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  • Photo: No Division I wrestling coach has been around longer than Central Michigan’s Tom Borrelli, who has produced 41 All-Americans and captured 14 conference titles over the past three decades. (Central Michigan photo) Note: The following column appeared in the September issue of WIN Magazine...

  • By Rob Sherrill Call it, “The Great Weight Class Debate, Part 2.” I’ve written frequently about the problems created by the weight classes instituted by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 2011. It’s become clear that putting weights where the wrestlers aren’t has, at a mini...

  • Photo: The first of two Iowa girls state high school tournaments, presented by the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, was held in 2019 in Waverly, Iowa. The number of girls competing in 2020. Note: The following story appeared in the September issue of WIN Magazine. Click here to subs...

  •   High school sports updates, Sept. 21   By Rob Sherrill   WIN magazine continues to update when high school wrestling and other sports will take place this academic year while this country continued to deal with COVID-19 issues. Here is an update on all the states the District of Columbia...

  • Photo: This is a Chinese Finger Trap. Note: The following column appeared in WIN Magazine’s September issue. Click here to subscribe to WIN in time to receive WIN’s October issue, which will our 2020-21 College/High School Preview Issue. By John Klessinger Last evening my son walked towa...

  • Note: The following column appeared in the September issue of WIN Magazine. Click here to subscribe to WIN, which will publish its annual College/High School Preseason issue on Oct. 2. The photos above are of Iowa’s two-time NCAA champ Spencer Lee and Michigan coach Sean Bormet.   By Bryan Van ...

  • WIN’s High school wrestling and sports updates, Sept. 15 By Rob Sherrill, WIN High School Columnist Editor’s Note: As high school athletic departments continue to deal with providing competitive opportunities in this current COVID-19 era, Rob Sherrill is keeping track what all states are doing in te...

  • Sept. 11, 2020 NEWTON, Iowa — As the NCAA waits to announce when the Division I college wrestling season will take place this winter in the wake of the COVID pandemic, the University of Iowa has earned the No. 1 ranking in WIN Magazine’s 2020-21 Preseason Tournament Power Index and Rankings, which i...

  • Written by Rob Sherrill, WIN High School Columnist Note: Rob Sherrill continues to provide updates on what different states are doing in planning competitions in wrestling and other sports as the states deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Updating the current count, including the District of Columbia a...

  • Compiled by Rob Sherrill, WIN High School columnist Following are the current plans as of Sept. 8 that each state has published for its fall sports and for its wrestling season. This list will be updated online (www.win-magazine.com) as updates become available.   Alabama – fall sports began as...

  • For immediate release 2020-21 USA Wrestling membership year is here; new or renewed members eligible for Dollamur home mat drawing The first day of USA Wrestling’s 2020-21 membership season is here, meaning now is the time to renew your membership in the largest and most effective wrestling organiza...

  • USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, has posted the August 2020 Digital Edition of its membership magazine USA Wrestler for the wrestling community to enjoy. Click here for the August 2020 USA Wrestler Bonus Digital Edition https://www.qgdigitalpublishing.co...

  • Photo: Jared Lawrence of Pinnacle Wrestling displays the Green Science Solutions equipment to clean mats. Written by Tristan Warner The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly affected the future of many facets of life. From health and safety protocols being implemented to industries disappearing or be...

  • from WIN Magazine 08/19/20 10:59 PM

    2020-21 USA Wrestling memberships are now available for purchase through online membership system  USA Wrestling has now launched its online membership system to allow the purchase of 2020-21 memberships at http://usawmembership.com Beginning at 10:00 a.m. today, August 19, USA Wrestling memberships...

  • By Mike Finn The English translation of “Afsoon” is “good omen” and that was never more true than on Aug. 16, 1972, when a little girl by that name was born in Tehran, Iran, to Manu and Jila Roshanzamir. Because 48 years later, wrestling fans — or anyone who loves the American dream — will […]

  • from WIN Magazine 07/21/20 1:46 PM

    Photo: Dating back to a 2014 motorcycle trip that Mike Clayton (left) and Steve Fraser took from Colorado Springs, Colo., to the Junior/Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D., these two program directors of USA Wrestling have put on countless miles that have led to producing youth wrestling clinics. Note: T...

  • Photo: These are the freestyle winners of the first Junior Nationals that was held in 1971 in Iowa City. Over the past 49 years, the annual summer-time event added Greco-Roman wrestling has moved to as many as seven different locations before finding a home in Fargo, N.D., in 1993. Over the years, U...

  •   (Photo: Kelsey Campbell has competed in two World Championships and also represented the United States in the 2012 Olympics. This is Part 1 of a 2-Part column by Kelsey Campbell that appears in the July issue of WIN Magazine.)   Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subscribe WIN Magazine.   By ...

  • WIN’s Special June Issue is NOW AVAILABLE – (Plus WIN Archives back to 2011 Inside WIN’s Digital Subscription) Click here to view the Special Free June Digital issue of WIN Click here to subscribe or call 888-305-0606  The death of George Floyd in May made society take a strong look at t...

  •   By John Klessinger It’s been many years since I put on a wrestling singlet. For that matter, when I wrestled at Warwick High School in Lititz, Pa., all we could wear was a singlet. There was no optional uniform, headgears could still be taped and shoelaces didn’t need to be taped or secured. ...

  • from WIN Magazine 07/01/20 12:54 PM

    Photo: Bloomsburg’s Marcus Gordon is about to begin his fifth season as head coach of the Huskies. Wrestling is the only Division I sport within the athletic department at this university in Pennsylvania. The following story appeared in the special free digital issue of WIN magazine. Click here to v...

  • WIN’s Special June Issue is NOW AVAILABLE – (Plus WIN Archives back to 2011 Inside WIN’s Digital Subscription) Click here to view the Special Free June Digital issue of WIN Click here to subscribe or call 888-305-0606  The death of George Floyd in May made society take a strong look at t...

  • Drexel, Maryville, Case Western Reserve, Embry Riddle, The Cumberlands and Adrian head up the 2020 National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Academic honors, within each division, which were based school’s cumulative grade point averages in 2019-20. Each division’s leadership group established ...

  • Photo: Ohio State coach Tom Ryan shared his thoughts about what makes an elite wrestler to WIN columnist Kyle Klingman. The following column was featured in the May issue of WIN Magazine. USA Wrestling Training Tips can be found on regular basis in WIN Magazine. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to su...

  • STANFORD, Calif. – The California Olympic Regional Training Center announces the hiring of two-time Olympian and National Wrestling Hall of Fame member Kerry McCoy as its Executive Director and Head Coach. It will be McCoy’s second stint in Palo Alto as he was the head coach at Stanford University f...

  • The following training tip from USA Wrestling was featured in the May issue of WIN Magazine. USA Wrestling Training Tips can be found on regular basis in WIN Magazine. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subscribe to WIN. Use Discount Code “May” to get a print copy of WIN’s annual Awards Issue.  Also...

  • (The following story will be expanded in the upcoming digital edition of WIN Magazine. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subscribe to WIN.) By Rob Sherrill The race for the nation’s top recruiting class in 2020 seemed an Oklahoma State runaway last fall. In November, WIN Magazine wrote about a Cowb...

  • Note: The following is an update to a story that appeared in the May issue of WIN Magazine. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subscribe to WIN. Use Discount Code “May” to get a print copy of WIN’s annual Awards Issue.  Also, WIN will be publishing a special digital issue in June and look for WIN’s ...

  • Photos: The Farmer Walk (left), Bent-Over Row (center) and Floor Press are among dumbbell exercises. Note: The following column appeared in the May issue of Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subscribe to WIN. Use Discount Code “May” to get a print copy of WIN’s annua...

  • Note: The following column appeared in the May issue of Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subscribe to WIN. Use Discount Code “May” to get a print copy of WIN’s annual Awards Issue.  Also, WIN will be publishing a special digital issue in June and look for WIN’...

  • (Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a forthcoming book “Diversity Is the Difference: Bobby Douglas’ Mission to Save Wrestling” by former legendary wrestler and coach Bobby Douglas and Bill X. Barron from Rocky Mountain Nationals.) I have been an athlete, a coach, an administrator, an of...

  • from WIN Magazine 06/02/20 2:15 PM

    By Rob Sherrill Note: The following alphabetical listing of every state’s high school wrestlers of the year appeared in the May issue of WIN Magazine. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subscribe to WIN. Alabama: Cory Land (120), sophomore, Moody HS After winning a pair of A-5A state titles at...

  • Photo: While Bruce Baumgartner was busy winning 13 World/Olympic medals between 1984 and 1996, including four gold medals, the former heavyweight star as coached and served as an administrator at Edinboro University until retiring in May 2020. By John Johnson After 36 years of hard work and dedicati...

  • Photo: Lisa Hankins (center) discussed life lessons with several girls during a recent Fellowship of Christian Girls Wrestling meeting in Georgia. Note: The following column by Sandy Stevens was publishing in the May issue of WIN Magazine. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subscribe to WIN. By Sand...

  • USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, has created a free Bonus Digital Edition of its membership magazine USA Wrestler, as gift to the wrestling community during the challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the May 2020 USA Wrestler Bonus...

  • By Mike Finn The recent social distancing demands caused by COVID-19 certainly have not affected the communication pattern of wrestling friends Jude Swisher and Sam Herring. That’s because communicating from a distance has never been an issue — especially for over a year — for Swisher, a 16-year-old...

  • (Note: The latest issue of WIN, printed April 29, 2020, and features the 2020 Award winners, was designed by Quantal Langford.) NEWTON, Iowa — Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine is proud to announce this year’s 2019-2020 season award winners. One month after Iowa’s Spencer Lee won the 2020 WIN Magazine/...

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  • The 2020 NCAA Division I Championships unfortunately did not take place March 19-21 in Minneapolis, Minn., at U.S. Bank Stadium as planned with the NCAA needing to cancel all winter Championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as fans you can still purchase the Official NCAA Program that...

  • Photos: Timmy Ward (left) of Canton, Pa., defeated Cole Karpinski of Greenville to earn Pennsylvania all-state high school honors and celebrated with coaches Lyle Wesneski (right) and Chris Landis, one year after Ward overcame Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The following story appeared in the April 8 issue of ...

  • From Old Dominion website: NORFOLK, Va. — Old Dominion University Athletics announced it will discontinue the sport of wrestling effective immediately. Currently enrolled students will retain their scholarships through the completion of their fourth academic year if they remain at ODU. Per NCA...

  • March 30, 2020 By Bryan Van Kley, WIN Magazine Publisher NEWTON, Iowa — Iowa junior Spencer Lee has won the 2020 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS. The 125-pound junior was 18-0 and the No. 1 seed heading into the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Championships, which were cancelled ...

  • The 2020 NCAA Division I Championships unfortunately did not take place March 19-21 in Minneapolis, Minn., at U.S. Bank Stadium as planned with the NCAA needing to cancel all winter Championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as fans you can still purchase the Official NCAA Program that...

  • Fan voting for the 2020 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy has begun. The Hodge Trophy is the top award in college wrestling and has been presented annually since 1994 to the nation’s most dominant collegiate wrestler. The award is named after Dan Hodge, the former three-time (1955-57) NCAA...

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  • Fan voting for the 2020 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy has begun. The Hodge Trophy is the top award in college wrestling and has been presented annually since 1994 to the nation’s most dominant collegiate wrestler. The award is named after Dan Hodge, the former three-time (1955-57) NCAA...

  • Despite the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Championships, it is once again time to select the top wrestler in the collegiate ranks as voting will soon begin for the 2020 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy. Eight Division I wrestlers, who finished the season undefeated going into th...

  • While the wrestling community remains disappointed that the NCAA was forced to cancel the Championships on all three divisional levels, fans will still get a chance to be part of the voting process in determining the 2020 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy winner. Between March 23-27, fans ...

  • At 3:07 (CDT), the NCAA announced that the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, slated to take place next week, March 19-21, in Minneapolis, Minn., are among the winter and spring championships that have been cancelled over concerns with the coronavirus. The following from Stacey Osborn, th...

  • USA Wrestling statement on COVID-19 and its activities moving forward At USA Wrestling, our number one priority is always the safety of our athletes and their families, all our members, our national staff and the entire U.S. wrestling community. With that in mind, USA Wrestling’s Executive Committee...

  • While  the NCAA is unsure how many fans will watch the 2020 Division I Nationals — after the organization announced that all winter championships, including wrestling, would go on without fans because of the Coronavirus — the wrestling committee did know what the action might look like and released ...

  • Photos: Iowa recently won its 36th all-time Big Ten title and is now picked to capture the school’s 24th all-time NCAA championship in Minneapolis, where Northwestern’s Sebastian Rivera, Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher, Iowa’s Alex Marinelli and Penn State’s Mark Hall earned...

  • Photo: The historic Armory, which once housed the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA, is just three blocks away from the U.S. Bank Stadium and will play host to the WIN Memorabilia Show between sessions of the 2020 NCAAs. By WIN Magazine The 30th annual WIN Magazine Memorabilia Show will be held at the N...

  • By Tristan Warner PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Iowa wrestling team captured its 36th Big Ten team championship Sunday afternoon at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The Hawkeyes accumulated 157.5 team points to capture the outright conference title, while second place Nebraska was 25.5 points behind with 1...

  • After the smoke settled Saturday night in the Rutgers Athletic Center, Iowa led the team race at the 2020 Big Ten Wrestling Championship by 19 points, accruing 121.5 team points while second place Nebraska sat at 102.5. The Hawkeyes sent four wrestlers into Sunday’s Big Ten finals, as Spencer Lee, P...

  • It’s March and time for college wrestling championships on every level, highlighted by what will be an historic NCAA Division I Championships at the U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. Before then, there will be seven conference/NCAA-qualifying tournaments, March 6...

  • INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as listed in the chart below. Each qualifying tournament was awarded automatic bids per weight class based on current year data. Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division ...

  • For a limited time only, start a New Print, Digital or Combo Subscription to WIN and get it for 50% off with Discount Code PostSeason50. Print – $14.98 (normally $29.95) Digital – $7.48 (normally $7.48) – Includes Digital Access to WIN archives to 2011 Print + Digital – $19.9...

  • Photo: Northern Iowa’s Taylor Lujan, who defeated Iowa’s Abe Assad in this year’s Midlands, has taken over the top spot at 184 pounds in WIN’s Feb. 25 rankings. (Ginger Robinson photo).   NEWTON, Iowa — Northern Iowa senior Taylor Lujan has taken over the top spot at 184...

  • By Tucker Lane (Editor’s Note: The following is an expanded column by former Nebraska wrestler Tucker Lane that appeared in the Feb. 21, 2020 issue of WIN Magazine. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subscribe to WIN Magazine.) Up until April 2018, I had spent my entire life immersed in the sp...

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    from WIN Magazine 02/20/20 8:43 PM

    Over 66 years ago, Pat Pecora was one of five children born to Richard and Rose Marie Pecora in the shadow of Pittsburgh’s steel mills and amidst a strong Italian love of life. “I thought we had everything because we had family,” recalled Pecora. “You didn’t need anything else.” That was the same ph...

  •   Rick Kacher had heard Forest Hills Central High wrestling coach Brad Anderson speak many times about starting a girls wrestling program at the Michigan school considering the head man had three girls of his own. “I told him he ought to start one,” said Kacher. Little did the 70-year-old Kache...

  • Photo: Arizona State’s Tanner Hall (left) and Lehigh’s Jordan Woods (right) have each earned All-American honors. The heavyweights are expected to meet this Friday when the Sun Devils travel to Lehigh in the final weekend of college wrestling’s final regular-season duals.   NE...

  • At a time when wrestling fans are excited about the future, especially the next two months when high school state tournaments, college national tournaments and 2020 Olympic Trials will take place across the country, it’s also a good time to look back … especially at the 44-year of Pitt-Johnstown coa...

  • (Photo: Cornell’s Ben Darmstadt, who earned All-American honors in 2018 before redshirting last year, has moved up to No. 2 in WIN’s Feb. 10 rankings after he defeated Princeton’s Pat Brucki last weekend.) NEWTON, Iowa — When Cornell’s Ben Darmstadt defeated Princeton’s Pat Brucki ...

  • Photo: Iowa’s Michael Kemerer (right) scored two takedowns and a reversal en route to beating Penn State’s Mark Hall, 11-6, last Friday night in their 174-pound bout. The victory moved the Hawkeye ahead of the Nittany Lion in WIN’s Feb. 3 rankings. NEWTON, Iowa — Iowa’s Michael Kem...

  • By Mike Finn The Jan. 31 dual meet between No. 1 Iowa (8-0) and No. 2 Penn State (7-1) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena will give fans a better idea of who the top dual-meet team in the country is for the 2019-2020 season. It will also give fans a preview of some key match-ups of possible […]

  • Photo: The Jan. 31 dual between No. 1 Iowa and No. 2 Penn State in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (with a capacity of 15,500) was sold out last fall. By Mike Finn At the start of the season, Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands looked at this Friday’s home dual meet with Penn State like any other Hawkeye […]

  • Photo: These four native of Pennsylvania — Spencer Lee (upper left), Austin DeSanto (upper right), Kaleb Young (lower left) and Michael Kemerer — will all represent No. 1 Iowa when the Hawkeyes entertain No. 2 Penn State Friday night in Iowa City. By Mike Finn There are nearly 700 miles between Iowa...

  • Photo: Iowa’s Alex Marinelli (right) tried to secure a takedown against Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph in last year’s Big Ten Championship final at 165 pounds, which the Hawkeye won in Minneapolis. The two are expected to be one of two meetings between top-ranked wrestlers this Frida...

  • National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Rankings – Jan 7, 2020   Team Rankings 1 Western Wyoming 2 North Iowa Area 3 North Idaho 4 Iowa Western 5 Clackamas  (OR) 6 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 7 Niagara County  (NY) 8 Northwest (WY) 9t Ellsworth  (IA) 9t Iowa Central 11t Northeastern  ...

  • By Rob Sherrill There have been enough thrills and excitement to last a whole season already. And the state tournaments haven’t even started yet. But they will – and sooner than you think. In fact, a handful already have. Alaska started the state tournament parade in 2019, the week before Christmas....

  • January 2020 NAIA Rankings RK SCHOOL POINTS PREV 1 Grand View (Iowa) 191 1 2 Reinhardt University (Ga.) 150 2 3 Campbellsville (Ky.) 131 5 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 117 3 5 Baker (Kan.) 110 9 5 Oklahoma City 107 6 7 Cumberlands (Ky.) 105 8 8 Marian (Ind.) 97 4 9 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 81 […]

  • The following are the Jan. 16, 2020 NWCA NCAA Div. III Rankings Team Rankings Rk School W-L Prev Tourn. Rank 1 Wartburg College (IA) 10-0 2 2 2 Augsburg University (MN) 6-1 1 1 3 Loras College (IA) 7-1 4 3 4 Wabash College (IN) 6-2 3 4 5 Coe College (IA) 8-1 6 T9 […]

  • Team Rankings Rk School Points Ranked Wrestlers 1 St. Cloud State 103 8 2 McKendree 80 6 3 Nebraska Kearney 72 6 4 Pitt Johnstown 63 5 5 Notre Dame 60 6 6 Central Oklahoma 59 5 7 Lindenwood 46 5 8 Tiffin 44 5 9 Colorado School of Mines 38 4 10 Upper Iowa […]

  • Presented by EZ Flex, these rankings are through Jan. 11th matches. College commitments are provided by IntermatWrestle.com.   Top 25 Teams Rk Team Prev. 1 Kingston, Pa. Wyoming Seminary 1 2 Blairstown Township, N.J. Blair Academy 2 3 Lombard, Ill. Montini 5 4 Clovis, Calif. Buchanan 7 5 Novi, ...

  • Cliff Keen Athletic is pleased to announce that they have entered into a marketing and athlete endorsement deal with Women’s 53 KG Freestyle Wrestler Katherine Shai. Katherine joins Team Cliff Keen with an outstanding resume in Women’s Freestyle Wrestling. A 6x National Team member from California, ...

  • Photos: (Left) Sarah Hildebrandt (front) took this selfie of her family after last summer’s Final X that sent her to her third World Championships in women’s freestyle. Joining in the fun (from bottom left) were brothers Drew, Cory, mom Nancy, sister Amy (above Sarah), dad Chris, friend Donothan Bai...

  • NEWTON, Iowa — Oklahoma State’s Anthony Montalvo and Ohio State’s Rocky Jordan are among 12 newly-ranked wrestlers in WIN Magazine’s Jan. 20 rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. These two redshirt freshman are also among four first-year wrestlers at 184 pounds that includes true freshmen Aaro...

  • The calendar has changed to January and the latest issue of Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine, printed Jan. 16, 2020, is now available. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subcribe. The next year will indeed be a special one, especially in March when Minneapolis and the U.S. Bank Stadium plays host to t...

  • (Photo: Minnesota’s Gable Steveson, who missed much of the first semester this college wrestling season, is now ranked No. 1 at heavyweight in WIN’s Jan. 13 rankings. The young Gopher finished third nationally last season as a true freshman.) NEWTON, Iowa — Minnesota sophomore Gable Stev...

  • Photo: Wisconsin’s Seth Gross (left) defeated Iowa’s Austin DeSanto in the 2019 Midlands to take over No. 1 spot at 133 pounds in WIN’s Jan. 6 rankings. Iowa’s Pat Lugo (right) knocked off top-ranked Austin O’Connor for the 149-pound Midlands title and is now rated No. ...

  • As the NCAA Division I college season moves into January, there are xx different wrestlers who are still considered contenders to win the 2020 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS. The following is a weight-by-weight list of those undefeated wrestlers, including their reco...

  • Top-10 Most Significant Wrestling Moments of the ‘20-teens’ The 2020s are just a few days ahead, but let’s take a few moments to look at the greatest wrestling moments in the second decade of the 21st century, which was indeed a banner ten-year period for both men and women wrestlers, especially on ...

  • By Craig Sesker They are corporate executives by day. And superheroes by night. For Hooman and Lorelei Tavakolian, that is the life they lead. They start their days before sunrise in suburban New York City, work 12-hour days in midtown Manhattan and then commute home together to raise their three yo...

  • NEWTON, Iowa — With Iowa and Penn State the top-two ranked teams in NCAA Div. I wrestling on paper in mid-December, there are six teams separated by five points in the battle for third place in WIN’s Dec. 16 Tournament Power Index and Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. The Hawkeyes (4-0, 13...

  • Photo: Northwestern’s Ryan Deakin (top), who finished sixth in last year’s NCAA tournament, defeated NC State’s Hayden Hidlay for the 157-pound championship in last weekend’s Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and is now rated No. 1 at that weight in WIN’s Dec. 9 ranking...

  • The World Anti-Doping Agency announced today that Russia has been banned from international competition for four years after WADA investigators found that the country tampered with drug-testing data earlier this year. “For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport,” WADA pr...

  • Photo: Iowa’s two-time NCAA champion Spencer Lee has outscored three foes by 49-7 margin this season, including a 17-2 technical fall over Iowa State’s Alex Mackall on Nov. 24. (John Johnson photo). By Mike Finn The majority of Iowa’s top-ranked wrestling team returns from last season, i...

  • Photo: Austin DeSanto took over the No. 1 spot at 133 pounds this week after the Iowa junior defeated Wisconsin’s Seth Gross, the previous No. 1, by a 6-2 score Sunday night in Iowa City. (Photo by G. Wyatt Schultz) Meanwhile, the 38th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational will take place t...

  • Don’t miss out on an opportunity to make lasting memories with friends or family! Attending the Division I Wrestling Championships is the perfect opportunity to SHARE THE JOY of an NCAA Championship. Nothing beats being there in person, so use the code DEAL to unlock this special offer before ...

  • Photo: Nelson Brands (left), the son of Iowa’s associate head coach Terry Brands and nephew of head coach Tom Brands, is ranked No. 9 at 184 pounds after the redshirt freshman upset Iowa State’s Sam Colbray last Sunday in Ames. Iowa won the dual and is ranked No. 1 in WIN’s Team Du...

  • By Craig Sesker Braxton Amos is an elite wrestler with sky-high expectations. And a bright, articulate and personable young man who knows exactly what he wants. Targeted by the most elite programs in the country, the nation’s top-ranked wrestler at 220 pounds was recruited by powerhouse schools Penn...

  • Photo: Lee Miracle (right) became Campbellsville’s first coach in 2013 and led the Kentucky school to a Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association title in 2018. By Craig Sesker Women’s freestyle wrestling will be contested for the fifth time at an Olympic Games next year in Tokyo. Since it became an ...

  • By Kyle Klingman Terry Steiner had never seen a college wrestling meet until he was a senior in high school. He and his identical twin brother, Troy, grew up in Bismarck, N.D., and drove to Minneapolis in 1988 to watch Iowa defeat Minnesota. Both eventually signed with Iowa and won individual NCAA t...

  • Nov. 18, 2019 NEWTON, Iowa  — Old Dominion’s Killian Cardinale (125) and Shane Jones (165) and NC State’s Jarrett Trombley (133) and Nick Reenan (197) are among 15 newcomers to WIN Magazine’s Nov. 18, 2019 Tournament Power Index and Individual Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. The other wr...

  •     Presented by EZ Flex, the following are WIN Magazine’s updated 2019-20 Preseason High School Rankings. College commitments are provided by IntermatWrestle.com.   WIN’s 2019-20 National High School Team Rankings – Nov. 14, 2019 Rk Team Prev.  Season Outlook and Notes 1 Blairstown Township, N.J. B...

  • NEWTON, Iowa — A new NCAA Div. I wrestling season has begun and 42 new wrestlers have earned Top 20 spots in WIN Magazine’s Nov. 12, 2019 Tournament Power Index and Individual Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. Among the newcomers to WIN weekly rankings were 11 Top 10-ranked wrestlers, led ...

  • WATERLOO, Iowa – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum announced that it will host a celebration to honor legendary wrestler and coach Bobby Douglas on November 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dan Gable Museum. Please RSVP by clicking here. For more information, please telephone (319) 233-0...

  • Penn State and Iowa remain top two teams in WIN’s Update Div. I Rankings Oct. 10, 2019 NEWTON, Iowa — Penn State and Iowa remain the top two teams and are separated by 2.5 points in WIN Magazine’s Updated Preseason Tournament Power Index and Individual Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. The...

  • from WIN Magazine 09/22/19 4:34 PM

    Photos: Both J’den Cox (left) and Kyle Dake won World championships but must now move up or down to make Olympic weights next April at the Trials. (Mark Lundy photos) 2019 UWW World Championships – Men’s Freestyle Recap For the second year in a row, Kyle Dake and J’den Cox won World championsh...

  • Photos: Both J’den Cox (left) and Kyle Dake won World championships but must now move up or down to make Olympic weights next April at the Trials. (Mark Lundy and Justin Hoch photos) 2019 UWW World Championships – Men’s Freestyle Recap For the second year in a row, Kyle Dake and J’den Cox won ...

  • 2019 UWW World Championships – Women’s Freestyle Recap It was an historic World Championships for USA women’s freestyle as Adeline Gray became America’s first five-time World champion — in any style — as the four days of competition — Sept. 17-20 — in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, also produced a record-t...

  • Photo: Max Nowry was the only American Greco-Roman wrestler to compete in a medal bout. Here beating Abelkarim Fergat (Algeria) in a repechage bout, Nowry ended up fifth at 55 kilograms. (Photo by Mark Lundy). USA at the 2019 Worlds – Greco-Roman Recap An inability to sustain leads in matches cost t...

  • from WIN Magazine 09/13/19 1:10 PM

    Sept 13 World Championships Preview The heaviest American wrestlers in all three styles — Nick Gwiazdowski in men’s freestyle, Adam Coon in Greco-Roman and Adeline Gray in women’s freestyle — have all won World medals in the past. And all three will return to the 2019 UWW World Championships, Sept. ...

  • Between Sept. 14-22, there will be 30 American wrestlers who will compete in three styles — men’s freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle — at the 2019 UWW World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Each weight will take place on two days; matches through semifinals on day 1, be...

  • from WIN Magazine 09/12/19 9:55 PM

    Sept 12 World Championships Preview Just 23 years old, Kyle Snyder has accomplished quite a bit on the Senior level, including winning World championships in 2015 and ’17 and capturing Olympic gold in 2016. But the 97-kilo freestyler is coming off his only World-level setback when he lost to Russia’...

  • from WIN Magazine 09/11/19 7:51 PM

    Sept 11 World Championships Preview J’den Cox has earned either an Olympic or World medal the past three years, including last fall when the former NCAA champion from Missouri captured his first World championship in men’s freestyle. Cox is among 30 Americans who will represent the United States in ...

  • NEWTON, Iowa — The University of Iowa wrestling program, owners of 23 all-time NCAA team titles, is ranked No. 1 in WIN Magazine’s 2019-20 Preseason NCAA Tournament Power Index and Individual Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletics. The Hawkeyes, whose last NCAA title came in 2010, features seve...

  • from WIN Magazine 09/10/19 9:42 PM

    Sept 10 World Championships Preview Pat Downey was not expected to represent the United States at 86 kilograms, considering 2018 World champion David Taylor was expected to return to the Worlds this month. Instead, an injury forced the former NCAA champion from Penn State to miss Final X Rutgers in ...

  • from WIN Magazine 09/09/19 9:07 PM

    Sept 9 World Championships Preview Kyle Dake, the former four-time NCAA champion at Cornell, was nearly untouchable in last year’s World championships as the former Hodge Trophy winner outscored his foes, 37-0, and won a gold medal in his first World tournament. The native of Ithaca, N.Y., is one of...

  • from WIN Magazine 09/09/19 1:57 AM

    Sept 8 World Championship Previews Jordan Burroughs ranks as one of the most experienced and successful men’s freestyle wrestlers at the UWW World Championships. The native of New Jersey and former two-time NCAA champ and Hodge Trophy winner from Nebraska has an opportunity to win a sixth World/Olym...

  • from WIN Magazine 09/07/19 7:47 PM

    Sept 7 World Championship Previews James Green has represented the United States in men’s freestyle at 70 kilograms the past four years, but the native of New Jersey and former All-American from Nebraska is still looking for one thing: a gold medal … to go along with his previous bronze and silver m...

  • from WIN Magazine 09/06/19 6:22 PM

    Sept 6 World Championship Previews Zain Retherford became the last of 30 Americans to qualify for the 2019 UWW World Championships and the former two-time Hodge Trophy winner and three-time NCAA champ from Penn State will return for his second World tournament this month in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. H...

  • from WIN Magazine 09/05/19 10:13 PM

    Sept 5 World Championship Previews Sarah Hildebrandt, a 2019 World silver medalist, highlights the second group of American wrestlers who will compete in the 2019 UWW World Championships, which take place Sept. 14-22 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Meanwhile, the second-lightest men’s freestyle wrestler ...

  • from WIN Magazine 09/03/19 3:44 PM

    USA at 2019 UWW World Championships Previews Between Sept. 3-13, WIN Magazine will profile the 30 American wrestlers who will compete in the 2019 UWW World Championships, Sept. 14-22, in Kazakhstan. Each day, WIN will take a closer look at three wrestlers — one per style — who will compete at the 20...

  • Photo: After an independent arbitrator extended the Final X best-of-three wrestle-off for the 65-kilogram men’s World Team freestyle spot, Zain Retherford (right) defeated Yianni Diakomihalis, 2-1, Monday afternoon at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Photo by Justin Hoch) By Mike Willis, TheMat.com Wilkes-B...

  • Recapping Fargo 2019
    from WIN Magazine 07/22/19 2:31 PM

    Fargo 2019, otherwise known as the 2019 USMC Junior and 16U (Cadet) Nationals, is now completed and here are noteworthy highlights of the weeklong event that held six championships, July 14-19, in North Dakota. You will also find these stories and other highlights from the 49thannual event in the ne...

  • Photo: Billy Sullivan enjoyed his 2019 Junior Greco-Roman tournament experience when the native of Nevada won the 113-pound championship and earned Outstanding Wrestler honors. (G. Wyatt Schultz photo) FARGO, N.D. — Three wrestlers — Andre Gonzales (106) of California, Anthony Echemendia (145) of Ar...

  • FARGO, N.D. — Three wrestlers — Jore Volk at 100 pounds, John Wiley at 138 pounds and Seth Shumate at 182 pounds — all became double winners at the 2019 USMC 16U (Cadet) Nationals when the trio collected Greco-Roman championships Thursday afternoon at the Fargodome. In the team race, Illinois led al...

  • Photo: Emily Shilson become the second woman to capture six Fargo championships when the 2018 Cadet World champ won the 106-pound title by a technical fall. (Photo by G. Wyatt Schultz) FARGO, N.D. — Four women who will represent the United States in age-group national championships later this summer...

  • Photo: Braxton Amos, ranked No. 1 at 195 pounds this season, scored a technical fall over Dorian Crosby for the 220-pound Junior Nationals freestyle championship. (G. Wyatt Schultz photo) FARGO, N.D. — Braxton Amos, the nation’s top-ranked wrestler from Mineral Wells High School in West Virginia, re...

  • Photo: Jordan Williams (right) of Oklahoma scored a last-second takedown to beat Zeke Seltzer of Indiana for 120-pound championship of the 2019 U.S. Marines 16U freestyle national tournament Monday in Fargo, N.D. FARGO, N.D. — Hayden Copass of Georgetown, Ill., and Jordan Williams of Tulsa, Okla,  w...

  • Jordan Burroughs, the World/Olympic champion, added to his legacy when he qualified for a ninth straight World Championships by beating Isaiah Martinez in three matches Saturday night in Session II of Final X Lincoln. But it was another 30-year-old, Tyler Graff, who made even bigger news when the fo...

  • Photos: Left, Jacarra Winchester turned this heel pick into a winning takedown against Dominque Parrish at 55 kilos in Session I of Final X Lincoln Saturday afternoon. Center, Ryan Mango used to gut to score the deciding points in his second win over Xavier Johnson at 63 kilos in Greco-Roman. Right,...

  • Kyle Snyder, Adam Coon and Adeline Gray all appeared in the finals of the 2018 UWW World Championships in men’s freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle, respectively, last October in Budapest, Hungary. Those success stories also earned these heavier-weight wrestlers automatic invitations to com...

  • When Jordan Burroughs finished his college career at the University of Nebraska, not many people would have predicted that the two-time NCAA champion would go on to win seven World/Olympic medals. This Saturday, Burroughs returns to Lincoln, where he hopes to take a step towards a sixth all-time Wor...

  • Lincoln, Neb., was once the alma mater of James Green and is just four hours away from Iowa City, Iowa. Green hopes to feed off his old Husker fans to avenge a U.S. Open loss to Ryan Deakin this Saturday at the Devaney Center at 70 kilograms. At the same time, Hawkeye Wrestling Club teammates [&#823...

  • Once upon a time, Joe Colon and Tyler Graff dealt with plenty of NCAA disappointment at Northern Iowa and Wisconsin, respectively, when they were forced to settle for All-American honors after having national-championship aspirations. That included 2014 when Graff upset Colon in the NCAA semifinals....

  • For a third straight year, the University of Nebraska in Lincoln provides a stage to determine the United States World Championships team. After playing hosts to the 2017 World Team Trials in men’s freestyle, Nebraska hosted one of three Final X sites in 2018 to clinch World Team berths in men’s and...

  • Photo: J’den Cox (top) pushed back on a shot attempt by Bo Nickal and eventually swept both matches at 92 kilos Saturday night at Final X Rutgers. (Justin Hoch photo) PISCATAWAY, N.J. — World champion J’den Cox and World medalist Nick Gwiazdowski were among five of seven wrestlers competing Sa...

  • PISCATAWAY, N. J. — Victoria Francis, Jenna Burkert and John Stefanowicz all avenged this past April U.S. Open losses and earned spots on the 2019 USA World Teams in women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman by sweeping a pair of matches Saturday in the first Session of Final X Rutgers. They were among six ...

  • WIN Magazine has spent the past week previewing the 13 matches that will take place at Final X Rutgers this Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. … and here are the final two previews of a best-of-3 Greco-Roman match-up between Joe Rau and Ben Provisor and a similar women’s freestyle meeting between Alyvia F...

  • Even before Gable Steveson ended his Minnesota prep career, which led to four state titles at Apple Valley, and began his college career at the University of Minnesota in 2018-19, the three-time Cadet/Junior World champion had bigger international goals on the Senior level. Now at the age of 19, the...

  • Bo Nickal, the former three-time NCAA champion from Penn State, who also captured WIN’s Dan Hodge Trophy and Schalles Award for pinning, was considered the best college wrestler this past year. Will the former Nittany Lion be good enough to beat a World champ and three-time World/Olympic medalist in...

  • Kyle Dake announced today (June 4) he has requested a future wrestle-off date, because of injury, and would not be able to compete in Final X Rutgers this Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. This also cuts down the number of men’s freestyle matches to three at Final X Rutgers, the first of two Final X even...

  • For the second straight year, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling have created “Final X” events to determine the 30 USA wrestlers who will wrestle in men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman at the 2019 UWW World Championships, Sept. 14-22, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Over the next two weeks, WI...

  • Photo: Madison Tung, who will study as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, England, attended the Air Force Academy. Note: This column appeared in the April 11, 2019 issue (V25, I6) of WIN Magazine. Click here to subscribe to WIN Magazine or call 888-305-0606. By Sandy Stevens Madison “Maddy” Tung joined the...

  • Scott Goodale, the head coach at Rutgers University, who saw two Scarlet Knights capture the school’s first individual championshipd and lead the New Jersey school to its first Top-10 NCAA team finish in 2019, headlines five individuals who earned WIN Magazine’s Special Awards. Meanwhile, Ohio State...

  • When one examines the Top 10 NCAA Division I wrestling programs, in terms of average home dual-meet attendance, it is no surprise that the top four schools — Iowa, Penn State, Ohio State and Oklahoma State — have all won national team titles in the 21stcentury. But there is something unique about th...

  • In meeting the photographer who created the “The Fire Inside” project — an extremely up-close and intense group of portraits of at least 1,800 people who are currently associated with the sport of wrestling — one might think Justin Hoch was an angry person. But when countless people actually meet th...

  • Greg Kerkvliet, named the winner of this year’s Junior Schalles Award as the nation’s best high school pinner, was so effective at flattening his foes this past winter that fans hardly got a chance to watch him wrestle at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. After an off-season ACL injur...

  • Bo Nickal may be the most famous “Bo” since Bo Jackson, the former multi-professional sport athlete of the 1980s, who capitalized on his fame with the “Bo Knows” commercials. But there are a lot of differences between these men with the same first name and not just because Bo is Nickal’s given name,...

  • Rutgers wrestling has more accolades coming their way after this historic season. Head coach Scott Goodale has been named WIN’s 2019 Dan Gable Coach of the Year. Since the summer of 2007 when he took over the New Jersey program, Goodale has always believed the Scarlet Knights would produce their fir...

  • By Mike Finn Winning four state championships in Colorado and many other national honors was not as easy as it looked for Andrew Alirez the past four years. After all, the nation’s top-ranked wrestler, who pinned 98 foes in compiling a 160-1 record — and flattened 29 of 37 foes in an undefeated seni...

  • By Bryan Van Kley, WIN Magazine Publisher NEWTON, Iowa — Penn State’s Bo Nickal has won the 2019 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS. The Nittany Lion won his third NCAA championship on March 23, defeating Kollin Moore of Ohio State. The 5-1 finals victory at 197 pounds w...

  • Fan voting for the 2019 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy has begun. The Hodge Trophy is the top award in college wrestling and has been presented annually since 1994 to the nation’s most dominant collegiate wrestler. The award is named after Dan Hodge, the former three-time (1955-57) NCAA...

  • By Mike Finn PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The 2019 NCAA Division I Championships will be know as the tournament of repeat champions — highlighted by Penn State’s fourth straight team title and three-peats by Nittany Lions Jason Nolf (157) and Bo Nickal (174) as well as back-to-back championships by Iowa’s Spen...

  • Photo: Northwestern’s Sebastian Rivera (top) had to rally to beat Cornell’s Vitali Arujau for this place at 125 pounds. (Ashley DeJager photo) PITTSBURGH, PA. — Someone in wrestling once say, “If you can’t get what you want, get what you can get,” and that’s what several Division I wrest...

  • from WIN Magazine 03/23/19 4:14 AM

    By Mike Finn PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Penn State wrestling team put itself in great position to claim a fourth-straight NCAA championship by doing something the Nittany Lions did in winning the past three nationals: sending five wrestlers to Saturday night’s finals for a fourth straight year. Holding a...

  • By Mike Finn PITTSBURGH, Pa. — NCAA wrestling fans will definitely get a chance to witness the top wrestlers … and plenty of rematches …  in Friday night’s semifinals after 29 wrestlers, seeded in the top four of their ten respective weight classes, won quarterfinal bouts Friday morning in the PPG P...

  • Photo: North Carolina’s Chip Ness put Penn State’s Shakur Rasheed in trouble during their second-round bout. The Tar Heel, seeded 15th, clinched the 8-5 upset of the No. 2 seed, but the Nittany Lions remain the number one team in the standings before Friday’s quarterfinals. (Ashley...

  • Photo: Anthony Cassar (top) prepared to pin Antonio Pelusi of Franklin & Marshall during this first-round heavyweight bout in Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena. (Photo by Ginger Robinson) By Mike Finn PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Penn State made a strong opening statement in its goal to win a fourth stra...

  • By Mike Finn Once upon a time, the heaviest weight class was called unlimited. Now the heavyweight class is limited to 285 pounds, but few big men competing in the 2019 NCAAs in Pittsburgh come close to that weight limit. The average weight among the 33 competitors is 249.5 pounds. According to the ...

  • Photo: Left, Myles Martin of Ohio State did not pin Penn State’s Bo Nickal in the 2016 NCAA final at 174 pounds, but did secure an upset victory. Right, Nickal avenged that moment when he rolled off his back and pinned the Buckeye in the 184-pound NCAA championship last March in Cleveland. By ...

  • Photo: Shortly after head coach John Smith (left) and his Oklahoma State assistant coach Zach Esposito were watching the Cowboys capture another Big 12 team championship on March 10, the head coach learned that his father Lee Roy had passed away during the finals. By Mike Finn Now in his 28thyear at...

  • Fan voting for the 2019 WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy has begun. The Hodge Trophy is the top award in college wrestling and has been presented annually since 1994 to the nation’s most dominant collegiate wrestler. The award is named after Dan Hodge, the former three-time (1955-57) NCAA...

  • This year’s Missouri Border Brawl is poised to be full of highlight moments and memorable match ups. Along with many of Missouri’s finest high school wrestlers, the AWL has partnered with David Mirikitani’s Missouri Border Brawl event to support Randy Couture’s XCGIF. The Missouri Border Brawl consi...

  • This marks the 25th straight year that WIN Magazine will cover the NCAA Division I National Championships, which will be held March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. 2019_ncaa_d1_brackets

  • Photo: The 2017 WIN Magazine Memorabilia Show and NCAA Fan Festival in St. Louis drew over 24,000 fans over three days. By Mike Chapman, Special to W.I.N. It’s hard to believe this year will mark the 29th year of the WIN Memorabilia Show. How long ago was that? George H.W. Bush was President of the ...

  • NEWTON, Iowa — The 2019 NCAA Division I National Championships are about a week a way and three wrestlers have taken over the top spots in their individual weights, according to WIN Magazine’s final 2018-19 Tournament Power Index and Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. Following the eight na...

  • The following is a list of the eight different conference tournaments that served as qualifiers and will eventually send 330 wrestlers to the 2019 NCAA Division I Championships, March 21-23, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) – March 9 Big Ten Conference – March 9-10 Big ...

  • WIN’s March 1 High School Rankings High School, Hometown Last 1 Blairstown Township, N.J. Blair Academy 1 2 Kingston, Pa. Wyoming Seminary 2 3 Orlando, Fla. Lake Highland Preparatory 3 4 Oradell, N.J. Bergen Catholic 4 5 Lakewood, Ohio St. Edward 5 6 Bethlehem, Pa. Catholic 6 7 Tuttle, Okla. 7...

  • Photo: Oklahoma State’s Nick Piccininni declared himself a strong candidate to win the 125-pound NCAA championship next month when the Cowboy pinned Iowa’s defending national champion on Feb. 24 in Stillwater, Okla. (Jeremy Cook photo) NEWTON, Iowa — Oklahoma State put an exclamation mar...

  • By Mike Finn “The first edition of ‘Wrestling Tough,’ published in 2005, was designed to take the reader inside the world of wrestling so that he or she can learn what it takes to be successful on the mat. Many qualities are called upon to make a person a winner in this demanding sport, and […...

  • NEWTON, Iowa — Missouri’s Nick Mauller and Cornell’s Max Dean scored big victories last weekend to make big jumps at 149 and 184 pounds, respectively, in WIN Magazine’s Feb. 18, 2019 NCAA Division I Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. Both ranked ninth a week ago, each wrestler upset a highe...

  • By Craig Sesker During his program’s run of five consecutive state championships, Coach Mike Schadwinkel knew exactly where his wrestlers would be headed every summer. The University of Nebraska wrestling camps. When Schadwinkel’s Grand Island High School teams ruled Class A in Nebraska, they benefi...

  • By Tristan Warner For over 60 years, the United States Naval Academy Wrestling Camps have been offering young wrestlers nationwide the opportunity to enhance wrestling skills while mastering a championship lifestyle.  With nine separate camps spanning roughly a month from mid-June to early July, you...

  • Photo: John Peterson (left) and Lee Kemp first excelled in the state of Wisconsin before excelling on the World/Olympic stage in freetyle. Note: The following column appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of WIN Magazine. To subscribe, go to WIN-Magazine.com or call 1-888-305-0606. By Kyle Klingman How long ...

  • NEWTON, Iowa — Daniel Lewis of Missouri, fresh off his pin against Arizona State’s defending national champion Zahid Valencia this past Friday, has moved up to No. 2 at 174 pounds to highlight WIN Magazine’s Feb. 11 rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. Not all highly-ranked wrestlers, who los...

  • NEWTON, Iowa — The top two spots at 184 and 197 pounds will be up for grabs this Friday when top-ranked Penn State — according to WIN’s Feb. 4 Tournament Power Index and Rankings presented by Cliff Keen Athletic — travels to No. 2 Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ No. 1 Myles Martin, the 2016 NCAA […]

  • Lists Head Table Links
    from WIN Magazine 02/01/19 6:55 PM

    WIN Magazine is pleased to provide a landing page for a number of different wrestling companies, state organizations, camps and organizations in the sport. AAU – https://aauwrestling.net/ USA Wrestling – https://usawevents.sportngin.com/ NWCA – https://nhsca.com/

  • List Head Table Links
    from WIN Magazine 02/01/19 6:05 PM

    WIN Magazine is pleased to provide a landing page for a number of different wrestling companies, state organizations, camps and organizations in the sport. AAU – https://aauwrestling.net/ USA Wrestling – https://usawevents.sportngin.com/ NHSCA – https://nhsca.com/

  • Head Table Links
    from WIN Magazine 02/01/19 5:15 PM

    WIN Magazine is pleased to provide a landing page for a number of different wrestling companies, state organizations, camps and organizations in the sport. AAU – https://aauwrestling.net/ USA Wrestling – https://usawevents.sportngin.com/

  • List of Head Table Links
    from WIN Magazine 02/01/19 2:10 PM

    WIN Magazine is pleased to provide a landing page for a number of different wrestling companies, state organizations, camps and organizations in the sport. AAU – https://aauwrestling.net/ USA Wrestling – https://usawevents.sportngin.com/

  • List of Links
    from WIN Magazine 02/01/19 2:10 PM

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  • By Zach Even-Esh It is awesome to see girls wrestling picking up major steam. In New Jersey, there are high school teams with full line-ups of girls! I was just at a youth tournament and saw a lot of girls beating a lot of boys! The opportunities for girls in wrestling as well as in […]

  • (Photo: The last time Princeton’s Matt Kolodzik (right) and Rutgers’ Anthony Ashnault met in a college match was during the 141-pound quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Championships, where Ashnault prevailed and both earned All-American honors. Nearly two years later, the wrestlers from New...

  • (Photo: ALL IN Wrestling with #6 NC State’s Senior-Level Club Athletes – Levi and his company have now crafted his last 25 years experience into two life-changing wrestling products that in just one year have helped 1,000s of coaches, parents, and wrestlers around the country, and we are proud...

  • The 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa., are two months away and the NCAA has announced its first Top 33 at each weight class. Click below to see who could be competing in this year’s nationals, set for March 21-23. The NCAA will announce future Top 33s as well as a...

  • NEWTON, Iowa — Coming off big upsets last weekend, Pitt’s Micky Phillippi and Iowa’s Austin DeSanto continue to make the 133-pound weight class the most competitive as each made big jumps in WIN’s Jan. 21 Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. Phillipi, a redshirt freshman, defeated Oklahoma St...

  • Photo: A hands-to-the-face penalty point against Rutgers’ Nick Suriano (left) ended an overtime match at 133 pounds this past Sunday in Piscataway, N.J., and provided a victory by Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix. (Juan Garcia photo) NEWTON, Iowa — Stevan Micic, a national runner-up at 133 pou...

  • Photo: Northwestern’s Sebastian Rivera is ranked No. 1 in WIN’s Jan. 7 rankings at 125 pounds after beating Iowa’s defending national champ Spencer Lee at the 2018 Midlands in December. NEWTON, Iowa — The calendar has changed to January and there are three new top-ranked individual...

  • By Craig Sesker Kyven Gadson planned to use part of his prize money to buy diapers for his new baby daughter. James Green was going to use his winnings to pay bills. Gadson and Green were among the wrestlers who cashed in with a nice payday when the American Wrestling League made its debut on [&#823...

  • By Adeline Gray (The following column appeared in the December issue of WIN Magazine. Click here to subscribe or call 888-305-0606.) Calling all females, those who will become the next generation of leaders, we want you. I have a path that will strengthen your bodies and souls. Join me and become a ...

  • AUSTIN, Texas –USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, and FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced the two sites for “Final X” World Team Trials in 2019.   Final X: Rutgers will be hosted at the Rutgers Athlet...

  • Photo: Now grown up, the Finesilver siblings from Greenwood Village, Colo. — from left Josh, Felicia, Mary, Matt, Mitch, Rebecca and Zach — had a chance to all be together last year when Duke wrestled at Northern Colorado.   “Fine silver is defined by its purity. Any silver used for investment or tr...

  • Photo: Mark Hall (right) avenged a 2018 NCAA finals loss to top-ranked Zahid Valencia, 4-0, on Dec. 14 in State College, Pa.  Hall, a 2017 NCAA champ, is now one of four No. 1-rated wrestlers for the Nittany Lions. (Penn State photo) NEWTON, Iowa — Tis the season for holiday tournaments to begin and...

  • Photo: Arizona State’s Zahid Valencia (top), who defeated Penn State’s Mark Hall for the 2018 NCAA championship at 174 pounds last March, remained top-ranked ahead of the No. 2 Nittany Lion as they prepare to wrestle this Friday in State College, Pa. Hall is also a former national champi...

  • NEWTON, Iowa — College wrestling moves into the month of December and defending NCAA champion Penn State remains the team-to-beat in both tournament and dual competition. The Nittany Lions have now earned the top rating in WIN Magazine’s first dual team rankings of the season and remain No. 1 in WIN...

  • LAS VEGAS — Ohio State capped off a successful Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational as three Buckeyes — Joey McKenna (141), Myles Martin (184) and Kollin Moore (197) — all won championships Saturday night at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Overall, the Buckeyes placed seven wrestlers and won the team ...

  • Photo: Northwestern’s Sebastian Rivera (left) gave up an opening takedown to North Dakota State’s Brent Fleetwood but rallied to win and advance to Saturday afternoon’s finals of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. (John Sachs photo) LAS VEGAS — Eight top-seeded wrestlers — incl...

  • Photo: Ohio State’s Kollin Moore won four matches Friday at 197 pounds and is one of six Buckeyes to qualify for Saturday’s semifinals of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. By Mike Finn LAS VEGAS — Chase Singletary may never be a Kyle Snyder, Ohio State’s former three-time NCAA champ...

  • Photos: Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis and Ohio State’s Myles Martin are top-ranked wrestlers who will face plenty of challenges at this weekend’s Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.   Nov. 26, 2018 The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational will be held for the 37thtime this weekend and at least 105 ...

  • CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The American Wrestling League has created a professional league for America’s college and international wrestlers to continue their wrestling careers after graduation. The league is an important initiative to get wrestling into the marketplace and grow the sport. “This is a game...

  • Photo: Pictured is the Bay wrestling family of the 1960s with Rick in the center (Michigan jersey); brother Mike on his right and brother Steve on his left; kneeling is their father Ott. Note: The following column appeared in the November 1, 2018 issue of Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine. Click here t...

  • Blair Academy, which won the Walsh Jesuit Ironman for a xxth time last December, was picked the nation’s top-ranked high school teaming WIN Magazine’s 2018-19 Preseason Rankings. The following includes where each school finished in last year’s WIN rankings and notes about this year...

  • Nov. 19, 2018 NEWTON, Iowa — Penn State remained the top-ranked team in WIN’s Nov. 19, 2018 Tournament Power Index, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic, but the Nittany Lions feature a different athlete among their seven ranked wrestlers. Anthony Cassar, fresh off an individual championship at the Keys...

  • By the time the first issue of WIN — then called Wrestling Institute Newsmagazine — was published in November of 1994, many notable moments have occurred in the sport of wrestling. Now nearly a quarter of a century later, this magazine — changed to Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine in 2009 — is using t...

  • By Mike Chapman What kind of a year was 1994? Well, try this: Bill Clinton was President of the United States, “Schindler’s List” won the Academy Award for best film and Steve Young of the San Francisco 49ers was the MVP of the National Football League. The nation was rocked by the brutal murders of...

  • NWCA All-Stat Classic Notes
    from WIN Magazine 11/14/18 10:01 PM

    Photo: Ohio State’s Joey McKenna (top) scored the final eight points to defeat Oklahoma State’s Kaid Brock at 141 pounds at the All-Star Classic in Denver, presented by RMN Events, NUWAY and UNC. 2018 NWCA All-Star Classic Results The 53rd annual National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Class...

  • (Photo: Daton Fix (left) of Oklahoma State and Gable Steveson of Minnesota are beginning their first season as varsity wrestlers. Fix is No. 8 at 133 and Steveson is ranked No. 4 at heavyweight.) NEWTON, Iowa — The 2018-19 NCAA Division I regular season has started and 14 newcomers are ranked in WIN...

  • By Andy Hamilton, TrackWrestling, NWCA Press Release Manheim, PA – Joey McKenna has been one of college wrestling’s most consistent winners throughout his career. Kaid Brock has developed a reputation for toppling decorated opponents. The two-time All-Americans will tangle on Nov. 2 at 141 pounds at...

  • Adam Coon did not win a World Championship, but the former NCAA All-American from Michigan personally salvaged an otherwise very tough four days of Greco-Roman competition for the United States at the 2018 UWW World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Before Coon, the native of Fowlerville, Mich., l...

  • Sponsored by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, the annual All-Star Classic matches the top-ranked returning NCAA wrestlers. This event ushers in the 2018-19 season in style! This year’s event, which will be held Nov. 2, are under hosts RMN Events and NUWAY and it gets a new location ...

  • from WIN Magazine 10/26/18 2:57 PM

    Adeline Gray finally rediscovered the smile that came with capturing a fourth UWW World Championship when she dominated 2017 World champion Yasemin Adar of Turkey, 13-1, at 76 kilograms Wednesday afternoon in Budapest, Hungary. Click here to subscribe to WIN Magazine and receive the upcoming issue t...

  • (Photo: David Taylor expresses his appreciation after he dominated the 86-kilogram final and won his first UWW World championship this past week in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Justin Hoch.) Many people called the 2018 USA Men’s World Freestyle team a “Dream Team” and an historic number of the ten wr...

  • The 2018 UWW World Championships are less than 10 days away and three wrestlers, who qualified for the Oct. 20-28 Worlds in Budapest, Hungary, were forced to withdraw from competing. Nahshon Garrett, the former NCAA champion from Cornell, suffered an injury during his recent training, and will not b...

  •  By Bill X. Barron – RMN Events Writer The National Wrestling Coaches Association’s 53rd Annual All-Star Classic is coming to Denver Colo., on November 2 at 6:30 pm.  This year’s hosts are RMN Events and NUWAY, who will infuse over $150,000 in production and promotion that will rival any professiona...

  • By Sandy Stevens Photo: Jason Wolk (center) spoke to teammates of the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School team prior to the team’s district tournament last February. This was shortly after a memorial for their coach Chris Hixon, who was among 17 killed in a  shooting at the Florida high school. (Thi...

  • By Kyle Klingman Photo: In addition to winning both a third NCAA title and second Hodge Trophy, Penn State’s Zain Retherford dominated foes with a 17.2 point differential according to WIN columnist Kyle Klingman. (This column appeared in the Sept. 18, 2018 issue of Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine. Th...

  • (Photo: Zain Retherford of Penn State was honored last Saturday in State College, where WIN Magazine’s Mike Finn and ASICS Neil Duncan (left of Rutherford) presented the three-time NCAA champion a second straight Dan Hodge Trophy before over 110,000 fans at the Penn State-Ohio State football g...

  • The following appeared in the latest issue of Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine. To subscribe to WIN, go to WIN-Magazine.com or call 888-305-0606. By Zach Even-Esh I have a quote that constantly runs through my mind: If you’re always ready, you never have to get ready! What does this mean? It’s simple....

  • By Mike Chapman In all walks of life, people come and people go. That is the way of the world. And yet, there are times that it is hard to imagine what the “new order” will look like once a certain change occurs. That is the feeling that I am left with when I realize […]

  • (This column appeared in the latest issue of WIN Magazine. To subscribe, go to WIN-Magazine.com or call 888-305-0606.) By Mike Finn, WIN Editor When Tony Ersland applied for the Purdue job, the current Boilermaker coach asked for patience before he made any promises. “I presented a five-year plan,” ...

  • By Jordan Burroughs (The following column by the World/Olympic champion appeared in the latest issue of WIN Magazine. Click here to subscribe or call 888-305-0606.) Practice. We’re talking about practice. Practice makes what? If you answered perfect, then unfortunately you and I disagree. Think abou...

  • (Editor’s Note: TheMat.com provided Quotes for this story.) Mehki Lewis was perhaps the least experienced of young Americans who competed in the 2018 UWW Junior World Championships, Sept. 17-23, but the native of Somerset, N.J., made sure the United States left Trnava, Slovakia, with a gold medal wh...

  • By Bryan Van Kley, WIN Publisher Somehow, one of the best athletes to come out of Oklahoma’s famous Smith family quit the sport of wrestling to go out for basketball … and lived to tell about it. This is the same Smith family of 10 children who most wrestling people know quite well. The family [&#82...

  • The 2018 UWW Senior World Championships, which are set to start a month from now, could be historic and the latest issue of WIN Magazine provides an in-depth look at the men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman teams that will compete in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 20-28. In the latest issue o...

  • Editor’s Note: Bobby Douglas, the former coach at UC Santa Barbara, Arizona State and Iowa State, recently did an interview with Bill Barron of Rocky Mountain Nationals Events. “Legendary wrestler and coach Bobby Douglas is just getting started talking about his (our) sport,” said Barron. “After 75 ...

  • By Bill X. Barron Every third weekend in March, 2,500 individuals and teams from more than 30 states descend upon Denver, Colo., for three great days of all-out wrestling. For the first time, the NCAA finals are one week after the RMN National Championships … so no excuses to miss this event! On Fri...

  • Sept. 6, 2018 NEWTON, Iowa — Penn State, winners of the last three NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, is ranked the preseason No. 1 team in WIN Magazine’s 2018-19 Preseason Tournament Power Index and Rankings, presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. WIN’s Tournament Power Index (TPI) awards team poi...

  • The next few months will be historic for Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine (WIN), which begins its 25th publishing season in November, and USA Wrestling, which could produce its best-ever performance at the UWW World Championships this October in Budapest. WIN will once again be there to cover all the ...

  • from WIN Magazine 08/22/18 1:18 PM

    By Mike Finn (Note: The following is an excerpt of a story that ran in the current issue of WIN magazine. To view the rest of the story, click here to subscribe to WIN or call 888-305-0606.)   It’s that time of year again when high school students are returning from summer vacation. And one [&#...

  • WIN Magazine was in Fargo, N.D., last week for the 48th Annual U.S. Marines USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Nationals and is now preparing to provide comprehensive coverage of the many different styles and age group in WIN’s next issue that will be printed on Aug. 7. Click here to receive that issue ...

  • Photo: Mason Gehloff (left) scored the deciding takedown in the final 10 seconds to beat Kai Owen for the 94-pound Cadet Greco-Roman title, while Mason Manville (right) moved up to 152 pounds to beat Camdyn Ingram of Louisiana and become the 16th all-time Cadet to win freestyle and Greco in consecut...

  • By Mike Finn FARGO, N.D. — Abnelis Yambo was forced to leave her native Puerto Rico last September when Hurricane Maria practically destroyed the U.S. Territory. But it was Yambo who created a storm of her own in the Fargodome Wednesday afternoon when she scored a big upset over Junior World Team me...

  • Photo: Anthony Cassioppi applied the finishing touches to his pin against Nash Hutmacher for the Junior National Freestyle championships Tuesday afternoon in the Fargodome. Photo by G. Wyatt Schultz (Editor’s Note: WIN Magazine is in Fargo, N.D., all week for the 48th Annual U.S. Marines Cadet/Junio...

  • from WIN Magazine 07/16/18 10:07 PM

    Photo: Jakason Burks (top) scored a technical fall over Daniel Cardenas to win the 113-pound Cadet Nationals freestyle championship and Outstanding Wrestler honors Monday afternoon in the Fargodome. Photo by G. Wyatt Schultz (Editor’s Note: WIN Magazine is in Fargo, N.D., all week for the 48th Annua...

  • Photo: Carson Manville (bottom), who won both a Cadet freestyle and Greco-Roman championship at 132 pounds last summer, is expected to do the same in Fargo, N.D., this month at the Cadet/Junior Nationals. By Rob Sherrill Editor’s Note: Rob Sherrill, a national high school columnist for the past 20 y...

  • Editor’s Note: In every monthly issue of WIN, there is a wrestling-specific training feature like this as well as two technique pages where expert coaches break down a specific move. To subscribe to WIN in print or digitally, click here.)    By Zach Even-Esh Things that come easy and fast will ...

  • By Andy Hamilton, TrackWrestling Andy Barth and Wayne Boyd have a big vision and a big purse of prize money and the co-founders of Titan Mercury Wrestling Club plan to have a lineup filled with big stars in August when they launch a new professional league. The American Wrestling League is scheduled...

  • By Craig Sesker, WIN Magazine Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder has wrestled in it. So have NCAA champions Ed Ruth, Jordan Oliver and Dustin Kilgore. The annual AAU Scholastic Duals at ESPN’s Disney Wide World of Sports near Orlando has become a popular summer destination for some of the country’s b...

  • Two-thirds of the United States World Championships men’s and women’s teams, which will compete in, Budapest, Hungary Oct. 22-28, has been determined and the Final X series will make its final stop this Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa. Among those competing at Lehigh University’s Grace Hall will be three ...

  • Are you ready for Final X? For three straight Saturdays in June and at three different locations, USA Wrestling will determine the final 10 men’s freestyle wrestlers and final 10 women’s freestyle wrestlers who will represent the United States in the 2018 UWW World Championships, which will be held ...

  • from WIN Magazine 05/29/18 3:37 PM

    The following high school athletes were named the top in their respective states that offer interscholastic wrestling by WIN’s high school columnist Rob Sherrill. An expanded version of this list, including each wrestler’s honors, can be found at May 30, 2018 issue of Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine ...

  • (Editor’s Note: Ali Bryan, the team leader of the Alavanca wrestling program, writes about this club in Canada and introduces two wrestlers from that club who have enjoyed the benefits of Rocky Mountain National events in the U.S.) In Portuguese, Alavanca means “leverage.” The Alavanca Wrestling Pro...

  • By Rob Sherrill Is it quality or quantity? That’s always the key question in recruiting and both played a role in determining the winner of this year’s WIN recruiting derby. To subscribe to WIN Magazine in print or digitally, click here Since virtually all of the nation’s elite recruits finalize the...

  • from WIN Magazine 05/24/18 10:07 AM

    Photo: This is the latest cover of Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine (WIN), which features all of the magazine’s award winners from the past 12 months. May 24, 2018 NEWTON, Iowa — Four-time Minnesota state champion Gable Steveson has captured the Junior Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by AAU, and hea...