By Bill Poehler, Statesman Journal
A decade before Kiera Gabaldon was a college All-American wrestler, she was an elementary school student competing in a male sport.
When a high school near her home in Salem held a wrestling camp, she went. Among the other participants was a high school girl who had made a name for herself as a wrestler.
Gabaldon didn’t approve.
“When I was younger I had the same mindset boys did: Girls shouldn’t be here, not realizing what I was,” said Gabaldon, now a sophomore at Warner Pacific.
The 10-year-old version of Gabaldon matched up with that comparatively sized high school girl in the practice room, took her down with ease and threw her around the room.
“Wrestling with (her) and beating up on her, I’m like, is that wrestling like a girl?” Gabaldon said. “I don’t want to wrestle like a girl.
“Obviously, that mindset has changed. It’s something to be proud of to wrestle like a girl today, but back then it wasn’t. I guess I was ashamed of myself as a kid to be a women’s wrestler.”
Rest of the Story at http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/sports/high-school/2016/05/28/womens-wrestling-experiencing-exponential-growth/84501908/
Male, female athletes of the year named
By Ken Buday, Havelock News
The Havelock High School Rams Booster Club honored senior athletes at its annual banquet last week. And, the club also gave away a new car.
Michele Parker was outside her house when the phone call came that she had won the club’s car raffle. Her ticket was pulled of the 1,104 purchased for a chance to win the Ford Fiesta donated by Riverside Ford in Havelock.
“I never win anything,” she said after driving to the Havelock Tourist and Event Center to claim her prize. “I’m still in shock. It’s wild.”
Parker said the car would become her son Jacob’s vehicle. He is a rising senior at Havelock High and a member of the football team.
The booster club event celebrated the accomplishments of Havelock High senior athletes.
State wrestling champion Tanner Stamper-Smith was named the Male Athlete of the Year. He also received the James Johnson Trophy as the top wrestler in Eastern North Carolina from the Takedown Report wrestling website.
Dominique Martinez, a standout in soccer and also a member of the basketball team, was named the Female Athlete of the Year.
Other specialty awards included Cameron Gumbel as the Joe Hailey Sports Award winner, Alyssa Crowe as the Hoyt Hayes Memorial Scholarship winner and Martin Parada as the Andy Maness Manager of the Year winner.
Gumbel was also recognized as the athlete with the highest grade point average, and booster club member Kelly Webster received the Volunteer of the Year award from the club.
Rest of story at http://www.havenews.com/sports/20160608/havelock-booster-club-celebrates-seniors-gives-away-car
“Alma College Athletic Director Steven Rackley announced today (Monday, June 20, 2016) that Jeremiah Tobias has been named the head coach of the Scots’ wrestling program. Tobias, who has served as the associate head coach since May 2011, replaces Todd Hibbs, who resigned after five years at the helm of the program. Tobias becomes the seventh head coach in the history of the program, which resumed competition in 2011 after being dormant for 27 years.”
State Champion Harrison Campbell to be given the ‘Roy Heverly Award’ for the top Underclassmen in Eastern North Carolina.
Harrison Campbell, the 120 lbs. State Champion from West Brunswick High School, will be presented the 14th Roy Heverly Award as the top underclassman scholastic wrestler in eastern North Carolina. In his final match of the season he defeated
Phil Daub of Enka, who was the state champ at 106 last season, by a strong 8-3 margin. Harrison was the only wrestler in the finals to defeat a defending state champ in 3A. Harrison also led his team to a 5th place finish in the team scoring.
Other notable wins this season include Harrison beat State Champ S. Crumby from SE Guilford at the Tiger Classic. Harrison won his 100th match at the State Duals and he has 108 wins in 3 years. His only loss this year was to State Champion Bradley Wanovich of Jack Britt in overtime at the Jack Britt Tourney. He finished the high school season with a 42 win 1 loss record in his first season in North Carolina after moving from Pennsylvania.
Harrison also recently won the NC USA Freestyle and Greco State Championships and this qualifies him for the North Carolina team to go to the USA Nationals this July in Fargo North Dakota. He defeated Essco Walker in the finals of Freestyle.
‘Roy Heverly Award’ winners
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 medallist 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’ 19th year of involvement and publicity of amateur wrestling in North Carolina. Contact the TDR at email@example.com, (252) 883-3311 & https://takedownreport.wordpress.com/
Saravia, Campbell made adjustments for state titles, All-Area wrestling honors
By Tim Hower
Published: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 12:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 6:37 p.m.
Every high school wrestler enters the season with the same goal, but only a few actually experience the thrill of standing atop the podium at the state championships. Laney’s Kevin Saravia and West Brunswick’s Harrison Campbell both suffered midseason losses that ultimately helped pave the way for a state title. Their accomplishments made it impossible to choose a single StarNews All-Area wrestler of the year.
Tough tourney refocused Saravia
Kevin Saravia just chalked it up to a bad day. It ended up being a blessing in disguise.
Everything was going great as the calendar turned to 2016. Saravia had avenged his only loss of the season to win the 113-pound division at the WRAL Invitational and, after a pair of convincing victories, the Laney junior was into the semifinals at the Holy Angels Tournament in Charlotte.
That’s when things fell apart.
Saravia was pinned by Davie’s Hunter Smith before dropping his next two matches in the consolation bracket. The sixth-place finish was a disappointing way to start the new year.
“I got beat by two guys who I had beaten by tech fall before,” Saravia said. “It just wasn’t my day.”
Luckily for Saravia, his coach understood the ebbs and flows of a season.
“We just tried to keep things in perspective,” said Laney coach Dan Willis. “Every kid is going to have one — if not two — downsides to their season where they’re not wrestling their best or whatever it may be. He was pretty upset, pretty devastated to lose three matches in the same weekend.
“I just told him it was good it happened then rather than at the state tournament. Some kids will listen to you, but for some it goes in one ear and out the other. Kevin is very coachable.” Rest of the story at http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20160331/PREPS/160339957
Have had the great exciting pleasure of visiting the Hall of Fall just twice. Once when at the 1992 NCAA Championships with Dale Jobe. Had planned to visit again in 2006 (after the Championships) but I missed my ride. Then visited last summer as the highlight of our week long venture into history by being the first visitors of the week with my wife, Monika. It was great! Yet she dragged me away after a visit of just three hours.
BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING | JUNE 03, 2016, 11:23 P.M. (ET)
The Hall of Fame Class of 2016 poses together on Friday night, in the new John T. Vaughan Hall of Honors.
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame had a fantastic 40th birthday party, with the grand re-opening in its Stillwater, Okla. location to kick off the 40th Honors weekend.
After months of construction and years of planning, the renovated facility was opened to the public for the first time during the annual unveiling of the plaques for its Class of 2016 inductees.
The Hall of Fame plaques for Distinguished Members Brandon Slay, Carlton Haselrig, William B. Harlow and the late Dick Wilson were unveiled, as well as the special award winners during the annual Friday night social. A large crowd of family, friends and wrestling supporters came out to help christen the new Hall of Fame facility, which went through a complete $3.5 million complete renovation and upgrade.
“What a special occasion it is for the Class of 2016 to get to christen the new facility,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Lee Roy Smith. “What a facility it is. No doubt about it. The Board of Governors and the Governors Associates are the leaders along with the staff here that really make this place rock. What a great job they do.”
Chairman of the Board of Governors Terry Schockley praised the Board of Governors, the Governors Associates and the leaders from 37 Hall of Fame state chapters who were in attendance during this special occasion. “I’d like to recognize three people who have helped us navigate the way through this construction. They were the brains behind the day-to-day work. The folks spent countless hours and attended to all the details of the construction. Without them, we wouldn’t have gotten it don,e” said Shockley, who presented special awards to Board of Governors members Bob Buckley and Tom Talbot and Hall of Fame staff member Krista Graff.
Buckley gave the attendees a summary of how the construction and redesign process were completed.
The emcee for the plaque presentation, Order of Merit winner Sandy Stevens, led the guests to new areas of the Hall of Fame where the honorees will be recognized.
The Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award winner Katie Brock and Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award winner Mark Hall II were recognized and saw their displays in the High School Excellence Award section of the new interactive zone of the Hall.
All of the other honorees were recognized in the John T. Vaughan Hall of Honors, which was moved to the entire other end of the Hall of Fame footprint from where it was in the past.
The displays for the special award winners were unveiled along with the recipients, including the Distinguished Official Marcia Haise, the Order of Merit winner Ron Good, the Medal of Courage winner Randy Bortles and the Outstanding American Joseph Galli, Jr.
The four Distinguished Members were also presented with their plaques. Brandon Slay and William Harlow were there for their ceremony. Carlton Haselrig was not able to attend tonight, and had his uncle in his place, but Haselrig will be here on Saturday for the Banquet. The late Dick Wilson was represented by his son Bruce Wilson. Many pictures were taken of the plaque ceremonies, but even more were taken of the new Hall of Fame facility and its many new features, as the wrestling community had their first chance to celebrate the modernization of the sport’s shrine. The induction ceremony will be held Saturday night at OSU Student Union, starting at 6 p.m. with a reception in French Lounge, followed by the 40th Honors Banquet in Student Union Ballroom.
Tanner Stamper-Smith awarded James Johnson Trophy as top wrestler in eastern North Carolina
State Champion Tanner Stamper-Smith of Havelock High School was presented the 16th Annual James Johnson Award as the best scholastic wrestler in eastern North Carolina in 2016. The award is named in honor of three time national champion James Johnson. Tanner will sign with Northwestern College in Iowa to continue his wrestling in the NAIA level.
Tanner was the state champion at 160 lbs. in his senior year with 60 victories and just one loss. Tanner was a Regional Runner-up and State Qualifier as a freshmen, he was a 12th seed at regionals in spite of not being a regular starter until the second half of the season. His sophomore year he moved to Okinawa, Japan and was the Far East Champion, which is their version of the State Championships, with a 25-0 record. He moved back to NC his junior year and was 25-3 before suffering a season ending injury in the semifinals of the Tiger Holiday Classic. He rehabbed and trained as soon as the doctor cleared him late spring of 2015. He spent all Summer and Fall traveling to tournaments in and out of state. He finished his high school career with a record of 119 wins and just 12 losses.
Other Tournament Championships include 2016 Regionals, 2016 Conference, 2015 WRAL Champion, 2x Placer, 2015 Tiger Holiday Classic Runner-Up, 2X Placer, 2x Beach Brawl, 2x Swiss Bear and 2x Beast of the East Champion. Notable wins this season over out of state medalists include Dalton Simpson of Dorman, SC, a 2X Runner-Up, 4X Placer, Jacob Plunkett of Cave Springs, VA, (Runner-Up, 3X Placer), Garrett Tingen of Fauquier, VA, (2X State Champion) and William Sorey of Oscar Smith, VA, (5th Place, 3X VA qualifier). Notable wins over state wide competitors include Josh Walker of Newton Conover, (2A Runner-Up, 2x Placer), Camden Bergey of Chapel Hill, (3A Runner Up, 2X SQ), Tyler Spurling of East Gaston, (3X Placer, 4X SQ), Thomas Flitz of Piedmont, (2X 3rd place States) and Hunter Queen of Northwood, (3A Runner-Up, 2X Placer, 3X SQ).
In the eastern North Carolina TDR coverage area Tanner showed his dominance by twice defeating Connor Hughes of First Flight, (2A State Champion, 2X Placer), Ethan Bridges of Croatan, (2015 4th Place, 4X SQ), Michael Nelson of West Brunswick, (2X SQ), Alexander Henderson of Rocky Mount, (2X SQ) and Dalton Hill of New Bern, (3rd Place Finisher, 4X SQ).
Previous award winners were Joe Mondragon (2015) of Ashley H.S. De’Andre Jones (2014) of New Bern, Alex Bray (2013) of Croatan, Jon Wiley (2012) of South Brunswick, Marquin Hill (2011) of Washington H.S., Branden Lietz (2010) of J.H. Rose, Mamour Camara (2009) of Louisburg, Anthony Rogers (2008) of Knightdale, Ngu Tran (2007) of C.B. Aycock, Victor Hojillo (2006) of West Carteret, Raymond Jordan (2004) of New Bern, Shaun Sheffield (2003) of Havelock, David Pelsang (2005), and Paris Dottery (2002) of White Oak.
The TakeDown Report promotes amateur wrestling in eastern North Carolina and sponsors the Award. “The award is to recognize the most successful wrestler in the area each year.” Fleming noted, “It encourages the young men from the teams in the eastern part of the state with an opportunity to realize the hard work, determination and discipline it takes to be a top notch wrestler,” he added. The TakeDown Report is in its’ 19th year of operations in North Carolina encouraging media coverage of the sport. Contact the TDR at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Johnson started wrestling in his junior year for D.H. Conley High School in Greenville with Milt Sherman as his coach. James was Coney’s 1st state champion in any sport in 1976. He was North Carolina’s 1st Eastern Junior National Champion in 1975 and North Carolina’s 1st Junior Nationals All-American with 3rd in 1976. He went on to start four years at the University of Kentucky. He is now a sports consultant and coach for the Phoenix-based Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club. He also specializes in developing unique training for people of all fitness levels with a broad background in public speaking, sports training techniques, and health and fitness. He was inducted as an “Outstanding American” in the North Carolina State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 2012 he was a coach for the U.S.A. Olympic Greco-Roman team in London.
Before developing James Johnson, Inc., James served as a Public Relations/ Community Speaker for Sunkist worldwide. He was on the USA National Wrestling team for 12 years, winning 3 National Championships, USA Athlete of the Year, AIM Christian Athlete of the Year, Olympic Team Alternate, and numerous accolades worldwide. He has been an Ambassador for the United States Olympic Committee, USA wrestling and The Sunkist Kids Wrestling organization for over 16 years. More at http://jjchamp3x.com/.
The 2016 TDR Big Award wrestlers have been determined. More complete information and stats will be presented in subsequent postings.
The Lee Carroll Award will be presented to Kaleb Taylor (285) of Rosewood.
The Roy Heverly Award to Harrison Campbell (120) of West Brunswick and
The Michael Stokes Award to Wilson Smith (126) of Rocky Mount and
The James Johnson Award to Tanner Stamper-Smith (160) of Havelock.
Details to be posted later.
We believe this to be up to date including wins in the 2015-2016 season.
After 2016 Season Active DI – Top 35 (at least 105 wins)
- J Robinson (Minnesota) 440
- Gary Taylor (Rider) 429
- John Smith (Oklahoma State) 382
- CarlAdams (Boston Univ.) 326 – retired prior to 2016 season
- Tom Borelli (Central Mich.) 307
- Craig Turnbull (West Virginia) 287 – retired prior to 2015 season
- Duane Goldman (Indiana) 281
- Rob Koll (Cornell) 266
- Jim Zalesky (Oregon St./Iowa) 250
9tied Bruce Haberli (New York University) 250
- Brian Smith (Missouri) 239
- Tom Ryan (Ohio St./Hofstra) 233
12tied Mark Manning (Nebraska/Nor.Iowa) 233
- Barry Davis (Wisconsin) 220
- Joe McFarland (Michigan/Indiana) 219
- Tim Flynn (Edinboro) 206
- Joel Greenlee (Ohio U.) 202 passes 200
- Tom Brands (Iowa/Va.Tech) 196 moves up one spot
- Tom Minkel (Mich. St./Cent. Mich) 187
- Pat Santoro (Lehigh/ Maryland) 161
- Jim Andrassy (Kent State) 158
- Cael Sanderson (Penn St./Iowa St.) 142 moved up 3 spots
22.tied Kevin Dresser (Virginia Tech) 142 moved up 3 spots
- Scott Goodale (Rutgers Univ.) 141 moved up 3 spots
- Pat Poplizio (N.C. State/SUNY ) 139 moved up 6 spots
- Steve Martin (Old Dominion) 137
- Rob Hjerling (Citadel) 134
- Steve Garland (Virginia Univ.) 132
- Jay Weiss (Harvard) 125
- Dan Wirnsberger (Bucknell/Bloomsburg) 123
- Kerry McCoy (Maryland/Stanford) 122
- Greg Randall (Boise State) 120
- Mark Cody (Oklahoma/American) 113
- D. Mock (Univ. North Carolina) 108 – retired prior to 2016 season
- John Stutzman (Bloomsburg/Buffalo) 106
The following are the top 50 Active (and recent retirees) College Coaches by the most career dual meet wins. Over the upcoming weeks we will publish the top coaches in each division and other categories as the stats are updated.
After 2015-’16 Season Active – Top 50 (at least 170 wins) Overall-All-Levels
1. Pat Pecora (Pitt-Johnstown) 555 – II (3rd – All Time)
2. Bill Racich (Ursinus College) 514 – III
3. Ned McGinley (King’s College) 448 – III
4. J Robinson (Minnesota) 440 – I
5. Gary Taylor (Rider) 429 – I
6. David James (Cent. Okla.) 396 – II
7. John Smith (Oklahoma State) 382 – I
8. Roger Crebs (Lycoming College) 362 – III
9. Tom Borelli (Central Michigan) 353 – I
10. Mike Denney (UNO-Maryville) 338 – II
11. Don Murray (SUNY-Brockport) 329 – III
12. Carl Adams (Boston Univ.) 326 – I retired/team discontinued
13. Kerry Volkmann (John Carroll) 304 – IIIretired before’15-16 season
14. Ron Beaschler (Ohio Northern) 298 – III
15. Bruce Haberli (New York Univ./Manhattan) 292 – I/III
16. Duane Goldman (Indiana Univ.) 281 – I
17. Lonnie Morris (Johnson & Wales) 281 – III
18. Jim Makovsky (Minn. St.-Mankato/Valley City St.) 276 – II
19. Rob Koll (Cornell) 266 – I
20. Dave Pacheo (Sacramento City College) 260 – CaCC
21. Pat Whitcomb (North Idaho Jr. Coll.) 250 – Juco
22. Jim Zalesky (Oregon St./Iowa) 250 – I
23. Dave Mitchell (Luther College) 250 – III
24. Brian Smith (Missouri) 239 – I
25. Randy Steward (Loras College) 235 – III
26. Tom Ryan (Ohio St./Hofstra) 233 – I
27. Mark Manning (Nebraska/Nor.Iowa) 233 – I
28. Robin Ersland (Minot St./Cent. Miss. Etc.) 229 – II
29. Martin Nichols (Ithaca College) 225 – III +
30. Barry Davis (Wisconsin) 220-– I
31. Joe McFarland (Michigan/Indiana) 219– I
32. Jay Jones (Rhode Island College) 217 – III
33. Marc Bauer (Nebraska-Kearney) 215 – II
34. Steve Costanzo (St. Cloud St./Dana Coll.) 213 – II/NAIA
35. Mike Duroe (Cornell Coll./Nor. Mich.) 208 – III/I
36. Tim Flynn (Edinboro St.) 206 – I
37. Mike Ritchey (Southern Oregon State) 204 – NAIA
38. Joel Greenlee (Ohio Univ.) 202 – I
39. Jon Laudenslager (Wilkes Univ.) 202 – III
40. Tom Brands (Iowa, Va. Tech) 196 – I
41. Drew Black (Wesleyan / Phoenix Coll.) 192 – III/Juco (inc.)
42. John Oostendorp (Coe College) 192 – III
43. Jason Valek (Newberry) 191 – II
44. Brad Bruhn (SUNY-Cortland) 190– III
45. Tom Minkel (Mich. St./Cent. Mich.) 187– I
46. Don Henry (Gannon Univ.) 183 – II
47. Frank Romano (Notre Dame College/Kent St.) 178 – NAIA/I
48. Mike Machholz (Missouri Valley) 175 – NAIA
49. Robert Fisher (Kutztown Univ.) 175 – II
50. Johnny Johnson (Wisc.-Stevens Point) 174 – III