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No. 67 Sherman a fourth top 100 commit for North Carolina in 2017

Three-time National Prep runner-up Zach Sherman (Blair Academy, N.J.) verbally committed to the University of North Carolina on Wednesday evening. Ranked No. 67 overall in the Class of 2017, Sherman placed fifth at 126 pounds in the Junior National freestyle championships this past summer.  Rest of story at http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/16840?mc_cid=9257a61f99&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b


November 26, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Haas Joins Citadel as Assistant Coach

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel wrestling team has added former standout wrestler Marshall Haas as an assistant coach before the 2016-17 season, head coach Rob Hjerling announced.  Haas won the Southern Conference Championships at 197 pounds his sophomore year and was a runner-up at the tournament his junior and senior years.  Rest of the Story at http://citadelsports.com/news/2016/10/31/haas-joins-bulldogs-as-assistant-wrestling-coach.aspx?mc_cid=7015637281&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

November 25, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Zach Barnes commits to Campbell

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After showing up on multiple Iowans college lists, Campbell University and head coach Cary Kolat has landed their first Iowa native, as Southeast Polk’s Zach Barnes has given the Fighting Camels his verbal commitment.  “I chose to leave the state because of the upside in the program and academic opportunities.” Barnes stated.  In addition to coach Kolat, the Campbell staff also features Iowa native Garrett Kiley, who served as Iowa State’s Director of Operations up until last year.  “Coach Kolat, staff and the entire team made me feel comfortable about moving away from Iowa.”  Rest of the story at https://iawrestle.com/2016/10/31/zach-barnes-commits-to-campbell/?mc_cid=7015637281&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

November 25, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Derek Brunson ‘grateful’ for time at UNCP

By Jonathan Bym – jbym@civitasmedia.com
PEMBROKE — It’s a routine that mixed martial artist Derek Brunson follows everyday that he picked up as a freshman at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  Robesonian | MMA fighter Derek Brunson ‘grateful’ for time at UNCP.  From the first wrestling meeting he attended on the first day of his freshman year in 2002, Brunson learned the importance of preparation and now a day planner plans out every day and every busy schedule for the eighth-ranked middleweight fighter in the world.  “My coach my freshman year was P.J. Smith. The very first day we got here on campus and we had our wrestling meeting, he had a day planner,” Brunson said. “To this day I still keep my day planner ‘cause it helps me stay organized and get everything I need to get done and it’s just one of the things that helped me in life.”  Last weekend, Brunson was honored as one of the new members of the UNCP athletics hall of fame after a standout career as a wrestler for the Braves. Brunson won three NCAA region titles and made four trips to the NCAA Division II National Championships, where he was a named a three-time all-American. He wrestled for the Braves from 2002-07 and racked up 121 career victories, including 39 wins during his freshman campaign.  “After my athletic career is wrapped up, I’ll look back on this time and I’ll be really grateful for being inducted into the hall of fame,” Brunson said. “It’s definitely a great honor.”  Rest of the story at https://robesonian.com/sports/93086/mma-fighter-derek-brunson-grateful-for-time-at-uncp?mc_cid=5c01550adb&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

November 25, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cleary University to launch varsity wrestling in 2017

(Oct. 23, 2016 – Howell, Mich.) — As Cleary University continues to grow and expand, it’s athletic department is doing likewise as it announced the addition of varsity wrestling, to start in September of 2017, as it’s newest male athlete sport. Scott Lucas, who has coached for nearly two decades including a seven-year stint as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University, has been tapped to spearhead the new program.  Lucas is looking to build a roster of 30-40 wrestlers that will compete in 10 different weight classes to begin the program with the thought that those numbers will remain consistent over the years.  As Cleary looks to join the NAIA next season, the wrestling program will look to take to the mat with other area NAIA and NCAA Division III programs, but Lucas is not adverse to going head-to-head with larger programs.  “In open tournaments, giving our wrestlers an opportunity to compete against a vareity of competition including NCAA Division I opponents is something we’ll be seeking,” he said.  Rest of the Story  can be read at http://www.clearycougars.com/article/508.php?mc_cid=d9c13c102e&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

November 24, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New York adds State Team Tourney

New York will add a team dual meet competition in 2018. We always welcome increase collegiate opportunities for wrestlers and an increases in state dual meet competitions is also welcomed.
Rest of the story can be read at http://www.fltimes.com/sports/local-wrestling-coaches-happy-to-see-new-york-create-state/article_6514af8a-9aab-11e6-9eaf-4f3b66e9d96f.html?mc_cid=d9c13c102e&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

November 24, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gwiazdowski wins silver medal at Intercontinental Cup in Russia

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Oct. 16, 2016,
Nick Gwiazdowski of the USA in competition at the Intercontinental Cup in Dagestan, Russia.
KHASAJVURT, Russia – Two-time NCAA champion Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./New York AC/Wolfpack WC) won a silver medal at 125 kg/275 lbs. in Sunday’s action at the Intercontinental Cup in Dagestan.
Gwiazdowski was edged in the gold-medal finals by Batraz Gazzaev from Alania, Russia, by a 2-1 margin. Gazzaev was third in the 2014 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia, and boasts gold medals from the 2011 Dmitri Korkin International and the 2013 Moscow Lights tournaments in Russia, as well as the 2013 Copa Brasil in Brazil. Gwiazdowski won three straight matches to power his way into the finals. He opened with a 3-2 win over 2015 Military World Championships silver medalist Dmitry Popov of Kazakhstan. Next, he dominated 2016 Junior World silver medalist Umar Israilov of Azerbaijan, 9-1. In the semifinals, he controlled 2015 Intercontinental Cup champion Anzor Hizriev of St. Petersburg, Russia, 5-1.
The USA won two medals at this year’s Intercontinental Cup, with Alan Waters (Columbia, Mo./Missouri Wrestling Foundation) winning a bronze medal at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. on Saturday. 2015 World bronze medalist James Green (Lincoln, Neb./Titan Mercury WC) opened his competition at 70 kg/154 lbs. with a win over Amazat Omurzhanov of Kazakhstan, 9-0. In the second round, he was edged by 2010 Youth Olympic Games champion Azamatbi Pshnatlov of Kabardino-Balkaria in Russia, 1-1. When Pshnatlov failed to reach the finals, Green was eliminated. Rest of the story at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2016/October/16/Gwizz-wins-silver-medal-at-Intercontinental-Cup-in-Russia?mc_cid=6be9e2bfc1&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

November 22, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kasper Soaks In Trip to Russia Ahead of 2016-17 Season

DURHAM, N.C.—A little over a month before his redshirt junior season officially got underway, Jacob Kasper got a call from USA Wrestling for an incredible, albeit quick, international journey. The Lexington, Ohio native was selected among a small group of wrestlers to travel to Kemerovo, Russia to compete against wrestlers from all over the world. “I felt honored to be asked [by USA Wrestling] to wrestle in this tournament,” said Kasper. “They were looking for a top senior level guy. I don’t know if I’m necessarily one of the top senior guys for freestyle, but for them to ask was a great honor. I was really excited about the opportunity and I’ll jump at any opportunity to compete.”
Coming off of a redshirt season during which Kasper gained valuable experience training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, the Pan American games and Olympic Trials, he jumped at the opportunity. Rest of story at http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=211218793&mc_cid=736b02e812&mc_eid=2ef7cbca4b

November 22, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wolfpack showcases talent at Brickyard Bash

By Alec Sawyer of The Technician
The NC State wrestling team gave students a unique look at the team Wednesday. Members of the team wrestled throughout the day in the brickyard outside of D.H. Hill Library in an event the team calls “The Brickyard Bash.”  Students gathered to watch and interact with the Wolfpack wrestlers. The season starts next month for the team and the event is a good way for the team to reach out to the student body. Wrestlers and coaches hung out around the event talking to students and handing out team schedules. The event is a great way to let people know what the wrestling team is all about, according to head coach Pat Popolizio.  “We just want to promote awareness for our upcoming season,” Popolizio said. “It puts an end to our preseason so it’s kind of just a last day event. It makes an exciting atmosphere for the guys.” Rest of the story at www.technicianonline.com/sports/ncsubrickyard

November 19, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

North Carolina sets high goals with fresh coaching staff and expanded RTC


By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Oct. 05, 2016,

The nation is starting to take renewed notice of the University of North Carolina’s wrestling program, and that’s exactly what Head Coach Coleman Scott wants.  Scott, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, is entering his second year as the head coach at UNC and his third year overall and is looking to return North Carolina to the elite level of college wrestling. “We’re in the young phases of our program as a whole, but I believe we have the right guys in the right places,” Scott said. “The pieces of the puzzle are there and we’re just putting it together. We’re on the right track at a fast pace.”  A 2008 NCAA champion for Oklahoma State, Scott was brought on prior to the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach to CD Mock. The next year, the North Carolina athletic department announced Scott as the new head coach as a result of Mock’s retirement.  Rest of the story at www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/North-Carolina-sets-high-goals-with-fresh-coaching-staff

November 19, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment