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Grapple at the Garden set for Sunday

TDR Editor’s Notes; Well, not many wrestling fans will be able to make it up to the big event in Madison Square Garden in New York City but it sounds like an exciting event. Check out the news on college wrestling in the center of The Big Apple.
By Mark Palmer
Amateur wrestling returns to New York’s Madison Square Garden this weekend as the sixth annual Grapple at the Garden this Sunday, Dec. 10. This year’s edition of this holiday classic — now a much-anticipated annual staple on the wrestling calendar — will feature matchups of some of the top college programs in the East, along with a unique all-star exhibition dual meet featuring top high school wrestlers from Long Island and New Jersey, and a special youth wrestling clinic conducted by 2016 World champion Logan Stieber. Colleges which will be participating at the Garden — site of the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships — include Division I programs Virginia Tech, Princeton, Hofstra, and George Mason University … LIU Post from Division II … and, representing Division III, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Wilkes University, and Stevens Institute of Technology. Rest of the Story at http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/19050


December 9, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Former Plain Dealer reporter Pat Galbincea selected to National Wrestling Hall of Fame

TDR Editor Notes; Met and worked with these three wrestling fans while in northeast Ohio decades ago. Great to see them recognized and honored.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Former Cleveland Plain Dealer sports writer Pat Galbincea will be inducted into the Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, along with several coaches from around the state for their “Lifetime Service to Wrestling.”
Galbincea, 69, covered high school and college wrestling for The Plain Dealer for 45 years, as well as several other sports. He also worked as police reporter and a general assignment news reporter. He retired from The Plain Dealer in 2013. Galbincea said he was shocked to hear he was nominated, and “amazed I was given the honor.” Lee Roy Smith, executive director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma was the first to give him the word. “This award acknowledges that your life has been significant and you are leaving behind a legacy that others admire,” Smith said to Galbincea. “You have a special place in the heritage of the sport and your legacy is going to be recognized at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum.” While the news has yet to be officially announced, Joel Greenlee from the Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame confirmed the honor. Greenlee, head wrestling coach at Ohio University, said Northeast Ohio will be well represented at the October 15 induction ceremonies in Dublin, Ohio. Wadsworth coach John Gramuglia and former freestyle champion C. David Range from Cleveland Heights will also be inducted. Rest of the story at http://oianews.com/former-plain-dealer-reporter-pat-galbincea-selected-to-national-wrestling-hall-of-fame?mc_cid=317a566e1b&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

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

The Big 12 Expands in Wrestling

TDR Editor Notes; Good news for wrestling competition on the college level.
IRVING, Texas – UNI wrestling will be moving to the Big 12 Conference effective for the 2017-18 season. The Big 12 has added Fresno State and Northern Iowa as affiliate members in the sport of wrestling to give the Conference a 12-team field. The new additions will join Air Force, Iowa State, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, South Dakota State, Utah Valley, West Virginia and Wyoming in future regular and postseason competition. Rest of the story at http://unipanthers.com/news/2017/6/30/uni-wrestling-joins-big-12-conference.aspx?mc_cid=bc6e280293&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

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

Presbyterian College adds Division I wrestling with Mark Cody as head coach

TDR Editor’s Notes; This is tremendously exciting news. Not only will another college is starting a wrestling team but Presbyterian College will also be adding a 2nd team with a Women’s program. Presbyterian will be another Division I program and it’s Women’s team will be the first women’s team at a D-I school and first in the Carolinas. By next year there will be over 40 colleges with Women’s Wrestling teams! The is also a promising trend with Division II Men’s teams as they have more than tripled in the last 17 years. We also will be welcoming a great college coach in Mark Cody.
It’s official: After months of speculation, Presbyterian College will be adding men’s and women’s wrestling, and has accepted an invitation to join the Southern Conference as an associate member beginning in fall 2019, the South Carolina-based NCAA Division I school announced Thursday. What’s more, the school is expected to name former American University and Oklahoma head wrestling coach Mark Cody its director of operations and head men’s wrestling coach, Takedown Wrestling reported Thursday. Presbyterian’s men’s squad will compete in a limited varsity schedule next season, before joining the SoCon as a full member in 2019. The women’s wrestling team will compete as an independent, beginning next season. Rest of the story at http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/19040

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

Kentucky Wesleyan welcomes new wrestling program

TDR Editor’s Notes; Two more new teams in the NCAA Division II classification yet Women’s wrestling is not recognized yet by the NCAA.
Wrestling will join the sports roster at Kentucky Wesleyan College starting in the 2018-19 academic year, the NCAA Division II school announced this week. Rest of the story at https://intermatwrestle.com/articles/18705
Chris Freije Selected to Lead Wrestling Program
OWENSBORO, KY – Chris Freije has become the first wrestling coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College as announced by Director of Athletics Rob Mallory on Monday. Freije comes to Wesleyan after a short run at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas. Kentucky Wesleyan announced the addition of wrestling, its 19th sport, in October. Rest of Story at http://www.kwcpanthers.com/news/2017/11/20/general-chris-freije-selected-to-lead-wrestling-program.aspx

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


TDR Editor Notes; Another new women’s wrestling team. We hope that will add a men’s team soon! Great to see more opportunities for athletes to wrestle.
WINFIELD, Kan. — The Southwestern College Board of Trustees has approved the addition of a women’s wrestling program, with the inaugural season slated for 2018-2019. The college has launched a search for a coach to build the team. “After much deliberation and research, and in full conversation with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) we are enthusiastic to add women’s wrestling at SC,” said Brad Andrews, Southwestern College President. “We are excited for the class of students that the sport will bring to campus and proud to be one of the first schools in Kansas to award scholarships to these student-athletes.” Rest of the story at http://www.buildersports.com/article/2927.php

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

Top Division I programs by dual wins

TDR Editor’s Note; The following is a listing of just the top 15 Division I teams by dual meet wins over the past 120 years or so. We are in the process of updating all college records in all divisions and associations and it is slow going. We welcome news and input in historical records. As progress is made it will be posted here.
Top 15 Division I Schools before 2017-2018 season
No. School State Lev. Wins Losses Ties Pct. First Yr. (fall) Latest Year Yrs. Most Wins Coach
1 Oklahoma State (A & M) OK I 1092 126 22 0.890 1914-1915 2017 98 Smith, John
2 Iowa State University IA I 1057 416 19 0.715 1915-1943,’45- 2017 100 Nichols, Harold J., Dr.
3 Oregon State University OR I 1023 340 28 0.746 1908-1909 2017 96 Thomas, Dale
4 Iowa University of IA I 987 228 29 0.805 1910-1911 2017 107 Gable, Dan
5 Minnesota, University of MN I 942 445 25 0.676 1919-1922 2017 98 Robinson, J
6 Penn State University PA I 911 303 36 0.743 1908-1909 2017 110 Speidel, Charlie
7 Lehigh University PA I 908 420 23 0.681 1910-1911 2017 107 Sheridan, Billy
8 U.S. Naval Academy MD I 883 299 26 0.742 1908-1909 2017 109 Peery, Ed
9 Oklahoma University OK I 880 386 33 0.690 1919-1920 2017 93 Abel, Stan
10 Michigan, University of MI I 802 356 26 0.688 1921-1922 2017 96 Keen, Clifford P.
11 Cornell University NY I 795 396 20 0.665 1907-1908 2017 110 Koll, Rob
12 Appalachian State NC I 794 443 24 0.639 1927-’41,’46-53, 55- 2017 78 Mance, Paul
13 Kent State University OH I 781 334 12 0.698 1927-1928 2017 87 Begala, Joe
14 Ohio State University OH I 767 521 28 0.593 1920-1921 2017 97 Hellickson, Russ
15 Northern Iowa Univ. (IA St. Teachers, St. Coll. Of Iowa) IA I 763 413 29 0.645 1922-1923 2017 93 Patten, Chuck

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

Rosewood Eagle Invitational – December 9th

TDR Editor’s Notes: This tournament has also been going for more than twenty years and it has always been a quality event worth looking forward to it.
Fantastic Hospitality room, Great cross-section of 1A-4A Schools, Extremely competitive, Relatively local, 3 Mats, Every team is given all results and tournament statistics. Rest of the details at http://rhs372.waynecountyschools.org/athletics/wrestling

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

Pierce-Davis Tournament 2017

TDR Editor’s Note; One of the longest running tournaments in eastern North Carolina. It has been hosted by three different schools at four different sites (one year it was moved to West Middle School at short notice) and it continues on and grows in strength.
History of Pierce and Davis
This is an annual tournament held in eastern North Carolina. Southwest Edgecombe High School started hosting this event. Tarboro High also hosted this event for two years and currently it is held at North Pitt High School. Rest of the story and results (on Track Wrestling) at https://piercedavis.weebly.com/

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

Jaqwuez Norman named for the Lee Carroll Award

TDR Editor’s Notes; The 2017 Lee Carroll Award for Outstanding Wrestling in the Northern Coastal Plains will be presented to Jaqwuez Norman of Farmville Central H.S. Norman placed 3rd at 285 lbs. this season

November 5, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment