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Well, here are some stories of wrestling that are interesting and they represent important trends. There are many quality websites and sources of information on the latest wrestling news. The TDR can not and does not want to compete with that for the latest news. We will continue to focus on sharing news of the growth of our sport and desire to help in that in whatever way we can.
Focus on improving, not cutting weight – What a concept!
Weight cutting has been a major part of the sport of wrestling for many years. Wrestlers will cut weight in an attempt to gain a size or strength advantage over their opponents. But is weight cutting necessary in wrestling? Many of the nation’s top wrestlers don’t believe so. In addition, there are countless examples of NCAA wrestlers finding more success after moving up a weight class, or even multiple weight classes.
Rest of the story at http://matbossapp.hs-sites.com/blog/weightcutting?mc_cid=a9dacb78f7&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

Coach Troy Humphrey makes wrestling fun, keying Jefferson High’s resurgence
HELENA — Four years ago, the Jefferson High wrestling team consisted of just six members and consistently had to forfeit over half their bouts during a dual match.
Earlier this month, with 30 grapplers on the roster, Jefferson placed third at the annual Cascade Badger Classic Invitational Wrestling Tournament, collecting the Panthers’ first trophy at the tourney since 2002. Rest of the story at http://mtstandard.com/sports/high-school/wrestling/coach-troy-humphrey-makes-wrestling-fun-keying-jefferson-high-s/article_c50d37cf-5896-54b0-a014-68f470087dc4.html?mc_cid=342730657a&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

Icenhower to Join TCNJ Athletics Hall of Fame – Great to see a great coach get recognition.
Ewing, NJ… The College of New Jersey Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce that legendary coach David “Ice” Icenhower will be inducted into the TCNJ Athletics Hall of Fame on April, 27 2018. Icenhower came to TCNJ following a successful career at Lehigh University, where he was the captain of a team that finished seventh at nationals. Icenhower was the Lions wrestling coach for 35 seasons, leading the squad to a 535-80-4 record and five national championships, including the first team championship won by any squad in TCNJ Athletics history. Rest of the story at http://www.tcnjathletics.com/news/2018/2/13/wrestling-icenhower-to-join-tcnj-athletics-hall-of-fame.aspx?mc_cid=f61cc2440f&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

Girls wrestling is an ’emerging sport’ in Illinois high schools – More opportunities & growth.
Lizeth Torres went behind her parents’ backs to join the eighth-grade wrestling team. She worried her parents would stop her because they didn’t like the idea of girls wrestling boys. For two weeks, Torres went to wrestling practice after school. She wanted to tell her parents, but the timing never seemed right. Rest of the story at https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/girls-wrestling-is-emerging-sport-in-illinois-high-schools/?mc_cid=b1dc4236db&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b


March 17, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Chris Hixon, wrestling coach – athletic director, among those killed at Parkland H. S. shooting

TDR Editor’s Notes; With all due respect and remembrance of this wrestling and educational leader, Good rest to you Coach Hixon.
Numerous media reports have confirmed that Chris Hixon, 49, the athletic director at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and a wrestling coach, were among the victims killed at the mass shooting at the school. Hixon was the Broward County Athletic Association’s Athletic Director of the Year last year. Originally from Easton, Pa. area, Hixon competed in wrestling and has coached the sport in Florida for many years. He served in the U.S. military, deployed to Iraq as a U.S. Naval Reservist. According to local media, Hixon is survived by a wife, Debra, and a son with special needs. A Go Fund Me site has been set up for the family of Chris Hixon. Rest of the story at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2018/February/16/Wrestling-Coach-Chris-Hixon-killed-in-Florida-school-shooting?mc_cid=de47f1993b&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

March 8, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cornell Tops #24 North Carolina For Ninth Straight Win

TDR Editor’s Note; At a time when many of the end of the season dual meets are rivalries of neighboring school there are other special matches. The coach at Cornell was a National Champion for UNC a while back. His oldest son now wrestles for The Big Red which adds something more to the competition.
ITHACA, N.Y. — The Cornell wrestling team won all the close matches early and added some bonus points late to earn a 32-6 win over No. 24 North Carolina on Friday evening at a sold-out Friedman Wrestling Center. The Big Red closed out dual season with a 13-2 record, while the Tar Heels fell to 9-11. Cornell won three one-point decisions in the first four contested bouts after the home team gained a forfeit to begin the match at 125. The early lead wasn’t necessary in the end, as the home team won seven of the nine contests and earned bonus points in the final two to earn its ninth straight win. The Big Red won consecutive decisions at 133 and 141 to set the tone, with Chaz Tucker coming out of a battle with Zach Sherman for a 4-3 win, and fourth-ranked Yianni Diakomihalis used riding time for the difference in a 7-6 triumph over No. 19 A.C. Headlee. Rest of the story at http://cornellbigred.com/news/2018/2/16/wrestling-tops-24-north-carolina-for-ninth-straight-win.aspx?mc_cid=de47f1993b&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

March 7, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


NWCA ANNOUNCES MENLO COLLEGE’S MARTINEZ, THE THERAWORX NWCA COACH OF THE YEAR FOR THE NAIA — Story at http://www.nwcaonline.com/nwca-announces-menlo-colleges-martinez-theraworx-nwca-coach-year-naia/?mc_cid=019dff15b4&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

NCAA DII Coaches Wrestling Association release latest Top 25 and individual rankings of 2018

March 5, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ACC Finals

TDR Editor’s Note; The finals start at 7:00. All finalists have qualified for the Nationals in Cleveland in two weeks yet all want to go there as an ACC champion. Fourteen other wrestlers will also be going. Zach Sherman of UNC took the last spot as he topped Finesilver of Duke for 5th place at 133. The team race has Virginia Teach with only a 4 point lead over North Carolina State but they will have 6 finalists while State only has 5. The TV coverage on the ACC channels sounds pretty good. Check them out.

March 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


TDR Editor’s Notes; OK, the answer is Keiser University is in West Palm Beach, Florida. Will admit that we were not familiar Keiser and had to look that up. Great to see more wrestling coming to Florida. They will compete in the NAIA. Wrestling is growing in wrestling with 58 school currently offering the sport. There has been a 50% growth in teams competing in the NAIA in the last 8 years.
Director of Athletics, Kris Swogger announced that Keiser University will add wrestling to its slate of varsity athletic programs, with intercollegiate action beginning during the 2019-20 academic year. “There are a lot of great high school wrestling programs in Florida, and we are excited to provide those student-athletes the opportunity to stay home and compete in the sport they love,” stated Swogger.
Swogger also announced the hiring of Joe Bertolone as the first Head Coach of the Keiser University Wrestling program. Bertolone has over 40 years of experience at the high school level coaching at Archbishop McCarthy High School, Miramar High School, Cardinal Gibbons High School, Monsignor Pace High School, and Chaminade High School. In addition to his coaching resume, Bertolone was also a successful student-athlete winning back-to-back NCAA DIII titles during his collegiate wrestling career at John Carroll University. Rest of the story at http://kuseahawks.com/news/2018/2/28/general-bertolone-tabbed-to-lead-inaugural-wrestling-program-in-2019.aspx?mc_cid=b4a4fc83ee&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

March 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Division II and III regionals set award standings for nationals

TDR Editor Notes; Good step up in recognizing wrestlers and wrestling in the post season.
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the respective Division I, II and III Wrestling Championships. The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons. For falls and tech falls to be counted they must come against opponents in the same division. Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time.
Rest of the story at https://www.ncaa.com/news/wrestling/article/2018-02-28/college-wrestling-division-ii-and-iii-regionals-set-award?mc_cid=49fc4188d1&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

March 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wolfpack Heads to ACC Championship in Chapel Hill on Saturday

TDR Editor Notes; The is the preview of the ACC Championships from the N.C.S.U. perspective. After the Semifinal round they are in 2nd place behind Va. Tech.
ACC Regular Season Champions look for second ACC title in last three years
2018 ACC Brackets | 2018 NCAA Allocations
NC State Notes | Rankings Roundup | ACC Breakdown
LISTEN: #PackMentality Pop-Ins Podcast: Ep. 15 – ACC Championship Preview
RALEIGH, N.C. – After claiming the ACC regular season title with a perfect 5-0 dual record, the NC State Wrestling team heads to Chapel Hill for Saturday’s 2018 ACC Championship. The Wolfpack has an ACC-best seven of its 10 participants seeded No. 1 or No. 2 at their weights, which will result in a bye into the semifinals.
2018 ACC Championship
Date Saturday, March 3
Time Starts 11 AM – Finals 7 PM
Location Chapel Hill, N.C.
Venue Carmichael Arena
Tickets $10 adults, college students & 18 & under Free
Streaming ACC Network Extra:
Mat 1 & Finals
Mat 2
Live Scoring TrackWrestling
Social Media @PackWrestle
About the ACC Championship
The ACC will hold the 64th annual ACC Championship March 4 in Chapel Hill at Carmichael Arena. Wrestling begins at 11 a.m. and all of the action will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra. Here is a tentative schedule:
• First Round – 11 a.m.
• Semifinals – 1 p.m.
• Consolation Semifinals – 3:30 p.m.
• Consolation Finals – 5 p.m.
• Finals – 7 p.m.
Rest of the story at https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#label/INBOX%2FaaResponseNeeded%2FaTDRWrestling/161e7468f91c16a3

March 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

PREVIEW: NC State seeks to knock off reigning champ Virginia Tech at ACC Championships, March 3 at North Carolina

TDR Notes; Here is one look at the tournament from before the action started.
The Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestling Championships are set to take place this Saturday, March 3, at Carmichael Arena on the University of North Carolina’s campus in Chapel Hill, N.C. Of the 60 wrestlers expected to compete, 34 will receive automatic bids to the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, based on the allocations set by the NCAA last week. This is the fourth highest among the conferences, behind Big Ten (80), EIWA (47) and Big 12 (45). Three of the six schools enter the tournament with NWCA /USA Today Coaches’ rankings, including No. 6 North Carolina State, No. 10 Virginia Tech and No. 25 North Carolina. Other schools competing this weekend are Duke, Pitt and Virginia. Rest of the story at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2018/February/27/ACC-Championships-preview?mc_cid=49195452e5&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

March 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ACC Championships

TDR Editor’s Notes; In the semifinals of a smaller (6 teams) conference tournament with the big consequence of who becomes eligible to continue on this season to the national championships in two weeks at Cleveland. The impressive scoreboard in the center of Carmichael arena displays the team scores which are updated after every match. That makes clear the meaning of every match. Action on two mats may seem quiet for fans used to the 8 – 10 mats at a high school state championship but the wrestling is intense. At every moment when there is at least one match in action it is hard to turn away as one can miss a fast blaze of action and change in scoring. It is definitely better than seeing a dual match. It is also impressive hearing so many Virginia Tech fans traveling to support their team. More details later.

March 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment