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Oklahoma State’s John Smith on Winning Gold, Coaching the Cowboys and His Announcing Debut

John Smith - Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State Head Wrestling Coach John Smith has guided the Cowboys to five national titles and has been named NWCA National Coach of the Year twice. As a wrestler, he won two NCAA titles, four world championships and two Olympic gold medals. He is a legend in our sport and continues to expand his repertoire, getting behind the mic this ...

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2016 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup: After Thoughts

2016 Wrestling World Cup

The 2016 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup is now behind us and the US team finished fourth with three wrestlers going undefeated. Those were Frank Molinaro (65 KG), James Green (70 KG) and Kyle Snyder (97 KG).  Team USA ended up going 2-2 on the weekend defeating Azerbaijan and India, while losing to Iran and Georgia. Some may find this disappointing but ...

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Minnesota Wrestling: Teams and Wrestlers to Watch

Garrett Aldrich - Albert Lea

All across America there are stories to tell of remarkable high school wrestling programs and wrestlers.  Each state has its own history, culture and flavor.  Here at TheOpenMat, we’re going state to state, profiling the high school landscape and giving you a taste of what high school wrestling means around the country.  You can catch-up on our other state profiles here. ...

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What Grinds My Gears

Grinds My Gears

It is always fun to have a platform to gripe and groan and moan about the state of our sport. It is also fun to look back at what it has given us over the years. For me, it was an opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. I know it was not at the Division I level, but I ...

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The Case of the Missing All-American

NCAA logo

The brackets from past NCAA tournaments can be a fascinating read.  Besides seeing the names of wrestlers you haven’t thought about in years and reliving great tournaments of the past, sometimes you happen across something truly bizarre.  Such is the case when reviewing the 134 pound bracket from the 1981 NCAA tournament. When I first saw the bracket, I thought ...

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Catching Up With Alan “Z” Gelogaev

Alan Gelogaev - Oklahoma State

Alan “Z” Gelogaev had no designs on winning an NCAA title growing up, training and wrestling in Moscow, Russia. That changed, however, when he met Oklahoma State’s Daniel Cormier and Jamill Kelly while the two were in Russia training. He came to Stillwater, Oklahoma in 2008 and started wrestling for the Cowboys during the 2009-10 season. He was a two-time ...

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2016 World Cup Preview

Jordan Burroughs - USA Wrestling

Eight of the top freestyle wrestling nations in the world converge on Los Angeles this weekend for the 2016 World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling. The four-time defending champion, Iran, brings a strong team as they attempt to win the title once again. They reside in group B along with the United States, Azerbaijan and India. The U.S., on home turf ...

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The Olympic Dream: Barriers and Progress

Olympic Wrestling

 How many of us had an Olympic Dream? How many reached it? Making a world or Olympic team is not an easy task. Of course, there are the obvious things like being good enough, having the right coach, self-discipline, dedication and motivation, but there are several other factors that come into play as well, especially when you are talking about ...

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Top 10 Women’s Freestyle Wrestling Olympians of All-Time

Best Women Olympians

By: Alex Steen, Editor As we here at The Open Mat conclude our series on the greatest Olympic wrestlers in each style, we turn our attention to women’s freestyle.  As with the previous editions, men’s freestyle and men’s Greco-Roman, performance at the Olympic Games was weighted above all else.  Other accolades were considered, but were largely used for tie-breaking purposes ...

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UWW Cadet Greco Wrestler Seriously Injured

Ian Malesiewski

Ian Malesiewski was seriously injured Friday during his opening match at 85 kg at the UWW Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals.  He fractured two cervical vertebrae and damaged his spinal cord.  He underwent eight hours of surgery Friday in Akron, Ohio and was on a breathing tube Monday as a result of complications.  His prognosis is unknown at this time.  We at ...

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