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Gray, Taylor, Fix, Valencia, Augello Headline Team USA at Grand Prix of Spain

Adeline Gray - USA Wrestling

Update: Day one men’s freestyle brackets are here: http://www.felucha.com/components/com_remository_files/downloads/arboles-lo16-gpe_1468005388.pdf Update: Day two women’s freestyle brackets are here: http://www.felucha.com/components/com_remository_files/downloads/arboles-lf16gpe_1468088867.pdf A start-studded Team USA contingent will compete Saturday and Sunday at the 2016 Grand Prix of Spain in Madrid. This is the last senior level international tournament before the Olympic Games in Rio. Team USA is sending a squad that includes world champions, Olympians ...

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What Grinds My Gears

Grinds My Gears

You know what really grinds my gears America? When I am forced to sit waiting for food that I ordered forever ago. It was bad enough during wrestling season having to sit there while others ate whatever they wanted, but now that I am retired it is enough to make me scream. Every day is the “off-season” for me, and ...

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Northern Colorado: HC Troy Nickerson’s Rebuilding Project Continues

Northern Colorado

Northern Colorado Head Wrestling Coach Troy Nickerson’s rebuilding project continues in Greeley. After taking over the program before the 2014-15 season, Nickerson has continued trying to put the pieces back together after a 2013 post-season ban. There are a few bright spots for the coming year, two-time national qualifier Nikko Reyes will suit up for the Bears for the first ...

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Breaking News: Geo Martinez Transfers to Oklahoma State

Geo Martinez

Update: Martinez was granted a release by Boise State and was free to transfer to any school.  He will not have to sit out a year, but it seems likely he will redshirt given the line-up in Stillwater. Geo Martinez has transferred from Boise State to Oklahoma State and is taking summer school classes in Stillwater.  Martinez is a two-time ...

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CSU Bakersfield Names Manny Rivera Head Coach


CSU Bakersfield has announced that North Dakota State assistant Manny Rivera will become the fourth head coach in program history. Rivera, who was an All-American at Minnesota during his wrestling career has been the lead assistant of the Bison for the past five years. He takes over the Roadrunners, replacing former head coach Mike Mendoza who left for Boise State. Rivera ...

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What if the Cadet World Team Decided to go to College Together?

Gable Steveson - Minnesota

Unless you were living under a rock the last couple of days, you’ve heard something about Kevin Durant choosing to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to join Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors next season. There have been many takes on this decision, and this is a wrestling site, so I won’t go too much into it, but the ...

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Mejia, Renteria De-Commit from Iowa, Re-Open Recruiting

Justin Mejia

Editor’s Note: Jason Renteria, TOM’s #4 at 120, from OPRF, Illinois also de-committed from Iowa last night. Three-time California state champion Justin Mejia of Clovis High, announced yesterday via twitter the decision to de-commit from the University of Iowa. Many California wrestling fans across the country wondered if the reestablishment of Fresno State and the addition of three former high ...

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Ohio State: Title Contenders Again in 2017

Myles Martin - Ohio State

Coach Tom Ryan and the Ohio State Buckeyes finished third at the 2016 NCAA tournament and are another team bringing back all kinds of firepower for 2016-17. Their two NCAA champions, Myles Martin (174) and Kyle Snyder (285), are back as are two-time All-Americans Nathan Tomasello (125) and Bo Jordan (165). There is young talent at 133, 141, 149, 157 ...

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From FILA to UWW: How a Once Innovative Organization Almost Killed Wrestling

Nenad Lalovic - UWW

“I think in order for us to move forward, we needed to identify the shortcomings of the past and work hard to improve them.” That quote could have come from any number of wrestling coaches talking about their teams and individual wrestlers. The ethos of identifying where you aren’t good enough and working hard to get better is the bedrock ...

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Wrestling in the Southwest: New Mexico

New Mexico

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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