Jordan Burroughs Scoring Highlights from the 2011 World Championships
Highlights of Jordan Burroughs scoring on his way to the 2011 World Championship at 74kg. Thanks to Andy Vogel of Gettysburg College for putting together this great piece.
Frayer Bombs For 5 In Times Square
Jared Frayer with a huge 5 pointer in times square en route to a big win for USA at 66 kg. USA went on to win the dual 4-3.
Sparring 101 With Eric Guerrero And Coleman Scott
Eric Guerrero and Coleman Scott go through a sparring workout. Eric Guererro discusses how to spar as well as the benefits of doing so properly. Coleman Scott was an NCAA champion while Eric Guerrero was a 3x NCAA champion as has represented the US on the world level.
Kyle Dake saves Jordan Burroughs life
Jordan Burroughs was questioning the legitimacy of Mark Bader's wrestling career, first asking if he even wrestled in high school and then asking if Bader ever wrestled a varsity match in college. Luckily for Burroughs Kyle Dake was near by to grab Bader, when he wasn't looking, and hold him back so that he could not harm our Olympic gold medal favorite as he prepared for the 2012 games. Jared Frayer picks up the Flo camera and catches the tail end of the debacle. This video took place in Colorado Springs, CO during an Olympic Training camp in July early July.
FloHouse reaction to Leo Manzano silver medal - Most Memorable Moment, Best of 2012
Flotrack's Most Memorable Moment, Best of 2012 - Watching men's 1500 final in London! (August 7, 2012) - This is a video of the Flocasts crew (Flotrack, Flowrestling, Cyclingdirt and Gymnastike) all together watching the men's 1500 meter final. Flocasts started in Austin where Leo Manzano lives and trains. Mark Floreani, the founder of Flotrack, was a teammate of Leo's at the University of Texas. Texas along with Leo was one of the first programs and athletes to open there doors to Flotrack. In addition Leo's coach, Ryan Ponsonby, was Mark's partner in crime from day one of Flotrack as they drove around the country getting the first videos anyone ever saw on the site. Since then we have been there almost every step of the way from traveling with Leo, filming workouts, actually pacing Leo in his workouts and celebrating specials occasions (birthdays, holidays, etc...). As we grew closer to Leo throughout his career we understood how much the Olympic dream meant to him. And as you can see in the video, it wasn't only the lovers of track & field....everyone in the company who knew Leo understand. The emotions in the room we something like we had never felt before and it is a moment we won't ever forget.
Ellis Coleman vs Spenser Mango
Olympian Sam Hazewinkel
An in depth video of 55kg Olympian Sam Hazewinkel's journey to make the Olympic team. Hazewinkel was a 4x All-American at Oklahoma, but could never quite get over the hump and win a national championship. After college Hazewinkel began wrestling internationally in Greco-Roman, but like college Hazewinkel was never able to get over the hump of being on an Olympic or world team. In 2009 Hazewinkel made the switch over to freestyle and finally after always being number two, Hazewinkel defeated Nick Simmons to become the United States representative at 55kg.
A crazy ride to the Olympics for Coleman Scott
Coleman Scott was in the 60kg weight class which saw a late wrestle off for the Olympic spot well after the Olympic Trials had taken place. Coleman Scott had to battle first with 2011 world team member Reece Humphrey in a match to see who would face Shawn Bunch in the best 2 out of 2 match series with the winner heading to London to represent the USA.
World Champ Jordan Burroughs Only Sees Gold
Jordon Burroughs was a 2x national champion and 3x All-American at Nebraska. In 2011 after winning his 2nd national title Burroughs went on to the US Open and World Team Trials. At the world championships in Turkey Burroughs won 5 matches in a row to claim the gold medal. Burroughs has continued his dominance since then and is still undefeated in international competition. Burroughs is without a doubt the favorite to win gold at 74kg.
Jared Frayer Highlights
A close up look at Jared Frayer's journey to become the United States Freestyle representative at 66kg.
Jordan Burroughs March to Gold
A picture video of Jordan Burrough's march to the gold medal.
Who wants to see a REAL wrestling on TV? Help support this project, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/ithaka to see that the production of this gets finished. Here is some more info about it below: "Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is what you are destined for. But do not hurry the journey at all. Better if it lasts for years, so you are old by the time you reach the island, wealthy with all you have gained on the way, not expecting Ithaka to make you rich. Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey. Without her you would not have set out. She has nothing left to give you now." C.P. Cavafy The "marvelous journey" that Cavafy is speaking of in this poem is a beautiful and sometimes painful story. It is one that we are attempting to capture in all of its raw emotion and sheer power. The men of the Ohio Regional Training Center in Columbus, Ohio are on a mission to achieve Olympic and personal glory in this documentary series, full of human passion and emotion. The stories behind the individual journeys of these 8 men are incredible in terms of the scope of the dream they are all striving to achieve. The world of amateur wrestling, although foreign to most of the common public, is one of the most intense and grueling settings I have ever found myself in. While living with basically no financial assistance or public support these athletes have become some of the most elite on the planet. Constantly pushing, grinding, and reassuring themselves that it will all be worth it at the end of their journeys. They soldier on day after day towards something uncertain that they have believed in since they each were children, a desire most people on the planet can relate to. We have brought a professional and creative eye to showcase not only the sport, but the personal lives of these competitors in a beautiful and compelling way in which it has never before been shown. We look to do the "reality" genre a favor by showcasing exactly that, the harshest realities that this world has to offer. The cast has already shown openness never before witnessed on the screen. There will be no staged drama or written lines, only the hearts and dreams of these men, on full display for the world to see in a four part hour long episodic series. Hinging on the desire, drive, and effort put in to be the very best at something, our production will be no different than the lives of the subjects we are following. As a former wrestler I have always been a very firm believer in the importance of chasing your dreams and working your hardest to get where you need to be to achieve them. After graduating from Ohio University with a major in TV Production and minors in Film and Sociology I immediately entered the work force, trying to chase my dreams of becoming a filmmaker. I quickly realized that working for other peoples productions was not what I wanted to be doing. I also found myself becoming increasingly unhappy the longer that I found myself away from the sport of wrestling. I decided it was time to make a change and follow through with all of the beliefs that had been instilled in me by this wonderful sport. I had seen the sacrifice and dedication that the Ohio RTC athletes showcase day in and day out and was immediately inspired. I feel like every person on this planet has a dream at some point in their life and 99% of the population walk away from them for one reason or another. I have become tired of putting off my own dreams on account of people telling me this "is not how things work". I believe that, not unlike 'iron sharpening iron", passion sharpens passion and I cannot think of a more important journey than the one taken to chase down a dream. The greatest things I have learned about my true self in this world have come from the sport I love so dearly and I want nothing more than to share that gift (the journey of self discovery) with the rest of the world. You can become a part of the journey by helping us follow them through their Olympic dreams and sharing their stories with you. The support of this project is the support for every person chasing a dream, every person refusing to back down from adversity, and every person willing to fight and claw their way to their destiny. Become a part of history as these athletes attempt to win an unprecedented 6 Olympic gold medals in London this summer.
2012 Olympic slideshow
Enjoy the 2012 Olympic wrestling through photos.
Olympian Jake Herbert Highlights
Herbert was a 2x National Champion at Northwestern and in 2009 won the Dan Hodge trophy. In that same year Herbert won the World Team Trials and represented the United States in Denmark at the World Championship where he took silver. In 2010 Herbert once again won the World Team Trials, but this time went 0-1 at the World Championships. In 2011, 4x NCAA champion and 2004 Olympic champion Cael Sanderson returned and defeated Herbert in the World Team Trial finals. After Sanderson decided not to wrestle in 2012 the weight was once again Herberts, and at the Olympic trials he defeated Travis Paulson to earn his spot on the 2012 Olympic team.
96 3rd, Jake Varner, USA vs Taimuraz Tigiyev, KAZ
Ithaka - NY State Of Mind
Heading to the USA vs. Russia Dual match and 60kg wrestle off for the Olympic spot! Get some support behind us so we can continue on our Olympic journey with these athletes and show the world what it really takes to do what these guys do! Twitter: @IthakaFilm2012 Facebook: www.facebook.com/IthakaFanPage
Jordan Burroughs Supreme Confidence
Jordan Burroughs is just a few days out from his Olympic debut. He won the world championships last year and is ready to win another title, this time in the form of Olympic Gold. He doesn't feel like everyone is gunning for him but rather they are gunning for the gold.
Spenser Mango Greco-Roman Highlights
Check out this sweet set of highlights from Spenser Mango. This video is wildly entertaining as Mango manages to bomb a lot of guys in big ways.
I Have Won Everything
Jordan Burroughs and Zeb Miller Chat it up after Burroughs won his first Olympic World Title in London. Jordan Burroughs is now 38 and 0 in his international career with almost no threats in the bad column.
John Smith Raw Bone Toughness
Six time World Champion John Smith talks about the 2012 US Olympic Freestyle team during one of their final workouts before the competition begins.