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Wrestlers Finally Reach Goal Weight

It always seems like theres one or two more pounds to go.

Your mind will quit 100 times before your body ever does.

Wrestlers Working Out

Feel the pain and do it anyway.

Wrestler’s Selfless Act Gives Opponent First Win

A sophomore wrestler from Albert Lea, Minnesota intentionally lost his match in order to make his opponent's day.

"I found out he had down syndrome, and then once I was told that, I knew that I was going to give him the match because I was told he hasn't won a match or anything yet," Ryleigh Bure said.

He had his mother Danielle Bure film the match against Kyle, who was down syndrome.

Ryleigh said he didn't tell anyone his plan.

"Everyone deserves to win. I know what it feels like and he hasn't had a win yet, so I thought he deserved to feel what it felt like to win."

Though he didn't win the match, Ryleigh said he felt like a winner as he walked off the mat.

Olympic Wrestling’s New Rules Keep the Sport on a Positive Path

FILA President Nenad Lalovic

FILA, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, Olympic wrestling's sanctioning body, just released its rule changes for the coming Olympic cycle. Shockingly, the rules largely institute changes which should improve the sport.

I say "shockingly" because, for many years, FILA rule changes signaled a new nadir for the sport as it spiraled inexorably towards its own doom. However, since last year's shake up, which resulted from Olympic wrestling's brush with death, FILA and its new president, Nenad Lalovich, have been changing the sport for the better. We should view these new rules, for the most part, as one of these beneficial changes

To better understand how the new rule changes will affect wrestling, and to discuss how future rule changes could lead to even more improvement, we will look at each change one by one. All the quotations contained in this post feature the current changes. All rules not expressly changed by the quoted text below remain in effect.

I. Olympic Weight Categories:
Freestyle Wrestling 57 kg - 65 kg - 74 kg - 86 kg - 97 kg - 125 kg
Greco Roman Wrestling 59 kg - 66 kg - 75 kg - 85 kg - 98 kg - 130 kg
Female Wrestling 48 kg - 53 kg - 58 kg - 63 kg - 69 kg - 75 kg
Entry in force: 1st January 2014

Pennsylvania Proves to Be Wrestling’s Undisputed Hotbed.

Sold Out Wrestling Meet

By Jason Mackey

Dan Miller has his own version of March Madness.

Every March since 1999, Miller has traveled from his Imperial home to the NCAA Division I wrestling championships with his brother, Tom.

Instead of keeping an eye on brackets, the Miller brothers track takedowns, reversals and pins, sneaking only a few minutes of college basketball between sessions.

“Every third weekend in March, that's our pilgrimage,” Miller said. “Our trip to mecca, so to speak.”

Miller isn't alone, as Pennsylvania's wrestling roots run deep and long.

So obsessed with wrestling are Pennsylvanians that, in the wake of schools cutting some varsity sports, rolling up the wrestling mats is about as rare here as Canada flooding hockey rinks or England deflating all of its soccer balls.

Since Title IX was adopted in 1972, creating more opportunities for women in competitive athletics, more than 500 NCAA member schools have dropped their wrestling programs. Only 226 remain.

In some conferences, wrestling disappeared altogether when money was shifted to fund women's sports.

Yet in Pennsylvania, where the sport remains vibrant, only 13 schools have dropped their wrestling programs. Nobody has more NCAA wrestling programs (33) or All-Americans (504) during a recent 50-year stretch.

Trust The Work You Put In

Wrestling is hard work, but it pays off if you just keep training and trust in your work.

Sanderson leaving quite a legacy with Penn State wrestling.

Wrestling Coach Cael Sanderson

UNIVERSITY PARK — Cael Sanderson has savored the sweet taste of success while leading the Penn State wrestling program to national dominance.

Before big matches, Sanderson will have his wrestlers eat cake to celebrate how well they're going to perform.

It's a practice, borrowed from team counselor and close friend Bonnie Epstein, that Sanderson employs to increase accountability and keep things light, two tenets of his young tenure.

“Anytime you can get kids to really imagine and picture themselves being successful, that's what we want to do,” Sanderson said. “Whether it's having a cupcake or them drawing pictures of themselves, it's really important.”

Penn State has won the past three NCAA Division I wrestling championships and again is ranked No. 1.

There arguably has been no bigger reason than the polite, soft-spoken Sanderson, one of the greatest collegiate wrestlers of all time and an Olympic champion.

Sanderson, 34, has enjoyed a seamless transition from world-class athlete to coach, something even Wayne Gretzky, Ted Williams and Isiah Thomas failed to do.

“It's about being able to put a team together and try to be the best team in the country or the best program you can be,” Sanderson said. “That's exciting to me. I like building stuff.”

Ex-Olympians Herbert, Hrovat to serve as co-directors of Michigan USA Wrestling

Jake Herbert and Andy Hrovat, former Big Ten matmen and past U.S. Olympic freestyle team members, have been named co-executive directors of Michigan USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport announced Saturday.

Herbert and Hrovat will be directly involved in youth wrestling in the state of Michigan, according to the USA Wrestling announcement.

Wrestler Jake HerbertHerbert, 28, a high school state champ in his native Pennsylvania, is arguably one of the most successful wrestlers in the history of Northwestern University wrestling. Herbert compiled a 149-4 wrestler primarily at 184 pounds, winning three Big Ten conference crowns (2006, 2007, 2009) and two NCAA Division I titles in 2007 and 2009. The product of Pittsburgh was presented with the Hodge Trophy in 2009 as the best college wrestler that year. He competed in freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics, placing seventh at 84 kilos/185 pounds.

In addition, Herbert has been an active member of the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling (CPOW), a go-to guy for media-savvy quotes about the sport. And if that weren't enough, Herbert plays early 1980s Oklahoma State wrestler Mike Sheets in the upcoming Hollywood movie "Foxcatcher" about Olympic gold medal-winning brothers Mark and Dave Schultz.

Ben Askren Talks Joining the UFC, Staying Active and MMA Future

Wrestler Ben Askren

He’s never stepped foot in an Octagon to compete but is one of the world’s best welterweights. He also happens to be available for hire.

Ben Askren, the former Bellator welterweight champion, took time to speak with Bleacher Report MMA about a future that’s uncertain. It was widely suspected thatAskren would immediately head towards the UFC with his run in Bellator done, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

UFC president Dana White let it be known that the company has no interest in signing Askren, implying he could go elsewhere and improve his overall game. By many fans, it seems like White is simply trying to control who has the bargaining chips at the negotiation table and Askren agrees.

“I’d be shocked if I didn’t get an offer from the UFC,” Askren said. “I’m the sixth ranked fighter in the division.”

Askren achieved that kind of recognition by amassing a 12-0 record while competing mainly in Bellator. He’s one of the best wrestlers to enter the sport in recent memory and outside of the fight with Jay Hieron, has rag-dolled the 170-pound division inBellator.

It would make sense for Askren to be signed for the promotion, as it’s hard to be the premier promotion in the world and not sign a top 10 talent if they’re available. Askrenhas even offered to help Joe Silva by picking his opponent for his UFC debut, Rory MacDonald.

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