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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Kyle Dake is a -350 favorite against Zahid Valencia (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Betting odds for Final X in State College (Pa.) have been released by BetDSI. The event takes place Saturday at 6 p.m. ET at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State.
To register for an online account and bet online, visit BetDSI.com.
How betting works:
If betting on a wrestler listed with a minus (-) sign, you must risk that number amount to profit $100 (and get your stake back). For example, risking $350 on Kyle Dake (-350-) would profit $100.
If betting on a wrestler listed with a plus (+) sign, for every $100 you risk, you profit that amount. For example, risking $100 on Mallory Velte (+110) would profit $110.
When betting mat
Jason Blair Roberts, founder of an anti-gun violence group in the Quad Cities and son of African-American wrestling pioneer Simon Roberts, was shot to death early Saturday morning in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa. Jason Blair Roberts was 46.
Roberts was shot at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday morning just west of downtown Davenport. First responders took him to a nearby hospital where he died.
Jason Blair RobertsJason Blair Roberts was a founder of "Boots on the Ground" a grassroots organization established to end gun violence in the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area consisting of a number of communities on either side of the Mississippi River including Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline and Rock Island, Illinois.
Buena Vista University (BVU) Director of Athletics, Jack Denholm, has announced the hiring of Mark Rial, as the University's next head wrestling coach, pending the completion of a standard background check.
Rial has been employed by Royal Flooring in Urbandale, Iowa, since 2017 where he works with builders and home owners on new construction and retail projects from start to finish. In addition to those duties, he has remained closely involved with the sport of wrestling and is gearing up to take the U.S. Greco-Roman Cadet Team to Zagreb, Croatia in July after being named as a co-coach of the team earlier this year. He was named the Iowa USA Person of the Year in 2017.
Mark Rial"I'm very excited to become the next head wrestling coa
Donnie Morgan with wife Reannen and sons Evan, Ryker, Ben, and Jax
A GoFundMe.com page has been established for Donnie Morgan, a former wrestler at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., who passed away Memorial Day (Monday, May 28) after a battle with leukemia. He was 38.
"The page is designed to build a scholarship fund for Donnie's four sons for their future education needs," according to Jimmy Rollins, current Lindenwood head coach who helped set up the page.
"Even though he wrestled at our school before I came on board as coach (in 2010), we think it's very important to support our wrestling alums any way we can," Rollins told InterMat. "When we learned of Donnie's leukemia, we tried to do what we could to help, such as rea
For Clay Wenger, once a Grizzly, always a Grizzly.
Wenger, a two-time Ohio state championships qualifier for the nationally-ranked Wadsworth High School Grizzlies, is returning to his alma mater as head coach, the Akron Beacon Journal reported Monday.
Clay WengerIt's a promotion for Wenger, who has served as varsity assistant wrestling coach at Wadsworth the past three years under long-time Grizzlies coach John Gramuglia, who retired in May after 33 seasons.
The 25-year-old Wenger will be taking the reins of a wrestling program ranked No. 18 in the nation on InterMat's Fab 50 high school rankings for 2017-18.
Wegner brings a wealth of wrestling and coaching experience to head up the Wadsworth mat program.
A captain on Wadsw
Nick Nosbisch, North Carolina teacher and wrestling coach, has lost his two-year battle with cancer. The 27-year-old passed away Friday morning.
Affectionately known by his students and wrestlers as "Coach Noz," Nosbisch was a social studies teacher and head wrestling coach at Holly Springs High School in the Raleigh-Durham area. Just two years ago, he coached Cam Devers to the school's first-ever North Carolina state wrestling title, and took the Golden Hawks to runner-up status at the dual-meet playoffs in Class 4A for the first time in history.
Nick NosbischIt was about that time that Nosbisch learned he had intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of bile duct cancer. It was in Stage 4 and had spread to his lymph nodes, th
Kyle Crutchmer's pro MMA debut was impressive ... and brief.
The former Oklahoma State wrestler needed less than 90 seconds in the cage in his first professional fight at Xtreme Fight Night 348 at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla. Saturday night.
In a middleweight (185-pound) battle of Tulsa natives, Crutchmer scored a technical knockout over Ron Beasley at one minute, 23 seconds of the first round of what was scheduled to be a three-round bout.
Early in the fight, Beasley -- who was also making his pro debut - tied up Crutchmer in a clinch. The Cowboy mat star quickly took the match to the ground and eventually locked in a guillotine choke, putting his opponent to sleep.
Kyle Crutchmer won his MMA debut"I kind of wanted to s
It was a night of mixed results for former wrestlers at UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2 at Chicago's United Center on Saturday, with ex-mat stars Robert Whittaker, Colby Covington, and Curtis Blaydes coming out victorious ... while a trio of past wrestlers -- Yoel Romero, Rashad Evans, and Carla Esparza -- lost their bouts.
Whittaker gets split decision over Olympian Romero
In a main-event battle of two amateur wrestlers, the less experienced matman beat the Olympic medalist. Again.
Robert Whittaker, an Australian freestyle wrestler who has been competing in the sport for only about three years, "eked out" (to use a phrase from MMA website Sherdog.com) a split decision over two-time Olympic wrestling veteran (and 2
Don't be surprised if you hear University of Pittsburgh wrestling fans chanting "Four more years!" towards Micky Phillippi.
Micky PhillippiNo, the redshirt freshman isn't running for political office. However, the NCAA has granted Phillippi a sixth year of eligibility to wrestle for the Panthers. Or as Pittsburgh Tribune-Review sportswriter Bill Beckner, Jr., wrote Friday, "Get used to seeing Micky Phillippi in a Pitt wrestling singlet for four more years."
Phillippi started his collegiate mat career at University of Virginia in 2016, where he was 22-7 in open tournaments. This past season (2017-18), the 133-pounder sat out due to NCAA transfer rules, tallying a 12-3 record as an unattached wrestler in open tournaments.
Prior to c
Jordan Burroughs defeated Isaiah Martinez two matches to zero (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The United States is on top right now in men's freestyle wrestling.
The reigning world team champions and World Cup champions are loading up for another big run.
Four members of those highly successful teams landed berths on the 2018 U.S. World Team.
Jordan Burroughs, Kyle Snyder, James Green and Thomas Gilman won titles at USA Wrestling's Final X before 2,916 fans Saturday night at the Devaney Center.
Burroughs made his eighth straight world-level team after downing young standout Isaiah Martinez 4-1 and 11-1 in the finals at 74 kilograms.
Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, is seeking his fifth world title.
Spencer Lee after winning in the NCAA quarterfinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Freshman wrestling phenom Spencer Lee has been named University of Iowa's male recipient of the 2018 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, the Hawkeyes announced Thursday.
In addition to Lee, Hannah Stewart, a junior who plays women's basketball for Iowa, was also named recipient of the 2018 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for the Iowa City-based school.
By any measure, Spencer Lee made an incredible impression in his first season wrestling for the Hawkeyes. The Murrysville, Pennsylvania native joined the Iowa lineup in January, and made his presence immediately known with an impressive 22-2 overall record. Lee not only won
Nathan Tomasello (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Ohio State wrestler Nathan Tomasello has earned the 2018 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for Buckeye male athletes, the Big Ten Conference announced Thursday.
Jincy Dunne of the Ohio State women's ice hockey team was the female recipient of the school's 2018 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
Here's how the award works: One member of each varsity sports team at each of the fourteen Big Ten schools was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each university's list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected; in the case of Ohio State, those two honorees were Nathan Tomasello and Jincy Dunne.
All of th
Easton Area High School head wrestling coach JaMarr Billman will be joined on the sidelines by two familiar faces next season: Steve Powell and Robbie Rizzolino.
Powell, head coach for Red Rovers wrestling for more than three decades, will serve as an advisor to the storied wrestling program ... while Rizzolino will be an assistant coach to Billman.
Easton Wrestling announced the new staff members on Twitter Thursday.
Here's the tweet heralding the arrival of Rizzolino, a 2013 Easton grad who wrestled at Oregon's Clackamas Community College for two years before completing his collegiate career wrestling for the North Carolina State Wolfpack: @EastonWrestling
"We are very excited and proud to announce that @PackWrestle graduate
The first of three Final X events goes down Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb. Headlining the evening is four-time world champion and 2012 Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs in a best-of-three series against Isaiah Martinez at 74 kilograms. That's a new opponent for JB, but few expect a different outcome.
While the hometown and national press will follow along as Burroughs tussles toward another U.S. World Team, there are a number of other compelling matchups, namely Nebraska's James Green vs. Jason Chamberlain at 70 kilograms and Daton Fix vs. Thomas Gilman at 57 kilograms.
For fans the Fix vs. Gilman matchup is made by their opposing collegiate loyalties and personality differences. But for fans of the international scene it's an import
Three suspects in the shooting of a California college wrestler were arrested this week as police continue to search for the alleged gunman.
Daylon Walker, a college wrestler who had recently moved back to Southern California to help care for his partially paralyzed stepfather, remains in critical condition after being shot in an attempted robbery/carjacking outside a gas station in an eastern Los Angeles suburb last week.
Police arrested a woman and two men -- one of them, identified as the driver of the getaway car -- who allegedly were involved in Walker's shooting.
Police said they are still searching for the shooter, identified as 34-year-old Rigoberto Perez, of Azusa, Calif. Anyone with information about Perez's location was
A separate girls' state wrestling championships could be a reality in New Jersey as soon as 2019.
The NJSIAA -- the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, the governing body for high school sports in the state -- is likely to add a separate state wrestling championship for girls starting next year, assistant director Bill Bruno said Wednesday.
The proposal to add a girls' state tournament will be heard by the NJSIAA's Program Review Committee in September, and if approved by that committee, will go to the Executive Committee for readings in September and October.
Numerous details would need to be worked out in the coming months, including determination of weight classes, how to handle regional tournaments, and a pos
NORFOLK, Va. -- Monarch head wrestling coach Steve Martin announced Thursday afternoon the promotion of Daryl Thomas to assistant head coach on his staff. Thomas spent the last year as assistant coach for ODU.
Daryl Thomas"We are very excited to promote Coach Thomas to the top assistant job. In a very short time period he has stamped a blueprint on the program that is very impressive," expressed Martin. "His connections in Illinois and throughout the nation has become very evident over the last 12 months from a recruiting stand point. I know he is very excited and passionate about helping ODU Wrestling achieve new heights."
Thomas will be replacing Mike Dixon who is returning to his alma mater, Indiana University to take over as asso
Jordan Burroughs celebrates after win at the Freestyle World Cup (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
You could hear a pin drop in the United States warmup area at the 2010 World Championships in Moscow, Russia.
The U.S. had just completed one of its worst performances in its storied history. The Americans finished an unthinkable 22nd with five points. The U.S. won a total of just four matches. Shortly after the final American match, wrestling legend Dan Gable stood in the warmup area trying to make sense of it all.
"I never in my lifetime thought I would see a performance like that," a downcast Gable said. One of Gable's first questions was how does the U.S. team improve. A short time after that, U.S. assistant coach Brand
Ed Piccola (right) has been missing since May 30
A search is underway for a former wrestler and long-time coach from New Jersey who has been missing for more than week and whose car was found abandoned in Virginia this past weekend.
Ed Piccola, 36, described as a "standout wrestler" in high school who has been coaching at a wrestling training facility in New Jersey, was last seen in at a restaurant and brew pub in Sparta, N.J. on Wednesday evening, May 30. His cell phone was found the next day on the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk.
A missing person's report was filed on Friday, June 1 after he failed to show up for work.
On Sunday, June 3, Piccola's car was located in Luray, Va., straight west of Washington, D.C. and about a five-hour driv
The first-ever Celebrate Wrestling event was held May 30 at a conference center in Princeton, N.J.
The Princeton (N.J.) chapter of Wrestlers In Business Network (WIBN) has created a winning new way to celebrate the oldest and greatest sport ... and those who participate in it.
The first-ever Celebrate Wrestling event -- held May 30 at a conference center in Princeton, N.J. -- was designed to celebrate the sport by honoring excellence from wrestlers and coaches within the area.
Chris AyresThe evening began on a solemn note by honoring the late Chris Hixon, head wrestling coach and athletic director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who was one of 17 killed in the mass shooting at the Parkland, Fla. school on Feb. 12. The heroic
Whitney Conder and Victoria Anthony will battle in the second match at Final X June 23 (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
USA Wrestling and FloWrestling have announced the order of the bouts for Final X at Lehigh, which is set for Grace Hall on the campus of Lehigh University on Saturday, June 23, with the main card starting at 7 p.m., and preliminary action at 5 p.m.
The event will determine the 2018 U.S. Senior World Teams in men's and women's freestyle wrestling, featuring the nation's top two athletes in the seven weight classes on the card. It will be a best-of-three series in each weight class, with the winner earning a spot on Team USA at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, October 20-28.
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