Top 5 FloFilms of 2016

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It's hard to believe but another year has come and gone already. The FloFilms department is always striving to tell the best stories in wrestling and we continued that trend this year. Let's take a look back at the top 5 FloFilms from 2016:

5. J'den Cox: The Only Way Is Up

J'den Cox was an NCAA Champion as a true freshman at Missouri and he earned a bronze medal this past summer at the Rio Olympics. But it turns out that's not even half the story- J'den has some demons from his past. There was a period of his life when things got bad and he has been dealing with it ever since. It got to a point, early on in college, when he considered walking out into traffic to end the pain. J'den has rebounded to accomplish amazing things but hopes to be known more for what he does off the mat than what he did on the mat.



4. Dan Dennis: The Wild Man

In 2015 we told the comeback stories of Kyle Dake and Jake Herbert. This year it was Daniel Dennis. He's not your grandmother's Olympian. With a rough and rugged exterior and disregard for social norms, Iowa's Dan Dennis is one of the toughest S.O.B.'s on the planet.From a non-state champ to NCAA finalist and from living in a van in the California mountains to becoming America's most unlikely Olympian - watch Daniel's journey in FloWrestling newest documentary series: Wild Man.



3. My Name Is Jordan

Jordan Burroughs is 4x World and Olympic Champion. He's the best American freestyle wrestler since John Smith, and he is the first great wrestler of a new era. One with social media, more media, and more exposure than ever before. In My Name Is Jordan we get to see how Jordan Burroughs is approaching Legendary status while coming from a humble background.


2. Minnesota: Keepers Of The Flame

After spending 12 years as an assistant at Iowa, J Robinson finally got his big break. Robinson was named the head coach at Minnesota in 1986, and since then has made the Gophers a national powerhouse. Robinson has led the Gophers to three national titles, helped develop 63 All-Americans, 14 individual national champions, and won six Big Ten team titles. In our newest FloFlims series, Minnesota: Keepers Of The Flame, we highlight how Robinson was able to make Minnesota a national powerhouse, and focus on the historic 2001 season. Not only did Robinson deliver Minnesota their first national title in wrestling, but he did so thanks to an astounding and record breaking performance of 10 All-Americans.




1. MOCCO

Just the name would strike fear into his opponents. He was one of the most intense and fierce competitors we've ever seen, but is he misunderstood? For the first time Steve Mocco opens up and tells all about his life and career. From losing siblings, training with Dave Schultz, his father going to prison, to his transfer from Iowa to Oklahoma State and his Olympic run. Learn everything you wanted to know, and more, about this mythical figure.

Did They Accidentally Announce Spencer Lee's Iowa Debut?

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Iowa wrestling has been doing their "move of the week" on twitter, and they may have hinted at a massive move being made early in the season.

Top 12 Upsets From Week 3

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Take a look at the 12 best upsets from week three of the Division I college wrestling season.

FRL 246 - Iowa Has A Huge Decision To Make

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FRL 246 discusses the last week in DI wrestling, what Iowa should do with its lineup, and thoughts on SDSU and Minnesota as well as the match of the year.

Fresno State Wrestling Makes Its Return

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NCAA wrestling is back in California’s Central Valley. The Fresno State Bulldogs made their triumphant return to their home wrestling mats last Friday after 11 long years in exile.

#1 Travis Wittlake Opens Up About Changing His Commitment

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“Something just didn’t feel right on my visit.” 

Ohio State Hosting Kent State & Cleveland State In Thanksgiving Throwdown

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Second-ranked Ohio State hosts Kent State and Cleveland State in the Thanksgiving Throwdown at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday. The tri-meet gets started at 7 PM ET LIVE on FloWrestling.Here is the format:

Olympic Champ Khinchegashvili Loses Twice In One Day

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Olympic gold medalist Vladimer Khinchegashvili was one of a few stars competing this weekend in Russia, but he had a day he'd like to soon forget.

FloWrestler Of The Week: Jacob Warner, Iowa

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Iowa's Jacob Warner spurned the freshman-sophomore division for the open bracket at the Lindenwood Open and impressively navigated his way through four matches to win the tournament title in St. Charles, MO, on Saturday.

Keystone Classic Seeds Released

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The 2017 Keystone Classic is going to be lit. Over a dozen ranked wrestlers are headed to the Palestra in Philly on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The Nittany Lions of Penn State headline the event by snagging eight No. 1 seeds. Check out the full list below.

5 Crucial Keystone Contests

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Hundreds of NCAA wrestlers, including 17 ranked in the top 20, are headed to the historic Palestra on UPenn's campus in Philadelphia for the 2017 Keystone Classic on Sunday.