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.
Rest of the story at http://gocamels.com/sports/wrest/2016-17/releases/20160829kxw6nc?mc_cid=78989b40d8&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
2016 ACC Champions return to action in Reynolds Coliseum after $35 million renovation
2016-17 Schedule | Purchase Season Tickets | Reynolds Renovation
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State head coach Pat Popolizio has announced the Wolfpack’s 2016-17 schedule. The Pack’s slate includes 14 scheduled duals and five tournaments during the regular season, before NC State defends its ACC title by hosting the conference championship March 4 in Reynolds Coliseum.
“This year’s schedule has great balance between dual meet and individual competitions,” said Popolizio. “We made some changes to our schedule, to add more individual type competitions by adding The Tussle and Journeymen Classic along with competing in the Midlands Championships for the second straight year.” After being displaced last season due to the impressive $35 million renovation of Reynolds Coliseum, the Wolfpack will be returning to its normal home venue for the 2016-17 season. The Pack will host five duals inside Reynolds, with a pair of ACC home duals. In addition, NC State is the host for the 2017 ACC Championship, and if the Pack were to earn a bid, NC State will also host the National Duals against a Big Ten school prior to the NCAA Championships. “We are extremely excited for the opportunity to host our dual meets in the newly renovated Reynolds,” said Popolizio. “Not only will the arena be great for the wrestlers to compete in, but the experience for the fans will be unforgettable. There is a lot of history and tradition displayed in the Reynolds Walk of Fame & History project for the fans to enjoy.”
Rest of the story at http://gopack.com/news/2016/8/25/wrestling-packwrestle-announces-2016-17-schedule.aspx?mc_cid=c0ba6a97fd&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University wrestling head coach Glen Lanham has announced the addition of Brandon Nelsen to the coaching staff as an assistant coach starting in the 2016-2017 season. Nelsen will work primarily with the lighter weights in the wrestling room and will be crucial in recruiting efforts.
“I have known Brandon since he was a sophomore in high school and it’s been great following his development on and off the mat,” said Lanham. “I’m very excited about all he will bring to our wrestling program.” “I am very excited for the opportunity that has been given to me by head coach Glen Lanham,” said Nelsen. “I have the utmost respect for him and what his vision is for Duke wrestling in the future. Coach Lanham was one of the first coaches to recruit me in high school and although our paths separated I am very glad to be coaching alongside he and Ben Wissel. I am looking forward to helping build what it means to be a Duke wrestler both on and off of the mat.” Nelsen comes to Durham after spending a year as graduate assistant at the University of Indianapolis. During his time in Indianapolis Nelsen worked primarily with the lightweight group as well as helped mentor a pair of All-Americans at 125 and 133 pounds, which included a runner-up finish at NCAA Division II Championships at 133 pounds.
Rest of the story at http://www.goduke.com//ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=211107398&mc_cid=60c5c902e7&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State Univeristy wrestling head coach JohnMark Bentley announced the addition of Ryan LeBlanc as an assistant coach and Dominic Parisi as a volunteer assistant coach on Friday. “I am excited about the addition of both Ryan and Dom to the Appalachian wrestling staff,” Bentley said. “Ryan’s wrestling, coaching and fundraising experience will vastly benefit our program. Dominic brings a passion and love for Appalachian that is unparalleled. He had an outstanding career here at Appalachian and he is going to be an awesome Coach!” LeBlanc joins Appalachian after spending two years working for the State University of New York at Cortland. He started as a graduate assistant wrestling coach before transitioning to a dual position in coaching and alumni engagement. LeBlanc helped guide the team to a 7th and 13th place finish in the NCAA tournament including seven national qualifiers, four NWCA Scholar All-Americans, four NCAA All-Americans and two separate individual national champions. He also helped create the periodization plan for wrestling, strength and cardiovascular training throughout his seasons. Rest of the story at http://www.appstatesports.com//ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=21500&ATCLID=211103289&mc_cid=452c9f4167&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b
The Tar Heel Wrestling Club has named Kenny Monday as its head coach.
“Bringing Kenny on is huge for our development as a program,” UNC head wrestling coach Coleman Scott told InterMat. “We want to win national, world, and Olympic titles in Chapel Hill and he will be a huge part of that.” The 54-year-old Monday has coached at all levels of wrestling, and has worked as the wrestling coach with the Blackzilians, a mixed martial arts camp. He is a two-time Olympic medalist, winning gold in 1988 and silver in 1992. Monday was also an NCAA champion and three-time NCAA All-American at Oklahoma State. He helped guide Scott to an Olympic bronze medal in 2012. His son Kennedy Monday, a two-time state champion, is an incoming freshman at UNC. The Tar Heel Wrestling Club currently has three full-time senior level athletes training: Tony Ramos, Josh Kindig and Braden Atwood. “We are looking to build on them and add a few more in the next year or so,” Scott said.
Editor’s Note – Encouraging news about wrestling and the benefits for our county in having more college programs.
Donations can help the return of Joliet Junior College wrestling program | Morris Herald-News
By: DICK GOSS
About 21/2 years ago, Dan Catarello, a local chiropractor and former college wrestler, and Pat O’Connell, a longtime Joliet Township/Joliet Central wrestling coach, struck up a friendship. Almost immediately, their conversation swung toward their passion. The questions was posed: Why shouldn’t Joliet Junior College reinstate its once-renowned wrestling program? The program, which rose to national prominence during the tenure of Hall of Fame coach and administrator Henry Pillard, has been gone since 1987. Catarello and O’Connell decided to get to work on reinstatement. Rest of the story at http://www.morrisherald-news.com/2016/07/11/donations-can-help-the-return-of-joliet-junior-college-wrestling-program/avlggxa/?page=1
STILLWATER, Okla. — Former North Carolina wrestling captain and ACC champion Joe Galli was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as the organization’s Outstanding American. Full story at the Tar Heel’s web site — http://www.goheels.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPID=12984
The Reynolds Coliseum renovations are going well and the Wolfpack wrestling team is looking to return to competing there in the fall. Team members have been participating in the University Nationals and other competitions. The N.C. State has not been announced yet but fans can keep up with the team’s news at http://gopack.com/index.aspx?path=wrestling&