July 30, 2008

U.S. falls short of medals on first day of FILA Junior Greco-Roman Worlds in Turkey

U.S. falls short of medals on first day of FILA Junior Greco-Roman Worlds in Turkey
Elizabeth Wiley USA Wrestling

The U.S. Greco-Roman team failed to place in the four weights that competed Tuesday, July 29 at the FILA Junior Worlds.

Tyler Cox (Gillette, Wyo./Camel Kids), the only returning FILA Junior competitor from 2007, placed ninth at 50 kg/110 lbs. He was the highest placer in competition Tuesday. Cox defeated Bhavale Shivshankar of India, 0-6, 2-0, 6-1, in the first round, but lost to Sang-Hun Oh of Korea, 0-6, 4-7, in the second round.

Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Shamrock WC) and Ben Provisor (Stevens Point, Wis./Dennis Hall World Gold WC) also posted 1-1 records. Dake finished 14th at 60 kg/132 lbs. after beating his opponent from Turkey but losing to the Greco-Roman wrestler from Egypt. Provisor came in 19th at the 74 kg/163 lbs. weight class, beating a Polish wrestler and losing to his Turkish opponent.

Michael Rossetti was the other U.S. wrestler competing in the first day of competition. He placed 19th at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. after failing to defeat his first round opponent Taisto Lalli of Finland.

None of the U.S. wrestlers had the opportunity to wrestleback after their loss, because the wrestlers they lost to did not reach the finals.

The final four wrestlers for the U.S. Greco-Roman squad have weighed in and received their draws for competition Wednesday, July 30.

To follow the FILA Junior World Championships as they happen, visit Coverage includes wrestling shoes, up-to-date results, live matches, and team scores.

Junior World Championships
At Istanbul, Turkey, July 29

U.S. performances on Tuesday

50 kg/110 lbs. - Tyler Cox, Gillette, Wyo. (Camel Kids), 9th
WIN Bhavale Shivshankar (India), 0-6, 2-0, 6-1
LOSS Sang-Hun Oh (Korea), 0-6, 4-7

60 kg/132 lbs. - Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Shamrock WC), 14th
WIN Przemyslaw Kraczkowski (Poland), 3-6, 2-2, 6-0
LOSS Saida Mouneim Said (Egypt), 0-4,0-3

74 kg/163 lbs. - Ben Proviser, Stevens Point, Wis. (Dennis Hall World Gold WC), 19th
WIN Mariusz Szostek (Poland), 1-1, 3-1
LOSS Selim Demir (Turkey), 0-2, 1-2

96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Michael Rossetti, Pittsburgh, Penn. (USOEC), 19th
LOSS Taisto Lalli (Finland), 1-1, 0-6

U.S. Greco-Roman men’s draws for Wednesday’s session

55 kg/121 lbs. – Jimmy Chase, Carol Strem, Ill. (Pinnacle WC)
vs. Artem Roitman (Israel)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Bo Beckman, Orem, Utah (USOEC)
vs. Havder Kareem Hasan (Iraq)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Zach Nielsen, Zimmerman, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
vs. Robert Papp (Romania)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Peter Kowalczuk, Oak Park, Ill. (Sunkist Kids/USOEC)
vs. Riza Kayaalp (Turkey)

June 27, 2008

Chas Thompson to coach at Fort Hayes

Fort Hays State University announced on Thursday, June 26, 2008, the hiring of Chas Thompson as Head Wrestling Coach. Thompson becomes the 13th coach in the wrestling program's history.

Thompson comes to Fort Hays State from Pratt Community College, where he served as head coach for two years from 2006-2008. In his time at PCC, Thompson led the Beavers to 10th and 21st place finishes at the NJCAA National Tournament and coached two NJCAA All-Americans. He also coached 11 Academic All-Americans. His 2006-07 team was ranked as high as 6th in the nation and his dash 2007-08 team was ranked as high as 10th in the nation.

Thompson is no stranger to the Fort Hays State program, where he served as an assistant coach for three years prior to becoming the head coach at Pratt Community College. Thompson was a graduate assistant coach for two years at FHSU from 2003-2005. He was a student assistant coach during the 2002-03 season. Thompson had the privilege of helping coach five NCAA Division II All-Americans as an assistant at FHSU.

Outside his collegiate coaching experience, Thompson has also served in several other coaching roles. He was a coach for the Cadet National Team in Fargo, N.D., the past three years and a coach for the Southern Plains Wrestling Team the past four years. Thompson also served as a summer wrestling coach from 1999-2008 in the Freestyle, Folkstyle, and Greco Roman disciplines.

Thompson wrestled for Fort Hays State University from 1999-2002. He was a national qualifier during his junior season (1999-2000) after winning his weight class at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Championships/NCAA Division II West Regional.

Prior to competing at FHSU, Thompson wrestled for two seasons at Labette Community College under his father Jody Thompson. His father is a member of the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame, NJCAA Coaches Hall of Fame, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, and National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Thompson earned NJCAA All-American honors as a sophomore and was a two-time national qualifi er for LCC.

A native of Parsons, Kan., Thompson compiled a record of 133-14 in his prep career at Parsons High School. He was named the Kansas Class 4A Wrestler of the Year after winning the state championship as a senior. He was a four-time state placer at PHS.

Thompson earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Fort Hays State in 2003, and is currently working towards completion of his master's degree in Sports Administration at FHSU.

June 15, 2008

Wrestling and Fighters with a Ton of Videos

John Smith

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Mike Zadick

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College Football

May 10, 2008

TheWrestlingTalk continues to add enhancements

Recently, the nation's leading wrestling social network, released a half dozen social networking tools for amateur wrestling and mixed martial arts fans. Included in this upgrade are the following sections:
Albums, Blogs, and Groups. These three options are available for all users and tie directly into each users personal profile.

TheWrestlingTalk also opened a wrestling gear store that plans to use 100% of its profit to start new wrestling programs. The current categories include: Wrestling Awards, Wrestling Bags, Wrestling Books, Wrestling Clocks, Wrestling Headgear, Wrestling Kneepads
Wrestling Mats, Wrestling Shoes, Wrestling Singlets, Wrestling Socks, Wrestling Videos, Freestyle Wrestling, College Apparel, Officials Gear, Under Armour
. There are still over 100 items to be added so take your time in browsing.

April 27, 2008

New Features at TheWrestlingTalk

TheWrestlingTalk released major update to its community about 2 weeks ago. I waited to detail the update until most of the finishing touches were completed. Check out how TWT is revolutionizing how wrestlers communicate:

Personal Profiles: (Here's Mine) This isn't just a wrestler's Facebook/MySpace. Complete your recruiting profile and get noticed by college coaches, add your highlight video from TWT Videos. If you put yourself on YouTube, you can add those videos to your profile as well.

Social Groups / Free Team Sites: Create your own team site with a forum, ability to add photos, videos, and more. Use the social groups feature to promote a cause (Save X's Wrestling Team, Donate to X's recovery fund) or connect with people who have a niche interest you share.

Free Wrestling Blog: Keep track of your daily workout regimen or keep your fan base up to date on your latest wrestling tournament.

Photo Albums: Wrestling is not your only interest, show off what else you enjoy. An excellent way to get to know your forum mates!

April 14, 2008

Gavin, Herbert among 7 Olympic Trials qualifiers with victories at University Freestyle Nationals

Gavin, Herbert among 7 Olympic Trials qualifiers with victories at University Freestyle Nationals
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling

AKRON, OHIO – A pair of recent NCAA Div. I champions were among the athletes who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials by winning Olympic weight classes at the University National Freestyle Championships, which concluded Sunday at the Univ. of Akron.

1998 NCAA champion Keith Gavin from the Univ. of Pittsburgh and 1997 NCAA champion Jake Herbert from Northwestern Univ. captured gold medals in their weight classes and earned a spot in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling in Las Vegas, Nev., June 13-15.

Gavin captured the title at 74 kg/163 lbs., defeating Michael Chaires of the Cavalier WC in the finals, 6-0, 3-0.

In the semifinals, Gavin had a very close battle with 2008 NCAA runner-up Mike Poeta of Illinois, winning 1-1, 5-4, 2-0. Gavin lost the first period and was dead-even with Poeta in the second period before he was able to get his offense going.

“I was excited to wrestle him,? said Gavin about his win over Poeta. “He has a style that gives me trouble. He is fast and he has a good shot. I made some mistakes in the match. It was definitely a good test for me.?

Gavin will train for a week with coach Sean Bormet at the Overtime Wrestling School in Illinois, then finalize his preparation back at Pitt before going to the U.S. National Championships in Las Vegas, April 25-26. He is satisfied with his transition to freestyle, after a full season of collegiate wrestling.

“I am really glad I wrestled this tournament,? said Gavin. “It gets me in that freestyle mode. I feel strong at this weight class. I feel that this is my weight.?

Herbert was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament after capturing the 84 kg/185 lbs. weight class. He stopped David Bertolino of the Cyclone WC in the finals, 2-0, 1-0. Bertolino was an All-American for Iowa State this year.

Herbert had three victories during the day. Herbert had a difficult draw on Saturday, including a close victory which went three periods against Matt Pell of the Cavalier WC in the second round.

“I wrestled a lot better today than yesterday,? said Herbert. “I was nervous yesterday with the draw I had. I was wrestling more not to lose. Today, I had Bertolino, who is very strong and had me scouted well. I picked and chose my shots well.?

Herbert has taken an Olympic redshirt year from college and has been competing in many international events. He wanted one more tournament before the U.S. Nationals, and was satisfied with the outcome.

“I got in a good test, wrestled good matches and know what my strengths and weaknesses are,? said Herbert. “I also got my qualification for the Olympic Trials. It now doesn’t matter what I do at the U.S. Nationals if I win the Olympic Trials. That is what I have been working so hard for.?

All seven of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualification berths were won by athletes who are college students. The University division is for athletes who are between 18-24 years old and their class has graduated from high school.

The fastest of the finals occurred at 96 kg/211.5 lbs., when Brent Jones of the Cavalier WC pinned Eddie Phillips of Cliff Keen in just 21 seconds. Jones, a sophomore at the Univ. of Virginia, defeated returning University Nationals champion Mike Tamillow of the Wildcat WC in the semifinals, 3-0, 6-0.

Tervel Dlagnev of the Sunkist Kids, the NCAA Div. II national champion for Nebraska-Kearney, captured the 120 kg/264.5 lbs. division with a victory over Aaron Anspach of Penn State, 1-0, 7-0.

“That guy in the finals was tough. He made me wrestle,? said Dlagnev. “I had a lot of tough competition here. It will help me get ready for the U.S. Nationals. It is fun to wrestle freestyle.?

Brad Pataky of Penn State, who is taking a redshirt year to pursue the Olympics, won the 55 kg/121 lbs. division with a tight 3-1, 0-3, 3-1 win over Zach Sanders of the Minnesota Storm. Pataky scored three points on a front headlock turn in the final period for the victory. He recently won the Northeast Olympic Regional Trials in Brockport, N.Y., so he has now won two Olympic Trials qualifying events.

The other two champions who earned Olympic Trials qualification were considered surprises, Daniel Dennis of Iowa at 60 kg/132 lbs. and Nathaniel Holt of the Chippewa WC at 145.5 lbs.

Dennis, a sophomore for the Univ. of Iowa, stopped Franklin Gomez of the Michigan WC in the championship finals, 3-0, 3-0. Gomez was third at the 2008 NCAA Championships for Michigan State. Dennis won the first period with a three-point throw with one second left on the clock, and took down Gomez and turned him in the second period. Gomez defeated Iowa’s Alex Tsirtsis in the semifinals, 4-1, 0-1, 3-1. Tsirtsis finished third.

Holt, a redshirt freshman at Central Michigan Univ., upset 2007 NCAA runner-up Ryan Lang of the Wildcat WC in the finals, 5-1, 3-1. Holt was able to score exposure points on Lang in both periods.

The University Nationals includes three additional weight classes which are not qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Winning the University Nationals for the second straight year was Mike Galante of the New York AC, who stopped Chris Heinrich of the Cavalier WC in the finals, 6-1, 2-0. Galante competes for Lehigh Univ.

“This is an awesome tournament,? said Galante. “I enjoy coming here to compete. There are so many good competitors here. It is a lot of fun and very relaxed.?

The other individual champions were Reece Humphrey of Ohio State at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Tyler Safratowich of Minnesota Storm at 70 kg/154.25 lbs.

Humphrey stopped Eric Albright of the Free Fall WC, 3-0, 6-0 in the finals. Safratowich, who competes for the Univ. of Minnesota, beat Joel Ahearn of the Naval Academy WC in the finals, 3-0, 1-0.

The University Nationals also serves as a qualifying event for the 2008 University World Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23-24. The University World Championships will be held in Greece in July.

At Akron, Ohio, April 13

55 kg/121 lbs
1st - Brad Pataky (Penn State) dec. Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm), 3-1, 0-3, 3-1
3rd - Obenson Blanc (NYAC) dec. Michael Martinez (Cowboy WC), 2-0, 1-1
5th - Tony Mustari (Northern Colorado) dec. Ross Gitiomer (Cavalier WC), 1-0, 0-1, 2-0
7th - Matthew Steintrager (unattached) dec. Demetrius Johnson (unattached), 2-0,4-2

60 kg/132.25 lbs
1st - Daniel Dennis (Iowa) dec. Franklin Gomez (Michigan WC), 3-0, 3-0
3rd - Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) tech. fall T.J. Schavrien (Sunkist Kids), 7-0, 7-0
5th - Matthew Fisk (LVAC) inj. dft. over Danny Mitcheff (Golden Pride)
7th - Andrew Hochstrasser (Bronco WC) dec. Jimmy Conroy (Pittsburgh), 3-2, 2-4, 6-0

63 kg/138.75 lbs
1st - Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) dec. Eric Albright (Free Fall WC), 3-0, 6-0
3rd - Willie Saxton (Sunkist Kids) dec. Mike Thorn (Minnesota Storm), 1-7, 3-2, 2-1
5th - Zack Bailey (Underdog WC) dec. Colby Pisani (Penn State), 3-0, 4-3
7th - Bryan Osuna (Do Work) dec. Micah Carter (Michigan WC), 6-0, 0-7, 3-0

66 kg/145.5 lbs
1st - Nathaniel Holt (Chippewa WC) dec. Ryan Lang (Wildcat WC), 5-1, 3-1
3rd - Alex Krom (College Park WC) dec. Bryce Saddoris (Naval Academy WC), 1-0, 2-0
5th - Chris Diaz (Valley WC) inj. dft. over Aaron Martin (Chattanooga) (Inj.)
7th - Chris Bencivenga (Y.E.S Greensboro) dec. over Kelly Felix (Chattanooga), 1-0, 7-1

70 kg/154.25 lbs
1st - Tyler Safratowich (Minnesota Storm) dec. Joel Ahern (Naval Academy WC), 3-0, 1-0)
3rd - Matt Ballweg (Iowa) dec. Danny Gonsor (Cavalier WC), 4-2, 4-1
5th - PJ Gillespie (NYC) inj. dft. over Jonathan Bonilla-Bowman (NYAC)
7th - Trevor Chinn (LVAC) dec. Brooks Kopsa (Iowa), 3-0, 9-1

74 kg/163 lbs
1st - Keith Gavin (Pittsburgh) dec. Michael Chaires (Cavalier WC), 6-0, 3-0
3rd - Lloyd Rogers (Chattanooga) dec. Aaron Janssen (Iowa), 3-4, 3-0, 3-0
5th - Jake Kerr (Iowa) inj. dft. over Mike Poeta (Illinois)
7th - Seth Garvin (Chattanooga) inj. dfr. over Mike Miller (unattached)

79 kg/ 174 lbs.
1st - Mike Galante (NYAC) dec. Chris Henrich (Cavalier WC), 6-1, 2-0
3rd - Mark Friend (Penn State) dec. Ross Taplin (Maverick WC), 7-3, 1-0
5th - Mike Benefiel (Wildcat WC) dec. Ben Friedl (Illinois), 3-3, 4-0, 1-0
7th - Dave Rella (Penn State) tech fall Stephen Crozier (Falcon WC), 7-0, 6-0

84 kg/185 lbs
1st - Jake Herbert (Wildcat WC) dec. Dave Bertolino (Cyclone WC), 2-0, 1-0
3rd - Raymond Jordan (Sunkist Kids) dec. Micky Moran (Buffalo), 2-0, 6-0
5th - Dustin Kilgore (Golden Pride) dec. Dorian Henderson (Sunkist Kids), 2-0, 5-1
7th - Sonny Yohn (Minnesota Storm) dec. Andy Johnson (Sunkist Kids), 7-0, 3-2

96 kg/211.5 lbs
1st - Brent Jones (Cavalier WC) pin Eddie Phillips (Cliff Keen), 0:21
3rd - Mike Tamillow (Wildcat WC) dec. Jared Platt (NYAC), 0-6, 1-0, 1-0
5th - DJ Bruce (Valley WC) inj. dft. over Eric Flinchum (Unattached)
7th - Tim Samson (Bobcat WC) inj. dft. over Riley Orozco (Road Runner WC)

120 kg/ 264.5 lbs
1st - Tervel Dlagnev (Sunkist Kids) dec. Aaron Anspach (Penn State), 1-0, 7-0
3rd - Konrad Duziak (NYAC) dec. Justin Dobies (CWC), 4-0, 1-4, 1-0
5th - Dave Zabriskie (Cyclone WC) inj. dft. over Zach Sheaffer (Pittsburgh)
7th - Scott Steele (Naval Academy WC) dec. John Laboranti (Penn State), 1-0, 1-0

(for placement at University World Team Trials)

55 kg/121 lbs.
Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm) won by forfeit over Obenson Blanc (NYAC)

63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Eric Albright (Free Fall WC) tech. fall Willie Saxton (Sunkist Kids), 7-0, 7-0

70 kg/154.25 lbs.
Joel Ahearn (Naval Academy WC) dec. Matt Ballweg (Iowa), 1-0, 3-1

74 kg/163 lbs.
Lloyd Rogers (Chattanooga) won by forfeit over Michael Chaires (Cavalier WC)

79 kg/174 lbs.
Mark Friend (Penn State) won by forfeit over Chris Henrich (Cavalier WC)

84 kg/185 lbs.
Dave Bertolino (Cyclone WC) dec. Raymond Jordan (Sunkist Kids), 1-1, 3-2

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Mike Tamillow (Wildcat WC) won by forfeit over Eddie Phillips (Cliff Keen)

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Konrad Duziak (NYAC) won by forfeit over Aaron Anspach (Penn State)

November 10, 2007

State Singlets added to TWT Wrestling Store

TheWrestlingTalk released wrestling singlets to the ever expanding list of products for purchase through the store.

TheWrestlingTalk added the following state singlets: Hawaii Wrestling Singlet, California Wrestling Singlet, Arizona State Wrestling Singlet, Colorado Wrestling Singlet, Florida Wrestling Singlet, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, Texas, Wyoming. Las Vegas, and others are soon to come.

November 3, 2007

Wrestling Headgear added to TheWrestlingTalk Wrestling Gear

More wrestling products have been added to's catalog. The Wrestling Headgear section now has around a dozen of the most popular wrestling headgear on the planet. All of the best selling products, including, Cliff Keen Tornado, Cliff Keen Twister, and the Brute Zer0-g.

Cliff Keen Twister

All three of these wrestling headgear are very similar. The tornado was released about 5 years ago, and was a major advancement at the time. Brute, several years later (I am assuming because of patent restrictions) released the Zer0-g to compete with the Tornado. It hasn't been as successful, but is a popular piece of gear. The Cliff Keen Twister is a reissue of the Tornado with one strap across the head, rather than two.

The plan is to now add the Adidas Wrestling Shoes to the Wrestling Shoes category, and then follow up with college wrestling apparel.