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May 25, 2008

Alton twins seek wrestling success side by side

Alton twins seek wrestling success side by side
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling

There is a tradition within wrestling of amazingly tough twin brother combinations. Think of the Brands brothers, the Scherr brothers, the Banach brothers, the Steiner brothers, the Purler brothers, the Hughes brothers, the Keller brothers, the Paulson brothers, the Bonomo brothers. Wrestling fans can come up with many more. All were twins, and all were very successful side by side.

There is a new brother combination in USA Wrestling’s age-group national programs, the Alton twins of Pennsylvania, Andrew and Dylan.

Wrestling fans remember the Alton twins from Fargo, N.D. last summer, when they both Cadet National freestyle titles side by side, Dylan at 130 pounds and Andrew at 135 pounds. Andrew was also a Cadet National Greco-Roman champion, with Dylan placing second.

This weekend, Dylan enters the event as the top seed in the FILA Junior World Team Trials at 60 kg/132 lbs., after winning the FILA Junior Nationals in Las Vegas in April. Andrew was entered in the Challenge Tournament portion of the FILA Juniors on Saturday morning.

The Alton brothers, who started wrestling at the age of six together, won’t wrestle each other. Their father Neil Alton said that they have not wrestled for a reason. In the practice room, the training tends to go after practice. The brothers don’t want to stop because both want to score the last takedown.

“When they were little, they would argue who was better. If they’d wrestle a match, one would win and it would hurt the other. They are so close, yet so competitive. We would come back home, there would be holes in the wall and blood on the wall. They were always wrestling,? said Neil.

The brothers admit that competing in a match may not be a great idea, especially with the way that they train together.

“We get into brawls sometimes. We get into fights about who is winning and who is not. We get at it,? said Dylan.

“We go hard in the room,? said Andrew. “We get at each other. Sometimes it is anger, but it is mostly being competitive.?

Earlier this year, at the FILA Cadet Nationals in Akron, Ohio, the Alton brothers made the finals in freestyle at 138.75 pounds and decided to be co-champions under the USA Wrestling age-group brother rule. The regulation was approved by USA Wrestling at the time that two other Pennsylvania twins were regularly banging heads at the same weight, John and Russ Hughes. Dylan was pleased with the co-champion rule.

“That was very nice. That would have gone to a coin flip if we had to choose. That made it a lot easier. We didn’t have to decide,? said Dylan.

The Alton twins were high school sophomores this season. Dylan won the state title this year for Central Mountain High School, the first Pennsylvania champion ever for the school, something that Neil said “was a big deal? at the school. Andrew placed third for the second straight year. Both of the brothers talk to each other and visualize winning state and national titles side-by-side.

“We are both training hard this summer for next year,? said Andrew. “Hopefully, there won’t be any upsets next year.?

“It would be nice to win at the same time,? said Dylan. “Sometimes we come up a little short. We will work harder next year so we both have the same result.?

Neil indicated that the brothers decide for themselves who will go which weight class during the regular season and in the summer events.

Currently, Andrew competes up in weight, while Dylan goes down. According to their dad, at their natural weight, Andrew is a few pounds heavier than Dylan. When they were little, it was the other way around, with Dylan at the higher class and Andrew down in weight. At this time, Andrew is a little stronger in the weight room.

May 24, 2008

Championship finals set for University/FILA Junior World Team Trials for Saturday night

Championship finals set for University/FILA Junior World Team Trials for Saturday night
Gary Abbott USA Wrestling

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The Championship Series have been determined for the FILA Junior World Team Trials and the University World Team Trials for Saturday night, which is being held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

There will 11 weight classes completed on Saturday night in four different tournaments: University freestyle, University Greco-Roman, FILA Junior freestyle and FILA Junior Greco-Roman.

The Challenge Tournament was held on Saturday morning, with the winner advancing to Saturday night�s best-of-three series against the top seed in their weight class. The top seed was the University Nationals champion or FILA Junior Nationals champion in each weight, or the next ranked wrestler if the national champion did not enter.

Highlights of Saturday�s Challenge Tournament action included:

� 2007 U.S. Nationals champion Sam Hazewinkel of the Gator WC defeated Miguel Pena of the U.S. Marines Corps, 7-0, 6-0 at 55 kg/121 lbs. in University Greco-Roman. Hazewinkel will face 2008 University Nationals champion Nikko Triggas of Ohio State in the Championship Series Saturday night.

� 2007 Junior World Team member David Taylor needed three periods to defeat Demetrius Johnson of the Sunkist Kids, 1-3, 3-1, 7-0 at 55 kg/121 lbs. in FILA Junior freestyle. After losing the first period, Taylor opened up the scoring, earning a tech fall in the third period with a takedown and multiple exposure turns. Taylor competed at 50 kg/110 lbs. last year, placing eighth at the Junior Worlds. Taylor face FILA Junior Nationals runner-up Zach Sanders of the Minnesota Storm in the Championship Series.

� Colorado high school sensation Tyler Graff of the New York AC defeated Northwestern NCAA All-American Brandon Precin of the Wildcat WC in two straight periods, 2-0, 10-3 at 60 kg/132 lbs. in FILA Junior freestyle. Graff was on the Junior World Team last year, competing at 55 kg/121 lbs. Graff will face FILA Junior Nationals champion Dylan Alton of the New York AC in the championship finals.

� In University freestyle at 74 kg/163 lbs., Eric Luedke of Iowa defeated Tyler Sherfey of Bronco, 1-1, 2-0. In the semifinals, Leudke beat 2007 FILA Junior Team member Jake Kerr of Iowa. In the Championship Series, Leudke will face 2008 University Nationals champion Keith Gavin of the New York AC, who was a NCAA champion this year for the Univ. of Pittsburgh.

� In an all USOEC finals in FILA Junior Greco-Roman at 74 kg/163 lbs., Talon Knox defeated Jonathan Drendel, 1-1, 4-0, 1-1. Drendel had won a University Nationals title at 70 kg/154 lbs. this year. Knox will battle Ben Provisor (Dennis Hall/World Gold) in the Championships finals series.


FILA Junior Freestyle

50 kg/110 lbs. � Top seed Desmond Moore (Penn State) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Mark Rappo (Sunkist Kids)

55 kg/121 lbs. � Top seed Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm) vs. Challenge Tournament winner David Taylor (Mat Rats)

60 kg/132 lbs. � Top seed Dylan Alton (New York AC) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Tyler Graff (New York AC)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. � Top seed Jordan Burroughs (Sunkist Kids) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Kellen Russell (Cliff Keen)

FILA Junior Greco-Roman

74 kg/163 lbs. � Top seed Ben Provisor (Dennis Hall/World Gold) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Talan Knox (USOEC)

84 kg/185 lbs. � Top seed Zac Nielsen (Minnesota Storm) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Chris Bullins (McMichael)

96 kg/211.5 lbs. � Top seed Michael Rossetti (USOEC) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Brent Eidenshink (Minnesota Storm)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. � Top seed Peter Kowalczuk (Sunkist Kids/USOEC) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Nathan Schwartz (Cleveland WC)

University freestyle

74 kg/163 lbs. � Top seed Keith Gavin (New York AC) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Eric Leudke (Iowa)

84 kg/185 lbs. � Top seed Jake Herbert (New York AC) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Phillip Keddy (Iowa)

96 kg/211.5 lbs. � Top seed Brent Jones (Cavalier WC) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Konrad Dudziak (New York AC)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. � Top seed Tervel Dlagnev (Sunkist Kids) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Aaron Anspach (Penn State)

University Greco-Roman

55 kg/121 lbs. � Top seed Nikko Triggas (Ohio State) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Sam Hazewinkel (Gator WC)

60 kg/132 lbs. � Top seed Spenser Mango (Gator WC) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Donovan DePatto (U.S. Marines)

66 kg/145.5 lbs � Top seed Jacob Curby (Gator WC) vs. Challenge Tournament winner Chad Vandiver (unattached)


FILA Junior Freestyle Challenge Tournament finals

50 kg/110 lbs. - Mark Rappo (Sunkist Kids) dec. Cody Pack (Legends of Gold), 4-1, 3-0

55 kg/121 lbs. - David Taylor (Mat Rats) dec. Demetrius Johnson (Sunkist Kids), 1-3, 3-1, 7-0

60 kg/132 lbs. - Tyler Graff (New York AC) dec. Brandon Precin (Wildcat WC), 2-0, 10-3

66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Kellen Russell (Cliff Keen) dec. Zach Kemmerer (Sunkist Kids), 3-1, 3-3, 1-0

FILA Junior Greco-Roman Challenge Tournament finals

74 kg/163 lbs. - Talan Knox (USOEC) dec. Jonathan Drendel (USOEC), 1-1, 4-0, 1-1

84 kg/185 lbs. - Chris Bullins (McMichael) dec. Micah Burak (Athletes in Action), 3-0, 1-2, 4-2

96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Brent Eidenshink (Minnesota Storm) dec. Nader Maghribi (Air Force), 1-1, 4-0

120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Nathan Schwartz (Cleveland WC), uncontested

University Freestyle Challenge Tournament finals

74 kg/163 lbs. - Eric Luedke (Iowa) dec. Tyler Sherfey (Bronco), 1-1, 2-0

84 kg/185 lbs.- Phillip Keddy (Iowa) dec. David Bertolino (Sunkist Kids), 2-0, 4-0

96 kg/211.5 lbs. - Konrad Dudziak (New York AC) dec. Mike Tamillow (Wildcat WC), 1-0, 1-0

120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Aaron Anspach (Penn State) dec. Scott Steele (Navy Mat Club), 2-3, 1-0, 3-0

University Greco-Roman Challenge Tournament finals

55 kg/121 lbs. - Sam Hazewinkel (Gator WC) tech fall Miguel Pena (U.S. Marines), 7-0, 6-0

60 kg/132 lbs. - Donovan Depatto (U.S. Marines) dec. David Armstrong (Cleveland WC), 3-5, 2-1, 3-1

66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Chad Vandiver (unattached) dec. Carlo Ferrandino (B.U.W.C), 6-0, 5-0

May 20, 2008

Top 500 Wrestling Videos of 2007-2008

The list is rather awkward (uses the ID code of the video for its name) so I decided to simply link to the list of the top 500 wrestling videos.

This list includes some great matches including many matches pairing Randy Lewis with some of America's other great wrestlers.

There is a second list called "200 Amateur Wrestlers" that is not very accurate in regards to its content for lesser known wrestlers, but there is quite a bit for the more popular figures in amateur wrestling.


May 17, 2008

Penn State Finalizes Outstanding Recruiting Class

The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling program, fresh off a superb 2007-08 campaign, has finalized its recruiting class for the upcoming year. Ten outstanding high school wrestling talents are set to help the powerful program continue its climb on the national scene.

The class begins, alphabetically, with Justin Aube (Harrisburg, Pa.). Aube will matriculate at Central Dauphin High School this year after wrestling in Minnesota for three years. During his four years as high school wrestler, Aube was a three-time captain and four-time all-conference selection. A state qualifier, Aube helped guide Central Dauphin to the 2008 Team State Championship this season and was a member of the Mid-Penn All-Star Team. He ended his high school career with nearly 200 victories. Aube was also a member of the Minnesota Freestyle wrestling and Greco Roman squads and was two-time team MVP. Aube projects at 149 or 157.

Jack Chidester (Conestoga, Pa.) is a three-time state qualifier from Conestoga High School. A section, district and regional champion, Chidester won over 100 bouts during his outstanding career at Conestoga, collecting an all-time school record of 133 victories. Chidester is also a stand-out in freestyle wrestling, having just placed fourth at the USAW Northeast Regional Freestyle Qualifier. Chidester could wrestle at 125 or 133.

James English (York, Pa.) won the 2008 District 3 title at Central York High School. A three-time PIAA qualifier, English placed seventh at 145 in 2007 and third at 145 this season. An outstanding talent, English had a superb 150-29 career record and is coming off a senior season that saw him go 45-1 with 26 points. English was also a second team all-conference linebacker. An outstanding student, English carries a 3.9 grade point average with him and is ranked in the top five percent of his class at Central York High School. English could wrestle at 149 for Penn State.

Read the full article here

May 13, 2008

Thorn to attend U of M

Following in the footsteps of his brother Michael, Three time defending Minnesota state wrestling champion David Thorn has selected to stay in state and attend the University of Minnesota. Thorn is a junior at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

The Thorn family has long standing ties to the University of Minnesota wrestling program, however, their father attended and wrestled in college for Iowa State

May 7, 2008

Lee Kemp's Blog

2008 Freestyle Olympic wrestling coach, Lee Kemp, has a new blog over at TheWrestlingTalk- check it out.

May 1, 2008

Utah’s Jason Chamberlain wins the 2008 Dave Schultz High School Excellence National Award

Utah’s Jason Chamberlain wins the 2008 Dave Schultz High School Excellence National Award
DATE: 4/30/2008 3:03:00 PM
Stillwater, OK
By Lee Roy Smith
National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Jason Chamberlain, a high school senior from Springville High School in Springville, Utah has been selected as the national winner of the 2008 Dave Schultz High School Excellence National Award presented by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum.

The High School Excellence Award is named in honor of Olympic and World Champion Dave Schultz. Each award recipient is evaluated on excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, character, citizenship, and community service.

Chamberlain was selected from the 49 state winners and five regional winners that were announced earlier this week.

“I was shocked when they told me I had been selected for this award,? Chamberlain said. “There are so many good wrestlers, to be selected is such an honor.?

His career record of 191-2 includes 98 pins and four state championships. He was a captain on his high school wrestling team and was honored by USA Utah as the “Wrestler of the Year? in 2007. He was a USA Wrestling Junior National Freestyle champion and Greco-Roman runner-up in 2007. In both 2006 and 2007, he was the National High School Coaches Association wrestling national champion. He has been the recipient of the Academic All-Region award from the Utah High School Activities Association the past four years.

He has served as a Teachers Aid in Sports Medicine classes and as a volunteer youth leader at his local church. He has spent numerous volunteer hours coaching and officiating youth wrestling activities, and was a camp counselor for the Rulon Gardner summer camp. He carries a 3.75 G.P.A. and will be attending Boise State University next fall as a student-wrestler. He is projected to wrestle at 141 pounds in college.

“The selection committee felt that Jason combined an impressive balance of excellence in his academic and wrestling credentials while being an active participant in school activities and giving back to his community in the form of community service,? said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum.

Chamberlain will attend Honors Weekend on May 30-31 to personally accept the award. Following is a list of previous award winners:

Dave Schultz High School Excellence National Winners
1996 David Kjeldgaard, Lewis Central High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa
1997 Jeff Knupp, Walsh Jesuit High School, Akron, Ohio
1998 Garrett Lowney, Freedom High School, Appelton, Wisconsin
and Justin Ruiz, Taylorsville High School, Slat Lake City, Utah
1999 Zach Roberson, Blue Valley North West High School, Overland Park, Kansas
2000 Ben Connell, Lugoff-Elgin High School, Lugoff, South Carolina
2001 Steven Mocco, Blair Academy, Blairstown, New Jersey
2002 Teyon Ware, Edmond North High School, Edmond, Oklahoma
2003 C. P. Schlatter, St. Paul Graham High School, Urbana, Ohio
2004 Coleman Scott, Waynesburg High School, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
2005 Troy Nickerson, Chenango Forks High School, Chenango Forks, New York
2006 David Craig, Brandon High School, Brandon, Florida
2007 Zachary Sanders, Wabasha-Kellog High School, Wabasha, Minnesota