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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Mason Gehloff (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)
FARGO, N.D. -- Mason Gehloff of Minnesota won the prestigious USA Wrestling Triple Crown on Thursday, coming back from a late deficit in the last 10 seconds of the 88-pound finals to defeat Kai Owen of Florida at the USMC Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D.
As he had done in his quarterfinal and semifinal matches, Gehloff grinded out a comeback win, scoring six points in the final 75 seconds, which included two throws.
"I don't know [what it is that allows me to come from behind]," Gehloff said. "I just want it more. I just want to get the win, just try one-hundred and ten percent to get it because isn't over until the whistle is blown."
Gehloff is the only Cadet to win a 201
RIVERDALE, N.Y. -- Director of Athletics and Recreation Barima Yeboah announced the hiring of Daniel Mayo on Thursday. Mayo will serve as the College of Mount Saint Vincent's head wrestling coach and will look to further a program that was introduced in 2012.
"I was looking to get back into college coaching at any level, whether it was Division I, II or III," Mayo told CMSVAthletics.com. "Once I saw the opening at CMSV, I saw a major challenge and opportunity to help the team and program grow."
Coach Mayo has spent numerous years coaching throughout all levels of college wrestling, including a 10-year stint at Rider University working under Gary Taylor, the third winningest coach in Division I history. During his time with the Bronco
Heath Eslinger (Photo/UTC)
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton announced the resignation of wrestling head coach Heath Eslinger today. Eslinger, who spent nine seasons as head coach of his alma mater, informed Wharton of his decision this morning.
"It was always my hope that Heath Eslinger spend the rest of his career leading our wrestling program," stated Wharton. "He is an outstanding coach and an even better human being. We are certainly going to miss him.
"As most of us know, he has become a sought-after public speaker and coaching mentor. He has an opportunity to couple that with his faith and follow a new career path. We wish him and his family nothing but the best
Bronson Harmon (left) placed fourth in California's state tournament in 2017 (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
A California high school state tournament placer has lost his Cal Poly wrestling scholarship after video of him shown making an obscene gesture and a homophobic slur during a march last month surfaced on social media and was seen by the head wrestling coach of the Mustangs.
Bronson Harmon, a former wrestler at Oakdale High School near Modesto, Calif., had signed a National Letter of Intent last November to wrestle at California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo but the scholarship was withdrawn, Cal Poly Athletic Director Don Oberhelman confirmed to the Modesto Bee on Tuesday.
Oberhelman did not commen
Ben Stehura (Photo/CSU Athletics)
Four months after resigning as head wrestling coach at Cleveland State University, Ben Stehura has been named to head up the wrestling program at West Geauga High School just east of Cleveland, the News-Herald reported Wednesday.
Stehura announced his resignation from Cleveland State in late March after ten years at the helm of the Viking mat program.
So how did the former coach at a large urban university land a job at an 800-student high school in a rural-trending-suburban area couple dozen miles from downtown Cleveland?
"It was such a coincidence how it happened," Stehura told the News-Herald. "They called me for a reference on one of my former athletes. We started talking, and it just went fr
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army West Point head wrestling coach Kevin Ward announced that Anthony Abidin has joined the staff as a volunteer assistant.
Anthony AbidinAbidin comes to West Point with six years of coaching experience under his belt, including spending the 2017-18 season with Fresno State and its regional training center.
"Anthony is a promising young coach who has a passion for the sport of wrestling and a passion for coaching," Ward said. "Anthony's success in college competing for Nebraska speaks for itself, but what really attracted me to Anthony is his passion and energy for helping wrestlers achieve their goals. He has trained alongside, and learned from, some of the best wrestlers and coaches in the country and the know
Acclaimed novelist John Irving, former wrestler and coach -- and 1982 National Wrestling Hall of Fame honoree - has been has been presented with a lifetime achievement award honoring writers whose work fosters peace, social justice, and global understanding.
Dayton Literary Peace Prize officials named Irving, 76, for the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. The award is named for the late U.S. diplomat who brokered the 1995 Bosnia peace accords reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
Irving, who is being honored for his complete body of work, encompassing 14 novels over 50 years, will be presented with the award at a gala ceremony in Dayton on October 28, 2018.
In announcing the re
Ed Ruth, three-time NCAA wrestling champ for Penn State, is one of nine competitors named to the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix tournament, the MMA promotion announced Tuesday.
Ed Ruth (Photo/Bellator)Ten of Bellator's best 170-pounders will be featured in the bracket to determine a welterweight champ for the promotion. In addition to Ed Ruth, others named to the tournament by Bellator president Scott Coker include current champion Rory MacDonald; former champions Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov; undefeated welterweights Michael Page, Neiman Gracie and Yaroslav Amosov; and former UFC standouts Lorenz Larkin and Jon Fitch. A tenth contestant has yet to be named.
Once the ten fighters are named, there will be two "play-in" matches
Joy Davids, first woman to have been welcomed into the Michigan chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, passed away July 12, just days before her 86th birthday.
Joy Davids and her husband of nearly 70 years, Lee, were inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Michigan Chapter in a ceremony in East Lansing in Sept. 2011.
Born July 18, 1932 in Michigan, Joy and Lee established one of the first youth wrestling clubs in America. She volunteered thousands of hours over many decades organizing and running wrestling tournaments, going so far as to drive young wrestlers all over the country to compete.
"Thousands of wrestlers will remember Mrs. Davids as the kind lady that created wall charts and took pictures of them on
Four former Ohio State University wrestlers have filed a class-action federal lawsuit against the Columbus-based school, claiming administrators were aware of alleged sexual abuse by team doctor Richard Strauss and did nothing about it.
The suit, filed Monday in federal district court in Columbus, accuses Ohio State of Title IX and civil rights violations when it failed to prevent repeated sexual assaults, abuse and molestation by Strauss.
The four former Buckeye wrestlers in the case have not been identified. The plaintiffs -- listed only as "John Does" in the lawsuit -- seek punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees and other relief as the court deems proper. The suit did not state a specific amount the plaint
Brayton Lee celebrates after winning a Junior freestyle title over Alex Lloyd (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)
FARGO, N.D. -- Tuesday afternoon was one to remember for five graduated high school seniors, who got to have one last moment as a scholastic athlete before moving onto the collegiate competitive ranks. These young men all won championships in Junior freestyle on the raised mat.
The last match of the program saw No. 18 overall Class of 2018 wrestler Anthony Cassioppi of Illinois earn a repeat Junior National freestyle title at 285 pounds. The Iowa enrollee replicated a 3-1 Junior folkstyle finals victory over Nash Hutmacher of South Dakota, who is ranked No. 14 overall in the Class of 2020. It was augmented with a bit more fl
Below is the list of matches for Tuesday afternoon's finals program from Fargo, N.D.
100 pounds: Joseph Fischer (Pennsylvania) vs. Ronan Schuelke (Illinois)
106 pounds: Will Guida (New Jersey/Maryland) vs. Anthony King (Illinois)
--Guida is a defending Junior freestyle champion
113 pounds: Cullan Schriever (Iowa) vs. Jonathan Prata (California)
--Schriever is ranked No. 32 overall in the Class of 2020, and a 2016 Cadet freestyle champion; while Prata was a 2017 Junior folkstyle champion
120 pounds: Aden Reeves (Iowa) vs. Eric Barnett (Wisconsin)
--Reeves is ranked No. 59 overall in the Class of 2019, and is now a four-time Fargo freestyle All-American; Barnett is No. 53 in the Class of 2019, and a Junior folkstyle runner-up
Mason Gehloff defeated Jore Volk in an all-Minnesota finals match at 88 pounds (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)
FARGO, N.D. -- Championship matches were wrestled in the Cadet National freestyle tournament on Monday afternoon, and those emerging victorious in the first three weight classes have now won the first two legs of the Cadet Triple Crown. The remaining leg is the Greco-Roman tournament, which starts on Wednesday and concludes with the finals on Thursday afternoon.
In an all-Minnesota showdown that was a rematch of the Cadet folkstyle final, it was Mason Gehloff winning a decisive 8-1 victory over Jore Volk in the opening match of the afternoon program at 88 pounds. Incoming freshman Maxximus Martinez of California would ear
Tony Hager at the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
Tony Hager, former Simpson College wrestler who has made a name for himself with his involvement in Takedown Wrestling and TheOpenMat.com, came to the rescue of a man and his dog trapped in rising floodwaters late last week.
Hager was sitting in his garage, watching the downpour in his neighborhood in Johnston, Iowa just outside Des Moines.
As the water was rapidly rising on his street, he noticed a car with a man and his dog trying to make its way through the floodwaters.
"You could see him coming down, I'm thinking, dude, don't drive down here, and he just strolls through like it's a Sunday drive," Hager told WeAreIowa.com, the web
Curran Jacobs, a two-time NCAA qualifier for Michigan State and MMA fighter, claimed the title at the 2018 Snake Pit USA Catch Wrestling Association World Championships this weekend in Hamilton, N.J.
Curran JacobsA predecessor to today's modern folkstyle and freestyle wrestling, catch wrestling is the product of old-style catch-as-catch-can wrestling. Matches can last up to 20 minutes. Catch wrestlers may use joint lock submission holds; however, unlike MMA, contestants are not allowed to punch, kick or choke opponents.
Jacobs, 29, came out on top of an eight-man field to win the championships.
In the first round, Jacobs defeated Johnny Buck by Rear Naked Choke in overtime. Then, in the semifinals, Jacobs used a Rear Naked Choke o
After two days of competition, navigating pretty rigorous weight classes, the championship bouts have been set in the Cadet National freestyle tournament. Those matches will take place at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday in Fargo, N.D. Below is an overview.
88 pounds: Jore Volk (Minnesota) vs. Mason Gehloff (Minnesota)
The all-Gopher State showdown is a rematch of the Cadet folkstyle final from early April in Cedar Falls, Iowa, that bout was won by Gehloff. Volk has advanced to the final with two technical falls to open the tournament before decision wins over returning Cadet freestyle All-American Brandon O'Brien (Iowa) and Cadet folkstyle All-American Tristan Stafford (Arizona); Gehloff started the tournament with two technical falls
Competition for the Cadet National freestyle tournament started on Saturday in Fargo, N.D. In the championship bracket, the quarterfinals have been set, those wrestlers need one win to earn All-American honors. In the consolation bracket, the field has been waned down to 16 additional wrestlers, who need three wins to earn All-American honors.
Below are the quarterfinal pairings.
Brandon O'Brien (Iowa) vs. Jore Volk (Minnesota)
Kaden Ramos (Iowa) vs. Tristan Stafford (Arizona)
Mason Gelhoff (Minnesota) vs. Marlon Yarbrough (Ohio)
Jacob Van Dee (Pennsylvania) vs. Christopher Martino (Idaho)
Maxximus Martinez (California) vs. Zack Mattin (Ohio)
Kai Owen (Florida) vs. Oscar Alvarez (Washington)
A GoFundMe page has been established for Christopher Vassar, a former Gardner-Webb University wrestler who suffered serious injuries -- including brain trauma -- in a car crash last month.
The fundraising page has been established to help the family of the wrestler originally from central Pennsylvania with health care expenses.
In June 2018 Vassar was involved in a single-vehicle crash that split the car in half. "He has had several surgeries, a rod was placed in his hip, he has a broken clavicle, he had bleeding on the on the brain in two spots, (and) he was comatose," Vassar's aunt Shirley -- creator of the GoFundMe page -- wrote. "It was heartbreaking to see my 22-year-old nephew lying in a bed with wires, a machine breathing for
Chris Honeycutt (Photo/Bellator)
For two former Edinboro wrestlers at Bellator 202 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. Friday night, it was a night of mixed results, as two-time NCAA All-American Chris Honeycutt scored a unanimous-decision victory, while Ernest James, 2012 NCAA heavyweight qualifier for the Fighting Scots, was the victim of a TKO.
Here's how MMAJunkie.com described the dominance of the former Edinboro mat stud and Ohio high school state champ in the middleweight (185 pound) main event: "Honeycutt beat Leo Leite from post to post and bell to bell."
"Relentless in striking and in grappling, Honeycutt left Leite with a massive hematoma and bloody face, and he also picked up a blowout unanimous d
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army West Point head wrestling coach Kevin Ward has announced the addition of head assistant coach Ned Shuck to his staff.
Ned ShuckShuck spent the last four years at the helm of Wisconsin-Whitewater, guiding the Warhawks to a 47-17 record in duals and finished in the top-25 each year at the NCAA Division III Championships. Additionally, UW-Whitewater collected two WIAC titles in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, as well as the Upper Midwest Regional crown in 2014-15. The 2015-16 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Coach of the Year trained 11 All-Americans, including two-time national champion and d3wrestle.com's 2018 National Wrestler of the Year Jordan Newman, as well as 17 WIAC individual champions