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Nebraska Wesleyan Breaks Ground on Wrestling Practice Facility

TDR Editor’s Notes ; After a bumpy first season Wesleyan’s future looks brighter with a new practice facility being built.
LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Wesleyan University broke ground for their new wrestling practice facility on Tuesday morning (June 13) in a ceremony on the site of the new building. The 5,400 square-foot facility, located just north of Abel Stadium, will feature space for two practice mats, an exercise area, athletic training room, student-athlete locker room and a coaches’ office. The building’s design will incorporate architectural elements that integrate into the campus. DLR group designed the new wrestling practice facility and Kingery Construction will be building the facility.
Construction of the new building begins today and will be completed by early October in time for preseason training for the 2017-18 season. Rest of the story at .. http://nwusports.com/news/2017/6/13/nebraska-wesleyan-breaks-ground-on-wrestling-practice-facility.aspx?mc_cid=6bd4c5e09d&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

June 26, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

College Coaching News

TDR Editor’s Notes ; We have been tardy in sharing some college coaching News.
King’s wrestling coach McGinley to retire after 48 years
WILKES-BARRE — Last month it was revealed by the National Wrestling Media Association that King’s College head wrestling coach Ned McGinley was the longest-tenured active head wrestling coach at all levels of NCAA wrestling. Now, after 48 years at the helm of the Monarchs, McGinley has decided the 2016-17 season will be his last. Rest of the story at http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/17540

Roger Reina Returns as Wrestling Head Coach at Penn
The University of Pennsylvania’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, has announced that Roger Reina C’84 WEV’05 will return to his Hall of Fame roots as head coach of the Penn wrestling program.
Reina originally led the Quakers from 1986-2005 and amassed a program-record 205 wins and a .649 winning percentage during his first tenure coaching at his alma mater, which began at the age of 24 as the youngest head coach in program history. Rest of the story at https://news.upenn.edu/news/roger-reina-returns-wrestling-head-coach-penn

June 25, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Luxembourg Wrestling Federation Restarting Wrestling

TDR Editor’s Notes ; Yes Luxembourg is a bit east of North Carolina yet this caught our eye as we are glad to see the expansion of wrestling opportunities.
Luxembourg Wrestling Federation is restarting wrestling with the support of Secretary General Gaston Parage and Technical Director Joseph Etogo. Etogo, a native of Cameroun, came to Luxembourg several years ago and realized wrestling was dormant in Luxembourg and worked with the federation to start the sport. There are two wrestling clubs in Luxembourg with approximately 40 wrestlers. The majority of the club members are youth, which shows the interest and popularity of wrestling among the new generation, according to Etogo. Rest of the story at …. https://unitedworldwrestling.org/article/luxembourg-wrestling-federation-restarting-wrestling

June 13, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


TDR Editor’s Notes ; Great to see North Carolina represented on the USA World team.
RALEIGH, N.C. – Former NC State wrestling national champion Nick Gwiazdowski claimed victory at the 2017 U.S. World Team Trials this weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska, and now will be part of the U.S. national team at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships to be held in Paris, August 21-26. Gwiazdowski received a bye into the best-of-three finals at 125 kg at the World Team Trials held on Saturday. Gwiazdowski won two straight bouts to clinch the series, and in the process clinched his first-ever spot on the World Team for the U.S. Rest of the story at ….http://www.gopack.com/news/2017/6/11/wrestling-gwiazdowski-claims-title-at-world-team-trials.aspx

June 11, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Burroughs, Cox come from behind to earn spots on World Team

TDR Editor’s Notes ; Must have been exciting action in Lincoln this weekend.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Two Olympic medalists — one a gold medalist and one a bronze medalist — found themselves on the brink of defeat at the Freestyle World Team Trials on Saturday night. Both wrestlers, Jordan Burroughs and J’den Cox, dug deep and found a way to win. The 28-year-old Burroughs, wrestling in front of his home crowd in Lincoln, Nebraska, came from behind to beat Kyle Dake in the finals at 74 kilograms and punch his ticket to September’s World Championships in Paris, France.
Rest of the story at ….http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/18306

June 11, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rosewood Makes the Hall of Fame

A few more pictures from the Hall of Fame Banquet in Chapel Hill.








June 7, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Finesilver Places 3rd at University Nationals

TDR Editor’s Notes ; Great to see some North Carolina collegiate wrestlers do well in the Rubber City, Akron Ohio.
AKRON, Ohio—Duke University redshirt junior Mitch Finesilver turned in a fantastic weekend with a third-place finish at University Nationals at Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House on the campus of University of Akron. Finesilver took third in freestyle at 70 kilograms. Finesilver, after suffering a narrow 4-0 setback in his opening match, rattled off nine straight victories to land on the podium in third. Four of his nine consecutive wins were by technical fall, including a 10-0 triumph that pushed him into the consolation semifinal and secured a place for the Colorado native.He is the third Blue Devil in program history to place in the prestigious national tournament. Rest of the story at ….http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=22467&SPID=1834&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=211617090&DB_OEM_ID=4200

June 6, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

InterMat Rewind: African-American Mat History

TDR Editor’s Notes ; Ok, even if the article is 10 years old it is a fascinating and well deserved look at the inclusion of African Americans into collegiate wrestling. Our compliments to these mat breakers. (Ok, still working on a suitable metaphor)
A half-century after the first African-American won an individual college wrestling championship — and nearly 60 years after the first man of color stepped onto the mat to compete at the NCAAs — the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum has created a special exhibit to honor the achievements of African-American wrestlers in the United States. The exhibit, which opened in February 2008 to coincide with Black History Month, will be on display the entire year at the hall of fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma; a traveling version will appear at the 2008 NCAAs in St. Louis. Let’s take a look at some of the important historical events of African-American amateur wrestling, and the individual pioneers who wrote history on the wrestling mat in this country � Rest of the story at …. http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/3568/Rev-Rewind-African-American-Mat-Historyte

June 3, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Will Newbern Award presentation

Some photos from the Award presentation to Will Newbern at West Carteret

June 3, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Will Newbern awarded the James Johnson Trophy as top wrestler in eastern North Carolina

State Champion Will Newbern of West Carteret High School was presented one of the 16th Annual James Johnson Award as the best scholastic wrestler in eastern North Carolina in 2017. The award is named in honor of three time national champion James Johnson. Will will continue his wrestling at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Will capped off a remarkable senior year campaign by going undefeated with a 51-0 record. He also competed and won both the N.C. Freeestyle and Greco Roman style championships, making Will, a rare
“Triple Crown” winner, the only one in North Carolina this year. He is the only wrestler in history to win the West Carteret hosted Beach Brawl tournament, the New Bern hosted Swiss Bear, the Croatan hosted Beast of the East, and the Chapel Hill hosted and nationally ranked Tiger Holiday Tournaments. Will accomplished this herculean feat not once but twice in his career, truly setting him apart. Will ended his career with 149 wins, 2x conference and regional champ and as a 2x place winner at the state tournament, finishing 5th his junior year to go along with his first place efforts his senior year.
Previous award winners were Tanner Stamper-Smith (2016) of Havelock, 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 martinkfleming@gmail.com.
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/.

June 3, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment