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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MOUNT VERNON -- Three-time NCAA champion Kenny Anderson has moved into a full-time assistant coaching role on Cornell College's wrestling staff for the 2018-19 season, it was announced by interim head coach Brent Hamm.
Anderson will serve as the lead assistant for Cornell's storied program, which owns nine Top-20 NCAA team finishes in the past 12 years. Anderson was a part-time assistant in 2017-18, when the Rams landed three all-Americans and placed 17th in the NCAA team race.
"I am very excited to have Kenny Anderson on board full-time as the lead assistant," Hamm said. "He fits our coaching staff very well and is easy to connect with. He is a great technician and a huge asset to our program."
Anderson had an e
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall wrestling coach Mike Rogers announced the addition of Tyson Dippery to the Diplomats' coaching staff for the 2018-19 season.
"We are excited to have Tyson joining our program," said Rogers. "He has strong connections with the local wrestling community and had a very successful wrestling career at both the high school and collegiate level. Tyson has competed for some of the most competitive programs in the nation, and we believe that experience will allow him to make an immediate impact on our student-athletes."
Dippery competed at Division I Rider University, where he graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. Throughout his five-year collegiate career, Dippery compiled a 101-48
It is never too early to look at the upcoming NCAA wrestling season on Matside. On Monday, the Iowa Hawkeyes picked up yet another top-100 commit as Abe Assad announced his intentions. To discuss the Hawkeye's recent momentum, Richard Mann chats with the proprietor the Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog, Todd Conner. Richard and Todd discuss Iowa's recent success on the recruiting trail, the status of Sam Stoll, the impact of transfer Austin DeSanto, Michael Kemmerer potentially moving up to 174 pounds and what the Hawkeyes need to do to contend for a national title.
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Russian Nationals wrapped up last weekend and fans who watched the online stream were treated to some of the year's best freestyle wrestling. The tournament winners at eight of the ten weights will represent Russia at the 2018 World Championships in Budapest, with wrestlers at 61 kilograms and 65 kilograms entering a tournament next month to decide the final two tickets.
Though Russian Nationals boasts incredible depth the starting Russian side wasn't as end-to-end impressive as we saw in 2015 or 2016. In fact, it's reminiscent of their 2017 squad which lost the team title to the United States by only a few points. Either the Russians or regressing or Team USA's growth is raising the bar higher than some Russians can reach.
I wrote la
Mike Zadick (right) and Derek St. John coaching at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser is re-shaping his Cyclone coaching staff after the dismissal of associate head coach Mike Zadick.
"I've decided to go in a different direction with our coaching staff as we continue to re-build the Iowa State program," Dresser said. "There isn't a better guy to teach wrestling technique than Mike, but we had some significant differences of opinion and it is best that we part ways. Mike was given the opportunity to run our practice room and have substantial input on all elements of the program. At the end of the day, however, I'm the leader of t
Tristan MoranTristan Moran announced on Twitter his decision to transfer from Oklahoma State to Wisconsin.
Moran, a Stillwater, Okla. native, has compiled a 41-12 record over the past two seasons. He competed at 141 pounds during his first two seasons at Oklahoma State before moving up in weight last season. Moran primarily competed at 149 pounds last season, but moved up late in the season to 157 pounds. He posted a 1-2 record at the Big 12 Championships at 157 pounds.
He was a four-time state finalist as a high school wrestler, compiling a record of 85-10.
Moran has two seasons of college eligibility remaining.
Andy Hrovat coaching David Habat at the World Championships (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
After a third of a century of involvement in wrestling as a wrestler and coach, Andy Hrovat has announced his retirement.
The two-time Ohio high school state champ, three-time NCAA All-American for University of Michigan, and 2008 U.S. Olympic men's freestyle wrestler who then shared his knowledge and experience as a coach, announced his retirement Wednesday on social media and his website.
"Today is a very exciting time in my life," Hrovat wrote on his Facebook page. "After much thought I have decided to step away from the sport of wrestling after competing and coaching for the last 33 years. I am exploring options for what I
The American Wrestling League has postponed its August 18 show, AWL I The Beginning, "The Greatest Wrestling Show on Earth!", to Nov. 30, 2018.
AWL will remain at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All tickets sold for the August 18, 2018 event will be honored on November 30 or money will be refunded to those who cannot attend on November 30, 2018.
Along with the American Wrestling League launching its inaugural event, many of the greatest Iowa wrestlers will be recognized along with the state of Iowa's great fans and supporters of our sport of wrestling over the last 50 years.
In addition to recognizing Iowa for all its contributions to wrestling, USA Wrestling and the U.S. Wrestling Foundation will present the Big C
Do you believe in second chances?
If you weren't the winner of last year's "Ride in Style" ticket raffle to support California State University, Bakersfield wrestling, you now have a second chance.
The CSU Bakersfield wrestling program announced this week it's having what it's calling its second annual "Ride in Style to Support CSUB wrestling" prize drawing on October 13, 2018. The prize: a 2018 Infiniti QX30.
All proceeds will benefit the CSUB wrestling program.
You've got to like your chances. Only 1,000 raffle tickets will be sold at just $100 each. There's no limit on the amount of tickets an individual may purchase.
What's more, you need not live in Bakersfield -- or California -- to purchase a ticket. This car raffle
Tywan Claxton (Photo/Bellator)
Former college wrestler Tywan Claxton has been added to the Bellator 204 main card, the promotion announced this week.
Claxton, who earned NCAA Division II All-American honors at King University in Tennessee before transferring to Ohio University where he was a two-time NCAA Division I championships qualifier, will face Cris Williams in a featherweight (145-pound) bout in the first-ever Bellator event in South Dakota, at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls on Friday, Aug. 17.
The 25-year-old Claxton is 2-0 in his pro MMA career that began with a "flying knee knockout" at Bellator 186 last November that generated considerable social media buzz… followed by a TKO at Bellator 194 in February.
NEW YORK, NY -- Three-time All-American and 2017 NCAA finalist Lavion Mayes and two-time All- American Evan Henderson have joined the New York City Regional Training Center (NYC RTC) as resident athletes, the club announced Tuesday. The two experienced middleweight athletes plan to compete on the senior circuit and train out of Columbia University in New York, as well as the club's satellite training facility in Hoboken, New Jersey.
"We are working every day to continue to build something special here at the NYC RTC," Regional Training Center coach and 1996 Olympic Gold medalist Kendall Cross said. "With the support and backing of the Columbia Wrestling family and network of alumni, we have added two senior-level athletes t
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- The Notre Dame College wrestling team has named Adam Koballa as an assistant coach and promoted Sonny Marchette to Head Assistant Coach.
The two have multiple ties to the streamlined success NDC has had in the wrestling world and will look to continue to add to the Falcons championship dynasty.
"Our coaches are integral parts of our winning tradition," said head coach Frank Romano. "The top-notch staff members we have had over the years have played key roles in our accomplishments. I am happy to add Adam as a full-fledged assistant coach and see Sonny take over the role of Head Assistant."
Adam KoballaKoballa was a student-athlete at Notre Dame during the foundational years of the program and a volunteer co
Ed Ruth is 4-0 in his MMA career (Photo/Bellator)
Three weeks ago, Ed Ruth learned he would be one of ten fighters named to Bellator MMA's Welterweight Grand Prix.
Now the three-time NCAA wrestling champ from Penn State has found out who he will be facing in the first round of the tournament to determine the top welterweight (170-pound) fighter in the Bellator MMA promotion.
Ruth's opening-round rival will be Neiman Gracie, fourth-generation member of the legendary Brazilian fight family, at a date to be determined.
ESPN.com described Ruth and Gracie as "highly touted prospects." Both men are nearly the same age (Ruth is 27; Gracie, 29), nearly the same height (Ruth is 5'11"; Gracie, 6'0") and with similar flawless records. Ruth,
Kentucky Wesleyan College has signed 21 recruits for its brand-new wrestling program, the Owensboro, Ky. school announced this week.
The signees represent nine different states. As would be expected, the commonwealth of Kentucky can claim eight wrestlers, with nearby Indiana being home to five future KWC wrestlers. Wrestlers as far away as Georgia, Florida and Washington State -- along with student-athletes from Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas -- have also committed to wrestling for the Panthers.
"We really tried to recruit a balanced class in terms of age and experience, and felt like we hit the mark in that regard," said KWC head wrestling coach Chris Freije. "The goal is to win at the highest level as soon as we can and d
Kaori Icho after winning gold in Rio (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Kaori Icho, the only woman to earn individual gold medals at four Olympics, will be competing at a major wrestling event for the first time since the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to multiple media reports.
The 34-year-old Japanese sports star is expected to enter the All Japan Women's Open Championships in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Oct. 13-14, 2018, KyodoNews.com reported Tuesday.
Winners of that competition advance to the All Japan Championships in December, which in turn serves as the qualifier for the World Championships in 2019… prelude to the 2020 Olympics to be held in Tokyo.
Icho is women's freestyle wrestling'
WAVERLY, Iowa -- Alex Dolly has been named the top assistant wrestling coach at Wartburg College, head coach Eric Keller announced today.
Alex Dolly"I am extremely excited to welcome Alex, Caitlin, and their family to the Wartburg wrestling family," said Keller. "Alex values personal relationships, investing in each student-athlete, and is committed to helping them reach their full potential in every area of their life.
"His energy, work ethic, and passion for excellence, as well as his world level experience, makes him the perfect fit for our program," he added.
"It is a dream come true to be a part of one of the most prestigious programs in college wrestling," said Dolly. "My family and I are very excited and grateful for this
Ken Pagach, legendary wrestling coach at Edison High School for three decades, died last week in Florida just prior to his 77th birthday, the Bridgewater (N.J.) Courier News reported Monday.
Ken PagachA member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Pagach passed away Tuesday, July 31, less than a month after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
Pagach, who took the helm of the storied Edison mat program in 1964, coached more than 1,500 wrestlers in 30 seasons, with 33 state championship qualifiers, and two New Jersey individual state champions (Mario Ianni in 1970, and Joe Duhigg in 1989).
Pagach led Edison to 230 dual meet victories, nine district titles
Abe Assad (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)
Abe Assad (Glenbard North, Ill.), the nation's No. 35 senior recruit, gave a verbal commitment to the University of Iowa on Monday. He made his announcement on Twitter.
Many people have supported me along the way, and I'm excited to share that I'll be staying in the black & gold. I've decided to peruse my academic and athletic goals at the University of Iowa. Thank you to my coaches, family, and friends for their support. #GoHawks #RTFU #GDN pic.twitter.com/jXSby9H0YC�" Abe Assad (@abe_assad) August 7, 2018
Assad, who projects as a collegiate 184-pounder, won a bronze medal at the Cadet World Championships in freestyle this summer in Zagreb, Croatia. He was an undefeated state champion
How do you get into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma?
Sure, you can visit the iconic facility that describes itself as "America's shrine to the sport of wrestling" for a day well spent. However, if you seek a permanent place in the Hall for an individual whose achievements and contributions to the sport are worthy for consideration, now is your time to nominate that individual.
The Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for Distinguished Member, Meritorious Official, Order of Merit, Outstanding American and Medal of Courage for the Class of 2019 to be welcomed into the Hall during Honors Weekend on May 31 and June 1, 2019 in Stillwater.
Distinguished Member and Meritorious Official nominations are due
Kent State recently announced the addition of Shawn Scott to its wrestling program as an assistant coach. Scott brings significant Mid-American Conference experience as both a wrestler and a graduate assistant.
Shawn Scott"We're very excited to have Shawn in our room," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "He's smart and energetic and he'll be able to work with everyone from 174 on up. It should really help out Kyle Conel, our heavyweights and our 184-pounders."
Scott helped guide five Eastern Michigan wrestlers to the NCAA Championships this past March, while working with 2018 MAC Coach of the Year David Bolyard. The Eagles finished third at the 2018 MAC Championships, as 184-pounder Kayne MacCallum won EMU's first individual title sin
Henry Cejudo won an Olympic gold medal at the age of 21 and a UFC title at the age of 31 (Left Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)
The first time I met Henry Cejudo I knew right away that he was something special.
He was still a teenager who was in his senior year in high school.
Like many elite young wrestlers, Cejudo had an abundance of lofty goals and dreams he wanted to achieve on the wrestling mat.
He was brash, cocky and not shy about sharing his aspirations.
But something about Cejudo, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist who won a UFC world title Saturday night, was different.
You could sense there was something very real about his high level of confidence.
He also was extremely advanced as a wrestler for someone his age.