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Two-time Senior World Team member (2017, 2019)Three-time NCAA Champion (2016-18), Two-time Dan Hodge Trophy Recipient, Three-time Big Ten Champion, Two-time PA State Champion at Benton High School

  1. The Top 100 Countdown: 100-91

    The Top 100 Countdown: 100-91

    Nov 5, 2021

    The countdown begins as FloWrestling releases its top 100 greatest American wrestlers of all time. A fresh episode with 10 wrestlers will be released every Thursday beginning November 4 and will end with the announcement of the greatest wrestler of all-time on January 10, 2022.
  2. Who Will Be The #1 Seed At 70kg?

    Who Will Be The #1 Seed At 70kg?

    Aug 25, 2021

    The World Team Trials will take place September 11-12 to determine the team that will compete in Oslo, Norway October 2-10. In this article we’ll explore what the top 8 seeds might look like for the competitors at 70kg in men’s freestyle.
  3. Cadet Worlds = NCAA Champs And Olympians

    Cadet Worlds = NCAA Champs And Olympians

    Jul 14, 2021

    The 2021 Cadet World Championships will go down in Budapest, Hungary July 19-25. Team USA has sent a team to Cadet Worlds every year since 2011. In this article, we’ll take a look back at Cadet Worlds since 2011 to see USA’s best performances. We’ll also explore how the best countries fared at Cadet Worlds during this time and highlight this year’s Tokyo Olympians performances.
  4. Cadet Worlds Predicts USA's Future Stars

    Cadet Worlds Predicts USA's Future Stars

    Jul 8, 2021

    The 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.
  5. The 11 Most Surprising Things That Happened At Olympic Trials

    The 11 Most Surprising Things That Happened At Olympic Trials

    Apr 6, 2021

    Andy 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.
  6. 2021 Olympic Team Trials: Instant Recaps - Day II Session I

    2021 Olympic Team Trials: Instant Recaps - Day II Session I

    Apr 3, 2021

    We're wrestling back for third place. This may not seem like a big deal because the number one goal by a large (perhaps the largest) margin is making the Olympic Team but guess what? It is! 
  7. 2021 Olympic Team Trials: Instant Recaps - Day I Session II

    2021 Olympic Team Trials: Instant Recaps - Day I Session II

    Apr 2, 2021

    We'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. 
  8. Pure Fire: Tonight's Best Upcoming Matchups

    Pure Fire: Tonight's Best Upcoming Matchups

    Apr 2, 2021

    After an electric first session of the Olympic Trials, we have some incredible semi’s set to go down for this evening’s session.  
  9. Men's Freestyle Olympic Trials Mega Preview

    Men's Freestyle Olympic Trials Mega Preview

    Mar 31, 2021

    The 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.
  10. 2021 Olympic Trials Seed Projections

    2021 Olympic Trials Seed Projections

    Mar 29, 2021

    Olympic 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. 
  11. The 2021 New Jersey Senior Showcase

    The 2021 New Jersey Senior Showcase

    Feb 23, 2021

    If this were any other season, the Group State Championship teams would have just been crowned in Toms River and we’d all be looking ahead towards districts and the rest of the individual postseason culminating with states at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. But, of course, this isn’t like any other season.
  12. How'd Spey Do With His Men's Freestyle Individual World Cup Picks?

    How'd Spey Do With His Men's Freestyle Individual World Cup Picks?

    Dec 23, 2020

    I scoured the web for predictions for the men's freestyle divisions of the Individual World Cup but couldn't find any, so I'm going to go ahead and crown myself world's greatest wrestling picker of 2020 based on the following tweet:
  13. The Complete Zain Retherford Career Bio

    The Complete Zain Retherford Career Bio

    Jul 2, 2020

    After Penn State won it's fourth straight title in 2014, the team dropped to 6th the following year and was looking for someone to fill the impossibly big shoes of Ed Ruth and David Taylor. Zain did that alongside Jason Nolf and Bo Nickal as the trio led the Nittany Lions to 4 more titles in a row.
  14. Cael's All-Time Penn State Lineup

    Cael's All-Time Penn State Lineup

    Jun 24, 2020

    Cael Sanderson is like Professor X. The bald mastermind leader of an incredible team. Cael has done his fair share of managing to get his best athletes in the lineup for as many years as possible. So, it’s now my turn to channel my inner Cael and put together the best possible lineup using athletes from all of his Penn State teams.
  15. Ranking The Top Five Penn State Wrestlers Of All-Time

    Ranking The Top Five Penn State Wrestlers Of All-Time

    Jun 19, 2020

    After the FRL crew ranked the top five Penn State wrestlers of all-time, many, many people from all over were asking for the one, true, correct ranking. Rader's ranking. Ask no more wrestling fans, here it is.