheel of my Frontier, the longer I have to stare at your stupid bumper or window sticker. Do you know what really Grinds My Gears? The fact that you ...

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