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Put on a singlet, make a snow angel, raise funds for autism charities.

If you’re a wrestler, wrestling family member, friend or fan you can make the most of that white stuff on the ground, beat that feeling of cabin fever, and help raise funds for a worthy cause… all by making a snow angel, thanks to a partnership between Wrestle Against Autism, Pinning Down Autism, and the True Wrestling […]

For one-legged fighter Matt Betzold, no such thing as an insurmountable obstacle

Matt Betzold has developed his own method for dealing with fellow flyweights who don’t want to fight him just because he happens to have only one leg. “Basically, I just talk s–t,” Betzold told MMAjunkie. “I call them out on their bulls–t, and I don’t let them get away with it.” It’s a strategy that […]

USOC calls for ‘urgent’ need to help NCAA Olympic sports

The head of the United States Olympic Committee said recently that the organization has a $5 million donor prepared to invest in preserving Olympic sports at colleges. During a speech in Washington, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun called on an “urgent” need for the USOC to develop partnerships with the NCAA that keep lower-profile sports alive […]

Two dozen college teams slated for Madison Square Garden’s Grapple at the Garden

A total of 24 college wrestling teams – including five of the top 20 NCAA Division I mat programs – will return to Madison Square Garden for only the third time in the storied New York City arena’s 135-year history for the 2014 Grapple at the Garden dual-meet tournament on Sunday, December 21, MSG Sports […]

The True Value of Sport

Every year, around 400,000 college students sign their name on dense compilations of written rules and regulations issued by the NCAA. These rules essentially state that the NCAA, and in some cases the university for which the students compete, will be the only recipients of any revenue that is produced by the athlete. To someone […]

Ben Jackson – Wrestling with Cerebral Palsy

Ben Jackson has Cerebral Palsy, a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills. In the 8th grade, he decided to start wrestling because he wanted to challenge himself. His first year, he lost all 24 matches, but he didn’t let that get him down. He knew he was getting better, even if the […]

New Limited Edition Dan Gable Singlet

Dan Gable Museum releases limited edition Dan Gable singlet WATERLOO, Iowa—The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum has released a limited edition singlet to commemorate the legacy of Dan Gable. Gable won the 1972 Munich Olympics without surrendering a point and coached the Hawkeyes to 15 NCAA team titles in 21 seasons of […]

Failure is acceptable. Not trying again isn’t.

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying again.

New Twitter Handle @iWrestle

We were lucky enough to get into Twitter early and got @wrestling as our Twitter handle. Today, that changed to @iWrestle. A few weeks back the social media director for United World Wrestling, then FILA, approached me and asked me if they could have @wrestling. At first I denied it as I really liked the handle. […]

Goodbye FILA. Hello United World Wrestling.

Not sure I’m a big fan of the name, but I’m sure it’ll grow on me. The FILA Bureau voted on the name change as the sport’s world governing body gets set to undergo a significant rebranding exercise which also includes a new logo. FILA President Nenad Lalovic says the proposed rebranding is both distinct […]

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