Brad Smith just keeps on going

LISBON — Brad Smith was ready to ride off into the proverbial sunset, hang up his whistle and sweat pants and call it a career. Smith had spent 33 years as a head coach, first at Lisbon High School, then for 21 more at Iowa City High, racking up 10 state team titles during that [Read More]

Interview with Bonnie Brands

Bonnie Brands Wrestlers are grateful for the many people who help shape their lives and careers, and anyone who is a wrestling follower knows wrestling parents are very proud of their children.  One of my best supporters was my mother. I can still remember cutting grass on a 80-degree day trying to lose weight for [Read More]

From the Publisher

One of my favorite issues of the year is the academic issue.  Not because it’s the last one of the season, but because you get to see the accomplishments of the wrestlers off the mat.  A number of factors affect how the Academic All-State teams are determined, with GPA and the number of wins a [Read More]

Smash Leukemia: The Story of Sebastiano Fidone

It’s March 5, 2017, and Melissa and Mark Fidone sit in the bleachers of Young Arena in Waterloo, Iowa, watching nervously as their son Sebastiano wrestles in the Iowa AAU state tournament after a long drive from their home in Council Bluffs, a de facto Omaha suburb on the Iowa-Nebraska border. Yanno, as they call [Read More]

2017 Amateur Wrestling News High School Wrestling All-American Team

Photo: Daton Fix (Titan Mercury WC) works for a takedown against Paul Bianchi (Bison WC) in the 55 kg finals of the UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals. Photo by John Sachs,   First Team Bios 106- Malik Heinselman, Jr, Castle View HS, Castle Rock, CO 2017 CHSAA 5A State champion…2016 Cadet World Team member…2016 Old [Read More]

Watters, Nelson and Campbell repeat as UWW Junior World Team Trials champions

IRVING, Texas – The final day of the 2017 UWW Women’s Nationals played host to some exciting Junior World Team Trials finals series on Sunday afternoon inside the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas. The finals series at 63 kg/139 lbs. had the entire arena buzzing as 2016 Junior World bronze medalist and Senior National [Read More]