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.

Pennsylvania Dominated Super 32

The 20th edition of Super 32 is in the books. Full brackets, reusults and more can be found on FloArena. What you can't find on FloArena, but will be revealed in this article, is how each state did at Super 32 in both the men's and women's high school divisions. We will even throw in a couple of heat maps, which are everyone's favorite kind of map.

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FRL 415: The Impact Of Kyle Snyder's Move To Penn State

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Episode 415 of FRL goes over Kyle Snyder's move to the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club and continues our countdown of the Top-20 teams by going over the rosters of Virginia Tech, Northwestern, and Princeton.

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The Most Anticipated Super 32 Quarterfinal Bouts

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The Super 32 quarterfinals start early Sunday morning. Here are the 11 bouts we're telling you that you'll regret missing.

Day 1 Upset Alerts

Reading the entry list is one thing. Looking through the brackets is another. With over half the nation's 240 ranked wrestlers, the path to a Super 32 belt is as difficult as ever. But the depth doesn't end with just the ranked. Those on the bubble are knocking off guys left and right. Here we'll list all the ranked wrestlers who fell to unranked foes. 

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Register For Monster Match Nationals

In July we announced our newest partnership with RMN Events and the partnership has kicked off in spectacular fashion with the D-Day On The Midway and the Cosmic Clash so far. Now, we set our sights on another event that is like no other in the wrestling world...Monster Match Nationals.

The Complete And Total Super 32 Preview

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Everyone knows Super 32 is one of the toughest high school tournaments in the country. (I'd posit that it's the most difficult open folkstyle tournament in the world.)

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2019 Super 32 Women's Preview

This Sunday, 200 female athletes from across the country will converge in Greensboro, North Carolina for Super 32. This will be the third year that Super 32 has featured a women’s division. It has grown exponentially both in numbers and talent level, and this year will be no exception. Unlike the men’s tournament, the women wrestle freestyle at Super 32. There is a lot of momentum behind freestyle-focused training at the high school level for women right now, and Super 32 getting behind this movement is awesome for the sport. 

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FloSports Partners With GroWrestling

GroWrestling is excited to announce a streaming partnership with FloSports that will include live coverage of six of the eight 2019-2020 events.  With a headquarters in Kansas City Missouri, GroWrestling is focused on hosting competitive events for all levels that provide an experience that wrestling deserves.  Several of the events will take place at the recently renovated HY VEE arena.  Home of the 2003 NCAA Championships.  

The 2019 Super 32 Division I College Fan Guide

As the premier folkstyle event in the country for high schoolers, Super 32 is a great place for wrestlers to make their name for college coaches. But it also becomes a great opportunity for fans of Division I programs to familiarize themselves with their team's future recruits before the college season gets into full swing.

World Championships: Seed Analysis

Seed analysis for the NCAA championships is a clean, easy process that I feel speaks volumes about the competitors' performance compared to expectations going into the championships. I knew that wouldn’t be the case when I embarked on this analysis for the World Championships. 

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