Seven men’s freestyle wildcards named for U.S. World Team Trials

2014 World Team member Jimmy Kennedy, shown competing at the World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, received a wildcard at 65 kg. Photo by Larry Slater. USA Wrestling has named seven athletes as wildcards in men’s freestyle for the U.S. World Team Trials in Madison, Wis., June 13-14. These athletes were selected from a group of [Read More]

Zahid Valencia wins gold at Bayrak & Atli Junior International in Turkey

Photo on homepage: U.S. delegation poses with champion Zahid Valencia on the award podium at the conclusion of the Bayrak and Atli Junior International in Turkey. ANTALYA, Turkey – Zahid Valencia (Pico Rivera, Calif./Sunkist Kids) won a bronze medal today at 84 kg/185 lbs. in men’s freestyle on the final day of the respected Mithat [Read More]

Iowan Seth Rollins retains WWE title

Davenport’s Seth Rollins is still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Rollins, who resides and runs a wrestling academy in the Quad Cities, retained his title during WWE’s “Payback” pay-per-view Sunday night. Facing Randy Orton, his longtime nemesis, and Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, his former Shield compatriots, in a Fatal Four-Way match, the odds did [Read More]

UNI alumna creates endowment for wrestling coach position

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – In April 2015, University of Northern Iowa alumna Sandy Stevens (B.A. ’62, English teaching) created the Bear and Sandy Stevens Head Wrestling Coach Endowment. Funds from this endowment will be used to support the salary of the UNI wrestling coach position. “I would not have done this had I not believed [Read More]

Thompson takes his career on the road

WATERLOO | The results aren’t coming as fast as Eric Thompson would like. At the same time, the progress made has been monumental for the former Waverly-Shell Rock state champion and three-time NAIA national champion at Grand View. Saturday at the Northern Plains Regional inside the Cedar Valley Sportsplex, Thompson took another step forward, although [Read More]

Storm wrestlers recognized for academic excellence

INDIANOLA, Iowa – The Simpson wrestling team was recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) for its work in the classroom during the 2014-15 academic year. The Storm earned NWCA Scholar All-America team honors by posting a team GPA above 3.0. Simpson’s 3.13 GPA tied for 38th among Division III schools. Sophomore criminal justice [Read More]

The Big Picture

Since this is the academic issue, my thoughts are taken to the big picture of what we do as coaches.  The big picture being the greater impact we make on the total wrestler.  Whether you are a teacher/coach or are employed outside the school and a coach, the truth is that no matter what we [Read More]

Rachel Watters Wins Body Bar Women`s Nationals

Watters wins the Body Bar Nationals in Irving Texas this weekend and qualifies for the Junior World Team.  Here is the other qualifiers as well as the results for the Iowa women who placed in the Body Bar Nationals. UWW Junior – 72 KG 1st Place – Rachel Watters of Gator OKCU Women/Men RTC 2nd [Read More]