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One Championship just announced its return to Indonesia on Thursday, as they prepare for their “Conquest of Heroes” card set for Sept. 22 in Jakarta, featuring a highly anticipated strawweight title fight rematch. Reigning promotional strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito will rematch Joshua Pacio in the main event.
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight contenders Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes are set to run back their April 2016 encounter, as ESPN first reported on Thursday that the two have agreed to rematch at UFC Fight Night 141 in Beijing on Nov. 24.
Bellator MMA heavy hitters Brennan Ward (14-6) and Andre Fialho (9-1) will square off in a 185-pound duel on the main card of Bellator 207 on Oct. 12 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. A source close to the pairing confirmed the bout to Sherdog.com Thursday evening.
Bill Smith, Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler, two-time NCAA champ for University of Northern Iowa, respected coach and National Wrestling Hall of Fame honoree, will be welcomed posthumously into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame, the organization announced this week.
Smith passed away in late March at age 89.
The MVC Hall of Fame honor is just the latest for Smith, who was welcomed into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 1978. Prior to that, Smith was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame on 1972, and the Iowa High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1977.
Bill Smith (Photo/NWHOF)By any measure, Smith's career as a wrestler and coach was truly hall of fame-worthy.
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Garett Kiley (Photo/Bennett Scarborough)
GREELEY, Colo. -- Head Coach, Troy Nickerson announced the hiring of Garett Kiley as an assistant coach for Northern Colorado wrestling and the promotion of Michael Moreno to the primary assistant coach. Kiley joins the UNC staff after serving as an assistant coach at Campbell University for the past two seasons.
In the 2017, Kiley helped to guide Campbell to its first ever Southern Conference Championship and All-American at the NCAA Championships. During Kiley's seasons, Campbell had seven wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Prior to his stint at Campbell, Kiley was the director of operations for Iowa State University where he worked with Nickerson and Moreno on staff. Kiley was th
USA Wrestling held its annual Board of Directors meeting at the Colorado Springs Marriott in Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday, August 11. The meeting was conducted by President Bruce Baumgartner of Edinboro, Pa.
Elections were held for USA Wrestling officers, at-large positions on the Board of Directors, as well as openings on the Executive Committee and the Governance Committee.
Bruce BaumgartnerBaumgartner was re-elected by acclamation as President. Baumgartner was a two-time Olympic champion and three-time World Champion as an athlete, a Div. I college wrestling coach and athletic director, and a long-time Board member for USA Wrestling. This is Baumgartner's second straight two-year term as president, and he previously served two
WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Mason Goretsas has been named McDaniel College's head wrestling coach, announced by Director of Athletics Paul Moyer on Wednesday.
Mason Goretsas"As we made our way through this search process, we quickly determined that elevating Mason was a strong option," Moyer said. "The knowledge he has of the program and wrestling in Carroll County is unmatched. From growing up around Green Terror wrestling to his time as a student-athlete and coach at McDaniel, we know that Mason will continue the proud tradition of our program."
Goretsas, a 2015 graduate of the College, is elevated to head coach after spending the last four seasons as an assistant on staff.
"I am very excited for this opportunity to continue my journey w
Colby Covington is at it again, suggesting that the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next pay-per-view event, UFC 228, which features a title bout between welterweight champion Tyrone Woodley and Darren Till, won’t generate much interest without him.
Ultimate Fighting Championship matchmakers are scrambling to find a replacement for Britain’s Jimi Manuwa after his scheduled opponent, Glover Teixeira, withdrew their fight at next month’s UFC Fight Night 137 with an injury.
Luke Smith served on the EMU staff for seven seasons (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)
When one door closes, another one opens.
That's the case with Luke Smith. When Eastern Michigan announced it was eliminating its wrestling program immediately at the end of the 2017-18 season, the long-time Eagle assistant coach found a new opportunity open up at California State University, Bakersfield as an assistant coach.
And now the former Eagle is now a Roadrunner.
When Smith got the bad news about EMU wrestling's fate, he contacted Manny Rivera, Cal State Bakersfield head coach.
"I didn't know what his next step was or what, but when he reached out to me, right away I was like, 'Hey, are you serious?'" Rivera told the Bakersf
Rising UFC Light Heavyweight contender Anthony "Lionheart" Smith calls in and talks to Jim and Matt about his upcoming UFC Moncton bout against Volkan Oezdemir, his devastating finish of Shogun Rua in Hamburg, Germany, his willingness to fight anyone at 205, and much more. Then, comic Luis J. Gomez joins the guys in-studio and talks about his first ever MMA fight at EllisMania 15 on August 25, training hard for the last three months in preparation, Rockhold vs. Bisping 2, and a lot more. Full Episode Anthony on being shocked how smoothly things went against Shogun in Hamburg, Germany Anthony ... Read the Full Article Here
Damion Hahn (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
In the second episode of The Mat Boss Podcast, Chad Dennis talks with South Dakota State head wrestling coach Damion Hahn. They discuss what attracted Hahn to SDSU, what he looks for in recruits, how top recruits deal with pressure, as well as how he views youth results, wrestlers being held back, showing emotion on the mat and more.
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NEWBERRY -- Newberry College head wrestling coach Cy Wainwright announced the hiring of Deral Brown as an assistant coach.
Brown, a former wrestler at Newberry, joins the staff from State University of New York College at Cortland where he was an assistant coach for the past two seasons.
In two seasons at SUNY Cortland, he coached nine NCAA qualifiers, three NCAA All-Americans, and one NCAA National Champion. He also assisted in leading the Dragons to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Division II Championships in 2017.
Prior to SUNY Cortland, Brown was the head wrestling coach at Fort Dorchester High School during the 2014-15 season. At Fort Dorchester, he was named South Carolina's 4A Wrestling Coach of the Year afte