College wrestling programs across the country will soon embark on the 2016-17 season with the first official practice less than three weeks away. Coaches will finalize their team rosters and scholarship money will get dispersed throughout the team of wrestlers. Team rosters will also include many non-scholarship student-athletes known as walk-ons. A fully-funded college wrestling program is allotted 9.9 scholarships. “With 9.9 scholarships, a walk-on can be very valuable to the program,” said University of Pittsburgh head wrestling coach Jason Peters.Many college wrestling rosters have 30 or more wrestlers. “Not everybody can be on money, so we need walk-ons each and every year to balance out our recruiting classes,” said Rutgers head wrestling coach Scott Goodale. “They’re a huge part of our program. We’ve been fortunate enough where guys have stuck with it and end up being contributors to our program.”
Types of walk-ons
There are two types of walk-ons in college wrestling programs. The distinction between the two types of non-scholarship student-athletes comes in how the wrestler lands in the program.
“A recruited walk-on is someone you went after and want,” said Goodale, who guided the Scarlet Knights to a 15th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. “You develop a relationship with that wrestler. It just happens that it’s a money thing. It’s a scholarship thing. Maybe you don’t want to put all this money into a certain weight class. Or maybe you just don’t know if that wrestler is a scholarship kid right now, and you don’t want to take that chance, but they’re dying to wrestle in your program.
“Then there are just guys who just want to try out. They wrestled in high school. Maybe they didn’t recruited, but are going to come to your school because it’s their dream school. They want to try out. We have a couple guys doing that right now.”
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Increased enrollment at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will soon bring two new additions to the college’s athletics offerings: a wrestling team and a women’s bowling team.
Wrestling returns to campus after a 38-year absence. Penn State Behrend offered NCAA wrestling from 1967 until 1978, using Erie Hall for practices and home matches. Wrestlers will again use that space beginning in the fall of 2017.
Pennsylvania has long been a dominant force in the sport: No other state has had more NCAA programs or produced more All-Americans in the last 50 years. Two wrestlers have been inducted into Penn State Behrend’s Athletics Hall of Fame. An active club team has continued to represent the college. The addition of a formal Division III team will elevate the sport at Penn State Behrend and provide an opportunity for the region’s high school wrestlers to continue to compete locally, said Brian Streeter, director of athletics for the college.
…. “Both sports reward students who are driven by individual success. Those tend to be good students who are determined to achieve, both in and out of the classroom, and who have the time-management skills to make that happen.” Penn State Behrend’s student-athletes compete at the NCAA’s Division III level. The college fields 24 teams and has for the past 12 years won the AMCC Presidents Cup, which honors the top overall athletics program in the conference. Those student-athletes also excel in the classroom: Sixty-three percent of the college’s student-athletes maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
From Penn State Behrend College News
CHAPEL HILL — Home duals against national powers Nebraska and Iowa State as well as ACC rivals NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech highlight the 2016-17 North Carolina wrestling schedule, head coach Coleman Scott announced this week. Carolina opens the season at the Hokie Open on Nov. 6 before traveling to the Northeast Duals on Nov. 13. The Tar Heels then kick off their home schedule on Nov. 19 with a Saturday night dual against Old Dominion.
“I think this is a great schedule that will really challenge our guys,” Scott said. “We’re going to have to grind through January and February to be in a position to compete for championships in the postseason. It’s exciting to have some new teams on the schedule like Nebraska and Iowa State to go with what should be the most competitive ACC rotation in many years. I look forward to seeing how our guys rise to the challenge in front of them.” Rest of the story at http://www.goheels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=3350&ATCLID=211181837&mc_cid=021b221c77&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
NEW COACH for a NEW PROGRAM
HENNIKER, N.H. –Director of Athletics Louis Izzi is pleased to announce the hiring of John Archambeau as the program’s first head wrestling coach at New England College.
“We are very excited to have John join our coaching staff and lead our men’s wrestling program into its first season of varsity competition,” said Izzi. “His passion, vision, and knowledge of the sport are essential to successfully building our program from the ground up. I am looking forward to seeing our wrestling program grow and consistently compete at the highest level in Division III under John’s direction.” Archambeau joins NEC after serving two seasons as head wrestling coach at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. Archambeau is no stranger to the creation of a program as he was responsible for the establishment of varsity wrestling at Daniel Webster in 2014. Rest of the Story at http://athletics.nec.edu/news/2016/9/14/WRES091416.aspx?mc_cid=e2dab07199&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletics department announced Tuesday it will take part in the “Big Ten Battle in the Bronx,” a football and wrestling doubleheader between Rutgers and Maryland, at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The event will be hosted by Rutgers University.
The outdoor wrestling match, which will be the first in the history of Yankee Stadium, will take place first, before DJ Durkin’s football program takes on Rutgers later that afternoon.
“We are thrilled to participate in such a prestigious event at one of the world’s most iconic sporting venues,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “I am excited that our fans will have the opportunity to view both our football and wrestling programs on such a unique platform. We look forward to working with the New York Yankees, the Big Ten Conference and Rutgers University to make this a memorable event for all.” Rest of the story at http://www.umterps.com//ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=29700&ATCLID=211169102&mc_cid=7d684710ce&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
Henniker, N.H. – New England College Athletic Director, Lou Izzi, is pleased to announce the addition of wrestling as a varsity sport for the 2016-17 season.
“This is an exciting time for New England College and our athletic department,” states Izzi. “We have been evaluating the addition of men’s wrestling for the past year as part of our strategic plan to increase enrollment and continue to expand the geographic diversity of our student population. We now have the opportunity to launch this program as our sixteenth NCAA-sponsored sport and compete as a full member of the NEWA.”
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An old friend (who is not a sports fan) pointed out this piece of good news. I have wrestled with mixed feelings about having the old high school (not that old, -younger than I) torn down and replaced. Yet this news is a bright spot as the sport and the contributions of Bill Dies (pronounced deese) and his extended family. I admire their generosity and hard work in support of youth wrestling.
The Akron Board of Education on Monday voted to name the new wrestling room at Firestone Community Learning Center to honor Bill Dies and his family. The Dies Wrestling Room recognizes the efforts of the Dies family for their involvement in establishing several wrestling events that culminated in the annual Summit County Tournament hosted by Akron Public Schools at Firestone High School. The annual competition was renamed The Bill Dies Memorial Wrestling Tournament in 1987, after the death of Bill Dies. Dies established the Firestone High School Takedown Club in the 1970s as a way to encourage participation in the school’s wrestling program. He and his wife, Netta, supported the program in the early years by running the concession stands at sectional and district tournaments hosted at Firestone High. Dies, an electrical contractor, also co-founded the Ohio Youth Wrestling Association. The 30th annual Bill Dies Memorial Wrestling Tournament is scheduled for January 2017 in the Firestone gymnasium, with the continued support of the Dies family. The tournament is one of Ohio’s premier wrestling competitions, which includes 48 teams from across the state.
Rest of the story and a picture is at http://www.ohio.com/news/local/firestone-high-school-wrestling-room-named-to-honor-the-late-bill-dies-1.711266
Duke Announces 2016-17 Wrestling Schedule – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site – GoDuke.com
DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University wrestling head coach Glen Lanham has announced the 2016-17 schedule. The Blue Devils will wrestle at home four times, including against Big Ten foe Wisconsin and ACC rival North Carolina. Duke kicks off the campaign, the fifth for Lanham, with the annual Hokie Open Nov. 6 in Roanoke, Va. The Blue Devils captured three Hokie Open titles a year ago, including ones from returning wrestlers Jake Faust and Connor Bass. The Blue Devils open dual action the following weekend, Nov. 12, against Oregon State and Coker College at Appalachian State. Those matches are set to begin at 12 and 2 p.m., respectively. It is the first meeting between Duke and the Beavers, while Oregon State is third Pac-12 wrestling programs the Blue Devils have faced under Lanham. A week later, Nov. 19, Duke will make its home debut in Card Gymnasium against Big Ten foe Wisconsin for the first time in program history. Duke defeated a pair of Big Ten opponents during the 2014-15 season and upset a ranked Purdue squad last season. The Badgers finished 23rd at the 2016 NCAA Championships and eighth at the grueling Big Ten Championships. The match with Wisconsin will be the ninth different Big Ten program Duke has wrestled under Lanham. Rest of story at http://www.goduke.com//ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=211157616&mc_cid=f1d8c3f76e&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell wrestling head coach Cary Kolat has announced the 2016-17 match schedule.
The Fighting Camels have three home matches on the slate this season, all conference opponents. The first home contest takes place Jan. 20 at 6 p.m., against Gardner-Webb inside Carter Gym. Feb. 11 Campbell hosts SIUE at noon and one week later, VMI pays a visit for the season finale at 5 p.m.
“It’s tremendously important that we have a solid fan base, for our program’s health, the guys mental health and the school,” ” Kolat stated on the three home matches this season. “Finishing with three duals at home I feel we should have 3 Ws in there. We want to pack Carter Gym for every single one of those duals, sell it out and make it a great environment for our guys and our fans. ”
Saturday, March 4 in Charleston, S.C. will be the 2017 South Conference Championships, where Campbell looks to build on its two first place winners from last year’s tournament. Nathan Kraisser took home the title in the 133-pound weight class with his 10-0 win. Ville Heino claimed the 184-pound championship with his 6-5 decision in the championship match.
Campbell’s schedule opens up with a trio of matches in Morgantown, W.V. The opening match sees the Fighting Camels take on the West Virginia Mountaineers at 10 a.m. followed by a noon match against the Ohio Bobcats and a 2 p.m. matchup versus the Pittsburgh Panthers.
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