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News & Observer rankings: Rosewood on the rise in the top 25

TDR Editor’s Notes;  Great to see scholastic programs gaining ink and coverage from the mainstream press.
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January 16, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Minot State Wrestling mixes it up at exhibition

TDR Editor’s Notes; The Battling Beavers of Minot State went international in hosting the Canadian University of Regina Cougars.
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MINOT, N.D. – The Minot State University wrestling team faced off at the University of Regina Thursday, wrestling freestyle in an exhibition match that resulted in a 28-23 decision in favor of Regina. The Beavers won five matches, while the Cougars also earned five wins.  MSU got off to a nice start as Liam Hayden won the first match, pinning his opponent in the 57 kilogram weight-class. The Beavers then lost two matches at 90 and 61 kgs before Keegan Berry won by technical fall at 82 kilograms.  Bryce Broome, a Minot State football player, made his debut with the wrestling team today at 100 kilograms against the Cougars, but ultimately lost by fall.  Rest of the story at …. http://msubeavers.com/news/2017/1/12/wrestling-mixes-it-up-at-exhibition.aspx?mc_cid=4002e735ce&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

January 16, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gwiazdowski transitions to new lifestyle, focused on freestyle after graduation

TDR Editor’s Notes; Wolfpack graduate moves on to freestyle.
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In this past year since completing a memorable career at North Carolina State, Nick Gwiazdowski has been making the transition from college wrestling to freestyle wrestling. Gwiazdowski was a two-time NCAA champion and four-time all American for the Wolfpack. By winning 88 of his last 89 matches, he is considered one of the best heavyweights in history, even though his college career didn’t end quite where he had hoped. Gwiazdowski was an All-American at Binghamton, then transferred to NC State after his coach Pat Popolizio took over the Wolfpack program. He claimed NCAA titles as a sophomore and junior and went into his final season looking to become a three-time NCAA Champion. In what is regarded as the best NCAA heavyweight final ever, he lost to 2015 World Champion Kyle Snyder of Ohio State in overtime in his final college match. Rest of the story at …. http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2017/January/11/Gwiazdowski-transitions-to-new-lifestyle?mc_cid=a089e7884a&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

January 16, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gardner-Webb setting lofty expectations

Gardner-Webb left the Southern Scuffle with reason for excitement. The Runnin’ Bulldogs had their first-ever Scuffle semifinalist and finished 16th overall with 27.5 points, a highly respectable performance in one of the season’s toughest tournaments. But coach Daniel Elliott wasn’t necessarily satisfied. He wants more from his team than what it showed in Chattanooga. “We have high expectations for the guys in our program, and they may be higher than what others think,” he said. “We did have a great day, but it’s not where we expect to be at or want to be at. We set our standards high and we’re frustrated when we don’t get there. But it lets us know where we need to work and humbles us up a little bit. The guys are raring to get back to work and get rolling.” Rest of the story at …. http://s200.trackwrestling.com/tw/PortalPost.jsp?TIM=1483718324855&twSessionId=mwpsbphhbakznqi&postId=211697076&mc_cid=827b1337da&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

January 16, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Empires strike back: Wartburg, Grand View, Clackamas, King rule National Duals again

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — College wrestling’s dual dynasties remained intact Friday afternoon when Wartburg, Grand View, Clackamas and King University each went through the seemingly annual routine of joining each other in the line for first-place photos before heading out the door with title trophies at the NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals. Wartburg claimed its seventh consecutive Division III title, Grand View seized its sixth straight NAIA crown and Clackamas (NJCAA) and King University (WCWA) ran their championship streaks to four while St. Cloud State regained its grip on the Division II gold trophy inside Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Rest of the story at …. http://s200.trackwrestling.com/tw/PortalPost.jsp?TIM=1483776555994&twSessionId=gxbyeyhtftnyeoo&postId=214613076&mc_cid=827b1337da&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

January 16, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kevin Jack Claims Midlands Title, Pack Places Five on Podium

TDR Editor’s News; The Wolfpack did well at the prestigious Midlands tournament over the holiday break.
NC State finishes sixth as a team
EVANSTON, ILL. – For the second year in a row, the NC State wrestling team came away with an individual title at the prestigious Midlands Championships. Junior Kevin Jack, the No. 2 seed at 141 pounds for the tournament, went a perfect 5-0 and brought home top honors over two days of action. Ranked fifth nationally, Jack defeated the nation’s No. 6 wrestler (3-2) in the semifinals and then the nation’s No. 3 wrestler (1-0) in the finals Friday night. At the 54th annual Midlands Championships, NC State placed five total grapplers on the podium. In addition to Jack’s win at 141 pounds, redshirt-sophomore Jamal Morris (133), redshirt-senior Sam Speno (149) and senior Pete Renda (184) all finished fifth, while redshirt-junior Michael Macchiavello (184) took seventh. As a team, NC State placed sixth in the field with 78 points. After a 3-0 day yesterday, Jack’s first bout ended in some controversy. Facing off against the tournament’s three seed, and No. 6 nationally ranked Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers, the two were tied 2-2 when the horn sounded at the end of the third period. But the refs went to a video review and called Ashnault for unnecessary roughness when he slapped Jack in the head with just one second left. The call gave Jack a penalty point, and the 3-2 win to advance to the finals. Jack had previously defeated Ashnault 2-0 just a month ago at the Journeymen Tussle.
Rest of the story at ….http://gopack.com/news/2016/12/30/wrestling-jack-claims-midlands-title-packwrestle-places-five-on-podium.aspx?path=wrestling

January 15, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

California Baptist University Announces D1, WAC Move

TDR Editor’s Notes; It seems that the most common way in recent years for a Division I school to add wrestling is the movement of schools with wrestling from Division II up to I which is a long process.
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — California Baptist University has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference, paving the way for a multi-year transition to NCAA Division I status, CBU and WAC officials announced today. CBU and WAC officials held a joint news conference and released statements expressing enthusiasm about the move that was approved at the university’s regular Board of Trustees meeting. “This represents a great step forward for California Baptist University and Lancer Athletics,” said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president. “We are honored to join the Western Athletic Conference and to advance CBU to NCAA Division I, the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics. I am confident that moving to D-I as a member of the WAC will further elevate CBU’s reputation for excellence in athletics as well as academics.”
Rest of the story at …. http://cbulancers.com/news/2017/1/13/general-cbu-announces-d1-wac-move.aspx?mc_cid=0264624657&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

January 15, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Iowa and Oklahoma State renew an intense rivalry this weekend

TDR Editor’s Notes; While this match has no direct connections to wrestling in North Carolina it is a big college match that will happen tomorrow. A big crowd is expected to see # 1 ranked OSU host # 3 Iowa. The dual, is set for Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. CT, will be televised live on Fox Sports Oklahoma and streamed live on Flowrestling.org.
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By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Jan. 12, 2017, 3:24 p.m. (ET)
Every year, the Iowa-Oklahoma State matchup remains one of the most anticipated duals of the college season. This Sunday, the two wrestling powerhouses will meet up for the 50th time in the programs’ histories. This battle has been hotly contested for decades and this (year) is no exception,” Iowa head coach Tom Brands said. “We know what they’re about and they know what we’re about. This is high stakes. It may not be as important as the national championships, but this Sunday it is the most important event on probably both teams’ calendars.” Iowa and OSU have been among the elite since the beginning.
The two schools combined for 57 team national titles, 222 individual national titles, 769 All-Americans and 2,065 dual wins. Rest of the story at …. http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2017/January/12/Iowa-and-Oklahoma-State-renew-an-intense-rivalry-this-weekend?mc_cid=4002e735ce&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

January 14, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Missouri Border Brawl returns to St. Louis on March 14, showcasing high school stars prior to NCAAs

TDR Editor’s Note; An interesting promotional idea that provides top level high school wrestlers a chance to be a part of the NCAA experience. It is great to see how the NCAA Championship Tournament has grown from just a tournament into a series of events, a gathering that will provide more positive attention and publicity for our sport.
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By Missouri Border Brawl 2017 | Jan. 12, 2017, 4:09 p.m. (ET)
On Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 pm at Historic Union Station in St. Louis, Mo., the second Missouri Border Brawl will take place, pitting the best high school seniors from Missouri vs. an All-Star team of high school seniors from the 8 bordering states (Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma & Tennessee). This event will kick off NCAA Div. I Wrestling Week, which will be held in St. Louis again this year. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation (www.xcgif.org). The doors open at 5:00pm. Food, drinks and a silent auction full of unique wrestling items will be available. The Border Brawl is the creation of David Mirikitani, former assistant wrestling coach at St Louis CC at Meramec and current NCAA rankings coordinator for Trackwrestling. Rest of the story at …. http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2017/January/12/Missouri-Border-Brawl-returns-to-St-Louis-on-March-14-prior-to-NCAAs?mc_cid=4002e735ce&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

January 14, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

WolfPack Wins Eight Straight and Dominates Duke 34-6 in ACC Opener

TDR Editor’s Note; North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, with win over UNC both start the in-conference ACC season in a strong manner.
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RALEIGH, N.C. – The 10th ranked NC State wrestling team started its ACC slate in dominating fashion, as the Wolfpack (5-1, 1-0 ACC) won the final eight bouts of the night and defeated Duke 34-6 in Reynolds Coliseum. After the Blue Devils (2-3, 0-1 ACC) won the first two matches, NC State won eight straight, including six for bonus points. The ACC dual started at 285 pounds, and Duke got a pair of decisions in the first two matches (125) to take an early 6-0 lead. #15 R-So. Jamal Morris made his dual debut this season, and got the Pack on the scoreboard with a 17-10 win over Duke’s Cole Baumgartner. Morris dominated the first period taking a 10-1 lead and 1:41 of ride time thanks to a pair of four-point near falls. Baumgartner made a comeback with a reversal and near fall of his own, but Morris got another four-point near fall at the end and claimed the win. #2 Jr. Kevin Jack dominated Duke’s Zach Finesilver with a 16-0 technical fall win at 141 pounds for the first bonus point win of the night. It was Jack’s 19th straight win on the season improving his record to 21-1. Rest of the story at …. http://gopack.com/news/2017/1/11/wrestling-packwrestle-wins-eight-straight-and-dominates-duke-34-6-in-acc-opener.aspx?mc_cid=a089e7884a&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

January 14, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment