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Like many other wrestling coaches, Welch has wrestling in his blood. He grew up in a wrestling family where his father was a 20 year National Wrestling Hall of Fame coach and his older brother was a two-time NJ state champion and ACC champion for UNC as well. Welch’s father coached both of his... More
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STAMFORD, Conn. -- NBC Olympics will showcase the UWW World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary, with nearly 30 hours of coverage, including more than 20 hours of live coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Event coverage begins with men's freestyle finals this Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. In addition, NBCSN will provide same-day encore coverage of most of the events throughout the tournament.
Trackwrestling, an NBC Sports Group company, will live stream complete coverage of the UWW World Wrestling Championships across desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected televisions. Users can visit http://www.trackwrestling.com/uww to watch every match live, and for live scoring and on-
The 2018 U.S. World Wrestling Teams in the three Olympic disciplines have set high goals for the 2018 World Wrestling Championships, set for the Papp Laszlo Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, October 20-28.
The United States was the 2017 World Team Champions in men's freestyle, and will be seeking to win back-to-back World titles for the first time in history. Last year was only the third time ever, and the first time in 22 years, that Team USA won the World Team title in men's freestyle wrestling. The team was led by two champions and six individual medalists.
The U.S. women's freestyle team placed a strong second at the 2017 World Championships, one of its greatest performances ever. The 2017 team featured three medalists, includ
Deron Winn battles J'den Cox at the U.S. Open (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Deron Winn -- who divides his time between his professional mixed martial career, amateur wrestling competition, and as a high school coach in California -- will be concentrating on the MMA aspect in the coming weeks as he takes on UFC veteran Tom "Filthy" Lawlor at Golden Boy Promotions' MMA event Saturday, Nov. 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
Here's what Winn wrote on his Facebook page: "Happy to announce I'll be fighting on Golden Boy Boxing first MMA card on November 24 against UFC vet Tom Lawlor. Chuck Liddell & Tito "The People's Champ" Ortiz are the main event. I'll be on the main card fighting live on PPV which is held in LA @ the f
Harry Lester, a 2012 Olympian and two-time world bronze medalist in Greco-Roman, joins The MatBoss Podcast for Episode 9. Lester now serves as head wrestling coach St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Ohio). Host Chad Dennis talks with Lester about his wrestling journey, coaching philosophy, Team USA's potential at the Worlds and much more.
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Taylor Venz defeated Max Dean at the NCAAs (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)
Nebraska's Taylor Venz and Cornell's Max Dean established themselves last season as up-and-coming 184-pound stars when the freshmen earned All-America honors.
Their path to podium in Cleveland included a head-to-head consolation battle. Venz scored a pair of first-period takedowns and maintained control of the bout on his way to an 11-6 victory.
But Dean will get a rematch on Nov. 2 in Denver when he takes on Venz in the 184-pound bout at the NWCA All-Star Classic. The event will be streamed live on Trackwrestling.com.
Venz compiled a 29-9 record last season. After suffering a second-round loss at the NCAA Championships, he reeled off five consecutive
In 2017, the United States men's freestyle team came together to win the nation's first team title in 22 years. "From Many, One" is the story of the American style of wrestling and how it helped drive these eight wrestlers to win one of the most intense and memorable team titles in the world.
Robert Howard celebrates after winning gold
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- With an inspiring finals performance, Robert Howard of Cranford, N.J. won a gold medal at 55 kg in men's freestyle on the final day of wrestling at the Youth Olympic Games.
Howard opened up his offense on the way to a 17-6 second-period technical fall over two-time Pan American Cadet bronze medalist Hernan David Almendra of host Argentina in the championship finals.
A two-time U.S. Cadet World Team member, Howard came out on fire, jumping to a 11-2 lead after the first period, scoring a variety of different scoring techniques, including takedowns and turns. In the second period, Almendra hit a four-point headlock to attempt to stay close, but Howard scored three
Fedor Emelianenko defeated Chael Sonnen (Photo/Bellator)
In a battle of battle-tested mixed martial arts veterans, 42-year-old Fedor Emelianenko scored a first-round TKO of former collegiate wrestler Chael Sonnen, 41, at Bellator 208 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on Long Island, New York Saturday night.
"The finish came when Sonnen curled up in the fetal position on the floor, as Emelianenko dropped hammerfists from the top," according to ESPN.com ... while Sherdog.com said that Sonnen was hit with "a title wave of punches" in the closing seconds of their bout.
Some fans claimed Sonnen had fixed the fight when he rolled out of a potential submission attempt from back mount on Fedor and got finished seconds later.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- It was a historic day for USA Wrestling, as Emily Shilson of Maple Grove, Minn. became the first U.S. wrestler to win a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games with her victory at 43 kg on Saturday at the Asian Pavillion.
Shilson, who was a Cadet World champion earlier this summer, defeated 2017 Cadet World bronze medalist Simran Simran of India in the Youth Olympic Games gold-medal finals, 11-6. Shilson jumped out to a big 9-2 lead at the break, then closed out the victory in the second-period.
This is the second time this year that Shilson had beaten Simran, to go along with a 10-0 technical fall in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
"I felt I started well today
Ryan Bader (Photo/Bellator)
Ryan Bader, two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Arizona State, came out on top of Matt Mitrione in the top-of-the-card event at Bellator 207 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Friday night.
The 35-year-old Bader, Bellator light-heavyweight champ, defeated Mitrione, 40, by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24) in a semifinals event in Bellator's Heavyweight Grand Prix. The former ASU mat star will now face the winner of Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen in a finals match slated for Jan. 2019.
BloodyElbow.com and FrontProofMedia.com both described "Darth" Bader's victory as "dominant."
"Three rounds of Bader's dominant wrestling mixed in with some ground and pound was more than enough to sec
Stevan Micic gets his hand raised after a win at the NCAAs (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan senior/junior Stevan Micic has been forced to withdraw from the 2018 World Wrestling Championships due to injury. Micic, previously a junior world bronze medalist, was set to make his senior world debut at 57kg/125 pounds wrestling for Serbia.
"Our staff and team are obviously very disappointed for Stevan," said head coach Sean Bormet. "He worked very hard, made a lot of improvements and had a lot of international success this spring and summer. He was right on track to peak at the World Championships. Stevan, our medical staff and our coaching staff did everything possible so he might stil
Wrestling at the Youth Olympic Games starts Friday in Buenos Aires with 30 Greco-Roman competitors in five weight classes competing for gold.
While the brackets aren't full of the absolute best Cadet-level wrestlers from around the world, the Youth Olympic Games is still an important quadrennial event for the sport. It's at tournaments like these that a lot of the leadership skills present in future national programs are being taught and those lessons lead to improved institutional knowledge of things like anti-doping education and proper sportsmanship.
Beyond the positive internal impact on the Olympic movement and its partners, the event itself feels uniquely joyful for participants, media, and the stakeholders. The wins and losses
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- Delaware Valley University has announced that Caitlyn Baker of Lansdale, Pennsylvania has been selected as the first head coach in Aggie women's wrestling history.
Caitlyn BakerBaker joins DelVal less than a month after the University announced the addition of women's wrestling as an intercollegiate sport. She will hit the ground running with recruiting and organizing the program with the intention to a field a team in the 2019-20 season.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to start the women's wrestling program at DelVal," Baker said. "DelVal is in a great location and women's wrestling has grown so much and I'm excited to see what we can do here."
Baker has been a coach for Team Pennsylvania Women's Wrest
Tervel Dlagnev coaching Kyle Snyder at the World Championships (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tervel Dlagnev, Ohio State assistant coach, has been selected to serve in a similar role for Team USA's 2018 Senior World Championships squad competing in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 20-22. He'll coach alongside the U.S. National Team staff of head coach Bill Zadick and assistant coaches Joe Russell and Kevin Jackson.
Buckeyes will be everywhere in Budapest as Ohio State graduates Kyle Snyder and Logan Stieber are in the American lineup once again. Snyder clinched the 2017 World Freestyle Championship for Team USA by defeating Russia's Abdulrashid Sadulaev in "the match of the century." The team title ended a 22-ye
Sean Russell was a runner-up at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Sean Russell realized it wasn't going to be easy.
But leaving Edinboro was something he felt like he needed to do.
"I love Coach (Tim) Flynn and the coaching staff I wrestled for," Russell said. "Those guys were awesome. I had a great four years there."
When Flynn left Edinboro following the 2017-18 season to take over as the head coach at West Virginia, Russell had a decision to make.
Stay at Edinboro for his senior season, follow Flynn to his new school or transfer somewhere else.
Russell considered West Virginia, but his decision ultimately came down to two schools.
Minnesota and Missouri.
NEW YORK -- Nestor Taffur begins his tenure as a volunteer assistant coach for the Columbia wrestling program, announced by the Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling Zach Tanelli.
"More than Nestor's extensive wrestling background and accolades, it's his temperament and style of communication that make him so inspiring as a coach," said Tanelli. "He adds tremendous value to the program and is an ideal addition to the Columbia wrestling family and the culture we are continuing to build here."
A former standout on the mats at Boston University, Taffur has also impressed in his post-collegiate career.
In the 74-kilogram (163 pounds) weight class, Taffur was a member of the 2017 and 2018 World Team while wrestling fo
Vince Turk talking to Iowa coach Tom Brands during a dual meet against Michigan (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands announced Wednesday that Sam Stoll and Vince Turk will each serve a one-match suspension when the Hawkeyes open the 2018-19 season at Kent State on Nov. 9.
"This program holds its wrestlers to a high standard and our team expects everyone to meet those standards," Brands said. "When a student-athlete falls short of those expectations, it is the coach's job to hold them accountable."
The suspensions are due to a violation of team policy and rules.
"Sam and Vince have accepted the consequences of their actions," Brands said. "The infractions were a fi
Jon Jay Chavez (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Jon Jay Chavez (Boise, Idaho/Finger Lakes WC) has withdrawn from the 2018 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary, at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. in Greco-Roman due to an injury.
Chavez, who made his first Senior World Team with his victory at the 2018 Greco-Roman World Team Trials in Tulsa, Okla., in June, will be replaced by World Team Trials runner-up RaVaughn Perkins (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids/OTC).
Perkins will be competing on his first Senior World Championships team. The 72 kg Greco-Roman competition in Budapest will be held on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26.
Chavez was a 2013 Cadet World Greco-Roman bronze medalist, who has been on four a
Action from the 2018 NCAAs (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
All 33 wrestlers in each weight class in the Division I Wrestling Championships will be seeded, starting with the 2019 championships.
The Division I Competition Oversight Committee approved the proposal during its in-person meeting last week in Indianapolis.
Seeds 29-33 may be assigned randomly to the brackets but will always be paired with the top four seeds and assigned to all pigtail matches. The Division I Wrestling Committee believes the weighted selection criteria provide a clear and consistent quantitative process, enabling the committee to effectively seed the entire bracket.
The modification also will produce more balanced brackets and removes rando