WADA Bans Russia For Four Years

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The World Anti-Doping Agency announced on Monday that Russia has been banned from international sport for four years, including the 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup.

“Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial,” said WADA President Sir Craig Reedie. Russia has three weeks to appeal the decision.

Russia was banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics after reports of systemic doping in the country, however, certain athletes were permitted to compete as “Authorized Neutral Athletes.” Russian athletes won 17 medals in Pyeongchang, South Korea, including two golds, though no Russian flags were raised during the medal ceremony and there was no playing of the State Anthem of the Russian Federation.

A similar scenario is likely to play out in Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee’s president, Thomas Bach, pushed back against the "blanket ban" on all Russian athletes that some in the WADA and elsewhere have been calling for. Bach has recently reiterated his stance on finding a balance between “individual justice” and “collective punishment.”

It will ultimately be up to the IOC on what Russia's punishment will be, and then likely United World Wrestling will be charged with executing the details of that punishment. That probably won't change much with regards to wrestling at the Summer Games. Russia will still qualify athletes in the normal manner, they just won't have Russian flags on their singlets and warmups. Those athletes will have to go through WADA approved PED testing.

Of greater consequence is the ban on hosting international events. Russia is scheduled to host the 2022 World Championships in Krasnoyarsk. Because UWW signed the global anti-doping code, they would be obliged to move the championships to a new location outside of Russia. 

NLWC Event Match Notes And Takeaways

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A wonderful Saturday night of wrestling in the books. The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club hosted an event taking on a variety of competitors, most from the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. All-in-all it was 13 fun matches involving high level competitors.

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#1 220, Nick Feldman's, School List

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The current #1 wrestler in the country at 220 lbs, #11 on the Class of 2022 Big Board — although I expect that to improve when David Bray updates the ranking — and the #14 P4P high schooler, Nick Feldman, is a National Prep champion out of powerhouse PA high school Malvern Prep. The Friars finished in third at both Ironman and National Preps behind historic programs in Blair and Wyoming Seminary. Feldman will put his #1 ranking on the line against Oklahoma State commit Kyle Haas October 3rd in Austin, TX, at Who’s #1.

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The Biggest Loss For Each MAC School & How They'll Fill The Void, Part I

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The Mid-American Conference will be teeming with returning talent next season as it welcomes back seven of its champions and 28 NCAA qualifiers. 

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#2 Heavyweight In The Country, Chase Horne, Commits To NC State

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The #2 heavyweight in the country, Chase Horne, has made his college decision. 

FRL 551 - Recapping The Beat The Streets Card

551. Beat The Streets Recap

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On episode 551 of FRL, the boys discuss all of the action from an awesome Beat The Streets card.

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Beat The Streets Match Notes

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Beat the Streets is here! The virtual benefit is finished up and now it's time to watch some wrestling, or if you're only able to or so inclined, read about wrestling while I live blog all six matches from my home in Austin, Texas. Wrestling begins at 7:30 PM ET. Be sure to refresh frequently for second by second match updates. The blog in its entirety will be uploaded post-event as "match notes" if you would like a recap or see what you missed.

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Cyclones, Hawkeyes & More With Iowa State Assistant Derek St. John

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A four-time All-American and one of the most decorated wrestlers in Iowa history, Derek St. John has found a home coaching within the Iowa State wrestling program, but his journey isn’t as clear-cut as just traveling west on Interstate 80. 

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FRL 550 - 8-Man Bracket Announcement, Beat The Streets Predictions

550. 8 Man Bracket Announcement

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On episode 550 of FRL, the boys talk about the 8 man bracket announcement, make their Beat The Streets predictions, and talk about the recruiting dead period being extended until January 1, 2021.

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$20k On The Line For FloWrestling's 195-Pound Tournament

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On October 31, FloWrestling will be hosting an eight-man 195-pound tournament with over $41,000 in payouts. The champion will earn $20k, the runner-up will be awarded $10k, third-place will get $5k, fourth-place $4k, and fifth-eighth will all be awarded $1k. 

Super 32 Moving To Myrtle Beach

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Super 32 2020 is headed to the beach. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19 regulations, the tournament announced its decision to move to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in South Carolina via Twitter Wednesday evening.