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Jackson, Townsend to go 'On the Mat' this week

This week's edition of "On the Mat" will feature Kevin Jackson and Jason Townsend.

Jackson is one of the greatest freestyle wrestlers the United States has ever produced. During his international career, Jackson won World Championships in 1991 and 1995 and an Olympic gold medal in 1992. He is one of only six American wrestlers to win three or more World gold medals.

Jackson currently serves as the full-time head coach for the national freestyle wrestling program in Colorado Springs. He also works to develop freestyle coaches and programs in the United States.

Since taking over as the freestyle national teams head coach in 2001, the United States has placed in the top three twice and recently placed fourth at the 2007 freestyle World Championships.

Townsend was the head coach of the first United States World Grappling team that won the team championship earlier this month. He is also the author of the rulebook that was adopted by FILA (the international wrestling federation) and is a member of the FILA World Grappling Committee.

Townsend is a Wrestling/Grappling coach at Xtreme Couture MMA in Las Vegas, Nevada. He serves as Head Wrestling Coach at Marc Laimon's Cobra Kai jiu-jitsu, also located in Las Vegas.

As a wrestler, Townsend served as an assistant wrestling coach at Cal-State Fullerton from 2000-2005. He competed in college at both Syracuse and Hofstra following two Maryland state title.

"On the Mat" is a weekly wrestling radio program that airs every Wednesday night. This week's broadcast can be heard live from 6-7 p.m. Central Standard Time. The Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, hosts the show.

"On the Mat" can be heard live on the Internet at www.kcnzam.com or locally in Northeast Iowa on 1650, The Fan.