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Darrion Caldwell vs. Shawn Bunch At Bellator 143

We already have Tyron Woodley and Johny Hedrick stepping in the cage at UFC 192 after wrestling each other almost 10 years ago. Now even more wrestlers will be taking to the cage against one another with Shawn Bunch and Darrion Caldwell set to meet at Bellator 143. Wrestling standouts @thewolf_mma & @BunchTheGreat set for BW battle at #Bellator143! DETAILS: http://t.co/Fn1I2fLIAk pic.twitter.com/8d08nYyxaN — Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) September 2, 2015 Caldwell is currently 7-0 and will look to make it eight straight against Bunch who si...

Yianni D Gets Warm Welcome Home

Yianni D Gets Warm Welcome Home

Ryan Holmes

September 2, 2015, 10:59am

A champion deserves a champion's welcome. And that's exactly what Yianni Diakomihalis got upon arriving home from the World Championships. Hugs, kisses and an entire fan club holding "Welcome Home" signs greeted the Cadet World Champ as he got off the plane. Check out Yianni's journey to his Cadet World title here. .@Yiannidiako receives a championship welcome | @DandC Read more: http://t.co/yJgdggndre pic.twitter.com/6mAvMGTd37 — USA Wrestling (@USAWrestling) September 2, 2015

Huge Development For Russia's Freestyle Squad!

There's been speculation for months on which heavyweight legend Russia would send to Worlds.  Would it be 6x World/Olympic Champion Khadzimurad Gatsalov or 3 time World Champion Bilal Makhov. Gatsalov won a Makhov-less Russian Nationals this year in dominant fashion but didn't look in top form at Europeans.  Makhov has been competing in Greco Roman the last few years but he tested himself earlier this year and absolutely dominated an Aliyev field loaded with quality competitors including the 2012 Olympic Silver medalist who knocked Ma...

65kg UWW Senior World Championship Preview

Date of competition: Thursday, September 10th USA Wrestler: Brent Metcalf is representing the United States for the fourth time at the senior level. He has not met his personal expectations in the first three outings at Worlds. Metcalf has only won one match in three trips. This is tremendously shocking when you consider the success he has had at other international competitions. Headlining that international success is two silver medals from the prestigious Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix that came in 2013 and 2015. Both times Metcalf fell to Bekbulat...

Top 10 College Matches Of The Year

My goal for this list was to not get too terribly wrapped up in the moment surrounding the match, rather just look at the match itself.  Certainly there were dozens of matches at NCAA's and conferences that meant a great deal more.  I was more/less looking for the best action, the most entertaining 7 minutes (or less).  10. Nathan Tomasello v. Dylan Peters - Cliff Keen Las Vegas This match typifies part of what makes wrestling fantastic.  You don't always have to be the better guy to get the win.  Tomasello was in full ...

61kg UWW Senior World Championship Preview

Date of competition: Friday, September 11th USA Wrestler: Reece Humphrey is back down to 61kg after testing the waters at 65kg where he will compete for an Olympic Team spot in 2016. Humphrey is no stranger to the World stage as he placed ninth at the 2011 championships and eighth in 2013. The finish was especially disappointing in 2013 as he couldn’t hold off a second period comeback by Masoud Esmailpour in the quarterfinal and lost, 9-8. Even without the credentials of the guys I highlighted as medal contenders below, I almost included ...

Top 10 High School Matches Of The Year

The hardest part of writing an article of this nature is having to pare down to just 10.  There's a pile of quality matches that won't make this list.  Like all the previous top 10's before it, these reflect my opinion and what I enjoy.  Some like 2-Pac, others Biggie.  I liked Raimo/Thomsen, Willie likes Fix v. Suriano.  Personal preference here.  I'm considering basically all matches for all styles from October through Fargo in July.   To the list: 10.  Alex Marinelli v. Mason Manville - Ironman Finals ...

57kg UWW Senior World Championship Preview

Date of competition: Saturday, September 12th .post-content img { padding: 10px; } USA Wrestler: Tony Ramos: This will be Ramos' second consecutive World Team this year. The former Hawkeye NCAA Champion dropped his opening bout at the 2014 Worlds and was not pulled into the repechage because Bekhbayar Erdenebat (MGL) failed to to make the finals. Ramos dropped the opening round bout, 6-4. In the crucial sequence of the bout, Ramos turned Erdenebat with a power half for a two-point exposure, but gave up four as he lost control and was flipped ov...

Brandon Slay Makes Huge Coaching Impact

Brandon Slay has had his share of success as a competitor so it’s no surprise that he’s been a pretty impactful coach. Slay has so much insight that it’s tough not to perk up a bit when he spits out those nuggets of knowledge. The relationships he's made with some of our best wrestlers, like Mark Hall, Spencer Lee, Gable Steveson and Jarod Verkleeren, who have a whole lot more winning in their futures, are pretty great to see. Slay’s gems of wisdom have clearly seeped into their young minds and the impact is pretty ...

FloWrestler of the Week: Yianni Diakomihalis, NY

Yianni D is the real deal.   And if you weren’t convinced before, you damn sure are now.   He impressed each and every one of us more and more with every match he wrestle at Cadet Worlds in Bosnia. Yianni seemed to get stronger and stronger as the tournament went on. He started with a dominant performance and followed with another, and another.   He was so dominant that he didn’t give up a single point until the semifinals. And even when he gave up the initial takedown in the gold medal match, it was apparent that he...

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