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Top 5 Pound-For-Pound Men’s Freestyle 2016 Olympians

Top 5 P4P Men's FS

It is a question that will be debated until the end of time. Who is the best? With wrestlers of the same age and in the same weight class, this question can be answered on the mat. However, for those who will never meet, the debate rages on. With the world’s best wrestlers converging on Rio, we will soon have ...

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Dual Championship, Shifted Season Being Discussed at NWCA Convention

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The 2016 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Convention began yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. As usual with this event, there are many discussions about how to grow the sport at all levels. Trackwrestling’s Andy Hamilton reports that one of the hot topics in recent years, changing the NCAA season and adding a dual championship component, is being discussed yet again. ...

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Princeton May Have Their Best Team Since 1978

Brett Harner - Princeton

Princeton Head Wrestling Coach Chris Ayers enters his 11th season at the helm. Ayers was the 2016 Ivy League Head Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to their best season in decades. With all of their top wrestlers back, and a top notch staff, the upcoming season could be even better. Cornell has won every Ivy League wrestling ...

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Getting to know 3x Fargo Champion Nicolas Aguilar of California

Nicolas Aguilar - California

Nicolas Aguilar competes for Central Coast Section power Gilroy High which is located 33 miles from San Jose, California. Aguilar has won two Central Coast Section titles and finished as the state runner-up during the 2015-2016 season. In 2015, Aguilar was a Double Cadet National Champion at 100-pounds.  In 2016, Aguilar won his third Fargo title, taking the junior 113-pound ...

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Bucknell Enters a Crucial Season After a Strong Showing in ’15-’16

Bucknell

Bucknell Head Wrestling Coach Dan Wirnsberger has led the program since its return to varsity status in 2006-07. Just 10 years removed from returning to the mat at the Division I level, the Bison have become a factor in the EIWA and a presence at the NCAA tournament. In 2015-16 the Bison tied the school record for most national qualifiers ...

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Gold Medal Contender: Taha Akgul, 125 kg

Taha Akgul - Turkey

Name: Taha Akgul Country: Turkey Weight: 125 kg Age: 25 Against Team USA: Defeated Tervel Dlagnev 4-2 in the 2014 world championship quarters and 3-0 in the 2013 world championship bronze medal match, Defeated Tony Nelson (10-0) and Zach Rey (10-0) at the 2016 Yasar Dogu. At the 2012 Olympics in London, Taha Akgul dropped a second round bout to ...

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UWW: All Russian Wrestlers Approved For Rio Except Lebedev

Viktor Lebedev - Russia

United World Wrestling’s Special Commission has reached its decision on Russian wrestlers set to compete in Rio. As expected, Viktor Lebedev (57 kg) is out. His qualifying spot will be transferred to Belarus so there will be no Russian representative at the weight. All other Russian wrestlers have been approved to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games. The Special Commission ...

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Head Coach Kevin Ward Has Army on Target

Russell Parsons - Army

Army West Point Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Ward enters his third season already having had impressive results with the program. The hurdles he and his wrestlers face just to compete are many. However, if you talk to anyone that has wrestled at West Point, they wouldn’t have it any other way. In 2015-16, the Black Knights had their most national ...

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Gold Medal Contender: Anzor Boltukaev, 97 kg

Anzor Boltukaev - Russia

Name: Anzor Boltukaev Country: Russia Weight: 97 kg Age: 30 Against Team USA: Defeated Kyle Snyder, 3-0, and Jake Varner, 8-2, at the 2016 Yarygin tournament. Much like Aniuar Geduev (74 kg), Boltukaev has missed many of his best chances at world and Olympic titles sitting behind other wrestlers. He did get one shot, in 2013, and took home bronze. ...

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Reinventing Youth Wrestling Part I: The Fargo That Was, Is, and Might Be

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Long ago Once upon a time, USA Wrestling recognized an opportunity, and created something great. In those days, many state athletic leagues forbade or severely restricted post-season competition.  That meant you couldn’t have a “High School Nationals”.  But USA Wrestling saw a loophole.  Because Junior Nationals was not folkstyle, the argument went, it was a different sport, and not subject ...

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