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State Champion Beau Studebaker given the ‘Roy Heverly Award’ for the top Underclassmen Wrestler in Eastern North Carolina

Beau Studebaker, State Champion from East Carteret High School, was presented the 15th Roy Heverly Award as the top underclassman scholastic wrestler in eastern North Carolina. He was presented the trophy just before kick-off of East Carteret’s home football game. He was also awarded a TDR Top 12 shirt from the 2005-2006 season which was the season in which wrestling was restarted at East Carteret.
A fan was overheard exclaiming “Beau Knows Wrestling!” The home crowd cheered on their agreement to this. Then Beau started at Quarterback and successfully led his team to victory over conference rival Dixon High.
Beau has a career record of 121 wins and just13 losses. He has won his last 61 consecutive matches. Beau holds the school records for most tech falls in a season, most wins by a freshman and most wins by a sophomore. He is currently #4 most wins in school history. Has a state championship at 152 and one at 170 this past season, and has two regional championships as well. When asked Beau stressed that two of his toughest opponents last season were Carteret County rivals, Ryan Perry of Croatan and Ruffin Mancuso of West Carteret. Perry finished with a 3rd place medal in the 2A State Championships while Mancuso won 34 of his 37 other matches before ended his season prematurely due to an injury.

‘Roy Heverly Award’ winners
2017 Beau Studebaker of East Carteret
2016 Harrison Campbell of West Brunswick
2015 Blaine Mainz of Jacksonville
2014 Joe Sculthorpe of Topsail
2013 Matteson Correll of Topsail
2012 Nick Quillen of Rosewood and Tyler Ross of Jacksonville
2011 Jake Smith of Havelock
2010 Marquin Hill of Washington
2009 Ryan Blackwell of Croatan
2008 Charlie Millea of Havelock
2007 Frank Hickman of Wilmington Laney
2006 Sean O’Laker of Croatan
2005 Eddie Sawyer of Currituck Co.
2004 Brian Lashomb of Currituck Co.
2003 Raymond Jordan of New Bern,

The award is named in honor of former state champion Roy Heverly, a 4 time state medalist at West Carteret and three time All-American at The University of North Carolina-Pembroke. The TakeDown Report, an on-line publication promotes amateur wrestling in eastern North Carolina, sponsors these Awards. “These awards recognize the most successful wrestlers in the area each year.” Fleming noted, “It encourages the young men from the teams in the eastern part of the state with another opportunity for others to realize the hard work, determination and discipline it takes to be a top wrestler,” he added. The TDR also ranks wrestlers in a TDR Top 12 List that is displayed on the TDR Blog page. The TDR is in its’ 20th year of involvement and publicity of amateur wrestling in North Carolina. Contact the TDR at martinkfleming@gmail.com, (252) 883-3311 & https://takedownreport.wordpress.com/


September 25, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


TDR Editor’s Notes: Wow! Sounds like a great match, great experience and expanding exposure for our sport yet I don’t think we can make this road trip.
First NCAA dual to be held outside of North America!
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State and Oklahoma State will be making NCAA history this upcoming collegiate wrestling season. In January, both programs will be traveling overseas to face off in Italy, the first NCAA dual to be held outside of North America.
The two teams will wrestle January 5 in Naples.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to wrestle in Italy this season,” said Oklahoma State head coach John Smith. “As a program, Oklahoma State has had the opportunity to be a part of many firsts in our sport, and it will be a great experience for our student-athletes to showcase college wrestling overseas for the first time.”
“This was a very exciting dual to get on our schedule,” said NC State head coach Pat Popolizio. “It is very special for us to have our team make this international trip, and expose them to a different culture. Anywhere you wrestle Oklahoma State you are facing one of the top teams year in and year out in the NCAA, but we are also going to have the opportunity to showcase collegiate wrestling to a whole new audience. Rest of the story at http://gopack.com/news/2017/9/12/-packwrestle-to-travel-to-italy-for-wrestling-dual-against-oklahoma-state.aspx

September 21, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

North Carolina State ANNOUNCES 2017-18 Schedule

TDR Notes: Great to inovations and daring matches for the upcoming season.
RALEIGH, N.C. – Highlighted by the first-ever collegiate dual outside of North America, NC State head coach Pat Popolizio has announced the Wolfpack’s 2017-18 schedule. The Pack’s slate includes 17 scheduled duals and three tournaments during the regular season, before the ACC Championship at North Carolina and the NCAA Championships in Cleveland in March. Already released, NC State will face Oklahoma State in the first-ever NCAA dual held outside of North America. The two teams will travel to Naples, Italy for a matchup in early January. Rest of the story at http://gopack.com/news/2017/9/21/wrestling-packwrestle-announces-2017-18-slate.aspx

September 21, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Boise State Wrestling

TDR Editor’s Notes ; We can hope for the best and keep working hard to increase wrestling opportunities.

New efforts to save Boise State wrestling

by Mark Palmer

Two months after Boise State University announced it was eliminating its NCAA Division I wrestling program effective immediately, at least two groups are actively working to reverse that decision.  This week, two Idaho politicians reported on their meeting with Boise State president Bob Kustra … while the organization Save Boise State Wrestling updated its members on its efforts on behalf of sport at the school.
Politicians go to the mat with BSU’s president
Two Idaho state senators — Chuck Winder and Marv Hagedorn — have issued a letter concerning their meeting last week with Kustra on his decision in April to eliminate the school’s NCAA Division I wrestling program effective immediately.  “While we had open and frank discussions with Dr. Kustra, we were unfortunately unable to change his mind and get him to reverse his decision,” the two state senators wrote.  Rest of the story at ….http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/18374?mc_cid=3e04b54511&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

September 20, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

World Medalist: Gwiazdowski Wins Bronze at 2017 World Championships

TDR Notes ; Making an effort to catch on past news.  Have been ‘off the mat’ for awhile taking care of family matters.  As always we welcome wrestling news from wrestling fans in and out of North Carolina.  Please send it along to martinkfleming@gamail.com
PARIS, FRANCE – The list of firsts that Nick Gwiazdowski has accomplished for NC State wrestling continues to grow, as the former two-time Wolfpack national champion became the first current or former NC State grappler to become a world medalist. Competing at his first World Championships on Friday in Paris, Gwiazdowski captured the bronze medal with a third place finish at 125 kg going 4-1 on the day outscoring his foes 30-16. His only loss was to the time-time defending world champion (2016 Olympics and last two World Championships – before falling in the finals) in the semifinals.  After finishing his NC State wrestling career in 2016, the three-time NCAA finalist Gwiazdowski has continued to live in Raleigh and train at the Wolfpack’s RTC, in addition to being a member of the prestigious Titan Mercury WC. Gwiazdowski entered the 2017 World Championships ranked No. 16 in the world rankings.  In his final match of the tournament, Gwiazdowski defeated 2014 Asian silver medalist Zolboo Natsagsuren of Mongolia in the bronze-medal match 5-1.  After getting a shot clock point to start, Gwiazdowski scored a first period takedown and was up 3-0 at the break. Natsagsuren was then awarded a shot clock point to close the gap to 3-1, but a second Gwiazdowski sealed the 5-1 win.  Gwiazdowski won his first three matches of the tournament to advance to the semifinals in the first session.
Rest of the Story at http://www.gopack.com/news/2017/8/25/wrestling-world-medalist-gwiazdowski-wins-bronze-at-2017-world-championships.aspx


September 2, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The OHSAA should consider girls wrestling as a separate division

TDR Notes : Another state strong in wrestling, Ohio, is considering opening up more opportunities for female wrestlers.
By Fuad Shalhout, The Morning Journal
Have you ever wondered why the OHSAA doesn’t have girls wrestling? If your mind is boggled by the idea that one of the great wrestling states in the country doesn’t have a girls division, then join the club. Wrestling in Ohio is like NASCAR to North Carolina, basketball to New York and hockey to Minnesota.
The OHSAA state wrestling tournament in Columbus every March is a three-day whirlwind. The tension in the air is so thick your heart pounds as if you were the one out on the mat. What makes it puzzling that Ohio hasn’t developed a separate girls high school sport is the that several states have already done so, where wrestling is arguably less popular in a few of those. According to a tweet in May from Mike Moyer, executive director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association, seven states sponsor high school girls wrestling: California, Alaska, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Tennessee. There are nine more states pursuing it: Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. At the Lorain County Wrestling Coaches Officials Association meeting in March, president Rick Davis ran the idea past me of finding a way to evolve the sport to tap into an underrepresented market: Girls. At the Lorain All-Star meet at Elyria in March, two girls went head-to-head. There has to be a way to expand interest in wrestling with females to the point were it could thrive as its own entity, similar to swimming, cross country and track and field. Rest of the story at http://www.morningjournal.com/sports/20170618/fuad-shalhout-the-ohsaa-should-consider-girls-wrestling-as-a-separate-division?mc_cid=50e33e82e4&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

August 8, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award

TDR Editor’s Notes ; Great to see an eastern N.C. wrestler gain even wider recognition.
Blaine Mainz is North Carolina’s winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award given by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK. It was presented in memory of and honor to Bob Mauldin who was a founding board member of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. According to the NCHSAA State Tournament programs his high school career record is 159 wins and 10 losses. He is a two time state champion and has placed all four years (4-1-2-1) with a 4th place and 2nd place finishes. He has also received a T.D.R. Top 12 Plaque for each year.

Academically Mainz was in the top 25 of his class, with over a 4.5 GPA due to his AP and IB classes. Blaine stated “I am well aware of Mr. Schultz and his accomplishments, so I was extremely humbled to have won the award.” He will continue his studies at Virginia Tech and will be a Naval Cadet (Marine option) in the Corps of Cadets. He will be studying Business Finance and Economics.

July 18, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nebraska Wesleyan Breaks Ground on Wrestling Practice Facility

TDR Editor’s Notes ; After a bumpy first season Wesleyan’s future looks brighter with a new practice facility being built.
LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Wesleyan University broke ground for their new wrestling practice facility on Tuesday morning (June 13) in a ceremony on the site of the new building. The 5,400 square-foot facility, located just north of Abel Stadium, will feature space for two practice mats, an exercise area, athletic training room, student-athlete locker room and a coaches’ office. The building’s design will incorporate architectural elements that integrate into the campus. DLR group designed the new wrestling practice facility and Kingery Construction will be building the facility.
Construction of the new building begins today and will be completed by early October in time for preseason training for the 2017-18 season. Rest of the story at .. http://nwusports.com/news/2017/6/13/nebraska-wesleyan-breaks-ground-on-wrestling-practice-facility.aspx?mc_cid=6bd4c5e09d&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

June 26, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

College Coaching News

TDR Editor’s Notes ; We have been tardy in sharing some college coaching News.
King’s wrestling coach McGinley to retire after 48 years
WILKES-BARRE — Last month it was revealed by the National Wrestling Media Association that King’s College head wrestling coach Ned McGinley was the longest-tenured active head wrestling coach at all levels of NCAA wrestling. Now, after 48 years at the helm of the Monarchs, McGinley has decided the 2016-17 season will be his last. Rest of the story at http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/17540

Roger Reina Returns as Wrestling Head Coach at Penn
The University of Pennsylvania’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, has announced that Roger Reina C’84 WEV’05 will return to his Hall of Fame roots as head coach of the Penn wrestling program.
Reina originally led the Quakers from 1986-2005 and amassed a program-record 205 wins and a .649 winning percentage during his first tenure coaching at his alma mater, which began at the age of 24 as the youngest head coach in program history. Rest of the story at https://news.upenn.edu/news/roger-reina-returns-wrestling-head-coach-penn

June 25, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Luxembourg Wrestling Federation Restarting Wrestling

TDR Editor’s Notes ; Yes Luxembourg is a bit east of North Carolina yet this caught our eye as we are glad to see the expansion of wrestling opportunities.
Luxembourg Wrestling Federation is restarting wrestling with the support of Secretary General Gaston Parage and Technical Director Joseph Etogo. Etogo, a native of Cameroun, came to Luxembourg several years ago and realized wrestling was dormant in Luxembourg and worked with the federation to start the sport. There are two wrestling clubs in Luxembourg with approximately 40 wrestlers. The majority of the club members are youth, which shows the interest and popularity of wrestling among the new generation, according to Etogo. Rest of the story at …. https://unitedworldwrestling.org/article/luxembourg-wrestling-federation-restarting-wrestling

June 13, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment