BREAKING: Old Dominion Cuts Wrestling Program

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Old Dominion, a public university in Norfolk, Virginia, announced in a statement that it would be cutting its wrestling program effective immediately.

Director of Athletics, Dr. Camden Wood Selig commented:

We are saddened to have to make this decision, but it's one that was made with the long-term best interest of the athletics program in mind. No one wants to reduce opportunities for young men to compete and represent Old Dominion, but we are required to be responsible with departmental resources. Our decision became even more clear during this coronavirus crisis, which we know will have significant impact on future athletics budgets. This decision will better allow the remaining sports to compete at a national level.

Head Coach Steve Martin, who just completed his 16th season at Old Dominion, also issued a statement on the news:

I would like to thank President Broderick and Wood Selig for the support of the wrestling program over my 16-year career at ODU. I understand these are challenging times for everyone, not only in athletics, but in every walk of life.

I care a great deal about the student-athletes and coaches in the wrestling program at ODU, and I'm committed to work with each one of them to assist them during this transition. I'm proud of what we were able to accomplish over my tenure in the wrestling program, on the mat, but more importantly, off the mat as we were able to use the sport of wrestling to propel many young men into distinguished professional careers.

The Monarchs have regularly produced All-Americans at the NCAA Championships. Most recently, Larry Early finished 8th at the 2019 NCAA Championships last season.

Old Dominion finished 6th of 13 teams at the MAC Championships and qualified 4 wrestlers for the 2020 NCAA Championships that were canceled due to COVID-19.

ODU's four NCAA Qualifiers this season were Killian Cardinale at 125, Sa'Derian Perry at 141, Larry Early at 157, and Antonio Agee at 184. Both Perry and Early have earned All-American honors in previous seasons.

Breaking Down The Freshman Big Board

Freshmen can find the transition to high school to be drastically different depending on size and maturity. The obvious assumption is that the volume of freshmen in the 106lb weight class is going to make it the dominant weight class on the freshman big board. You also would be correct to assume that the composition of the weight also leads to the weight being home to the most freshman cracking the top 20 in the weight class rankings. However, those rankings don’t always carry the most weight when comparing the freshmen to their peers in other weight classes. This class has some interesting outliers when you evaluate the entire board. Let's take a look.

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Bader Show: Tervel Dlagnev, Raymond Bunker, and Victoria Anthony

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On this episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Nomad catch up with Tervel Dlagnev, Raymond Bunker, and Victoria Anthony

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USA Wrestling Provides Free Bonus Digital Edition Of USA Wrestler Magazine

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FROM USA WRESTLING - USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, has created a free Bonus Digital Edition of its membership magazine USA Wrestler, as gift to the wrestling community during the challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic.

#68 Vinny Zerban Releases School List

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Vinny Zerban is not a stranger to appearing on FloWrestling Big Boards. The Illinois native has been a staple on the Big Board since he was in junior high including being as high as #10 during his freshman year. Zerban is a Missouri state champion, NHSCA Sophomore Nationals champion, and was third at last year's UWW Cadet World Team Trials picking up wins over Teague Travis, Luke Geog, Joey Zargo, Dean Hamiti Jr, and he currently sits at #68 on the Junior Big Board. 

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Bader Show: Screwy Louie, Bobby Telford, And Barry Davis

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Bader and Bray sit down with Screwy Louie, Bobby Telford, and Barry Davis for this episode of The Bader Show.

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The Top 10 Iowa Wrestling Storylines Of 2019-20, Ranked

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Between the talent, history, and personalities surrounding Iowa Wrestling, I’m not sure there was a more news-worthy team than the Hawkeyes over the course of the 2019-20 coronavirus-shortened season. I mean, seriously: Tom Brands and Austin DeSanto alone generate a good amount of headlines, then you have Spencer Lee, a few hundred past national championships, a lot of salty rivalries, and much more. 

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FRL 499 - All-Time State D1 Dual Final: Pennsylvania vs California

FRL 499 - All-Time State D1 Dual Final

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On episode 499 of FRL, the boys discuss the all-time state D1 dual lineup final between Pennsylvania and California and Ben has a message to all wrestlers. 

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Creating The Best Missouri D1 Lineup Of All Time

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A few weeks ago I asked my Twitter followers how they would put together an all-time great college dual team with the current weights using athletes from their home states. The responses were great and really got me curious. So, I did the research and have now putting together the best possible team for some of the top states, including some formidable back-up teams.

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Bader Show: Pat Smith, Frank Beasley, Cam Caffey, And Tom Lawlor

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On this episode of The Bader Show Bader and Nomad are joined by Pat Smith, Frank Beasley, Cam Caffey, and Tom Lawlor.

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FRL 498 - All-Time D1 Lineup Battles: NJ vs IA & CA vs OH

FRL 498 - All-Time D1 Lineup Battles

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On episode 498 of FRL, the boys are joined by Lee Roper to make their picks for all-time D1 lineups between Iowa and New Jersey and California and Ohio, and wrestlers are gaining some weight in quarantine. 

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