Wrestling is a combat sport between two competitors each attempting to gain and maintain a superior position over their opponent.
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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FAYETTE, Iowa -- Three seniors and a redshirt sophomore have been selected as the NCAA Division II Regional Wrestlers of the Year presented by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association.
The four NCAA Division II Regional Wrestlers of the Year include 157-pound senior Cody Law from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for NCAA Super Region One, 174-pound senior Nick Becker from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for Super Region Two, 133-pound senior Josh Walker from Upper Iowa University for Super Region Three and 149-pound redshirt-sophomore Daxton Gordon from California Baptist University for Super Region Four. All four earned titles at their respective NCAA Division II Super Regionals and the National Championships in
Services will be held for Frank Vulcano Sr., legendary wrestler, coach, mat official and founder of one of Pennsylvania's most significant amateur wrestling tournaments (now known as the Powerade), who passed away Tuesday afternoon, on his 89th birthday.
Visitation will take place this Friday, May 25 from 2-8 p.m. at Sollon Funeral and Cremation Services Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, Pa. On Saturday a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church, Meadow Lands, Pa. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, Peters Township, with full military rites accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 honor guard.
Frank Vulcano Sr.In its tribute to Vulcano Sr., the Observer-Repor
Gable Steveson dominated Tanner Hall at the World Team Trials (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)
NEWTON, Iowa -- Incoming freshman, and No. 1 recruit, Gable Steveson has been named the Junior Dan Hodge Trophy winner by WIN magazine, an award given to the nation's top high school wrestler.
Steveson is most recently coming off a World Team Trials appearance where he easily qualified for his second straight junior world team, a weight in which he earned an individual and team world championship, earning technical superiority victories on all of his opponents. Steveson also finished third in the senior level of the World Team Trials.
During his high school career, Steveson has earned over 200 victories with just three losses, which ti
The wrestling world lost a major figure Wednesday with the passing of French wrestler Daniel Robin.
The only double Olympic silver medalist, Robin placed in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. He later coached, helped run the French Federation and then began involvement as a technical delegate for FILA and later United World Wrestling.
He was the competition manager at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where he was also inducted into the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Robin has a number of accomplishments, but in getting to know him over the past few years it was his passion for the sport and its development that seemed to resonate with his coworkers. Being 74 years old and working around
Girls within the state of Arizona will now have their own wrestling tournaments, including a separate state championship, effective this next school year.
The Executive Board of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) -- the organization which governs high school sports in Arizona -- has approved girls' wrestling as an emerging sport for the 2018-19 school year.
"Girls may continue to compete on a boys' team but will also have opportunities to wrestle at all-girl invitationals/jamborees," according to the AIA announcement. "There will be an end-of-season individual tournament run in conjunction with the boys' state wrestling tournament; weight classes to be determined at a later date."
"This is a positive move for the AIA an
South Dakota State University wrestling coach Damion Hahn announced Thursday the hiring of Cam Simaz as an assistant coach.
Cam Simaz"I am thrilled to have Cam Simaz join the Jackrabbit wrestling coaching staff," Hahn said. "I had the pleasure of coaching Cam during his successful collegiate career at Cornell and am keenly aware of his work ethic and leadership abilities. He possesses the qualities that fit the vision of the program and I know he will make an immediate impact."
Simaz (pronounced CY-mazz) most recently served as director of the West Point Wrestling Club Regional Training Center and associate head coach of the United States Military Academy Preparatory School wrestling team. His USMAPS team completed an undefeated dual
EVANSTON, Ill. -- After helping lead 125-pounder Sebastian Rivera to his first-career All-American honor, Cody Brewer has been promoted to assistant coach, head coach Matt Storniolo announced Wednesday.
Brewer had spent the previous two seasons as the volunteer assistant coach for the Wildcats, working primarily with the lightweight wrestlers.
"Cody has done a phenomenal job the past two seasons and has more than earned than earned this promotion," said Storniolo. "His devotion to Northwestern and our student-athletes is second-to-none. Cody is already one of the nation's best lightweight coaches, and in this new position he will make an immediate impact in recruiting."
In Rivera's sterling 2017-18 campaign, he fini
There's a changing of the guard at the top of one of the nation's top high school wrestling programs, as St. Edward High School has announced the retirement of head coach Greg Urbas ... with John Heffernan to take the helm, the Cleveland-area school announced Wednesday.
"Greg Urbas is a man of incredible character, integrity and wisdom," said Jim Kubacki, St. Edward President. "He is the model for generations of students for living a life rooted in faith, genuine relationships, and a commitment to service. It is a privilege to have Coach Urbas as a colleague. He is a true servant leader. The excellence he has achieved speaks for itself."
The stats back up that sentiment. In his 29 years as the head wrestling coach at St.
OTTAWA, Kan. -- Ottawa University Director of Athletics, Arabie Conner, is pleased to announce the hiring of Colby Crank as the new head men's wrestling coach.
"We believe Coach Crank is an outstanding addition to the Braves wrestling program given his history of success in wrestling and his contagious enthusiasm," said Connor. "He is a Kansas native who has strong ties to the wrestling community both as a competitor and now as a coach. He is highly relatable to student-athletes and we expect his positive energy will create a great student experience and bring much success to our program as we continue to build it."
Colby CrankBefore coming to OU, Crank was an assistant coach with the men's wrestling program at Barton Community Colle
Cody Walters (Photo/Chris Mora, Tech-Fall.com)
West Virginia University wrestling has added Cody Walters as a volunteer assistant coach, and Amanda Mitchell as a graduate assistant, the Morgantown, W.Va. school announced this week.
The Mountaineer mat program announced Walters' hiring on Twitter Tuesday:
"Cody Walters comes to West Virginia following a two-year assistant position at Gardner-Webb. He was a 3X MAC Champion, 4X NCAA Qualifier and 2X All-American at Ohio University. AND NOW, let's give a big Mountaineer welcome to our new volunteer assistant! #HailWV"
Walters confirmed the news with a follow-up tweet of his own later that morning:
"I'm very excited to officially announce that I've accepted the volunteer coaching p
Isaac Jordan coaching at the NCAAs (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University wrestling head coach Angel Escobedo announced Tuesday the addition of Isaac Jordan to his coaching staff. Jordan, a four-time NCAA All-American and two-time Big Ten Champion, joins the Hoosiers as an assistant coach.
"I am excited to have Isaac join the program," Escobedo said after the announcement. "When I was looking for an assistant coach, I wanted a high level wrestler with outstanding integrity and character. Isaac brings all those attributes to the program and will be a great mentor for our athletes to look up to."
Prior to becoming the newest assistant coach to join Escobedo's room, Jordan served as an a
Missouri has joined the roster of states to approve the establishment of a separate competition for girl wrestlers.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association has approved a state-sanctioned wrestling tournament for girls, beginning in the 2018-19 school year.
The MSHSAA officially approved the action to amend existing by-laws "to separate the currently co-educational sport of wrestling into sex-segregated wrestling for both boys and girls" by a substantial margin -- 202-41.
There's already significant interest in "the oldest and greatest sport" among high school girls in Missouri. KSDK-TV, the NBC affiliate in St. Louis, reports that more than 100 schools in the Show-Me State already have at least one girl on their wr
Former University of Wisconsin wrestler Travis Rutt will be joining the coaching staff of the wrestling program at Rochester Community and Technical College, The Guillotine -- the publication that covers wrestling in the state of Minnesota -- reported Sunday.
Travis RuttRutt, a native of New Prague, Minn., brings extensive experience as a wrestler and coach to his new position at the school located in city that also houses the world-famous Mayo Clinic.
Among Rutt's accomplishments as a Badger wrestler: a 2010 champion at the Midlands post-Christmas tournament, a three-time NCAA championships qualifier and 2011 NCAA All-American, and NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Academic All-American.
After graduating from Wiscons
Sean Russell was a runner-up at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this past season (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Sean Russell, a three-time EWL champion and 2017 All-American, announced on Twitter that he is transferring from Edinboro to Minnesota.
"Psyched to announce I will be finishing my academic and athletic career at the University of Minnesota!" Russell tweeted. "Thank you so much to my support system for all you have done for me. I would also like to thank @edinborou for a great 4 years."
Russell's head coach at Edinboro, Tim Flynn, accepted the head coaching position at West Virginia University on April 10.
Russell, a native of Lawrenceville, Ga., finished this past season with a record of 34-7 at 12
Zahid Valencia dominated Alex Dieringer to advance to Final X (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Two months after capping an undefeated collegiate season with an NCAA title, Zahid Valencia punched his ticket to Final X.
Valencia tore through the U.S. World Team Trials at 79 kilograms. After a 10-0 semifinal victory over Josh Asper on Saturday, Valencia dominated Alex Dieringer two matches to 0 on Sunday afternoon. Valencia won the first match 7-1 and followed it up with a 5-0 shutout victory.
"I just love freestyle," said Valencia. "I think it's my sport. I just went to the wrestling room every day, working on little things. I already knew my shots were there. Just having my coaches on me … my conditioni
Kamaru Usman, a 2010 NCAA Division II wrestling champ, and Tatiana Suarez, a two-time bronze medalist at the World championships, both came out winners in main-event bouts at UFC Fight Night 123: Usman vs. Maia at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile Saturday night.
In his top-of-the-card welterweight (170-pound) fight, Usman scored a unanimous decision over UFC veteran Demian Maia ... while, in the strawweight (115-pound) battle leading up to the Usman-Maia fight, Suarez submitted Alexa Grasso in the first round.
Usman comes out on top
Kamaru Usman Looking at the main event by the numbers, Kamaru Usman won the fight with Maia, with the judges scoring it 50-45, 49-46, and 49-46 for the former amateur wrestler who came to the U.S.
Kenton Greaves, a member of the 2018 NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) national championship wrestling team at Grand View University, has died in a boating accident on an Iowa lake.
Kenton Greaves KCCI-TV, the CBS affiliate in Des Moines, reported that Greaves' body was found early Saturday evening at Lake Panorama about 25 miles northwest of Des Moines.
The Des Moines-based school announced Graeve's death in an email to Grand View students Friday afternoon from Kent Schornack, Director of Leadership and Counseling.
"Dear Grand View Community,
I am saddened to report to you that Grand View student, Ken Greaves, died yesterday in an accident at Lake Panorama near Panora, Iowa. Ken was a wrestler and a se
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The second half of the best-of-three finals matches were set this evening at the 2018 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Rochester, Minn.
Daton Fix, Frank Molinaro, Nezar Kulchytskyy, Kyven Gadson, and Anthony Nelson will all wrestle in the Challenge Tournament finals at 12 p.m. CT. Fix, Molinaro, and Gadson will look for revenge against opponents who defeated them at the U.S. Open in April. The winners will then move on to the last stage of World Team Trials, Final X.
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57 kg: Daton Fix vs.Tony Ramos
61 kg: Nahshon Garrett vs. Nico Megaludis
65 kg: Jaydin Eierman vs. Logan Stieber
70 kg Frank Molinaro vs. Jason Chamberlain
74 kg: Nazar Kulc
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The field is set for Final X in Senior women's freestyle after the women's portion of the 2018 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament concluded with the best-of-three finals in Rochester, Minn., on Saturday afternoon.
As a result of the Challenge Tournament finals, fans are set to see six U.S. Open finals rematches in the Final X series, competing for a spot on the 2018 World Team.
Among those rematches are two battles between past World Team members.
At 50 kg, two-time World Team member Victoria Anthony advanced to Final X on Saturday and will face three-time World Team member and 2018 U.S. Open champion Whitney Conder in Bethlehem, Pa., on June 23. The last time Anthony and Conder met was in the Open finals, w
ROCHESTER, Minn.- After a session of incredible wrestling, the 2018 Junior Freestyle World Team is set and ready for Worlds October 17-23, in Trnava, Slovakia.
Brady Berge (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)The most exciting series of the night occurred at 70 kg with Austin O'Connor (Sunkist Kids WC) and 2015 Cadet World Team member Brady Berge (Nittany Lion WC). Berge and O'Connor met at this year's Marine Corps U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Nev., where O'Connor took the victory on criteria, 2-2. Berge went into today's series ready for revenge.
The first bout of the series went back and forth and ended with Berge coming out on top, 7-4, claiming his revenge on O'Connor. However, O'Connor did not let Berge by in the second bout. O'Connor c