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Hall-Valencia Headline Who's #1

The 2013 offseason set up a dramatic headlining bout for Who's #1. New Jersey's Johnny Sebastian won FloNationals while Missouri stud Michael Pixley dominated Fargo. It created a stir as fan bases in both states clamored and trash talked for top billing for 'their guy' with certainty. Who's #1 settled the debate, and at the time, we wondered how long it would be until a situation like that would manifest again.  We didn't have to wait long... Anthony Valencia (CA) and Mark Hall (MN) will not only wrestled for the top spot in their weight ...

Final Rankings Before World Championships

Ziolkowski Tournament Adds Final Touches to Pre-Worlds FILA Rankings in Freestyle By William May CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (September 2) – After a hectic June and July, the Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial wrestling tournament added the final touches to the FILA World Rankings for freestyle in the lead-up to the Senior Wrestling World Championships in Tashkent. Russia sent its top world team candidates, including reigning world champions Khadshimourad GATSALOV (RUS) and Bekhan GOIGEREEV (RUS) to Dabrowa in southern Poland for their final t...

Ebola Preventing West African Wrestlers From Traveling To Worlds

By Nick Nine wrestlers from African nations affected by the Ebola virus outbreak were barred from next week’s World Championships due to incoming travel restrictions set by the event’s host nation, Uzbekistan. “Our sympathies go out to the affected wrestlers, coaches and fans,” FILA president Nenad Lalovic said in a press release. “Not only are they dealing with controlling the spread of this deadly virus, but are now unable to pursue their dreams of a World Championship in 2014.” To co...

Taylor Lujan to UNI

Taylor Lujan to UNI

Christian Pyles

August 31, 2014, 11:57am

The Panther Train keeps rolling. Doug Schwab made some noise this year on the mat having an undefeated dual meet season and a quality showing at NCAA’s. Coach Schwab is showing off his recruiting chops as well now receiving a verbal committment from Taylor Lujan. Lujan, who is #23 on the Flo Big Board is a 3 time Georgia state champ. In addition to state success, Taylor also has made the finals of Super 32 and Flonationals. A Senior at Carrolton High School, Lujan projects as a 174 pounder at the next level. This could give Lujan a year t...

Who's #1 Returns to the Snakepit

A line-up full of studs, one of the truly unique wrestling venues in the country, a packed house, and punctuated by a match-up of two superstars, the inaugural Who's #1 Event will be difficult to top. But we're going to. Wait till you see what we've got cookin'! Who's #1 is back and the match-ups, which will be released individually over the next two weeks, will create a card that we think everyone in the country will want to witness, including a match-up of recent NCAA Champions that are already legends. Our first high school match will be rel...

Josh Shields To ASU

Josh Shields To ASU

Christian Pyles

August 30, 2014, 5:54pm

Another stud off the big board. Another stud headed to ASU. Zeke Jones and company are keeping it rolling receiving a verbal commitment from Josh Shields of Franklin Regional High School in Pennsylvania. A 3 time state placer finishing 6th, 3rd and 2nd in the Nation’s toughest high school state, Shields has proven to be a consistent performer against the country’s best. Josh placed 3rd at Fargo and 3rd at Flonationals in 2014. Shields who is #24 on the Flo Big Board is the 3rd ranked 152 in the country. Shields joins Franklin Region...

Brandon James To ODU

Brandon James To ODU

Christian Pyles

August 30, 2014, 1:10pm

The ODU Monarchs have their first big commitment of the 2015 class. Brandon James of Perry Meridian High School in Indiana verbally committed to wrestle for Steve Martin At ODU. James, a Senior who ranks #55 on the Senior Big Board and #13 at 138 is a returning runner up at Indiana States, a 3 time Fargo All American as well as a 3rd place finisher at 2014 Flonationals. The Monarchs project James as a 141 pounder at the next level. The timing should work out well for ODU’s current roster with NCAA Qualifier Chris Mecate entering his Junio...

Headlee Returning to Pittsburgh

Courtesy PITTSBURGH – After a two-year stint as a volunteer assistant coach at Lehigh University, former University of Pittsburgh All-American wrestler Drew Headlee is returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach with the Panthers. “I think it’s exciting to get Drew back. We talked about him coming back for a number of years and this seemed like the right opportunity to get him here,” said head coach Jason Peters. Peters added that it should be a fairly smooth transition bringing Headlee, some...

Take a Deep Breath, Iowa Fans

Where Willie Messed Up - Clarity on Pairing for Line Bracketing The Thesis - Some Iowa fans are up in arms about the light recruiting classes in recent years. Willie and CP put the Iowa roster in perspective.

ISU Adds Paulson and Escobedo to Coaching Staff

Courtesy: AMES, Iowa - Iowa State head wrestling coach Kevin Jackson announced two additions to his coaching staff this afternoon in Trent Paulson and Angel Escobedo. Both Paulson and Escobedo bring impressive resumes to the Cyclone staff. “I’m really excited to have these two outstanding young men on our staff,” Jackson said. “They have great experience at the NCAA and world-class level, both being NCAA champions and world team members. Together they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our program ...

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