It's the middle of the summer and the temperatures are soaring toward triple digits.
And that can mean only one thing.
Fargo is approaching.
Fargo to wrestling fans means the annual Junior and Cadet Nationals, the largest wrestling tournament in the world.
It's a massive event held on 20-plus mats in the Fargo Dome and wrestlers from Iowa have typically excelled there.
In the years I covered the event, from 2006-15, I can recall top Iowa wrestlers like Matt McDonough and Derek St. John excelling in mid-July in North Dakota.
It's a busy time across all levels of wrestling with the World Championships coming up in September.
Here are a few of my random thoughts from what is going on in the wrestling world:
If you've never attended the summer extravaganza in Fargo, check it out. It's quite the spectacle. There is some high-level wrestling and no shortage of drama in freestyle and Greco-Roman.
Jordan Burroughs still amazes me. Making nine straight World or Olympic teams is no small feat. Especially when he's beaten guys like eventual World champions David Taylor and Kyle Dake to make teams during that time. Burroughs had to dig down deep to outlast Isaiah Martinez in three matches at the Final X, but he delivered yet again. It won't be easy, but I would love to see JB tie the legendary John Smith with a sixth gold medal this year. Burroughs is a gifted and talented wrestler, but he's also as tough mentally as anyone in U.S. history. His incredible record proves it.
Speaking of legends, women's standout Adeline Gray is still at the top of her game. She's the reigning World champion and is looking to win her fifth World title since 2012 this year. That's an amazing record. I wouldn't bet against her.
Letting Kyle Dake go to a tune-up event prior to his Special Wrestle-Off against Alex Dieringer seems a little ridiculous. Dake already received an extension to compete because of an injury, but if he's ready for a competition in July then the Special Wrestle-Off should be held then. The Dake-Dieringer matches shouldn't be held that close to the World Championships. Dieringer should not have to wait that long. The World Team member needs time to focus and prepare for Worlds. Dake is a returning World champion and deserves an extension if injured, but not two-plus months after the Final X.
Is this the year the Flying Squirrel reaches the medal podium? Greco-Roman star Ellis Coleman has medaled at Junior Worlds and now he looks to be in prime position to win his first Senior World medal.
When will Spencer Lee compete in freestyle again? The two-time NCAA champion is a Cadet and Junior World champion. Injuries have kept him off the mat in the summer in recent years, but I'm ready to see what he does on the Senior level. I can't wait to see him out there.
Can we please see Snyder-Sadulaev III at the 2019 World Championships. It would definitely be something to see.
Can anyone halt Penn State's run of dominance? Will it be the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2020?
I want J'den Cox to receive the recognition he deserves. He's won Olympic bronze, World bronze and World gold over the past three years, but it seems like every year he isn't the favorite to make U.S. teams. It will be interesting to see what weight class he competes in during the Olympic Year in 2020.
Be sure to check out the new book "Believe and Achieve" on 2008 Olympic medalist Adam Wheeler. It is available on Amazon. Adam has an inspirational story that appeals to people of all ages. The book has received excellent reviews. Check it out if you can.