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Olympic wrestling trials return to Iowa City in 2016

The road to the Summer Olympics for the country’s wrestlers will again go through Iowa City. USA Wrestling announced Wednesday via social media that the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on April 8-10. The event returns after being held at CHA in 2012. The announcement was a chance for […]

Nike Wrestling Shoes Return with Hypersweep & Freek

Nike wrestling shoes aren’t as common as they use to be. They are actually pretty hard to find and it was even rumored that they stopped making them all together. However, Nike is back, teasing its new wrestling shoes, Nike Freek and Hypersweep, all over social media.

Walk-on Wrestler Becomes First SF State Wrestler to Head to Nationals in 15 Years

SF State Wrestlers Johnny Costa, Jordan Garrola, Andrew Reggi In his purple SF State wrestling singlet, Johnny Costa knelt to the mat on one knee to attach his ankle band, but inside he was praying in anticipation of his first match at Massari Arena at Colorado State Pueblo University on Feb. 27. It was a tradition his grandfather […]

Wish It. Dream It. Do It.

You can accomplish anything with hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

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 […]

Martial arts workouts help wrestlers.

“Wrestlers make good fighters because we know how to impose our will on somebody else,” Cal Baptist wrestler Jacob Waste says. That’s a bold statement, but Waste should know. He’s been wrestling since he was 4 and has won six national titles. As a newcomer to the Lancers program, he expects to contend for an […]

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 […]

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