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NCAA Division I News (2021) – # 21 {Big 12}

TDR Editor’s Notes ; The Big 12 wrestling conference has grown and expanded over awide area of the middle of the country. The following is some news from those teams. Keep Wrestling On!
{Imagine this – Next week will be the RegionalTournaments in North Carolina and schools are out for the summer.} Contact us at the Editor’s office at martinkfleming@gmail.com Blog # 2926 (6/6/21)
1 } – Schwab Inks Contract Extension
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI Director of Athletics David Harris has announced the signing of a contract extension for head wrestling coach Doug Schwab through the 2027-28 season.  
“Doug has consistently and impressively improved the UNI Wrestling program during his 11-year tenure and has built a team that is among the best in the Big 12 and in the NCAA,” Harris said. “Along with his continued success on the mat, he, Allyson and their family have ingrained themselves into the Cedar Valley and the UNI community. We are thrilled to continue to have coach Schwab lead our program into the future.”  
Schwab, the 2020 Big 12 Coach of the Year, has had 60 NCAA qualifiers and 17 All-Americans during his tenure. He has a dual record of 90-58. The Panthers have finished in the top three at the Big-12 championship and have had two champions in three of the last four seasons. The Panthers have had at least one All-American for each of the last eight seasons. “I am excited for the opportunity to continue to build this program and move it forward,” Schwab said. “We love our team and our community. UNI is home. We have a lot left that we want to achieve and there is no place I would rather do it than UNI. Our family has a great support system here and we are excited for the future.” … rest of story at https://unipanthers.com/news/2021/5/11/wrestling-schwab-inks-contract-extension.aspx?mc_cid=ce60503c93&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

2 } – Iowa State wrestling adds heavyweight transfer

(Ames) — Iowa State wrestling has picked up a commitment from Buffalo transfer Sam Schuyler. Schuyler will join the Cyclones with two years of eligibility and brings a 33-23 career record to Ames. The heavyweight qualified for the 2021 NCAA Championships as an at-large bid. Schuyler chose Iowa State over other interest from Michigan State, Rutgers and Purdue. … rest of story at https://www.kmaland.com/sports/iowa-state-wrestling-adds-heavyweight-transfer/article_2c545e6a-b81b-11eb-8cdb-ff25abc0355d.html?mc_cid=ad9587b873&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

3 } – OSU Wrestling: Jakason Burks Enters Transfer Portal
Burks went 6-2 as a true freshman this season and was the starter for one of the Bedlam duals at 141 pounds, up a few weights from where he was most of the season. Burks was the No. 15 recruit in his class at the time of his commitment. He was a multiple-time Fargo finalist and state champion in Nebraska. He competed at 125 for the majority of the season but started at 141 for the Bedlam dual in Stillwater. The Cowboys seem to be in a good spot at 125 with Trevor Mastrogiovanni, who started this past season as a true freshman. … rest of story at https://pistolsfiringblog.com/osu-wrestling-jakason-burks-enters-transfer-portal/?mc_cid=ce60503c93&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

And Gallagher-Iba Arena Student Section Expanded to Include Sideline Seats

GIA should be even rowdier next school year. Now that Oklahoma State can fill it up, OSU brass is taking steps to bring back the rowdy to Gallagher-Iba Arena this fall. With Oklahoma State athletic venues now back to full capacity, the administration made the decision to up the ante for winter sports, expanding the student section to the floor seats on the west side of the arena. This will put OSU student’s on three sides of the floor from sections 104-112, “to make GIA as loud as possible.” Of course for this to work, OSU needs students to show up in droves for men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling. But coming off of the limited attendance caused by COVID-19 last year and with some highly anticipated teams calling GIA home — Bryce Thompson will get the welcome Cade Cunningham deserved — the hope is that students won’t need any more incentive to show up and get loud. … rest of story at https://pistolsfiringblog.com/gallagher-iba-arena-student-section-expanded-to-include-sideline-seats/?mc_cid=ad9587b873&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b


OREM, Utah – Utah Valley University head wrestling coach Greg Williams has announced the hiring of two-time collegiate All-American and four-time Utah State Champion wrestler Jason Chamberlain to his coaching staff.  
Chamberlain, who comes to UVU after spending the last five years as an assistant coach at Fresno State and originally hails from Springville, Utah, will serve as the team’s volunteer assistant. He will begin in June, as his first year on staff will be the 2021-22 season.   
“Jason is a great addition to our staff. He brings a wealth of experience into the program,” Williams said. “Having been mentored by top level coaches at Boise State in college and at Nebraska’s RTC while competing internationally, he will be able to bring in some philosophical and technical variety to an already diverse staff.  
“He now has a few years of college coaching under his belt, and after talking to him recently about his experiences coaching college wrestlers, it is apparent that his goals to run a successful program align with our own. He will also attract top wrestlers from the western states and particularly in Utah, having built up a reputation of success as a competitor and a coach. We are excited to have Jason join our Wolverine family.” A four-time Utah State Champion at nearby Springville High School, … rest of story at https://gouvu.com/news/2021/4/28/wrestling-jason-chamberlain-joins-utah-valley-wrestling-coach-staff.aspx?mc_cid=db281dc0f1&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

5 } – Takeaways: Carr takes home first NCAA title 40 years after his dad’s first
40 years after his father Nate won his first of three NCAA Championships, David Carr has won his first after defeating Rider’s Jesse Dellavecchia 4-0 in the finals Saturday in the 2021 NCAA Championships at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. Carr’s 4-0 win over Dellavecchia in the NCAA Championship match at 157 pounds capped off a dominant week and a dominant season by the redshirt sophomore. One of the things Carr said got him through the tournament was his faith. “I just want to say all glory to God, and without Him, I couldn’t do it,” Carr said. “Like I’ve been saying, I walk by faith, not by sight. Jesus got me through this whole tournament, and I put my faith in him.” He and redshirt senior Gannon Gremmel led Iowa State to its best finish at the NCAA Championships in the last four championships.

Carr’s first title win comes 40 years after his dad’s first

With his family, including his dad, in attendance, Carr accomplished what he previously said was a childhood dream of his: winning an NCAA title. He did it in a unique setting with limited fan attendance due to COVID-19 protocols, … rest of story at https://www.iowastatedaily.com/sports/iowa-state-cyclones-david-carr-wrestling-kevin-dresser-brent-metcalf-2021-ncaa-championships-gannon-gremmel-ian-parker-sam-colbray-marcus-coleman-kysen-terukina-jarrett-degen-zach-redding-2021-ncaa-championships-nate-carr/article_9ae4a3aa-8a56-11eb-8170-b7ed37059b39.html?mc_cid=7490ba8a46&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

6 } – Mizzou Wrestling Program Returns To Big 12 Conference

Tigers to Compete In Big 12 Starting With 2021-22 Season
Columbia, Mo. – The University of Missouri’s wrestling program is returning to the conference it called home for more than six decades with today’s unanimous approval by UM Board of Curators of the program’s affiliate membership in the Big 12 Conference, effective July 1, 2021. The Tigers have wrestled in the Mid-American Conference since Mizzou left the Big 12 in all sports to join the Southeastern Conference nearly a decade ago. “Mizzou’s wrestling program has always strived for excellence in everything they do, both on and off the mat,” said Darryl Chatman, chair of the UM Board of Curators. “This return to the Big 12 Conference continues that tradition of seeking excellence in competition. MU and the state of Missouri can be proud of the team that will represent us in a conference with some of the best wrestling programs in the country. I’m very happy for our team and wish them and Coach Brian Smith the best as they move to the Big 12.”

Missouri will join Big 12 legacy members Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia along with affiliate programs Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming in the 12-team alliance. Former affiliate Fresno State eliminated wrestling after the 2020-21 season, and Cal-Baptist will join the league as the ninth affiliate member at the conclusion of its NCAA Division I transition period in 2022-23. “This is an exciting opportunity for our wrestling program,” said Mun Choi, president of the University of Missouri. “Coach Smith has done a tremendous job in his 23 years leading the program. Like many of our fans, I am very excited to see what the future holds for Mizzou wrestling in the Big 12.” The league’s 12 wrestling members participate in a regular-season scheduling alliance and compete for the Big 12 Conference championship title and allocated berths into the NCAA Championship. The Big 12 has held its conference tournament at Tulsa’s BOK Center since 2017, and will continue to do so through at least the 2024 event.

Mizzou was ranked fifth in the season-ending 2021 NCWA Coaches’ Poll, ahead of Big 12 members–No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Iowa State, No. 15 Northern Iowa, No. 19 Oklahoma and No. 25 Wyoming. West Virginia, Northern Colorado and North Dakota State received votes. … rest of story at https://mutigers.com/news/2021/4/22/mizzou-wrestling-program-returns-to-big-12-conference.aspx?mc_cid=a0d7657398&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

7 } – College Recruiting: two-time state champion Noble to South Dakota State University
Christian Noble of Big Lake has committed to wrestling for South Dakota State University following his upcoming senior season. Noble is a two-time state champion, winning the Class AA 120-pound title in 2021 as a Junior and the 113-pound title as a sophomore. Noble is projected to wrestle at 125 or 133 pounds for the Jackrabbits. … rest of story at https://theguillotine.com/2021/05/college-recruiting-two-time-state-champion-noble-to-south-dakota-state-university/?mc_cid=c4978adc2e&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b


8 } – Wyoming Wrestling Announces End of Season Team Awards

Laramie, WYO. (May 19,
2021) – 
After a very successful regular and post season,
Head Wrestling Coach Mark Branch has announced the teams end of season awards for the  2020-21 season.  
The award winners are highlighted by Stephen Buchanan who was named the Everett Lance Most Outstanding Wrestler. Buchanan tallied a record of 14-6 on the season and became Wyoming’s 36th NCAA
All-American after finishing eighth at the NCAA Tournament. Buchanan recorded eight wins over ranked opponents during the season including a win over at the time No. 1 ranked and unbeaten Noah Adams (WVU). 

After qualifying for his first NCAA Tournament, Cole Moody was named the Joe McDaniel Most Improved Wrestler. Moody posted a record of 14-6 and earned a career high second place finish at the Big 12 Championships after
placing sixth in the 2019-20 season. 
 Brian Andrews earned the Joe Dowler Cowboy Up Award for the grit and determination he showed throughout the season. Andrews had a strong start to the season picking up two ranked wins … rest of story at https://gowyo.com/news/2021/5/19/wrestling-announces-end-of-season-team-awards.aspx?mc_cid=e6c3ba1225&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

9} – NCAA Qualifier Joey Prata Is Transferring to OU

Big news for the OU lineup and it looks like they’ve found a potential new anchor at 125 for the 2021-2022 season.  Joey Prata, an NCAA qualifier at Virginia Tech in 2020 announced today via Twitter that he will be transferring to OU.

Prata went 5-0 last season in a reserve role behind All-American Sam Latona. He finished third at the ACC tournament in 2020 and went 20-11 on the season. Prata will be a Senior for OU this season. … rest of story at https://owrestle.com/ncaa-qualifier-joey-prata-is-transferring-to-ou/

10 } – Mizzou Wrestling’s O’Toole Named MAC Freshman of the Year
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Wrestling 165-pounder Keegan O’Toole (Hartland, Wis.) was named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year, announced by the league office on April 5.  O’Toole earned All-American honors and finished third at the NCAA Championships, marking the highest finish by a Tiger freshman since J’den Cox won his first national championship in 2014. The freshman’s season also included a 19-1 overall record and MAC Championship title at 165 pounds. Visit MUTigers.com for the latest information on all things Mizzou Wrestling. You can also find the Tigers on social media by liking us on Facebook (Mizzou Wrestling) and following us on Twitter and Instagram (@MizzouWrestling). 
… rest of story at https://mutigers.com/news/2021/4/5/mizzou-wrestlings-o-toole-named-mac-freshman-of-the-year.aspx?mc_cid=a167ed32cf&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

11 } – Former Northern Iowa wrestler Drew Bennett announces plans to transfer to Iowa wrestling program

It took two months for Drew Bennett to find a new home, and he found it south down Interstate 380 for the next steps in his collegiate wrestling career. Bennett, a Fort Dodge native, announced on Saturday his plans to transfer from Northern Iowa to the Iowa wrestling program. The 141-pounder joins the Hawkeyes with three years of eligibility remaining. “I am excited to announce that I will be transferring to the University of Iowa,” Bennett wrote in a tweet, announcing his decision. “Go Hawks!” It took two months for Drew Bennett to find a new home, and he found it south down Interstate 380 for the next steps in his collegiate wrestling career.

Bennett, a Fort Dodge native, announced on Saturday his plans to transfer from Northern Iowa to the Iowa wrestling program. The 141-pounder joins the Hawkeyes with three years of eligibility remaining. “I am excited to announce that I will be transferring to the University of Iowa,” Bennett wrote in a tweet, announcing his decision. “Go Hawks!” … rest of story at https://www.hawkcentral.com/story/sports/college/iowa/wrestling/2021/05/22/iowa-hawkeye-wrestling-drew-bennett-transferring-uni-wrestling-doug-schwab-tom-brands-fort-dodge/5220425001/?mc_cid=986c5e1566&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

12 } – From the wrestling mat to baseball, Oklahoma State’s Carson McCusker is on ‘amazing journey’
STILLWATER — Nearly five years ago, Carson McCusker had to take a detour on his official visit to Oklahoma State. It wasn’t to Eskimo Joe’s for cheese fries or to Curty Shack for a Dirty Curty hot dog or even to Tumbleweed for some live music. McCusker wanted to step inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He had a name to find

.Jim Coverley, his grandfather who is considered the founding father of Northern Nevada high school wrestling.

McCusker found Coverley’s name. He took pictures. He shared what it was like with his grandfather. “It was awesome,” McCusker said. “I still can’t believe that he’s in there.” McCusker has kept the connection quiet for the most part. It’s not even listed in his bio. But it’s important to his journey. … rest of story at https://www.oklahoman.com/story/sports/2021/05/26/oklahoma-state-cowboys-carson-mccusker-wrestling-baseball-journey/7431189002/?mc_cid=9bb22a2b55&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

June 7, 2021 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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