Mike Duroe: 1955-2018

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Coach Mike Duroe passed away today after a long and hard fought battle against stage 4 Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

Duroe has coached numerous different colleges and institutions, most recently Cornell College in Iowa. He has also been an instrumental part of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and USA Wrestling. He was on the men's freestyle coaching staff at four Olympic Games in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.

More impressive than his coaching accolades is Mike Duroe the human being. Not one time in my years of being immersed in the wrestling world have I ever heard anyone say one bad thing about Mike. 

He was a class act all the way around.

Mike Duroe was also a fitness fanatic. One year at the Junior World Championships, as coaches and wrestlers boarded the bus for the hotel, Mike shed his shirt and took off on foot running the few miles back after a long day of coaching.

He was literally in the wrestling room working out at Carver Hawkeye Arena just over a week ago.



Two days after the first Final X event we found ourselves in Iowa as part of our Final X road trip. I had the opportunity to go to Mike's home and spend some time visiting with him and his significant other, Lisa. 

What an experience that was. 

He talked candidly about how this experience, how it has changed his perspective on life and how much he values all of the relationships he has developed over the last few decades through the sport of wrestling.

Moments after the we took the photo below, as we were loading into the van, he thanked me for stopping by and literally gave me the shirt off his back. It's my new favorite shirt.



Coach Duroe, on behalf of everyone you have impacted and had a positive effect on, THANK YOU.

And may you Rest In Peace.

Kyle Dake's Ever-Growing Hit List

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Since Nomad last compiled Kyle Dake's resume a year ago, Dake has remained undefeated and has added to his legacy with another world title and another handful of impressive wins.

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Bader Show: Sammy Alvarez & Luke Pletcher

Sammy Alvarez and Luke Pletcher

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On this episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Bray talk with Sammy Alvarez and Luke Pletcher before their upcoming matches on July 25.

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Inside Anthony Echemendia's Recruitment & Decision To Become A Buckeye

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Cuban defector Anthony Echemendia ran, swam, and flew across four borders before landing at Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Arizona. While there, his noteworthy performance at Fargo earned him two championships, which jump-started his recruiting process.

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Top High Schoolers Returning To The Mat August 2 & 3 Live On Flo

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The best high school kids in the country will be back on the mats August 2nd and 3rd in Jenks, Oklahoma, for the World of Wrestling Summer Showcase. A developmental camp, world class technicians will show technique while wrestlers get the opportunity to train and compete with each other.

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FRL 521 - Who Will Replace Pat Downey, Greg Warren, Real Woods On The Move

521. Who Will Replace Downey & Greg Warren

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The FRL crew talks about the updates to the July 25 card, who should replace Pat Downey, are joined by Greg Warren, and talk Real Woods transferring.

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Coach Myers Wrestling S&C: The 'Tire Fight' With Kollin Moore

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Want the conditioning benefits of stance motion and hand fighting with the power-building benefits of strongman training? Throw in the added bonus of “socially distanced scrapping” and you have this tough drill: the "Tire Fight."

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Jenna Burkert Joins SERTC

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The summer of Senior level Regional Training Center free agency continues, and once again it's the Southeast RTC making moves. Monday afternoon during an interview with Mason Beckman of Home Mat Advantage, Jenna Burkert announced that she will be joining the Southeast RTC in Blacksburg. You can watch the full interview below. 

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State Wars: Who Has The Most NCAA Finalists?

The state debate will rage on forever. Pick the metric that is most beneficial for your favorite state and run with it. At the high school level, there isn’t a great objective measurement. You either have to use a tournament that has varying levels of participation by state, or rankings that are subjective. Fortunately at the highest level of folkstyle wrestling has the NCAA Division I Championships that gives us an objective way to measure.

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Bader Show: Noah Adams & Darrion Caldwell

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On this episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Bray catch up with breakout star Noah Adams and Darrion Caldwell, who wrestles Luke Pletcher on July 25.

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Dake vs Chamizo Is The Biggest Match Of The Year

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Wrestling matches have been few and far between since sports came to a screeching halt in mid-March. We didn't have the NCAA Championships, the Olympic Trials, or Fargo, just to name a few. Wrestling competitions have started to come back in recent weeks, and on July 25, we will have the match of the year between Kyle Dake and Frank Chamizo.

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