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Plan to save college wrestling

There has been a lot of talk on how to save college wrestling, here is my overall synopsis on the situation. Of course it will take a lot more than talk to get the job done, but to get somewhere we have to know where we want to go first. Here is a clear and distinct list of things needed to do to complete this process. 1. Start a national wrestling endowment 2. Keep fighting the title IX battle 3. Build college wrestling at lowers levels (specifically NAIA and NWCA) 4. Keep women’s wrestling growing 5. Have more wrestlers ...

A different reality

A different reality

Ben Askren

December 22, 2009, 12:13pm

In the process of watching the Reno Tournament of Champions I started thinking about a new concept of winning wrestlers. I always hear “this person” needs more technique, strength, speed, or etc. the list could really go on forever. As I am watching match after match of unmotivated apathetic competitor* I started thinking about what made me successful. The one thought that kept coming back to my head was effort, and when I was watching matches I didn’t see one match where I thought ‘damn that guy really gave everything ...

Gable Trained

Gable Trained

Ben Askren

March 17, 2009, 1:40pm

I know what a title, everyone has heard this, but what does it really mean. So for todays blog I will delve into why I think that Iowa under Gable was so succesful. This has been one of my favorite questions to ask old timers for a while, as an aspiring coach I like to look at who did it best figure how they did it and then try to do it again. I have gotten a great myriad of answers for this question, ranging from the normal to the extra crazy and believe me everyone has their own opinion on the subject. Some people are in awe and some people ...

Thank You

Thank You

Ben Askren

February 2, 2009, 3:24pm

This is a shout out and a thank you to all of those wrestlers who put it on the line. To me the worst paradox is when I hear a wrestler or coach who complain about how no one wants to watch wrestling, then go out a wrestle a 3-2 boring match that puts even the biggest wrestling fans to sleep. So here is a big thanks to all the wrestlers who make it exciting for me to watch. Thanks to Jake Herbert for having that intense stare in his eye before the match it got me so pumped up I head butted my Grandma. Thanks to Bubba Jenkins for making me excit...

The worst call in wrestling

The worst call in wrestling

Ben Askren

January 26, 2009, 12:10pm

So what is the wrost call in wrestling? It is the potentially dangerous call made by an official, it is so overused that it makes me sick. Every tough wrestler knows he doesn't have to go over to his back because if it looks like it hurts bad enough the ref will stop it. Now I am all for protecting kids, but when you get to the college level you should have already have learned to protect yourself. I vote to outlaw the potentially dangerous call from college wrestling. It is used in the right context less than 1% of the time, the other 99% the...

Weight cutting

Weight cutting

Ben Askren

January 19, 2009, 7:05pm

I really liked the feedback I got last week on the Talent blog, so I will write another blog about the thoughts I have. This week will write about my thoughts on why weight cutting became so popular in the sport of wrestling. First here are two thoughts that you must accept as truths or my argument won't make any sense. 1. A wrestler has to wrestle the correct weight class for himself to reach his fullest potential. 2. The toughest (mentally) guy wins the match when most everything else is equal. So here we go, try to follow along. A long time ...

Signing off

Signing off

Ben Askren

August 27, 2008, 5:41am

Well I figured I would wrap up the whole experience, even though I havent wanted to think about it much lately. Then tell you where the future is going to take me. So I lost, I didnt live up to the guarentees I put forth. I have to keep being reminded that making the Olympics in the first place is a great accomplishment. It isn't the first time I haven't lived up to a guarantee I put out and it probably wont be the last. When asked a question I will tell you exactly what I think without pulling any punches and I hope you can appreciate that. I...

Blog

Blog

Ben Askren

August 17, 2008, 7:17am

Days are getting boring, competitions coming near I can see myself getting skinnier when I look in the mirror When I step on the mat August 20 I'll be ready to scrap And it will be the last feather I need to put in my cap.

Hello

Hello

Ben Askren

August 15, 2008, 8:50pm

So I am very happy because I woke up to the second day of Blue skies in a row, it looks like China's plan to clear the skies is working at least for now. ALso my parents and my high school coach get in tonight so I am excited for that. Yesterday was a good day, since I am only doing one practice a day now I am really getting to sleep in which is nice. I went and worked out with Max and did a quick Sauna. After that Max, Steele, Shawn, Amy and I took off for the forbidden city. We met up with the Porsche family( my friends from FL) for a quick m...

Quick thoughts

Quick thoughts

Ben Askren

August 14, 2008, 8:42pm

Ok just two quick thoughts for my blog today. 1- They have these things over here called squatters, they are holes in the ground used as toilets, they really gross me out. I had to take my first duker on one the other day, because I couldn't find anything else. It really felt like a violation of my humanity, and I couldn't figure out how old people could manage, it was a challenge to me and I am a young healthy man. 2- The most fun part about Beijing may be the cab driving, it is so cheap and there appear to be no rules of the road. People run ...