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.
Projecting The 2022 World Team Trials Seeds
May 13, 2022The 2022 World Team Trials are set to go down in Coralville, Iowa May 21-22. This tournament will set the top two wrestlers at every weight who will wrestle-off for the world team spot in June at Final X. Seeds for the trials likely won't be released until a few days prior to the tournament, but because of its importance, we decided to predict what the top 7-8 seeds at each weight will look like. Take a look at those projections for men's freestyle below.
MFS Pan Am Bracket Reactions, Can Any One Stop Team USA?
May 5, 2022To answer the title of this article, probably not. USA will be a heavy favorite at every weight and I fully expect 10 gold medals from our men's freestyle squad.
US Open Men's Freestyle Cheat Sheet
Apr 25, 2022In which we provide a quick guide to the men's freestyle weight classes at the USMC US Open.
Match Order Set For Bout At The Ballpark - International Matches
Feb 12, 2022The Bout At The Ballpark will feature 16 international-style matches highlighted by some of the best wrestlers from Team USA followed by the dual meet between Iowa and Oklahoma State. Take a look below at the bout order released by USA Wrestling for the international styles.
Bout At The Ballpark: Iowa vs OSU & USA vs the World Match Notes!
Feb 12, 2022We are having a wrestling bonanza here in the heart of Texas. USA and international stars will compete in freestyle plus Iowa and Oklahoma Stat renew college's greatest rivalry all inside the gargantuan $1.2 billion dollar Globel Life Field.
Bout At The Ballpark Women's Freestyle Preview
Feb 11, 2022Upon learning the Mongolian women's freestyle delegation wouldn't make it to Texas in time for Saturday's Bout at the Ballpark, USA Wrestling pivoted and lined up four talented Canadians, along with 2019 Final X participant and three-time U23 World Team member Dominique Parrish to take on an assortment of American standouts.
A Look Back At The Grapple On The Gridiron
Feb 11, 2022Wrestling in a world-class facility on a world-class stage. First, there was Grapple on the Gridiron, now there is Bout at the Ballpark.
5 New Opponents Replace Mongolians At Bout At The Ballpark
Feb 10, 2022USA Wrestling has been notified by the Mongolian Wrestling Federation that it will not be able to attend the Bout in Ballpark, presented by Kubota, to compete against the U.S. women’s freestyle team at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on February 12.
Five Duals That Shaped The Iowa-Oklahoma State Rivalry
Feb 10, 2022College wrestling’s most-storied rivalry has been constructed with decades of back-and-forth battles, bravado and occasional beatdowns.
Coach Smith vs Coach Brands: By The Numbers
Feb 10, 2022We're night upon the 55th meeting between the bluest of college wrestling's bluebloods. Directing those programs are the Hawkeyes' helmsman Tom Brands, now in year 16 of his tenure, and John Smith, who is in his 31st year of corraling the Cowboys.
Cowboys Regrouping After Rough Stretch
Feb 9, 2022If John Smith had the ability to hit the delete button to erase the last two weeks he might just do so. After racing to a 10-0 start without much challenge, the Oklahoma State Cowboys hit late January feeling pretty good about themselves. But a Jan. 24 automobile accident involving 2021 NCAA champion A.J. Ferrari opened a week that never got on track; things got discombobulated and practices felt out-of-sync.
Iowa & Oklahoma State Release Probable Lineups For Of Bout At the Ballpark
Feb 9, 2022The #2 Iowa Hawkeyes and the #5 Oklahoma State Cowboys are all set for an amazing dual Saturday inside Globe Life Feild where the Texas Rangers play.
Bout At The Ballpark Lineups, Schedule, Finalized
Feb 7, 2022USA Wrestling has completed the international lineup for the Bout at the Ballpark, presented by Kubota, set for Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on February 12.
Team USA Announces Yariguin Lineup
Jan 18, 2022By Taylor Miller-Gregorio, USA Wrestling
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.