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January 31, 2008

Wrestling Match Torrents Added

A new move by some members at TheWrestlingTalk.com has been to host large DVD files of International wrestling competition. These files are hosted in wrestling torrents, (.torrent) is a filename that is associated with torrent downloading software like uTorrent. There are several features planned, including a torrent search and cataloging application.

January 29, 2008

U.S. Lineup announced for 34th Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic

U.S. Lineup announced for 34th Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic
By Frank Vulcano
Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic

The Wrestling Classic committee selected the USA All-Star Team for the Dapper Dan High School Wrestling Classic, the most prestigious high school all-star wrestling meet in the United States. The Wrestling Classic will be on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Fitzgerald Field House.

This year, Wisconsin will challenge the Western Pennsylvania All-Stars in the preliminary dual meet beginning at 5:30 p.m. The feature match, between the Pennsylvania and USA All-Stars is at 7:30 p.m. Representing the USA Team is:

Name High School State Record Champion College Signed with
112 B. J. Futrell Mt. Carmel Illinois 105-18 1 X University of Illinois

119 Andrew Long Creston Iowa 129-13 2 X Iowa State University

125 Brian Owen University Washington 94-5 1 X Boise State University

130 Tyler Graff Loveland Colorado 127-1 3 X University of Wisconsin

135 Mark Weber Goodrich Michigan 162-4 3 X University of Michigan

140 Jason Chamberlain Springville Utah 149-2 3 X Boise State University

145 Tony Jameson Austinfitch Ohio 124-3 3 X Ohio State University

152 Alex Meade Caesar Rodney Delaware 81-4 2 X Oklahoma State University

160 Jason Welch Las Lomas California 143-7 2 X Northwestern University

171 Chris Spangler Neuqua Valley Illinois 111-12 1 X

189 Romero Cotton Hutchinson Kansas 95-11 3 X University of Nebraska

215 Tyrell Fortune Lakeridge Oregon 1 X

285 Eric Thompson Waverly Shell Rock Iowa 132-13 1 X Iowa State University

(Records do not include senior year)

UPMC Health Plan, in coordination with UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, presents this all-star event, which is produced by the Post-Gazette Dapper Dan Charities and local volunteers.

Proceeds from the Wrestling Classic support a youth wrestling program for inner-city children through the Dapper Dan Youth Sports Leagues at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.

January 25, 2008

Kentucky's Martin carries 100+ win streak

Already a state champion, Seneca High School wrestler Elliott Martin recently reached another milestone.

The senior won his 100th consecutive high school match this month and will take a 102-match winning streak into tomorrow’s State Duals at Henry Clay.

“No, it’s not common to win that many in a row,? Seneca coach Chuck Anderson said. “I’ve had some guys get close to that situation, but there’s always something that got in the way.?

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January 24, 2008

"Hall" to release new exhibit

In honor of Black History Month in February, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum has created a new exhibit that will commemorate 50 years of African American success on the mat.

“On behalf of the Hall of Fame Board of Governors, I want to express our collective excitement for this project that celebrates the heritage of African Americans who have contributed so much to the success of our sport both at home and abroad,? said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “We believe this exhibit will help inspire young African Americans to follow in the footsteps of these extraordinary individuals who have been successful in both sport and life.?

Article in its entirety at High School Wrestling Resource: HSWrestling.Net

January 20, 2008

Blair Thumps Easton to Win Final Four

Blair Doesn't quite seem like some of their past teams, but they are very powerful in the middle. I noticed a weak spot around 130, other than that, they are a very solid dual team.

Blair Academy, NJ 51 - Easton, Pa. 10a
Starting time - 4:11pm
Ending time - 5:45pm
Easton wins flip and picks odd bouts
Referees: Mike Evans and Matt Reiss

125 - Anthony Valles (BA) dec 7-0 So. Mark Hartenstine (E)
130 - Sr. Jordan Oliver (E) WBF 1:19 Joe Stanzione (BA)
135 - Garrett Frey (BA) WBF 2:20 Jr. Pat Corpora (E)
140 - Austin Ormsbee (BA) dec 6-4 Sr. Tevin Gibson (E)
145 - Mario Mason (BA) dec 7-2 Jr. Eric Burgey (E)
152 - Jesse Shanaman (BA) dec 8-4 3OT Sr. Colin Dailey (E)
160 - Adam Hogue (BA) md 15-6 Sr. Jeremy Snyder (E)
171 - Corey Peltier (BA) WBF0:55 Jr. Jeff Griffith (E)
189 - Ben Krakower (BA) WBF 1:07 Jr. Storm Kruczek (E)
215 - Steve Hanzlik (BA) dec 6-5 Jr. Chris Wilson (E)
285 - Kyle Hanson (BA) WBF 3:40 Sr. Stephan Vas (E)
103 - Evan Silver (BA) md 19-7 Fr. Mike Fleck (E)
112 - Sean Boyle (BA) md 14-1 Fr. Joey Rizzolino (E)
119 - Sr. Kegan Handlovic (E) md 16-5 Tony Buxton (BA)

January 18, 2008

Golden Grappler prepares for Tulsa Nationals

Golden Grappler prepares for Tulsa Nationals
By Jeff Andrews / Staff Writer

When Howard Smith tells his classmates at L.A. Nelson Elementary School that he’s a wrestler, they don’t understand.

“They know, but they think it’s like WWF or something,? Howard said. “I’m like ‘No, it’s not that.’?

Howard isn’t the type of wrestler that throws chairs at his opponents. He’s the type who pins opponents to the mat. And he’s been pinning his opponents with stunning regularity.

The 11-year-old has already won two national events — the recent U.S. Junior Open Championships in Oklahoma City and the Dollamur Cotton Bowl, which is the biggest youth wrestling event in Texas.

He’s also the Texas state champ in freestyle and Greco-Roman style wrestling in his age group, but for all his success, Howard isn’t one to gloat about it.

“I don’t really like bragging about it,? Howard said. “I don’t really talk about it. I bring it up when they [classmates] bring it up. [If I lose] I just say to myself ‘I did my best.’ I accept the loss and I say ‘I’ll get them back next time.’?

And with those awards under his belt, Howard turns his attention to the Cliff Keen Tulsa Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., one of the biggest youth wrestling events in the nation.

“He’s put in such hard work,? said Howard’s father, Howard Smith. “He’ll go here and do well. He’s got a chance [to win it]. He has a good work ethic. I think it’s going to pay off when we get there.?

Howard started wrestling two-and-a-half years ago and immediately took a liking to the sport. He also is a strong enough golfer that his father said Howard could beat him.

Howard’s father was a wrestler in high school, a pro boxer and a semi-pro football player. With a strong background in athletics, Smith tried to introduce athletics to his son.

“I didn’t force him,? Smith said. “I opened the door and he fell in love with it. The only thing he was doing before was golf. We took him to [wrestling] practice and I said ‘I don’t think he’s rough enough for this sport.’ We took him in there. He got roughed around. I said ‘Are you done? Do you want to go back?’ and he said ‘Yeah!’ Ever since then, it’s been his passion.?

It became evident pretty quick that Howard had a talent for wrestling. He quickly rose through the ranks of his previous team, and after a few weeks of practice, his father noticed his son had a talent.

“I noticed he had real good athletic ability,? Smith said. “With athletic ability, everything else comes. Not only that, but he’s smart. You have to have the physical ability and the mental ability to do wrestling.?

Howard recently switched to a team coached by former Olympian Kenny Monday. Monday won Olympic gold in 1988 and won the silver medal in 1992. He won an NCAA title at Oklahoma State and is a Tulsa native.

“He’s a tough competitor,? Monday said of Howard. “He loves to compete. He’s a tough kid. He’s a good student. He listens very well and doesn’t mind hard work that we do in practice. He’s a good kid. He’s got great manners. He’s very respectful. His parents have really done a great job of raising this young man. He’s got a bright future if he stays in it.?

January 17, 2008

National High School Wrestling Individual Rankings (Ratings)

National High School Wrestling Individual Rankings (Ratings)

103
1. Gilberto Camacho-Sr, Washington Union, CA
2. Max Nowry-Sr, Wheeling, IL
3. Hunter Stieber-Fr, Monroeville, OH
4. Sean Boylan-Soph, St. Marks, DE
5. Jesse Meis-Sr, Alamosa, CO
6. Cody Pack-Soph, Quincy, CA
7. Nico Megaludis-Fr, Franklin Regional, PA
8. Devin Carter-Soph, Christiansburg, VA
9. Johnni DiJulius-Fr, Walsh Jesuit, OH
10. Gus Sako-Soph, St. Edward, OH
11. Steven Keith-Jr, Shoreham, NY
12. Zack Zimmer-Soph, Clovis West, CA

112
1. David Taylor-Jr, St. Paris, OH
2. B.J. Futrell-Sr, Mt. Carmel, IL
3. Alan Waters-Soph, Park Hill, MO
4. Jamie Clark-Soph, St. Edward, OH
5. Sam White-Jr, Massillon Perry, OH
6. Mark Rappo-Sr, Council Rock, PA
7. Sean Boyle-Jr, Blair Academy, NJ
8. Shane Young-Jr, Penn-Trafford, PA
9. Frank Cagnina-Soph, Queen of Peace, NJ
10. Sean Dolan-Sr, Soph, Marks, DE
11. Steve Mitcheff-Sr, Elyria, OH
12. Jesse Thielke-Fr, Germantown, WI

119
1. Logan Stieber-Soph, Monroeville, OH
2. Jon Morrison-Jr, Sandburg, IL
3. Destin McCauley-Fr, Apple Valley, MN
4. Thomas Williams-Sr, South Hills, CA
5. Jordan Keller-Sr, Bishop Carroll, KS
6. Kegan Handlovic-Sr, Easton PA
7. Nico Cortese-Sr, Hempfield, PA
8. Zach Neibert-Jr, St. Paris, OH
9. Michael Garofalo-Jr, Colonial Forge, VA
10. Cody Ruggirello-Soph, Montgomery Valley, NY
11. Jarrod Patterson-Jr, Cushing, OK
12. Dylan Ness-Soph, Bloomington, MN

125
1. Nate Moore-Sr, Iowa City West, IA
2. Eric Grajales-Jr, Brandon, FL
3. Brian Owen-Sr, Spokane, WA
4. Chris Villalonga-Soph, Blair Academy, NJ
5. Andrew Long-Sr, Creston, IA
6. Paul Liguori-Jr, Wantagh, NY
7. Tony Ramos-Jr, Glenbard North, IL
8. Scotti Sentes-Sr, Riverdale, FL
9. Tom Kelliher-Sr, Apple Valley, MN
10. David Thorn-Jr, Michael-Albertville, MN
11. Bart Reiter-Jr, Don Bosco, IA
12. Justin Solberg-Sr, Wahpeton, ND

130
1. Jordan Oliver-Sr, Easton, PA
2. Tyler Graff-Sr, Loveland, CO
3. Matt McDonough-Sr, Linn-Mar, IA
4. Josh Kindig-Soph, Blue Mountain, PA
5. Dylan Carew-Jr, Iowa City West, IA
6. Kyle Dake-Jr, Lansing, NY
7. Ian Paddock-Jr, Warsaw, NY
8. Cole Von Ohlen-Sr, Jackson County, MN
9. David Mang-Sr, Bradley Central, TN
10. Brad Squire-Soph, Wadsworth, OH
11. Andrew Grabfelder-Sr, Germantown, PA
12. Anthony Valles-Sr, Blair Academy, NJ

135
1. Collin Palmer-Jr, St. Edward, OH
2. Colin Johnston-Sr, Canon-McMillan, PA
3. Mark Weber-Sr, Goodrich, MI
4. Nick Hucke-Sr, Arrowhead, WI
5. Mac Bailey-Jr, Oak Park, MO
6. Matt Mincey-Sr, Apple Valley, MN
7. Eric Galka-Sr, Hobart, IN
8. Dylan Alton-Soph, Central Mountain, PA
9. Max Ortega-Sr, Rio Rancho, NM
10. C.J. Napier-Jr, Columbus, KS
11. Chase Skonieczny-Sr, Walsh Jesuit, OH
12. Josh Kratovil-Sr, Lincoln-Way, IL

140
1. Jason Chamberlain-Sr, Springville, UT
2. Trevor Melde-Sr, DePaul, NJ
3. Marshall Peppelman-Soph, Central Dauphin, PA
4. Andrew Alton-Soph, Central Mountain, PA
5. Jordan Shields-Sr, Lower Burrell, PA
6. Zach Clemente-Sr, LaSalle Institute, NY
7. Nick Moore-Soph, Iowa City West, IA
8. Lee Munster-Jr, Grant, IL
9. Aldon Isenberg-Sr, Gardner-Edgerton, KS
10. Brennan Brumley-Sr, Woods Tower, MI
11. Anthony Baldosaro-Soph, Delsea, NJ
12. Derek Garcia-Soph, Sedro Wooley, WA

145
1. Michael Mangrum-Sr, Riverside, WA
2. Jon Burns-Sr, Cardinal Gibbons, NC
3. Peter Yates-Sr, Conyers Salem, GA
4. R.J. Pena-Jr, Sprague, OR
5. Tony Jameson-Sr, Austintown Fitch, OH
6. Ben Jordan-Sr, St. Paris, OH
7. Kendrick Sanders-Jr, South Dade, FL
8. Derek St. John-Jr, Iowa City West, IA
9. Walt Peppelman-Sr, Central Dauphin, PA
10. Vince Ramos-Sr, Glenbard North, IL
11. Nick Hager-Jr, Tomahawk, WI
12. Cole Schmitt-Sr, Belleville, WI

152
1. Alex Meade-Sr, Caesar Rodney, DE
2. Mario Mason-Sr, Blair Academy, NJ
3. Jake Deitchler-Sr, Anoka, MN
4. Jake Salazar-Sr, Wasatch, UT
5. Jedd Moore-Sr, Marion Pleasant, OH
6. Coby Boyd-Sr, St. Paris, OH
7. Dallas Bailey-Jr, Catoosa, OK
8. Johnny Koepp-Sr, Bishop Lynch, TX
9. Eric Jones-Sr, Riverside, WA
10. Steve Zimmerman-Sr, St. Rita, IL
11. Anthony Meza-Sr, Vista, CA
12. Nick Menditto-Sr, Ocean Township, NJ

160
1. Jason Welch-Sr, Las Lomas, CA
2. Scott Winston-Sr, Jackson Memorial, NJ
3. Conrad Polz-Sr, Carl Sandburg, IL
4. Andrew Howe-Sr, Hanover Central, IN
5. Cody Yohn-Sr. Alamosa, CO
6. Alex Ortiz-Jr, Newberg, OR
7. Bryan Bourne-Sr, Spencerport, NY
8. Steve Bosak-Sr, State College, PA
9. Josh Condon-Sr, Carl Harrison, GA
10 Eric Cubberly-Sr, Pemberville, OH
11. Jared King-Sr, Great Bridge, VA
12. Ethan Lofthouse-Sr, Mountain Crest, UT

171
1. Quentin Wright-Sr, Bald Eagle Area, PA
2. Jordan Blanton-Sr, Richmond-Burton, IL
3. Chris Spangler-Sr, Neuqua Valley, IL
4. Grant Gambrall-Sr, Iowa City West, IA
5. Chris Phillips-Fr, Monroeville, OH
6. Travis Rutt-Sr, Jackson Country, MN
7. Ben Bennett-Sr, Rockford, MI
8. Jacob Burge-Sr, Mason, MI
9. Zac Thomusseit-Sr, St. Paris, OH
10. Brian Roddy-Sr, St. Edward, OH
11. Corey Peltier-Sr, Blair Academy, NJ
12. Austin Meys-Jr, Shenendehowa, NY

189
1. Romero Cotton-Sr, Hutchinson, KS
2. Brent Haynes-Sr, Oak Park, MO
3. Hunter Collins-Sr, Gilroy, CA
4. Joe Budi-Sr, Kaukauna, WI
5. Louis Bland-Sr, Central Catholic, CA
6. Ryland Geiger-Sr, Scappoose, OR
7. Chris Perry-Jr, Stillwater, OK
8. Hunter Meys-Sr, Shenendehowa, NY
9. Erich Schmidtke-Sr, Aberdeen, WA
10. Cody Magrum-Sr, Oak Harbor, OH
11. Mac Mancuso-Jr, Holy Spirit, NJ
12. Max Huntley-Jr, Colonial Forge, VA

215
1. Tyrell Fortune-Sr, Parkrose, OR
2. Marcel Dubose-Sr, Highland Park, MI
3. Travis Pettingill-Sr, Kearsley, MI
4. Jake Kahnke-Sr, Prior Lake, MN
5. Rudi Burtschi-Sr, Oakdale, CA
6. Ben Apland-Sr, Downers South, IL
7. Matt Fisher-Sr, Sandusky Perkins, OH
8. Matt Lindamood-Sr, Parkersburg, WV
9. Derek Thompson-Sr, Marlow, OK
10. Glen Carson-Jr, Manahawkin Southern, NJ
11. Kyle Caylor-Soph, Northwest, KS
12. Tyson Yoder-Sr, Weatherford, OK

Hwt
1. Eric Thompson-Sr, Waverly, IA
2. Elijah Madison-Sr, Oak Park, MO
3. Garrett Goebel-Sr, Montini, IL
4. Bubba Owens-Sr, Tillamook, OR
5. Atticus Disney-Sr, Andover Central, KS
6. Riley Reiff-Sr, Parkston, SD
7. Sam Maresh-Sr, Champlin Park, MN
8. Nick Cook-Sr, Warrenton, VA
9. Steve Andrus-Sr, Manhattan, KS
10. John Hiles-Sr, DeSales, OH
11. Paul Snyder-Sr, Mount Pleasant, PA
12. Chris McMullin-Jr, Willard, MO

National High School Wrestling Team Rankings (Ratings)

National High School Wrestling Team Rankings (Ratings)

1. St. Paris Graham Ohio
2. Blair Academy N.J.
3. Waverly-Shell Rock Iowa
4. Apple Valley Minn.
5. St. Edward Ohio
6. Iowa City West Iowa
7. Northampton Pa.
8. Montini Catholic Ill.
9. Oak Park Mo.
10. C. Dauphin Pa.
11. Colonial Forge Va.
12. Glenbard North Ill.
13. Hastings Minn.
14. Flathead Mont.
15. Roseburg Oreg.
16. Easton Pa.
17. Poway Calif.
18. Neuqua Valley Ill.
19. Providence Catholic Ill.
20. Bishop Carroll Kans.
21. Carl Sandburg Ill.
22. Bishop Lynch Texas
23. Clovis Calif.
24. Huxley Ballard Iowa
25. Omaha Skutt Neb.
26. Rockford Mich.
27. Jackson Ct. Central Minn.
28. Catoosa Okla.
29. Broken Arrow Okla.
30. Christiansburg Va.
31. Cumberland Valley Pa.
32. Collins Hill Ga.
33. McDonogh Md.
34. Jackson Memorial N.J.
35. Cincinnati Moeller Ohio
36. Wyoming Seminary Pa.
37. Canby Oreg.
38. S. Dade Fla.
39. Brandon Fla.
40. Don Bosco Iowa

Nationwide Database of High School Wrestling Rankings

Currently in the works over at HSWrestling.Net is a new platform used to manage High School Wrestling Rankings. The project receives information in a variety of ways and displays all state rankings free to all users. Currently in the developmental stages, the rankings currently include Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Missouri, New Jersey, and California.

This would be the ultimate wrestling room

This would be the ultimate wrestling room
By Gary Blockus
Of the Morning Call

No wrestler reaches the pinnacle of success without training partners who can push him to the limit and test not only his skills, but his conditioning. While The Morning Call's All-Time All-Area Scholastic Wrestling Team is certainly a room unto itself, there are enough great wrestlers in the area's rich history that each weight class is worthy of producing its own ''room'' of training partners.

A peek at the training room, listed by weight, leading off with the wrestler selected as our all-time high school wrestler at that weight:

98 -- Bob Weaver (Easton). A solid cast would join the future Olympic champion in the room: Brad Silimperi (Nazareth) was a sophomore when he won his 98-pound PIAA title for Nazareth in 1988, and Allentown's scrappy Dick Rushatz (1959) could show the boys how it's done old-school. Might as well toss Jack Cuvo into this room as well, because he was never one to shy away from any competition.

103 -- Jack Cuvo (Easton). The 98-pounders could work out here as well, and add a young Matt Gerhard (Catasauqua) to work with the red-headed ''Cuve.''

112 -- Matt Gerhard (Catasauqua). Matty from Catty is the only District 11 wrestler to win four PIAA championships. The mighty whiz kid would be pushed in this training room by two-time PIAA champions Rich Santoro (Bethlehem Catholic) and Don Rohn (Hellertown/Saucon Valley), who won the first of his two PIAA titles at this weight. Santoro won his first title as a junior at 98, then moved up to 112 to win it here his senior year.

119 -- Don Rohn (Saucon Valley). A two-time champ would get a good go-around with the area's only four-time champ. Gerhard won his titles at four different weight classes. Also in the room are Easton's Matt Ciasulli and Jordan Oliver. Counting the 120-pound class, just six area wrestlers have won championships at this weight.

125 -- Matt Ciasulli (Easton). Ciasulli was a three-time champion, Salisbury's Lee Todora a two-time champion, and they'd push each other even harder with Scott Clymer (Northwestern), Larry Rehrig (Northern Lehigh) and Pat Sculley (Bethlehem Catholic) in the room.

130 -- Jamar Billman (Easton). In a weight class that included Todora and state champions Ryan Nunamaker (Nazareth), Ian ''Whitey'' Chlebove (Whitehall/Northampton), Bryan Klass (Wilson), Gino Fortebuono (Easton) and John Rittenhouse (Quakertown), Billman and Todora rose above the pack as two-time titlists.

135 -- Joe Caramanica (Nazareth). Caramanica and Brian Nesfeder (Salisbury) both won the first of their two titles at this weight, a class that includes Peter Cicchine of Bethlehem High in the room. Cicchine started the ball rolling for area wrestlers by bringing home the area's very first PIAA championship (along with 155-pound teammate William Unangst ) in 1940.

140 -- Scott Hovan (Allen). A two-time titlist, Hovan won his first title at 138. Nesfeder and Billman finished their careers at this weight. The area has produced just five champions at this weight class. Toss in Palmerton's Dave Lucykanish, who won a state title despite battling through torn rib cartilage from the quarterfinals on, and this is one tough room of training partners.

145 -- Tim Darling (Nazareth). As one of just five three-time champions from the area, Darling gets his pick of weight classes. Toss in two-time champ Mike Miller (Nazareth), Dieruff's Charles Housner, Allen's Scott Schleicher, Northampton's Sean Finkbeiner, Easton's Moss Grays and Catty's Chris Gerhard, and Darling would get pushed. Coincidentally, like Darling, Finkbeiner went to Penn State, as did Gerhard's brother, Matt.

152 -- Joey Ecklof (Northampton). The younger of two Ecklof brothers (Jeff won two state crowns) who produced a total of five state titles between them left many area fans breathless and awaiting an NCAA championship that has yet to come. Easton's Mike Rogers, Bethlehem's William Unangst, Northern Lehigh's Ryan Hluschak and Saucon Valley's Joey Killar make this a killer weight.

160 -- Brian Statum (Liberty). The only multiple-time state champion from Liberty won his titles at 155, and would be joined by Al Rushatz (Allentown) and Chuck Amato (Easton) and young guns James Sciascia (Pius X) and Brent Fiorito (Upper Perkiomen).

171 -- Jerry Rodriguez (Saucon Valley) was an absolute beast in claiming a pair of PIAA titles at 167 and 185 in 1976 and 1977, and is the only two-time state champ in this weight range. Christian Luciano (Northampton), who died as the victim of a likely road rage incident earlier this year, was one of the toughest, most-fun-to-watch wrestlers of all time. He's going at it in the fictional practice room with Easton's Darwin Brodt and Nazareth's Travis Frick.

189 -- Jon Trenge (Parkland) was a man among boys when he won his two titles, but so was Bethlehem Catholic's Bernie Brown. Toss in fellow two-time champion Josh Haines (Northampton), Nazareth's Rob Rohn and Quakertown's John Hangey and no one emerges without a black eye or broken finger.

215 -- Jon Oplinger (Northampton). This has traditionally been a thin weight class for area wrestlers in terms of success, and Oplinger owns two of the four state titles contested at this weight. He'd get plenty of work with the guys in the rooms above and below him.

Heavyweight -- George Atiyeh (Dieruff). Toss in brother Dennis Atiyeh and Pen Argyl's big Richie Smith, and the wrestling room would echo the sounds and vibrations of a major thunderstorm.

January 16, 2008

Online registration for ASICS Folkstyle National Championships now available

Online registration for ASICS Folkstyle National Championships now available
Elizabeth Wiley USA Wrestling
01/16/2008

The 2008 ASICS USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Championships, one of the most exciting folkstyle events in the country, is set to take place April 4-6 at the UNI-Dome at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Online registration for the event has begun at:
http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/unidome/Registration.htm

Registration can be completed online until 10 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2008 for $35. Those who register onsite at the championships pay a $50 entry fee. Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of the 2008 Asics USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Championships.

Last year featured the biggest turnout in event history with 2,145 wrestlers taking part, and organizers expect that 2008 will be even bigger.

“It has grown into one of the premier folkstyle events in the United States,? said Pete Isais, USA Wrestling National Events Director. “We had almost 2,200 athletes last year. We expect to continue that growth. UNI is the perfect place to host this event. We work with great hosts, and we can put down 22 mats for all the action.?

All athletes wishing to compete must meet age group requirements (see below), any existing state qualification procedures, and be current members of USA Wrestling.

The event features seven different age groups:
• Bantam (Born 2000-01)
• Midget (Born 1998-99)
• Novice (Born 1996-97)
• Schoolboy/girl (Born 1994-95)
• Cadets (Born 1992-93)
• Juniors (Born September 1, 1988 and after, plus current enrollment in grades 9-12), and
• Five divisions of Veteran’s weight classes (Born 1976-83, 1968-75, 1960-67, 1953-59, 1952 and before).

This is only the second year of competition in the Junior and Bantam classes. All Junior finalists qualify for funded-access to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“The addition of the Junior division was well received last year,? said Isais. “We look forward to the Junior finalists coming out to Colorado Springs to train.?

This event marks the first leg of the USA Wrestling Triple Crown for the Kids, Cadet, and Junior age groups. To achieve the Triple Crown wrestlers must win a championship during the same year in each of the three styles: folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman. USA Wrestling is still seeking for its first Junior Triple Crown winner.

USA Wrestling Greco-Roman National Champion Harry Lester will make a guest appearance Sunday, April 6, and will be available for autographs.

High School Wrestling Final Four Ready to Rumble

This year’s Final Four of High School Wrestling field: Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy, Stafford (Va.) Colonial Forge High, Taylors (S.C.) Eastside High, Camden Wyoming (Del.) Caesar Rodney High and the host school, Easton High. Colonial Forge won its first Group 3A state title last season, has four nationally-ranked individuals and has been ranked in the top 10 nationally this season. Eastside, the five-time defending Class 3A state dual and individual champion, will bring a lineup that includes five state champions. Caesar Rodney, making its second trip to the Lehigh Valley this month, will wrestle Colonial Forge in the third round.

Information provided by High School Wrestling Network

January 12, 2008

HSWrestling Giving Away Hosting

HSWrestling.Net is giving away hosting and domains to needy wrestling programs. Here is an excerpt from the HSWrestling.Net article:

Free: If your team or league is just starting out and you don’t have the money to fund a website, we will not turn you away. You will be provided a free domain, Wordpress Installation (or other open source CMS), and free hosting. We just add a couple links to our advertising partners. This option is only available if there is an extreme need.

January 11, 2008

UNBEATEN: Michigan freshman phenom tops nation in his class

UNBEATEN: Michigan freshman phenom tops nation in his class
January 11, 2008
BY CARLOS MONARREZ
FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER

If things had gone the way Kellen Russell always assumed they would, he never would have visited Ann Arbor. He wouldn't be the top-ranked college wrestler at his weight class. He wouldn't be his sport's most surprising story of the season.

Instead, Russell would probably be sitting in a wrestling room right now in West Bethlehem, Pa. He would be wearing soak-stained warm-ups, watching Lehigh University's 141-pounder struggle and waiting a year to compete for the school he grew up watching 30 minutes from his home.

But in the fall of 2006, about a month before Russell planned to sign with Lehigh, a phone call was made to Michigan coach Joe McFarland. Two weeks later, the landscape of college wrestling began to change.

At the request of Jeff Buxton, Russell's high school coach at Blair Academy, McFarland flew out to watch Russell work out at the national-power school in High Bridge, N.J. Two weeks later, and only a few days before the signing date, Russell visited the U-M campus.

"I was just coming out here just to kind of look at it and see what it would be like to go to a big school because Lehigh's a small school," Russell said.

Big school, big impression. The 450-student U-M lecture classes were larger than the entire enrollment of Russell's high school. Some U-M wrestlers invited him to their lake houses. Some suggested a fly-fishing trip in Montana. Others spoke of canoeing trips. They were potential teammates, but they seemed like so much more.

"We just kicked it and all had a good time," Russell said. "I got along great with all the guys. It seemed like everybody on the team got along, which I didn't find at a lot of other schools."

Russell weighed his options during the flight home. Lehigh had been at the top of the list, but the coaches there wanted him to redshirt his first year. He had gotten interest from other big schools, including Oklahoma State, but most wanted him sit out a year and then compete at 133 pounds throughout his career.

Michigan's coaches were the only ones who told him he could have a chance to wrestle his first year at 141. He liked the squad, which featured four returning All-Americas, and knew of the school's academic reputation.

"When I landed, I told my parents," Russell said. "I was like, 'Yeah, I'm going to Michigan.' They were like, 'Wow!' "

Ed and Maria Russell might have been the first to be surprised by their son's wrestling career at Michigan. But they certainly haven't been the last.

Russell's 18-0 record is the best start for a true freshman in the program's 86-year history, according to U-M's athletic department. And he hasn't ducked anyone to get there. He has beaten the nation's third-, fifth-, ninth- and 15th-ranked wrestlers. He even beat Lehigh's 141-pounder, Jeff Santo, who is 2-9 and lost to Russell, 10-1.

"Yeah, they're having a rough time," Russell said of Lehigh, without a trace of irony. "I feel bad. I live right next to them."

Surprise has been the theme of Russell's season, even if few people around him want to admit it. Wrestlers and their coaches don't like to be caught off guard.

"There's probably some people that are surprised," said U-M fifth-year senior Josh Churella, last year's NCAA runner-up at 149 and Russell's regular workout partner. "Everyone knew he was good. I imagined he'd be this good, but not many people would have imagined he'd be this good this soon, maybe even including myself."

Of course no one knew. How could they? Russell had an impressive 147-7 mark at Blair and he won several national titles. But he wasn't flashy. He wasn't a pinning machine and didn't have the kind of hype of Dan Gable or Cael Sanderson out of high school.

It wasn't until Russell entered the steamy enclave of U-M's wrestling room that McFarland got his first inkling of Russell's potential.

"It was pretty evident early on that he was a special kid and things were going real well for him because he came in and was beating my returning guys right out of the chute," McFarland said. "So that was real impressive to the coaches."

And then Russell began beating the returning guys from other schools.

"What I didn't realize," McFarland said, "is he really steps it up to another level when he gets out on the mat in front of competition."

If a tournament has defined Russell's season, it was the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas in late November. Russell was unknown, unranked and lucky to be seeded 13th. Ohio State junior J Jaggers had pinned three of four opponents by the time he met Russell in the final. Russell tweaked Jaggers' arm so badly that the Buckeye nearly cried in a 4-3 loss.

But the match that singularly defined Russell was his 6-3 clinical win over third-ranked Charles Griffin, a senior from Hofstra.

"I saw Kellen just really control the whole match," McFarland said. "I said after that, 'Wow, that was just really impressive.' You've got a freshman really taking control of a senior who's one of the top-ranked kids in the country, a returning All-America, and just really, really looked good doing it."

It's strange to hear, but what McFarland and just about anyone who watches Russell attribute to his success is his strength in all three positions -- an uncommon trait for any college wrestler.

Russell's tactics and technique speak to a mat maturity well beyond his 18 years. He could almost pass for a coach if it weren't for his baby face and the Blair Academy backpack slung over his shoulder.

McFarland constantly credits the prep school, where Russell lived as a boarding student for four years, as the reason for his preciousness. The national competition helped, as did the exposure to top-notch coaching.

"But yeah," McFarland finally conceded, "it's been a nice surprise."

January 10, 2008

National High School Wrestling Rankings

Amateur Wrestling News
National High School Wrestling Individual Rankings
Jan. 8, 2008

103
1. Gilberto Camacho-Sr, Washington Union, CA
2. Max Nowry-Sr, Wheeling, IL
3. Hunter Stieber-Fr, Monroeville, OH
4. Sean Boylan-Soph, St. Marks, DE
5. Jesse Thielke-Fr, Germantown, WI
6. Jesse Meis-Sr, Alamosa, CO
7. Cody Pack-Soph, Quincy, CA
8. Nico Megaludis-Fr, Franklin Regional, PA
9. Devin Carter-Soph, Christiansburg, VA
10. Johnni DiJulius-Fr, Walsh Jesuit, OH
11. Gus Sako-Soph, St. Edward, OH
12. Zack Zimmer-Soph, Clovis West, CA

112
1. David Taylor-Jr, St. Paris, OH
2. B.J. Futrell-Sr, Mt. Carmel, IL
3. Alan Waters-Soph, Park Hill, MO
4. Jamie Clark-Soph, St. Edward, OH
5. Sam White-Jr, Massillon Perry, OH
6. Mark Rappo-Sr, Council Rock, PA
7. Sean Boyle-Jr, Blair Academy, NJ
8. Shane Young-Jr, Penn-Trafford, PA
9. Cody Ruggirello-Soph, Montgomery Valley, NY
10. Frank Cagnina-Soph, Queen of Peace, NJ
11. Sean Dolan-Sr, Soph, Marks, DE
12. Steve Mitcheff-Sr, Elyria, OH

119
1. Logan Stieber-Soph, Monroeville, OH
2. Jon Morrison-Jr, Sandburg, IL
3. Destin McCauley-Fr, Apple Valley, MN
4. Thomas Williams-Sr, South Hills, CA
5. Paul Liguori-Jr, Wantagh, NY
6. Jordan Keller-Sr, Bishop Carroll, KS
7. Kegan Handlovic-Sr, Easton PA
8. Nico Cortese-Sr, Hempfield, PA
9. Zach Neibert-Jr, St. Paris, OH
10. Michael Garofalo-Jr, Colonial Forge, VA
11. Jarrod Patterson-Jr, Cushing, OK
12. Dylan Ness-Soph, Bloomington, MN

125
1. Nate Moore-Sr, Iowa City West, IA
2. Eric Grajales-Jr, Brandon, FL
3. Brian Owen-Sr, Spokane, WA
4. Chris Villalonga-Soph, Blair Academy, NJ
5. Andrew Long-Sr, Creston, IA
6. Tony Ramos-Jr, Glenbard North, IL
7. Scotti Sentes-Sr, Riverdale, FL
8. Justin Solberg-Sr, Wahpeton, ND
9. Tom Kelliher-Sr, Apple Valley, MN
10. Kyle Dake-Jr, Lansing, NY
11. David Thorn-Jr, Michael-Albertville, MN
12. Bart Reiter-Jr, Don Bosco, IA

130
1. Jordan Oliver-Sr, Easton, PA
2. Tyler Graff-Sr, Loveland, CO
3. Matt McDonough-Sr, Linn-Mar, IA
4. Josh Kindig-Soph, Blue Mountain, PA
5. Dylan Carew-Jr, Iowa City West, IA
6. Brad Squire-Soph, Wadsworth, OH
7. Ian Paddock-Jr, Warsaw, NY
8. Cole Von Ohlen-Sr, Jackson County, MN
9. David Mang-Sr, Bradley Central, TN
10. Andrew Grabfelder-Sr, Germantown, PA
11. Anthony Valles-Sr, Blair Academy, NJ
12. Nick Lester-Jr, Eureka, MO

135
1. Collin Palmer-Jr, St. Edward, OH
2. Colin Johnston-Sr, Canon-McMillan, PA
3. Nick Hucke-Sr, Arrowhead, WI
4. Kenny Courts-Fr, Central Dauphin, PA
5. Mac Bailey-Jr, Oak Park, MO
6. Matt Mincey-Sr, Apple Valley, MN
7. Eric Galka-Sr, Hobart, IN
8. Dylan Alton-Soph, Central Mountain, PA
9. Max Ortega-Sr, Rio Rancho, NM
10. C.J. Napier-Jr, Columbus, KS
11. Chase Skonieczny-Sr, Walsh Jesuit, OH
12. Josh Kratovil-Sr, Lincoln-Way, IL

140
1. Jason Chamberlain-Sr, Springville, UT
2. Trevor Melde-Sr, DePaul, NJ
3. Mark Weber-Sr, Goodrich, MI
4. Marshall Peppelman-Soph, Central Dauphin, PA
5. Andrew Alton-Soph, Central Mountain, PA
6. Jordan Shields-Sr, Lower Burrell, PA
7. Zach Clemente-Sr, LaSalle Institute, NY
8. Nick Moore-Soph, Iowa City West, IA
9. Lee Munster-Jr, Grant, IL
10. Aldon Isenberg-Sr, Gardner-Edgerton, KS
11. Nick Hager-Jr, Tomahawk, WI
12. Derek Garcia-Soph, Sedro Wooley, WA

145
1. Michael Mangrum-Sr, Riverside, WA
2. Jon Burns-Sr, Cardinal Gibbons, NC
3. Mario Mason-Sr, Blair Academy, NJ
4. Peter Yates-Sr, Conyers Salem, GA
5. R.J. Pena-Jr, Sprague, OR
6. Tony Jameson-Sr, Austintown Fitch, OH
7. Walt Peppelman-Sr, Central Dauphin, PA
8. Ben Jordan-Sr, St. Paris, OH
9. Kendrick Sanders-Sr, South Dade, FL
10. Derek St. John-Jr, Iowa City West, IA
11. Vince Ramos-Sr, Glenbard North, IL
12. Cole Schmitt-Sr, Belleville, WI

152
1. Alex Meade-Sr, Caesar Rodney, DE
2. Jake Deitchler-Sr, Anoka, MN
3. Jake Salazar-Sr, Wasatch, UT
4. Jedd Moore-Sr, Marion Pleasant, OH
5. Coby Boyd-Sr, St. Paris, OH
6. Dallas Bailey-Jr, Catoosa, OK
7. Johnny Koepp-Sr, Bishop Lynch, TX
8. Eric Jones-Sr, Riverside, WA
9. Steve Zimmerman-Sr, St. Rita, IL
10. Anthony Meza-Sr, Vista, CA
11. Nick Menditto-Sr, Ocean Township, NJ
12. Trent Weatherman-Jr, Ballard, IA

160
1. Jason Welch-Sr, Las Lomas, CA
2. Scott Winston-Sr, Jackson Memorial, NJ
3. Conrad Polz-Sr, Carl Sandburg, IL
4. Andrew Howe-Sr, Hanover Central, IN
5. Cody Yohn-Sr. Alamosa, CO
6. Alex Ortiz-Jr, Newberg, OR
7. Bryan Bourne-Sr, Spencerport, NY
8. Steve Bosak-Sr, State College, PA
9. Josh Condon-Sr, Carl Harrison, GA
10 Eric Cubberly-Sr, Pemberville, OH
11. Jared King-Sr, Great Bridge, VA
12. Ethan Lofthouse-Sr, Mountain Crest, UT

171
1. Quentin Wright-Sr, Bald Eagle Area, PA
2. Jordan Blanton-Sr, Richmond-Burton, IL
3. Chris Spangler-Sr, Neuqua Valley, IL
4. Grant Gambrall-Sr, Iowa City West, IA
5. Chris Phillips-Fr, Monroeville, OH
6. Travis Rutt-Sr, Jackson Country, MN
7. Ben Bennett-Sr, Rockford, MI
8. Jacob Burge-Sr, Mason, MI
9. Zac Thomusseit-Sr, St. Paris, OH
10. Brian Roddy-Sr, St. Edward, OH
11. Robert Hamlin-Sr, Mount Mansfield, VT
12. Corey Peltier-Sr, Blair Academy, NJ

189
1. Romero Cotton-Sr, Hutchinson, KS
2. Brent Haynes-Sr, Oak Park, MO
3. Hunter Collins-Sr, Gilroy, CA
4. Joe Budi-Sr, Kaukauna, WI
5. Louis Bland-Sr, Central Catholic, CA
6. Ryland Geiger-Sr, Scappoose, OR
7. Chris Perry-Jr, Stillwater, OK
8. Hunter Meys-Sr, Shenendehowa, NY
9. Erich Schmidtke-Sr, Aberdeen, WA
10. Cody Magrum-Sr, Oak Harbor, OH
11. Mac Mancuso-Jr, Holy Spirit, NJ
12. Max Huntley-Jr, Colonial Forge, VA

215
1. Tyrell Fortune-Sr, Parkrose, OR
2. Travis Pettingill-Sr, Kearsley, MI
3. Marcel Dubose-Sr, Highland Park, MI
4. Tyson Yoder-Sr, Weatherford, OK
5. Zac Bennett-Jr, Westmont-Hilltop, PA
6. Jake Kahnke-Sr, Prior Lake, MN
7. Rudi Burtschi-Sr, Oakdale, CA
8. Ben Apland-Sr, Downers South, IL
9. Matt Fisher-Sr, Sandusky Perkins, OH
10. Matt Lindamood-Sr, Parkersburg, WV
11. Glen Carson-Jr, Manahawkin Southern, NJ
12. Kyle Caylor-Soph, Northwest, KS

Hwt
1. Eric Thompson-Sr, Waverly, IA
2. Garrett Goebel-Sr, Montini, IL
3. Elijah Madison-Sr, Oak Park, MO
4. Bubba Owens-Sr, Tillamook, OR
5. Atticus Disney-Sr, Andover Central, KS
6. Riley Reiff-Sr, Parkston, SD
7. Sam Maresh-Sr, Champlin Park, MN
8. Nick Cook-Sr, Warrenton, VA
9. Steve Andrus-Sr, Manhattan, KS
10. John Hiles-Sr, DeSales, OH
11. Paul Snyder-Sr, Mount Pleasant, PA
12. Chris McMullin-Jr, Willard, MO

January 7, 2008

Wrestlers needed for spring international tours to Athens and Paris

Wrestlers needed for spring international tours to Athens and Paris
Wade Genova World Sport Alliance
01/02/2008

World Sports Alliance, the Official International Exchange Coordinator of USA Wrestling, has announced the first two USA Wrestling Developmental Tours of 2008.

For the first time, two Spring tours will be offered so as to allow more athletes to participate. The first tour heads to Athens, Greece the week before Easter, March 15-22. The second tour will travel to Paris, France March 24-31.

Both tours are freestyle wrestling tours, for athletes under the age of 20. Wrestlers will participate in a series of team competitions and joint training sessions. When not on the mats, wrestlers will spend time sightseeing.

Highlights of the Athens tour includes the Acropolis with its awesome Parthenon, the popular Plaka area, the Ancient Olympic Stadium, the ancient ruins of Corinth as well as a day cruise to nearby Greek Islands.

The group traveling to Paris will visit the cities most important sites including the Eiffel Tower, the Arch de Triomph, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum (home of the Mona Lisa), a cruise of down the River Seine and a day trip to Versailles.

Interested athletes must be between 14-20 years of age with a minimum of 4 years wrestling experience as well as 1 year of freestyle wrestling. Qualified athletes must call to check availability in their weight category.

The tour cost is $2,495 for both tours. Various payment options are available. There is a limited amount of space available for friends and family.

January 4, 2008

2008 Clash Wrestling Duals

The Clash started today with a bang. The very first match of The Clash VI on Mat #5 was something we were looking for, but it snuck up on us. InterMat #1 Jake Deitchler of Anoka face InterMat #3 Jake Salazar of Wasatch at 152. Salazar struck first with a double on his second offensive attempt, then picked up another takedown on a counter to build a 4-1 lead. An escape by Deitchler in the second and then a takedown of his own knotted the match at 4-4 before Salazar broke free at the end of the second. Deitchler gave Salazar the point to make it a 6-4 match, then tied it with a blast double and quickly kicked Salazar out. Salazar rebounded with a takedown after going neutral to extend the lead to 9-6 with 1:30 to go in the third. Deitchler got free and then tied it up with a single. 9-9 with :48 seconds to go in a wild one. Deitchler gives Salazar the neutral start for a 10-9 lead. Deitchler takes an 11-10 lead with a slick duck under with :30 to go. It finishes 11-10 as Deitchler knocks off Salazar.

2008 Lonestar Duals

The 2008 Lonestar Duals start today.

Fans at the Lone Star Duals have been treated to some tremendous wrestling by some of the top college wrestlers in the nation for the past 10 years. This year they will see a returning National Champion, Tervel Dlagnev, a Texas wrestler who began his wrestling career in his sophomore year at Arlington High School. They will also see Texas wrestlers competing for many of the 25 college teams attending this year.

Texas high school wrestling, for men and women, has developed tremendously in those 10 years. Other high school teams now travel to Texas for the experience of wrestling in one of the best tournaments in the nation.

On January 4th, the 11th annual Hilton Arlington/Cliff Keen Athletics Lone Star Duals kicks off. This edition promises to bring together the best athletes of Texas and the nation for two exciting days of wrestling action.