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Anticipation Mounts as the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Dual Meet Championships Approach

February 3rd, 2013 by Tom

Gill Coliseum gears up for the annual tussle of college wrestling best teams and student athletes

MANHEIM, Pa. "The 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen Division I National Dual Meet Championships Presented by Hibiclens and the Marines, also dubbed as "Mat Mayhem," are less than a month away. These five events will serve as marquee events in NCAA Division I wrestling with nine of the top ten teams in the nation preparing to attend.

With the change in this year's event format, the finals will feature eight teams, four via automatic bids and four teams via regional competition wins. Last year the finals only included the winner of each regional.

"I think of it [the National Duals] as 10 guys strapping on their head gear, battling it out to win for their school "for the name on the front of the singlet," said Missouri Head Coach Brain Smith.

The teams selected to receive automatic bids and attend regional competitions were based on results and rankings from the 2011-2012 season. One school will serve as the host for the regional with three other teams joining them in a one day competition on Sunday, February 17th, the regionals are:

OSU Cowboy Wrestling Targets Big 12 and NCAA Success

October 28th, 2012 by Tom

 STILLWATER"Fielding a lineup led by four All-Americans plus two other veteran starters, the Oklahoma State wrestling team is in its customary position to figure prominently into the Big 12 and national championship races.

"We're going into a collegiate season with the top seven or eight programs from last year," OSU head coach, John Smith, said. "Most everybody is back on every team, and it makes it really competitive. We helped ourselves out a little bit by getting, Tyler Caldwell, and I believe that we'll fill some spots where we were weak last year."

Despite the departure of All-American, Cayle Byers, Big 12 champion, Jamal Parks, and NCAA qualifier, Albert White, from last year's team, the Cowboys enter the 2012-13 season with six wrestlers ranked in the top 15 of their respective weight classes in the preseasonAmateur Wrestling News, weight class rankings.

Junior 174-pounder, Chris Perry, is ranked No. 1 nationally with 165-pounder Caldwell and 285-pounder, Alan Gelogaev, both ranked No. 2 in their respective weight classes., Jordan Oliver, enters the season ranked No. 4 at 149 pounds but will factor into the NCAA title discussion no matter where he wrestles. Rounding out the list of Cowboys appearing in the preseason, AWN, rankings are 197-pounder, Blake Rosholt, (seventh), 125-pounder, Jon Morrison, (15th) and 141-pounder, Josh Kindig, (15th).

Dr. Charles “Neil” DeWitt inducted into Wrestling Hall of Fame

January 5th, 2012 by Tom

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla., has announced the recent induction of Gila Valley resident Dr. Charles "Neil" DeWitt into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. At a banquet held at Arizona State University on Nov. 6, DeWitt and six other inductees were honored for their lifelong service to the sport of wrestling. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors inductees from all levels of amateur wrestling including scholastic, collegiate and Olympic competition.

DeWitt was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the sport of wrestling as a competitor, referee, coach, tournament official, author and administrator, with almost 50 years of contributions to amateur wrestling.

As a competitor, DeWitt was a standout athlete in high school in football, wrestling and track, capturing two Arizona State Heavyweight Championships at Holbrook High School. Although DeWitt attended college on a full scholarship for football, he also competed in wrestling and track at the college level. In 1968, after winning the Arizona State Freestyle Championship, he competed in the USA Olympic trials in the 225-pound weight class. A serious back injury in those trials essentially ended his competitive career. While in college, DeWitt began refereeing high school wrestling, which he continued for a total of nine years, being named the Arizona Wrestling Official of the Year in 1982.

Former OU wrestler hitting it big in the WWE

October 6th, 2010 by Tom
Jake Hager

When former University of Oklahoma wrestler Jake Hager goes to work, he still has to every now and then sit back to take a breath.

Hager wrestles for World Wrestling Entertainment as one of their superstars, and his character, "Jack Swagger," is one of the top villains on the WWE's television show Smackdown! that comes on every Friday night on the SyFy Network.

"It's so crazy because I grew up watching the same guys I'm in the locker room with now," Hager said. "I grew up idolizing Rey Mysterio, Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Big Show; I mean these guys were on my TV every Monday night."

Hager initially came to OU as a defensive tackle from high school wrestling powerhouse Perry. Hager appeared to be doing well, but hadn't attained the level of success to which he was accustomed.

The former Oklahoma high school wrestling state champion turned his attention back to the mat and decided his best chances for national success would come in collegiate wrestling.

It was a rough transition for a young man, who was suddenly competing for one of the toughest college wrestling programs in the country.

Mark Perry Moves Coaching Ambitions to Cal Poly

July 30th, 2009 by Tom

Mark Perry Jr. spent 45 hours hauling his belongings across the country last month, moving out of his apartment near Penn State's campus, lugging everything back home to Oklahoma and packing up again for the next stop on the journey to his ultimate goal as a wrestling coach.

The trip could have been considerably less time consuming for the former Iowa star had he traded in the U-Haul and hopped on one of the sport's established bandwagons in the Big Ten or Big 12 instead. But the two-time NCAA champion thinks the route he's taking could be the best path to becoming a college head coach.

Perry was officially hired Friday as the top assistant to John Azevedo at Cal Poly.

"I don't think jumping on whoever's bandwagon and trying to shoot for the top right now is going to develop me as a coach as much, "Perry said. "I'd play a role, but just not the same type of role I'll play here."

Storniolo Joins Northwestern Coaching Staff

July 29th, 2009 by Tom

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Matt Storniolo, a two-time All-American at 149 pounds while wrestling for Oklahoma, is the newest addition to Northwestern's coaching staff, head coach Tim Cysewski announced on Friday. Storniolo has spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Old Dominion where he trained closely with Ryan Williams, the 2009 NCAA runner-up at 141 pounds.

"Matt was an outstanding college wrestler and we saw in person the influence he had on the wrestlers he coached at Old Dominion, "Cysewski said. "We think his experience, technical skill and passion for the sport will really help our guys, particularly at the middle weights."

"We're really excited to bring in an individual like Matt who has gone deep in the NCAA Championships as a wrestler and a coach, "said associate head coach Andrew Pariano. "He's going to play a huge part in all aspects of our program moving forward."

Storniolo began his college wrestling career at Penn State, reaching the finals of the Big Ten Championships on his way to winning the conference's Freshman of the Year honors. After transferring to Oklahoma, Storniolo reached the Big XII Tournament finals each of the next three years, claiming the league championship as a senior in 2007.

Jared Frayer Leaves Hawkeyes for Wis Badgers

June 21st, 2009 by Tom

Jared Frayer, the Iowa wrestling team's strength and conditioning coach, has accepted a position as an assistant coach at Wisconsin.

Frayer wrestled at Oklahoma, where he was a two-time all-American and an NCAA runner-up in 2002 at 149 pounds, and also has extensive post-collegiate national wrestling experience. He served as Iowa's strength and conditioning coach for the 2008-09 season.

Frayer will join former Hawkeye Barry Davis's staff at Wisconsin.

First assistant Bart Chelesvig left Davis's staff in May, and Donnie Pritzlaff was elevated to the associate head coaching position. Frayer will take over Pritzlaff's position.

"They had offered me the volunteer position about two weeks ago," Frayer said. "It just wasn't right. It was more of a lateral move for me. I enjoyed where I was at at Iowa. But I guess they kind of knew what they wanted and they (made the offer).

"It's a better position. This is what I want to do as a career. It's a position where I can recruit. I'm directly involved with the university. I respect the guys that are there. There are not too many places that I would have gone other than that."

Neb-Omaha’s Meneely Named NCAA D2 Wrestler of the Year

April 7th, 2009 by Tom

Mike Kirk

EDMOND, Okla. -- Unbeaten 157-pounder Todd Meneely of Nebraska-Omaha has been selected as the 2008-09 NCAA Division II Wrestler of the Year after winning his third straight national championship this season.

Meneely is the second winner of the award, sponsored by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches' Association and voted on by eight regional representatives from around the country. Nebraska-Kearney heavyweight Tervel Dlagnev took the inaugural award last year.

Each of the four regions nominated a candidate, with Super Region Two nominee Meneely finishing with 28 points to edge out runner-up Cy Wainwright of Newberry and Super Region One by one point. Minnesota State-Mankato's Tommy Abbott was the Super Region Three representative and Arsenia Barksdale of Adams State the Super Region Four nominee.

Meneely, a native of Omaha, went a perfect 27-0 this season with 10 falls, seven major decisions and three technical falls. He was only scored on offensively three times (three takedowns) and won five tournament titles this year.

A three-time regional champion, Meneely captured the Division II national title at 149 pounds in 2007 and '08 before moving up to 157 this season and winning a third consecutive crown March 13-14 in Houston, Texas. He finished with a 85-5 career record in three years with the Mavericks.

Burroughs, Jones Help Nebraska Make History Over OK State

February 7th, 2009 by Tom

University of Nebraska Sports Information

LINCOLN -- Jordan Burroughs and Vince Jones notched major decisions against No. 15 Oklahoma State to help the fourth-ranked Nebraska wrestling team claim a historic 17-16 dual victory over the Cowboys in front of more than 2,800 fans at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Thursday. The win was NU's first home victory over OSU since the 1921-22 season, and gave the Huskers back-to-back dual wins over the Cowboys for the first time ever. Nebraska improved to 14-2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12, while Oklahoma State dropped to 12-6 and 0-3 in the conference.

The contest came down to bonus points, as each team claimed five bouts on the night, and Burroughs and Jones, both natives of Sicklerville, N.J., scraped NU by with their two wins. In one of three matches featuring two wrestlers ranked in the top 10, third-ranked Burroughs used 10 takedowns, including four in the final period, to post a 21-9 major decision over No. 10 Neil Erisman of OSU at 157 pounds. The win was the junior's seventh of the year against top-10 opponents, and kept his perfect season alive at 24-0 and 15-0 in duals.

Rosholt named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week

December 28th, 2008 by Tom

Oklahoma State University Sports Information

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State junior 285-pounder Jared Rosholt was recognized as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced today.

Rosholt continues to dominate the opposition in 2008-09, as he ran his season record to 17-0 on the year after pinning Cal Poly's Kelan Bragg in 1:38 as part of a dual meet last Tuesday, then followed that up by toppling two ranked opponents on the way to winning the heavyweight title at the Reno Tournament of Champions last Thursday. The consensus No. 1 wrestler in the nation in his weight class, Rosholt beat No. 7 Mitch Monteiro of Cal State Bakersfield by a 13-5 major decision before handing No. 15 Konrad Dudziak of Duke a 5-4 defeat in the Reno title bout. When his 8-4 win over No. 3 Kyle Massey of Wisconsin at the NWCA All-Star Classic is added, Rosholt is a perfect 4-0 vs. ranked opponents this year, including a 3-0 mark vs. opponents ranked among the top seven in the nation.

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