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Latest Amateur Wrestling Posts

Wrestling shaped Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings’ draft.

The Minnesota Vikings headed into the NFL draft needing to bolster the middle of their offensive and defensive lines. It’s probably no coincidence that two of the players they targeted were standouts in the sport that coach Mike Zimmer has called the toughest thing he’s ever done. Ohio State center Pat Elflein and Iowa defensive […]

Ugly Christmas Sweater Wrestling Desktops

Happy Holiday’s wrestling fans! Make your computer festive with one of these ugly Christmas sweater wallpapers! These were created by WrestlingPod for your holiday enjoyment. Personally, I don’t find them ugly at all. 🙂

USA Wrestling Fireworks

Happy 4th of July! Land of the free and the home of the brave!

Olympian Steve Mocco named head coach of New England RTC at Brown University

BY BROWN UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS The New England Regional Training Center at Brown University has partnered with American Top Team to name former Olympian and two-time NCAA Champion Steve Mocco as Head Coach for the USA Wrestling-sanctioned Olympic training center. In this role, Mocco will develop and coach athletes training to compete in international styles to […]

Does Iowa Wrestling have a Cael Sanderson Problem?

The wrestling dynasty at Penn State should look familiar to Hawkeye fans. by J.P. Scott I remember sitting in the seats of the Qwest Center (now the CenturyLink Center) in Omaha in 2010, watching as the Iowa wrestling team gathered on the mat at the conclusion of the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Tournament to take a […]

Eggum Named Rookie Head Coach of the Year

University of Minnesota wrestling head coach Brandon Eggum was named Amateur Wrestling News’ “Rookie Head Coach of the Year” on Tuesday, an award that not only recognizes Eggum’s leadership and guidance this past year but the hard work and successes of his coaching staff and his young wrestlers. By many of the expectations placed on […]

From frail kid to national wrestling champ – Zain Retherford’s journey

Zain Retherford’s father didn’t think the sport of wrestling was meant for his son. At least not at first. Retherford’s father, Allen, still remembers Zain sobbing uncontrollably at the age of 5 when a much bigger kid pinned him in almost no time at all. “He came up on the bleachers and he was crying,” […]

Former NCAA wrestler educates and activates athletes to advocate for LGBT individuals

Hudson Taylor is an All-American wrestler, one of the top five pinners in the history of NCAA wrestling and an ally for members of the LGBT community. He encouraged individuals at Camp Randall in Wisconsin to support LGBT individuals along with him, as he does regularly through his nonprofit organization, Athlete Ally. The organization aims to […]

USA and Iran wrestlers get along when their governments cannot.

Kermanshah, Iran – The journey to last week’s freestyle wrestling World Cup in Iran was an exhausting one for the US team — and not only because of the long trip from the US to the Iranian city Kermanshah, with two stopovers in Frankfurt and Tehran. It was the diplomatic hurdles that had stressed Team USA out. […]

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