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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Eli Stickley (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)
Eli Stickley, University of Wisconsin wrestler with wrestling roots at the famed St. Paris Graham High School in Ohio, was killed in a single-vehicle crash in western Illinois Thursday evening. Stickley was 21.
A 2004 Nissan Frontier, driven by Stickley, was headed westbound on I-74 just south of the Quad Cities Thursday at about 8:20 p.m. when it left the road near the Andover exit. Illinois State Police report that the vehicle left the roadway, travelled into the right-hand ditch, over-corrected and rolled across both westbound lanes of traffic. It came to rest on its passenger's side in the passing lane of I-74.
The driver, Elijah D. Stickley of Urbana, Ohio, and his passenger we
Our hearts are heavy today. The entire Badger Athletics family extends its most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of junior Eli Stickley, a student-athlete with our wrestling team, who passed away last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eli's family, friends, teammates and coaches.
Mike Duroe coaching Brent Metcalf at the Pan American Olympic Qualifier (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Mike Duroe, long associated with coaching wrestling at all levels -- most recently as head wrestling coach at Cornell College of Iowa -- passed away early Friday morning at his home in Marion, Iowa after a nearly year-long battle with brain cancer. He was 63.
Duroe's coaching career spanned nearly four decades, and incorporated high school, collegiate, national, and world levels. He had served as an assistant to the U.S. Men's Freestyle coaching staff in six Olympics (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016) as well as head coach of Guam's freestyle wrestling team in 2008. Duroe was also a member of the U.S. coaching sta
Mike Duroe at the Freestyle World Cup (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
The last time I saw Mike Duroe was in the final month of his life.
I was walking briskly down a hallway while covering the Final X wrestling event last month in Lincoln, Neb., and I heard my name called out.
"Sesker!" the voice boomed. "Aren't you going to even say hello to me?"
I quickly turned around and there was Duroe, grinning ear-to-ear.
He was weak and frail, and was walking with a cane, but that same Duroe spirit and enthusiasm was on full display.
"How you been, Craig?" Duroe asked. "I miss you, man. Great to see you."
"Great to see you, too," I responded. "How are you doing?"
"Well, I got this brain cancer that's trying to ta
The Cadet World Championships are underway in Zagreb, Croatia, and many of the United States' top 15-17-year-old talent made the journey to represent the Stars and Stripes.
The early results have been promising, with Team USA carrying home a runner-up team finish in freestyle, while women's wrestling has at least one champion with four more competing for gold on Friday.
Iran, the team champions in freestyle, won their first team title in 22 years. That's not a fluke. While the United States has poured money into freestyle development, Iran had been lacking a well-organized national development approach. Then, in 2016 Rasoul Khadem left his post as the head of the freestyle team and took up the job of federation president. One of his f
Emily Shilson won the world title at 43 kilograms (Photo/Martin Gabor, United World Wrestling)
ZAGREB, Croatia -- After going home disappointed with a Cadet world silver medal in 2017, Emily Shilson dominated her way to the top of the podium and was crowned Cadet world champion at 43 kilograms in Zagreb, Croatia, on Thursday evening.
"I'm feeling great!" Shilson said. "I've been working since last year nonstop for this moment and it finally paid off. I just wanted to go out and wrestle my match and do what I know I'm capable of doing. I didn't want it to be like last year."
Shilson, a two-time Cadet Pan American champion, knocked off 2017 Cadet world champion Shahana Nazarova of Azerbaijan for the title.
Nazarova struck first with
Jim Jordan (Photo/WP Company LLC )
Jim Jordan, Republican Congressman from Ohio and Hall of Fame wrestler for University of Wisconsin, denied reports Tuesday that he "turned a blind eye" to alleged sexual abuse perpetrated against students by an Ohio State wrestling team doctor when the lawmaker was on the coaching staff at the university more than two decades ago, according to multiple media reports.
"Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State," Ian Fury, a spokesperson for Jordan, told Fox News.
"He has not been contacted by investigators about the matter but will assist them in any way they ask, because if what is alleged is
Ed Scharer, 1960s NCAA All-American and EIWA champ, is one of five athletes who will be welcomed into the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame, the State University of New Jersey announced Wednesday.
Edward Allan Scharer was a three-time NCAA championships qualifier at heavyweight for the Scarlet Knights from 1962-1964. He earned All-American honors at the 1964 NCAAs, placing sixth in the heavyweight bracket. Sharer had pinned Iowa's Roger Schilling in his opening-round match before eventual champ Joe James - Oklahoma State's first African-American wrestler - knocked him into the consolation bracket, making Scharer one of 16 All-Americans in Rutgers wrestling history.
Scharer was a three-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association c
Mathew Ramos with the American flag after winning a Cadet world title (Photo/Martin Gabor)
ZAGREB, Croatia -- Matthew Ramos spent his Fourth of July atop the Cadet World podium, listening to the U.S. national anthem after being crowned the best in the world at 51 kg on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia.
"I can't even explain it right now. It's amazing," Ramos said. "I wish I got to my offense more, but I don't even care right now. I'm just so excited…this is just an amazing experience. It's awesome."
Ramos took on Kota Takahashi of Japan in the 51-kilogram finals. At the break, the American was up 2-2 on criteria, thanks to a takedown in the first.
Takahashi scored a takedown early in the second, and shortly after Ramos was hit
Anthony Tutolo (Photo/Kent State Sports Information)
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State wrestling head coach Roger Chandler announced Monday that Anthony Tutolo will join the Spartan program for the upcoming 2018-19 season as a graduate transfer from Kent State.
Tutolo's addition to the roster gives the Spartans four returners with NCAA Championships experience, joining senior Austin Eicher, redshirt-sophomore Drew Hughes and sophomore Rayvon Foley.
133 pounds | 5-4 | Mentor, Ohio | Kent State | Lake Catholic HS
AT KENT STATE: A two-time NCAA Championships qualifier ... last season earned automatic qualifying spot at the NCAA Championships by finishing third at the MAC Championships ... won opening match at last
Nicholas Clark, a New York state trooper who had been a high school state wrestling champ a dozen years ago, was killed in the line of duty early Monday morning near Corning, N.Y. He was 29.
Nicholas ClarkClark and others were on a domestic call at approximately 3:30 a.m. Monday. A man at the home, Steve Kiley, 43, a school principal in the area, was found dead with a gunshot wound believed to be self-inflicted.
Prior to serving his community as a New York state trooper, Clark had an impressive athletic career in high school and college in both wrestling and football.
Clark attended Canisteo-Greenwood High School in Canisteo, in western New York, south of Rochester. He was a two-time New York state wrestling championships finalist,
Greg Kerkvliet won a silver medal at the Cadet World Championships (Photo/Martin Gabor, United World Wrestling)
ZAGREB, Croatia -- USA's Cadet men's freestyle team collected two silver and one bronze medals in the evening session of Tuesday action at the Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
Daniel Greg Kerkvliet and Richard Figueroa finished their 2018 Cadet World Championships with silver medals, and Abe Assad claimed a bronze medal.
2017 world champion Kerkvliet fell short in his quest for a second-consecutive Cadet World title, falling in the 110 kg final.
Kerkvliet's opponent, 2018 Cadet Asian champion Amir Zare of Iran, got out to an early lead with a shot clock point and a step out. Kerkvliet was back in it with a s
GREENWOOD -- Lander has tabbed its first wrestling coach as athletics director Brian Reese announced the hiring of R.C. LaHaye on Tuesday.
R.C. LaHayeLaHaye brings to Lander an impressive career both as a competitor and coach. LaHaye spent the past four seasons as the associate head coach at Newberry after serving as the first head coach for Grand Canyon's wrestling program for seven years.
"Today starts a new chapter for Lander Athletics with the hiring of R.C. LaHaye as our first head wrestling coach," said Reese. "Coach LaHaye brings a deep understanding of the sport and a passion for leading young men. This hire should give Bearcat fans great confidence that bright days are ahead for Lander wrestling."
"I would like the thank
EDINBORO, Pa. -- First-year Edinboro wrestling coach Matt Hill today began the task of putting his coaching staff together with the appointment of Mike DePalma as assistant coach.
This marks DePalma's first coaching position, but he is no stranger to Edinboro wrestling fans. The native of Jeannette, Pa. wrestled for Edinboro from 2011-13 before transferring to Kent State. He would wrap up his career with the Golden Flashes, earning All-American honors as a senior.
Kent State is also where DePalma began his association with Hill. A former Edinboro wrestler himself, Hill served as an assistant coach at Kent during DePalma's time with the Golden Flashes.
Hill is now looking forward to watching DePalma evolve as a coac
Three men arrested in the July 2017 murder of two-time European junior freestyle wrestling champion Yury Vlasko of the Russian Federation are about to go to trial, the Russian website RASPI News reported Monday.
Yury Vlasko As InterMat reported nearly one year ago, the 20-year-old Vlasko was found dead on the shore of Lake Baikal in Siberia on July 29, 2017, with stab wounds in the neck and chest, one week after winning the junior title in the under 96-kilogram category in competition at Ulan-Ude. Vlasko had reportedly come to the aid of friends who said they were being attacked by locals on the beach. When the brawl ended, Vlasko's bloodied body was found lying on the beach.
In August 2017, two men were arrested, charged with murde
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Chris Chionuma, former Oklahoma State wrestler and Big XII Conference champion, takes over as Cal Poly's Head Assistant Wrestling Coach, announced Mustang head coach Jon Sioredas on Monday.
Chris ChionumaChionuma spent the previous three years at Army West Point, helping guide the Black Knights, who qualified 12 student-athletes to the NCAA Championships in that time. He also served as head coach at Ouachita Baptist University, an NCAA Division II school, which finished fifth at the NCAA Division II National Championships under his leadership.
Chionuma has been instrumental in the recent rise of Army West Point wrestling. Having assisted in signing back-to-back top-25 recruiting classes to the military i
NEW YORK -- Former All-American and Big Ten Finalist Kyle Massey joined the Columbia Wrestling coaching staff as the John Huemer Assistant Coach of Wrestling, announced today by the Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling Zach Tanelli.
Kyle Massey"I am elated to announce the addition of Kyle to our coaching staff," said Tanelli. "His gregarious personality, relentless energy, and unwavering passion will make him an invaluable asset to our program in both the wrestling room and on the recruiting trail. Having known Kyle for 15 years, I have been eager to work alongside him since I began my coaching career. I am pleased to finally be able to do so and know that the inherent trust we have with one another will make for a seamless transition
The commonwealth of Virginia has agreed to pay $525,000 to a former Old Dominion University wrestler to settle a lawsuit alleging that coaches failed to provide medical treatment for a series of concussions he suffered in practice at the school in 2014, the Virginian-Pilot reported Friday.
As InterMat reported two years ago, Jordan Marshall -- who had wrestled for the Monarchs at 157 pounds -- sued ODU head coach Steve Martin and three assistants for $4 million in May 2016. The wrestler, originally from Ohio, alleged that, as a freshman in 2014, he suffered three concussions in May and June, and that head coach Steve Martin and assistants Mike Dixon, Alex Dolly and Kyle Hutter were negligent in not referring him for diagnosis and treat
Kevin Gilligan, longtime high school teacher and wrestling coach in southern Maryland, died Wednesday, June 27 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was 40.
Kevin Timothy Gilligan was born in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1978. He grew up in Bryans Road, Md.,graduating among the top 5 in his class from Lackey High School in 1996, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Salisbury State University graduating Suma Cum Laude in December of 1999.
Gilligan began his teaching career in Berlin, Md. at Stephen Decatur High School in 2000, spending the next dozen years as head coach of the wrestling team as well as serving as defensive coordinator for the football team, helping to build both programs into top-tier programs in
Joey Davis (Bellator)
Former amateur wrestling superstars Ed Ruth, Tyrell Fortune and Joey Davis -- with a total of ten college titles among them -- came out winners at Bellator 201: MacFarlane vs. Lara at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. Friday night.
One fighter with amateur mat credentials -- Ryan Couture, son of Oklahoma State wrestling great and UFC legend Randy Couture -- was on the losing end of a first-round TKO.
Ruth "toys with his prey before devouring it"
Ed Ruth -- three-time NCAA Division I champ for Penn State -- disposed of veteran Andy Murad with a TKO by punches at 4:59 of the second round of a preliminary bout which served as the former Nittany Lion's debut at welterweight (170 pounds), having fought
Damion Hahn (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Damion Hahn, two-time NCAA and three-time Big Ten wrestling champ, is one of nine University of Minnesota athletes to be named to the 2018 Hall of Fame class for the school's M Club, one of the nation's largest and oldest varsity letterwinner clubs.
Hahn wrestled at Minnesota for head coach J Robinson from 2001-2004. The Lakewood, N.J. native tallied three Big Ten individual conference titles, back-to-back NCAA championships at 197 pounds in 2003 and 2004, and was a four-time NCAA All-American.
"Hahn's individual success helped fuel team success as well, a run that included three Big Ten team titles and back-to-back NCAA team championships," according to his biography in the