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Editor’s Notes; The Tar Heels have set up and announced an interesting and competitive schedule of matches and events for the coming season. We encourage wrestling fans of all ages and levels to attend some college matches this winter!
CHAPEL HILL — Duals against 10 top-30 NCAA finishers from 2018 and a return to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational highlight the 2018-19 North Carolina wrestling schedule, head coach Coleman Scott announced Wednesday. The Tar Heels open the season on Nov. 4 at the Hokie Open and host Nebraska on Dec. 16 in their first home dual of the campaign. “We are excited for this upcoming season,” Scott said. “We believe as a staff that we are going to put the team in challenging situations throughout the year to help us prepare for the postseason. We are ready to build off of our performance at NCAA’s last year and continue to get better each and every time out.” Carolina’s first three duals of the year come on the road, with visits to Chattanooga on Nov. 11, Arizona State on Nov. 16 and Appalachian State on Nov. 25. After a second straight appearance at the CKLV, the Tar Heels will host 2018 top-10 finisher Nebraska at Carmichael Arena on Dec. 16. A busy holiday period will begin with the South Beach Duals on Dec. 29 and 30, at which the Tar Heels will take on Lehigh, Minnesota, North Dakota State and Indiana. UNC will then return to action on Jan. 4 in the annual quad dual with Wyoming, Army West Point and American, with this year’s event moving to Laramie, Wyoming.
Rest of the story at https://goheels.com/news/2018/8/15/carolina-announces-2018-19-wrestling-schedule.aspx?mc_cid=8f89518f48&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b


August 16, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Appalachian State Adds 11 Newcomers From Class of 2018

Editor’s Notes; Congrats to Coach Bentley. Wish the Mountaineers the best of good fortune and success!
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State wrestling coach JohnMark Bentley officially announced the Class of 2018 recruits who are joining the Mountaineers for the 2018-19 season. App State bolsters its roster as it moves forward from winning a third straight Southern Conference championship in 2017-18. The Mountaineers’ 20-1 conference record in the last three seasons ranks fifth nationally. The 11 wrestlers in the 2018 recruiting class combined for 14 individual state championships and arrive from eight different states. “We are excited about the talent in this incoming class,” Bentley said. “There are several guys who may compete for starting spots right away. The success of the class, as any recruiting class, will depend on their willingness to embrace the work load it takes to compete for championships.”
Rest of the story at https://appstatesports.com/news/2018/8/10/wrestling-adds-11-newcomers-from-class-of-2018.aspx?mc_cid=4b88d3a8b7&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

August 15, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Duke Wrestling Returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium

Editor’s Notes; A great historic arena setting for wrestling matches. Glad to see the Blue Devils going back there for the next season.
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 07/28/2018
By Julia Gianneschi
With the summer winding down and the newest Blue Devils set to arrive on campus, GoDuke.com takes a look back at a few of the highlights from the 2017-18 season. One of the first ones to come to mind is Duke wrestling’s return to historic Cameron Indoor Stadium for its home venue. The Blue Devils had spent the previous few seasons competing in Card Gymnasium, a small venue with no bells and whistles.
DURHAM, N.C. – When one hears the words Cameron Indoor Stadium, it generally accompanies a reference to the greatness Duke basketball or the insanity of the Cameron Crazies. The original design for the stadium was scribbled on the back of a box of matches that Eddie Cameron and Wallace Wade penned up together, according to legend. Completed in the year 1940, Cameron is the home of the volleyball team in addition to the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
While Cameron is certainly closely tied to Duke’s successful basketball program, other Duke sports teams compete in the stadium throughout the year as well. This year, the Blue Devil wrestlers had the opportunity to compete in our campus’ own famous Cameron Indoor Stadium for their matches against ACC teams Virginia, NC State, and Pitt as well as a few additional teams. Though it was difficult from a scheduling standpoint to organize the wrestling matches in Cameron around three other teams’ practice and home game schedules, the Duke wrestlers loved being able to compete in Cameron and some of the luxuries that come with it.
Rest of the story at http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=211766893&DB_OEM_ID=4200&mc_cid=72f4194a48&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

August 12, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Top 90 Active College Coaches — Dual Meet Wins

Editor’s Notes; As with the All-Time lists these rankings are based on the coaches’ win totals as of August 1st, 2017. List completed at the top 90 with over 100 wins each.
ACTIVE Coaches – Top 90 w/ at least 100 wins Wins &-Level as of July 2017
1. Pat Pecora (Pitt-Johnstown) 569 – II
2. Bill Racich (Ursinus College) 532 – III
3. Ned McGinley (King’s College) 458 – III
4. Gary Taylor (Rider) 442 – I
5. J Robinson (Minnesota) 440 – I retired in 2016
6. John Smith (Oklahoma State Univ.) 398 – I
7. David James (Central Oklahoma) 396 – II retired in 2016
8. Roger Crebs (Lycoming College) 380 – III
9. Tom Borelli (Central Michigan) 362 – I
10. Mike Denney (Maryville Univ./Nebr.-Omaha) 348 – II
11. Don Murray (SUNY-Brockport) 335 – III
12. Bruce Haberli (New York Univ./Manhattan Coll.) 310 – I/III
13. Ron Beaschler (Ohio Northern Univ.) 309– III
14. Lonnie Morris (Johnson & Wales) 304 – III
15. Jim Makovsky (Minn. St.-Mankato/Valley City St.) 293 — II
16. Duane Goldman (Indiana Univ.) 291 – I
17. Rob Koll (Cornell Univ.) 279 – I
18. David Pacheco (Sacramento City College) 271 – Calf. Jr.
19. Dave Mitchell (Luther (IA) 259 – III
20. Pat Whitcomb (North Idaho Jr. Coll.) 258 – Juco.
21. Jim Zalesky (Oregon State/Iowa) 255 — I
22. Brian Smith (Missouri/Syracuse) 250 — I
23. Mark Manning (Nebraska/Northern Iowa) 245 – I
24. Tom Ryan (Ohio State/Hofstra) 244 – I
25. Martin Nichols (Ithaca College) 237 – III
26. Steve Costanzo (St. Cloud St. Univ./Dana College) 230 – II
27. Joe McFarland (Michigan, Indiana) 227 – I
28. Barry Davis (Wisconsin) 227 – I
29. Jay Jones (Rhode Island College) – 224 – III
30. Jom Laudenslager (Wilkes University) – 222 – III
31. Mike Duroe (Cornell College, Northern Michigan) – 217 – III/I
32. Tim Flynn (Edinboro Univ.) – 215 – I
33. Mike Ritchey (Southern Oregon State) – 213 – NAIA
34. Tom Brands (Iowa, Va. Tech) 209 – I
35. Joel Greenlee (Ohio University) – 209 – I
36. Brad Bruhn (SUNY-Cortland) – 205 – III
37. John Oostendorp (Coe College) 202 – III
38. Drew Black (Wesleyan Univ., Phoenix Coll.) – 201 – III
39. Jason Valek (Newberry) 194 – II ** retired in 2016
40. Don Henry (Gannon University) 191 – II
41. Robert Fisher (Kutztown University) 187 – II
42. Tom Minkel (Mich. St., Cent. Mich.) 187 – I ** retired in 2016
43. Mike Machholz (Missouri Valley) – 184 – NAIA
44. Bryan Brunk (Messiah College) – 184 – III
45. Joe Renfro (Northeastern Oklahoma, Labette Jr. Coll.) 177 – JuCo
46. Frank Romano (Notre Dame College, Kent State) – 177 – II/NAIA/I
47. Johnny Johnson (Wisconsin-Stevens Point) – 176 – III
48. Pat Santoro (Lehigh University, Maryland) – 171 – I
49. Miles Van Hee (Western State College) 170 – II
50. Lars Jensen (Calif. State San Francisco) 170 – II
51. Heath Grimm (Upper Iowa Univ.) – 169 – II
52. Jason Reitmeier (Augustana College, S.D.) – 165 – II
53. Dave Malecek (Wisconsin-LaCrosse State) – 163 – III
54. Archie Randall(Oklahoma City Univ.) 160 – W ** retired in 2016
55. Kevin Dresser (Virginai Tech Univ.) 160 – I
56. Jim Andrassy (Kent State Univ.) 160 – I
57. Mike Howard (SUNY-Oswego State) – 159 – III
58. Mike Wehler (Mercyhurst, West Liberty State) – 157 – II
59. Franky James (Campbellsville College, Tennessee-Chattanooga) – 157 – NAIA,I
60. Cael Sanderson (Penn State, Iowa State) – 156 – I
61. Scott Goodale (Rutgers University) – 153 – I
62. Pat Popolizio (North Carolina State, SUNY-Binghampton) – 152 – I
63. Franky James (Campbellsville University) – 148 – NAIA
64. Duane Ritter (SUNY Oneonta State) – 146 – III
65. Steve Garland (Virginia University) – 142 – I
66. Steve Martin (Old Dominion University) – 141 – I
67. Doug Moses (New Mex. Highlands, Southern Colorado, Col. St.) 140 – II inc.
68. Rob Hjerling (The Citadel) – 137 – I
69. Luke Moffitt (Iowa Central Community College) – 135 – JuCo. – incomplete
70. Dan Wirnsberger (Bucknell, Bloomsburg) – 132 – I
71. James Kisgen (McKendree College) – 128 – NAIA
72. Jay Weiss (Harvard Univ., Moravian College) – 128 – I/III
73. Vince Silva (Santa Ana College) – 127 – Calif. Jr. Coll.
74. Jon McGovern (Dubuque University) – 127 – III
75. Brian Anderson (Wabash College) – 126 – III
76. John Stutzman (Buffalo SUNY, Bloomsburg) – 126 – I
77. Kerry McCoy (Maryland, Stanford) – 124 – I
78. Caleb Schaeffer (Providence Univ. was Great Falls Univ.) – 123 – NAIA
79. Craig Thurber (Thiel College) – 123 – III
80. Steve Marianetti (Elmhurst College) – 121 – III
81. Sean Gibbs (Baldwin-Wallace, U.N.C.-Pembroke) – 121 – III/II
82. Dave Shutter (Truman State, NE Missouri State) – 121 – II
83. Leo Kocher (University of Chicago) 120 – III incomplete
84. Josh Rhoden (Clackamas Comm. College) – 118 – JuCo
85. Dan Garriott (Cerritos College) – 116 – Calif. Jr. Coll.
86. Bruce Shumaker (Apprentice School) – 114 – III
87. Lennie Zalesky (Calif. Baptist Univ., U.C. Davis) – 114 – NAIA-I
88. Mark Cody (Presbyterian, Oklahoma Univ., American Univ.) – 113 – I
89. Eric Van Kley (Central College, Great Falls Univ.) – 111 – III, NAIA
90. Joe Dansby (Cuesta College) – 107 – Calif. Jr. Coll.
91. Nick Mitchell (Grand View College) 105 – NAIA

August 12, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Michigan Community College Athletic Association adds Wrestling

Editor’s Notes; From the National Wrestling Coaches Association News announced on August 8th we first noticed new programs at two junior colleges in Michigan and thus the conference or association of junior colleges in Michigan have added the sport as one they will sponsor. This will encourage other programs to start at the other schools in Michigan. The growth of programs at all levels throughout the country can help us as we encourage more opportunities in our schools.
The work done by the National College Wrestling Association, which sponsors and coordinates club programs, has also been important in starting varsity programs. The websites can look the same at first so check the spelling. https://ncwa.net/
The MCCAA is preparing to start our 93rd season. We are adding Wrestling as our 13th sport as Ancilla College, Henry Ford College, Muskegon CC and St. Clair County CC are sponsoring the sport.
Rest of the story at http://www.nwcaonline.com/michigan-community-college-athletic-association-adds-wrestling/

August 12, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Murray Becomes Longest Active Coach in Division III

BROCKPORT, N.Y. – After completing his 48th season at the helm of The College at Brockport wrestling program, head coach Don Murray claimed the title of the longest active tenured head coach of any sport in Division III. Murray surpassed King’s College’s head coach, Ned McGinley, who was a 48-year veteran for the Monarch’s, and retired following the 2016-17 academic school year. Murray, who will enter his 49th season in 2018-19, has a decorated career leading the Golden Eagles, as well as national caliber athletes at the USA Wrestling, Worlds and Olympic levels. “We are extremely lucky to have such a titan of the wrestling world lead our team,” noted Brockport Director of Athletics, Erick Hart. “Coach Murray brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our wrestling program, and the success of the team speaks volumes. Don Murray has become a pillar of not only our Brockport Athletics department, but at our institution as a whole.” Rest of the story at https://gobrockport.com/news/2018/8/7/wrestling-murray-becomes-longest-active-coach-in-dIII.aspx?path=wrestling

August 10, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Queens University Announces Schedule for Inaugural Division II Season

Editor’s Notes; Great to see the step up to D-II status and competition. Rob Tate wrestled near Charlotte for high school and college. We wish him the best of success.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Queens University of Charlotte wrestling team has released its schedule for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. This season marks the program’s first year in NCAA Division II and first year as a member of the newly-formed South Atlantic Conference Carolinas. “We’re excited for our first full season of competition in Division II with the new Super Region format,” said Royals head coach Rob Tate. “We are thrilled to be a part of the newly formed SACC, which will prove itself to be highly competitive immediately in the sport of wrestling.” The Royals open the season on the road as participants in the Patriot Open hosted by the University of the Cumberlands on Nov. 3. Queens will then face Ouachita Baptist University and Gardner-Webb University in a tri-meet on Nov. 10, and compete at the Wolfpack Open hosted by North Carolina State University on Nov. 18.
Rest of the story at https://queensathletics.com/news/2018/8/2/mens-wrestling-queens-wrestling-announces-schedule-for-inaugural-division-ii-season.aspx?mc_cid=72f4194a48&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

August 10, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


RALEIGH, N.C. – The PackMentality Pop-Ins Podcast returns with Episode 24 as host Brian Reinhardt catches up with head coach Pat Popolizio on what his summer has been like so far and what’s left for the Wolfpack wrestling staff. Popolizio also talks about how the Wolfpack RTC uses donations. There will also be some information about the first Golfing with the Wolves Golf Classic, the day before the NC State-Georgia State football game on September 7. Go to WolfpackRTC.com to find out how to play and sponsor. The new Hidden Heroes segment continues with Director of Analytics and Internal Operations and wrestling sport administrator Joshua Dalton. The last show segment features returning All-American Tariq Wilson. There were high expectations internally for Wilson coming out of Ohio, but it took a breakout performance at the NCAA championships for everyone else around the country to realize it.

August 9, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gardner-Webb Adds Scott Mattingly as Assistant Coach

BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb wrestling announced the addition of Scott Mattingly as assistant coach in advance of the 2018-2019 season. Mattingly comes to the Runnin’ Bulldogs after a successful stint as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan. He spent four seasons on staff with the Eagles, joining the MAC program prior to the 2014-2015 campaign. “I am excited to bring Scott on board,” said head coach Daniel Elliott. “He was an integral part of helping build Eastern Michigan’s program and brings a high level of coaching experience to our program. I believe that Scott shares the same drive and values as I do, and I am looking forward to working with him.” Mattingly’s impact on the Eastern Michigan program was significant, with 14 wrestlers advancing to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship during his four seasons. Five individual wrestlers finished as runners up at the MAC Championships and Kayne MacCallum won the 184-pound title this past season – marking Eastern Michigan’s first individual MAC champion since 2009.

August 9, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

USA Wrestling NC State chairman Ed Duncan talks on Mat Talk Online Podcast

Editor’s Notes; Great to see, and hear, news about wrestling in our state talked about and reported at a national wrestling event. Good Job Ed!
Fargo2018: State chairman Ed Duncan talks about the great things happening in North Carolina
by Jason Bryant | Jul 20, 2018 |
North Carolina State Chairman Ed Duncan talks about the rise of wrestling in his state and how the local college programs aren’t just producing talent at the senior and college level, but they’re impacting the quality of wrestling at the age-group levels as well. There’s 12 four-year college programs in the state and Ed explains why he feels the state is more or less a sleeping giant.

August 9, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment