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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Jim Jordan (Photo/WP Company LLC )
Jim Jordan, two-time NCAA champ for University of Wisconsin and National Wrestling Hall of Fame honoree who is now a Republican congressman for western Ohio, is exploring a run for Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Washington Post reported Friday.
Two Republican lawmakers told the Post that they had spoken with Jordan in the days since current Speaker Paul Ryan announced his plan not to run for re-election once his current term expires at the end of 2018, and both said that they got the impression that Jordan would enter the race to lead the House GOP. The lawmakers spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.
According to the lawmakers who spoke to Jordan about
Marina DoiMarina Doi was named Female Athlete of the Year at King University, it was announced on Thursday night at the fourth annual King Pride Awards.
Doi is a four-time WCWA All-American and two-time national champion. This year she forfeited a possible third title to her twin sister Regina Doi. She owns a career record of 77-8, which includes 34 technical falls and 12 pins.
She joins past King wrestlers Alli Ragan and Breonnah Neal as past winners of the award.
Doi, a native of Kingsburg, Calif., has multiple age group world medals.
Eastern Michigan University students, athletes, faculty, and alumni -- along with two robust social media groups -- are calling on their university to refrain from canceling university four sports programs at the end of this month.
"We're asking for Eastern Michigan University to provide interested parties like us a real chance to understand the athletic budget and how the determination was made to eliminate several award-winning programs," said Aaron Sulzer, one of many student-athletes and alumni concerned about recently proposed EMU budget cuts to its athletic programs. "While the university says the savings from cutting these programs is $2 million, some experts believe the savings is much less -- perhaps as little as $61,000. Based
Services have been announced for Arizona State wrestling alum and former high school coach Randy Jeffries, 67, and his nine-year-old daughter Josalyn who were killed in a collision in Oklahoma earlier this week.
Funeral services will take place Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the gym at Calera High School, 209 North Third Street, Calera, Okla. Visitation will start one hour earlier at 9:00 a.m. at the gym. Burial will take place at Rosehill Cemetery in Calera.
In addition, the local police chief Don Hyde, Jr., has established a fund to help cover funeral expenses for Randy and Josalyn. Individuals may make donations directly to account number 2967006 at First United Bank, 601 North Service Road in Calera.
Randy Roy "Coach" J
Three-time All-American Kevin Jack will be training at the Wolfpack RTC (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- In an effort to continue to be one of the top training centers in the country for wrestling, the Wolfpack Regional Training Center (RTC) has announced an expanded roster of athletes that will be training full-time in Raleigh at NC State University.
The mission of the Wolfpack's RTC is to provide year round opportunities for wrestlers who strive to pursue the dream of wrestling both at the Olympics and other international tournaments in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling after their collegiate careers.
"This is the deepest roster with the most full-time athletes training here in Raleigh that w
MANHEIM, Pa. -- It was a banner year for Division II wrestling programs as the National Wrestling Coaches Association released its annual All-Academic team and individual standings for the 2017-18 season.
With more than 300 individuals and 51 teams represented, it was the largest collective group of Division II athletes and teams ever named to the team.
"What we've seen across all levels of wrestling is the importance of the student part of the term student-athlete," NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer said. "Coaches around the country understand the importance to the health of our sport isn't just putting out good wrestlers and winning championships, but providing an environment where we foster growth in the classroom and in turn, dev
The Freestyle World Cup wrapped up Sunday in Iowa City with the United States earning team gold with a 6-4 decision over Azerbaijan.
The win was Team USA's first World Cup gold since 2003 and followed its historic 2017 team championship in Paris. By almost any measure the United States boasts the best freestyle wrestling team in the world.
So after a few decades of relative frustrations, how did Team USA climb to the top of the freestyle wrestling world?
Not one action can account for a programmatic turnaround, but in speaking with coaches and athletes this weekend in Iowa City the majority seemed to indicate that Regional Training Centers and the continued professionalization of USA Wrestling helped the athletes to secure a bette
Brandon "Rudy" Streck
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana wrestling head coach Angel Escobedo announced Wednesday the signing of Brandon "Rudy" Streck to their incoming freshman class of 2018. Streck, a graduate of Merrillville High School, intends to wrestle at 285 lbs. when he begins his collegiate career.
"It's his overall love for wrestling," Escobedo said after receiving his first signing as Indiana's head coach. "I want guys who love wrestling, 'mat rats' that watch film and try to compete as much as he can. When you see someone like Rudy competing in offseason events, you see someone who isn't taking the summer off. That's what I want to see in our room."
Streck leaves his prep career as Indiana's No. 2 ranked wrestler in the 220 l
Adam Kemp with father Lee Kemp
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Fresno State Wrestling program and head coach Troy Steiner announced the signing of Adam Kemp for the 2018-19 season on Thursday.
"We are excited to have Adam part of the Bulldog Wrestling program," said Steiner. "He has a tremendous upside and comes from from wrestling royalty as he is the son of Lee Kemp, a three-tiime NCAA and World Champion."
A projected 165-pounder for the Bulldogs, Kemp arrives at Fresno State after being an Illinois State Medalist at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois taking fifth at 160 pounds at the 2018 Illinois High School Association State Championships. Kemp also qualified for the IHSA State Championships as a junior in 2017.
John Meyers (left) with longtime Poway wrestling coach Wayne Branstetter (Photo/Rollin Swan)
John Meyers, assistant wrestling coach at Poway High School since 2002, has been named head coach of the storied San Diego area prep program ranked No. 10 in the nation by InterMat.
Meyers, 49, is replacing longtime coach Wayne Branstetter, who retired at the end of the California state championship in March after a 45-year coaching career, where he spent the last four decades at Poway.
Meyers came to Poway 16 years ago to become an assistant coach of the Titans, and for a full-time position as an English teacher.
Meyers made his way to sunny southern California by way of Connecticut -- where he was a four-time state champ at Hall High Sc
Brayton Lee after winning his third state title (Photo/Paul Tincher, IndianaMat.com)
Brayton Lee, a senior at Brownsburg (Ind.) High School, is one of the nation's top wrestlers in the Class of 2018. Lee finished his high school career as a three-time state champion with a career record of 164-1. He signed with the University of Minnesota in the fall and is part of a 2018 recruiting class that includes Gable Steveson, Patrick McKee and Ryan Thomas, among others.
InterMat caught up with the Gopher signee to talk about his career, decision to attend Minnesota, wrestling goals and much more.
You capped off your high school wrestling career with your third state championship in February. Did you take some time off from wrestling after
New Concordia coach Levi Calhoun (left) and departing coach Andrew Nicola
Hours after Andrew Nicola posted on Facebook that he had been let go as head wrestling coach at Concordia University, the Nebraska-based school issued an official statement Wednesday, naming former assistant coach Levi Calhoun to head up the program.
Nicola, who had taken the helm at Concordia in November 2016, wrote: "It is with a heavy heart that I am informing everyone I have been fired as the head wrestling coach at Concordia University.
"I don't have much to say except that I wish my great friend Coach Calhoun continued success as he takes on this role and I trust he will do an incredible job. He loves these young men just as I do."
Calhoun brings seve
Joey Dance (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Davidson head coach Andy Lausier welcomes Joey Dance to the Wildcat wrestling staff, announced Wednesday.
Dance, a 2017 graduate of Virginia Tech, was a two-time All-American at 125 pounds for the Hokies. The Christiansburg, Va., native was a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Champion and qualified for the NCAA Championship all four years in Blacksburg. He posted a career mark of 114-20 with 13 pins and lost just one ACC bout in four seasons (20-1).
"The hiring of Joey is a tremendous move forward for Davidson Wrestling," said Lausier. "His collegiate experience as one of the nation's top wrestlers at one of the nation's top programs will be an inv
College-age student-athletes -- male and female -- in Idaho and eastern Oregon who want to continue their on-the-mat careers now have a new option, as Treasure Valley Community College-Caldwell Center is launching a wrestling club for both men and women, the school announced Tuesday.
TVCC-Caldwell is located in Caldwell, Idaho, just outside Boise, which had been the home to a NCAA Division I wrestling program until Boise State eliminated it at the end of the 2016-17 season.
The college wrestling club will be the product of a new partnership with a local gym owned and operated by Alex Gunoe, a former teacher and wrestling coach. His facility is located across the street from Treasure Valley Community College's Caldwell Center in down
Rochester College Athletic Director Klint Pleasant is pleased to announce the addition of wrestling to the athletic department's list of sports and that Paul Holdren will be the first head coach.
After graduating from Albion Senior High School, Holdren attended Albion College where he lettered four years on the wrestling team. During his time on the team, Holdren was named captain twice, MVP twice, had an overall record of 49-7-1 and holds 11 Albion College wrestling records.
In 2013 Coach Holdren was inducted into the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame.
After finishing his wrestling career at Albion College, Holdren started his coaching career at Albion High School. He then took on the job at Marlette HS. After one year there,
Jordon Bakley has been named head coach of the wrestling program at Lincoln College, the Illinois-based school announced Tuesday.
Bakley, a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, has been the head wrestling coach at Central District 301 High School in Burlington, Ill. which serves several Kane County communities in northeast Illinois outside Chicago, since 2015.
In addition to being at the helm of Central High School's wrestling program, Bakley has taught math in the central school district over the past 3 years. He has also been an assistant coach for Top Dawgs Team Illinois All Stars club wrestling and was a technique instructor for Old School Wrestling Training Center in Huntley.
Tim Flynn coaching at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons has named Tim Flynn as the school's ninth wrestling coach.
Flynn comes to West Virginia from Edinboro, where he spent the past 21 years building the Fighting Scots into a wrestling powerhouse. He compiled a 223-95-5 career record at Edinboro to become the school's all-time winningest coach and a member of its Hall of Fame.
His accomplishments at Edinboro totaled 150 national qualifiers, 38 All-Americans, 64 EWL champions and 97 PSAC champions. He led the Fighting Scots to five top-10 finishes at the NCAA Wrestling Champ
Iowa averaged 9,000 fans for dual meets this season (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa wrestling program led the nation in attendance for the 12th consecutive season according to the Division I attendance report released Tuesday by The Open Mat and Mat Talk Online.
Iowa averaged 8,996 fans and led the country in total attendance with 71,966 fans attending eight home dates. The Hawkeyes averaged at least 8,000 fans for the 10th consecutive season.
Iowa was involved in the three highest attended duals this year; at Penn State (15,998), at Ohio State (15,117) and at home against Oklahoma State (13,485).
The Hawkeyes have led the nation in attendance in each of head coach Tom Brands' 12 sea
Bergen Catholic coach David Bell coaching at the Doc Buchanan Invitational (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
The wrestling program at Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey -- ranked No. 2 in the nation by InterMat at the end of the 2017-18 season -- has been hit with a lawsuit alleging sexual and verbal abuse of some student-athletes, and subsequent cover-up and failure to punish staff members reportedly involved in the alleged behavior.
The 29-page, 12-count lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Bergen County on behalf of a former Bergen Catholic wrestler, accuses school officials of conspiring to cover up sharing of pornographic images, coaches watching wrestlers strip naked, and sending inappropriate text message
True freshman Spencer Lee topped Nick Suriano in the NCAA finals (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
University of Iowa national champion Spencer Lee will be recognized by the Iowa Legislature on Wednesday at the state capitol in Des Moines.
A resolution congratulating Lee for winning the 125-pound NCAA wrestling title will be read by the House of Representatives at 8:30 a.m. (CT). A recognition on the Senate floor will follow at 10 a.m. A live video feed is available at www.legis.iowa.gov.
It's official: Rob Tate has been named head wrestling coach at Queens University, the Charlotte-based school announced Monday.
Tate had been hired as an assistant coach of the program launched in the 2017-18 season under head coach Ken Chertow, who left the program in February 2018. Tate had been named interim coach upon Chertow's departure; now the word "interim" has been removed from his title.
"Coach Tate made an immediate impact on our program during his interim time as head coach," said Queens director of athletics Cherie Swarthout. "He has proven his ability to lead, mentor, and hold our student-athletes to the highest level of expectations. They have made significant improvements during his short tenure both academica