Originally from Towaco, NJ McKenna spent his high school career under legendary coach Jeff Buxton at Blair Academy. As a prep McKenna won prestigious tournaments like Ironman, Beast of the East, and the prep nationals. McKenna spent the beginning of his college career at Stanford University where he would become an All-American before transferring to Ohio State to close out his collegiate career. at Ohio State, McKenna was a two time All-American finishing third and second respectfully.
Controversy & Late Match Heroics: The Yianni - McKenna Rivalry
Sep 8, 2021Despite the fact that Yianni Diakomihalis and Joey McKenna have only wrestled four times, it’s turning into one of the better current American wrestling rivalries. A lot of that probably has to do with the anticipation around every match. It was either a #1 vs #2 or #1 vs #3 match in college and they have both always been ranked #1 - #5 domestically on the senior level. As the probably #1 and #2 seeds in Lincoln this weekend, Sunday could be a big new chapter in this rivalry’s short but fun book.
Cadet Worlds Predicts USA's Future Stars
Jul 8, 2021The 2021 Cadet World Championships will go down in Budapest, Hungary July 19-25 . Since 2011, team USA has sent a team to the Cadet World Championships every year. This age level competition gives wrestling fans a first-look at the best wrestlers in the world under 17 years old. In this article, we’ll explore how current American wrestling stars fared at the Cadet world championships (in men’s freestyle), ultimately predicting their success at the collegiate level.
Bracket Breakdown - Men's Freestyle At Pan-Ams
May 27, 2021Men’s freestyle at the 2021 Pan-Am Championships will begin Sunday, May 30th at noon (EST). The brackets have already been released for all 10 weights and can be found here. Take a look at a breakdown for each Men’s Freestyle competitor for Team USA.
13 Olympians Headline USA's Pan-Am Team
May 17, 2021Team USA is rolling out the big guns for the 2021 Pan-Am Championships. Not only with these salty squads be repping the red white and blue for continental glory, but they will also be earning seeding points for the 2021 World Championships to be held in October.
The 11 Most Surprising Things That Happened At Olympic Trials
Apr 6, 2021Andy Hamilton warned us just prior to the 2021 Olympic Trials, “Trials History Says Expect Something Unexpected.” However, most or all these things almost nobody could have predicted. That’s part of what made this Olympic Trials and every World/Olympic Team Trials so memorable. The things we never saw coming.
Trials Notes: Oliver, McKenna Shake Up 65 KG Bracket
Apr 3, 2021Jordan Oliver has been around the Senior freestyle circuit long enough now to know that the best-drawn blueprints rarely materialize perfectly at the Olympic Trials.
8 Biggest Surprises Of Day 1 At Olympic Trials
Apr 3, 2021Just a bananas day one of the 2021 Olympic Trials. Everyone knew coming in it’d be a day of surprises and upsets, but this took it to another level.
2021 Olympic Team Trials: Instant Recaps - Day I Session II
Apr 2, 2021We're still really doing it! In Fort Worth, inside Dickie's Arena. Now the second session which is the semifinals and finals of the challenge tournament. This will decide who competes in the best-of-three wrestle-offs tomorrow night.
Pure Fire: Tonight's Best Upcoming Matchups
Apr 2, 2021After an electric first session of the Olympic Trials, we have some incredible semi’s set to go down for this evening’s session.
Who Are The Olympic Trials Sleepers?
Apr 1, 2021The unpredictable occurring at Olympic Trials is nothing new. In 2016 Frank Molinaro and J’den Cox made the team out of the 9 seed. Jake Deitchler was still in high school and made the 08 team in Greco.
Men's Freestyle Olympic Trials Mega Preview
Mar 31, 2021The 2021 US Olympic Trials go down this weekend. All the action will be streamed either through NBC Sports Network or NBC's Peackock streaming service. Meanwhile, we'll have a watch party live throughout the trials to keep wrestling fans in the loop. Before all the action goes down, check out the contenders and challengers for the 2021 Olympic Trials.
2021 Olympic Trials Seed Projections
Mar 29, 2021Olympic Trials week is finally here! Before official seeds come out later in the week, I wanted to take my best guess at how the seeding committee will see things.
Contenders And Sleepers: The 2021 Last Chance Qualifier Preview
Mar 25, 2021The last step before the 2021 Olympic Trials: the 2021 Last Chance US Olympic Trials Qualifier! The top two wrestlers at each weight will qualify for the Olympic Trials on April 2-3. Before you dismiss any of these guys take a look at the registration list and remember that in 2017 Thomas Gilman went from last chance qualifier to World silver. Nothing is impossible!
Five Match Undercard Set For Jordan Burroughs vs David Taylor
Jan 11, 2021Three days after it was announced that Jordan Burroughs and David Taylor would be wrestling on January 13th instead of January 9th, we have a nice six-match card.
Jordan Burroughs vs David Taylor Card By The Numbers
Jan 5, 2021When Jordan Burroughs and David Taylor headline the January 9 card, they'll be joined by a number of incredibly credentialed athletes. The number of accolades this group has collected are staggering. Check out the stack of credentials earned by Saturday night's competitors.