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Be A Part of a Hollywood Wrestling Movie

July 26th, 2009 by WrestlingPod

ENZO Films is embarking on the making of an Independent Film that promotes and supports our beloved sport of wrestling.

The film, which was inspired by actual events, is entitled CARTER-145. It is a Midwestern, sports drama that focuses on a high school wrestler who has just arrived to a small town obsessed with its wrestling team and the legendary coach that leads them. The wrestling program primed for its fourth state title in a row, begins to spiral out of control, when some devastating truths are uncovered about the coach's winning ways.

Bob Hoskins will play the role of the coach.

Bob Hoskins' first appearance to mainstream American audiences was in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, for which he received a second Golden Globe nomination. Some of Hoskins' other notable appearances include playing opposite Cher in Mermaids (1990), the foreign film Mona Lisa which won him an Oscar nomination as well as a Cannes Film Festival and Golden Globe Awards), boatswain Smee to Captain Hook in Hook (1991), and Uncle Bart, the violent "owner "of Jet Li in Unleashed.

The filmmaker, Joshua J. Smith, was a former coach and wrestler in the Midwest.

We are currently seeking investors for the film. Our website http://www.enzofilms.com has all the information about the film and the investment potential.

If you have received this email and are not interested in investing financially please feel free to forward this information to persons that may fit this demographic. If we all pull together we can see our beloved sport (wrestling) on the big screen again.

Any support or help is greatly appreciated.


Joshua J. Smith

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Email: [email protected]


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Minneapolis Wrestlers League Information Meeting

June 22nd, 2009 by Tom


Minneapolis Wrestlers will have their first informational meeting on Tuesday June 30th at 8 pm at the 19 bar in Minneapolis.

It will be an open-house, get-to-know-each other kind of event. You can meet the organizers, other wrestlers, and ask any questions.

The 19 Bar is located at 19 West 15th Street in Minneapolis. Google Map. Everyone is welcome!

If you're curious, but not sure if you want to commit, this will be a great opportunity to learn everything you need to know. No need to RSVP, just show up.

WrestlingPod previously covered the Minneapolis Wrestlers group here.

Minneapolis St. Paul Wrestling League Starting Up

June 21st, 2009 by Tom

Wrestlers A group of Minneapolis & St. Paul wrestlers are working to get an amateur wrestling league put together.

They are seeking wrestlers of all sizes with any, or no, level of experience. They are open to any wrestling styles such as freestyle, amateur, submission, etc.

Wrestlers must be 18 years of age or older, any size, gay or straight, basically anyone who wants to learn wrestling, train, or to just wrestle in Twin Cities area.

If you are interested, visit the Minneapolis Wrestlers homepage.

Good luck guys!

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Amateur Wrestling Firefox Persona Theme

May 27th, 2009 by Tom

If you're using Firefox as your web browser, which you should be, you can now get an amateur wrestling persona theme created by WrestlingPod.

If you're not running Firefox, you can download the free web browser for Mac, Windows and Linux. If you're still running Internet Explorer, click the download link to find out why Firefox is safer and better.

If you have Firefox, but not the Personas extension, you can grab that for free at GetPersonas.com.

Once both Firefox and the Personas extension are installed, click to install the Amateur Wrestling - Blue theme.

This works on Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems and is free so check it out.

Randy Lewis goes old-school

May 18th, 2009 by Tom

Former Hawkeye, 49, wins pair of matches at regional tourney

By Jim Nelson

Waterloo Courier

WATERLOO " At an age when most men are beginning to stare down retirement, Randy Lewis decided to find out if he was still tough.

Wrestling for the first time since the 1992 Olympic trials, the 49-year-old Lewis, a 1984 Olympic gold medalist, showed he's pretty tough for a guy who will turn 50 next month, but not quite tough enough to tame all the youngsters in his given sport of freestyle wrestling.

Lewis, a two-time national champion at Iowa, won two matches Saturday at the 2009 Northern Plains Senior and Junior Regional championships at Young Arena before losing in the semifinals to Northern Iowa's two-time All-American Moza Fay.

"It was fun," Lewis said. "It was real fun those first two matches. It was fun against Moza. It was a great experience for me. I'm glad I did it."

Fay, more than a quarter century younger than Lewis, won the 163-pound semifinal, 9-2, 7-0.

"I made a couple of mistakes in that match against Moza and he is too solid for me to give up that much position," Lewis said. "And once he got on top it was pretty much over.

"I told myself before this started if I got in a tight situation where if it was a decision to get hurt or turned, I was going to let them turn me and that was the decision Moza Fay gave me."

Fay was his usual humble self in victory, raising Lewis' hand in at the conclusion of the match as several hundred fans stood and applauded the former Iowa great.

"Honestly, I was nervous going into that match," Fay said. "I mean really nervous because he is an Olympic champion, and I didn't care if he was 49 years old.

"I knew he probably wasn't going to win it, but it was cool to wrestle him and good for the sport. I just wish it wasn't me who had to beat him."

Fay lost in the final to Illinois' Mike Poeta, 4-1, 9-3.

Lewis opened with a 1-0, 3-0 win over James Reynolds of the Maverick Wrestling Club, and beat Trent Larrieu of Victory School of Wrestling in the quarterfinals, 3-1, 5-1.

"I think I let a few people know I still have some stuff ... probably not as much as I thought I had," Lewis said with a laugh.

Iowa All-American Daniel Dennis beat reigning 133-pound national champion Franklin Gomez, (1-0, 0-2, 0-0, 1-0), in the 132.25 semifinals before topping Northwestern's Brandon Precin, 7-0, 2-0, in the final.

The Northern Plains is a last-chance qualifier for the World Team trials May 30-31 in Council Bluffs.

Other champions were Cruse Aarhus of the Panther Wrestling Club at 121, Jared Frayer of the Gator Wrestling Club at 145.5, Chris Pendleton of the Gator Wrestling Club at 185, J.D. Bergman of the New York Athletic Club at 211.5 and Eric Thompson of the Cyclone Wrestling Club at 264.5.

Rev Wrestling Corporation acquires InterMat

April 2nd, 2009 by Tom

email received this morning

Dear RevWrestling.com User,

We would like to thank you for your loyalty and support of RevWrestling.com. We are pleased to announce that we have acquired InterMat (www.InterMatWrestle.com), one of the leading national amateur wrestling Web sites, from the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). InterMat has twice been named Wrestling Web site of the Year by the National Wrestling Media Association (NWMA).

Over the next few weeks, we will be working with the NWCA to merge RevWrestling.com and InterMat into a new, combined Web site, which will operate under the InterMat name and can be accessed at www.InterMatWrestle.com and www.RevWrestling.com. The new site will be launched before the end of April.

The new site will combine the best of both RevWrestling.com and InterMat, and cover all aspects of amateur wrestling, including high school, college, freestyle and Greco-Roman competition, as well as mixed martial arts. The content will include updated recruiting information and profiles, wrestling news coverage, rankings and results, along with unique content features such as exclusive athlete profile stories, Q&As, historical features on legendary wrestlers and coaches, and hard-hitting analysis of major issues affecting amateur wrestling.

As part of the acquisition, existing Rev Gold members and InterMat Premium Service subscribers will be migrated to a new premium content service package called InterMat Platinum.

Status updates on the progress of the merger will be posted on www.RevWrestling.com until the combined site is launched.

If you any have questions or concerns, please contact Rev Wrestling Corporation at [email protected].


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Elissa Reinsma is first MN girl wrestler to reach state.

March 1st, 2009 by Tom

By JOHN MILLEA, Star Tribune

LUVERNE, MINN. " Saturday was a big day for high school wrestling across Minnesota, as section tournaments determined the 672 individuals who will compete at this week's state tournament.

For 671 of them, advancing to state is a major accomplishment. For one of them, it is history.

Elissa Reinsma, a pony-tailed 103-pound sophomore from Fulda/Murray County Central, became the first female qualifier in the 72-year history of the state tournament Saturday. She placed second in the Class 2A, Section 3 tournament at Luverne High School and will take a record of 32-8 to the state tournament, which begins Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

She will join her brother Justin, a senior 130-pounder, in St. Paul. Justin, who has finished fifth in Class 2A twice, will compete at state for the fifth time.

Elissa said she has been dreaming about the state tournament for four years, beginning when she made her first trip to cheer for Justin in St. Paul.

"I went up to watch him and said, 'That's where I want to be,''' she said Saturday.

Both Reinsmas were seeded first in the section tournament, which began Friday night. After receiving a first-round bye, Elissa won her only Friday match by a score of 9-6. On Saturday she pulled out a 2-1 semifinal victory over ninth-grader John Weeding of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd and lost to second-seeded Adrian ninth-grader Nate Lynn 4-3 in the championship round. The top two wrestlers at each weight class advance to state.

Reinsma and Lynn have met five times this season, with Reinsma winning three times. In Saturday's match, Lynn went ahead 2-0 with a first-period takedown, a reversal by Reinsma made it 2-2 in the second period, Lynn scored a reversal for a 4-2 lead in the third period and Reinsma finished the scoring with an escape at the 40-second mark.

Lynn, who also will make his first trip to state, said, "Once you're out there you try not to think about it, and act like it's a guy you're wrestling. She's really quick and good on her feet."

Wearing a black T-shirt under her singlet and tucking her shoulder-length hair into a tight cap under her headgear, Reinsma was a model of efficient wrestling. With long arms and an aggressive style, she accomplished what she came so close to last season. She placed third in the 2008 section tournament.

Reinsma, who is ranked No. 7 in her 2A weight class by The Guillotine wrestling publication, has a pedigree in the sport. Her grandfather, Clet Blegens, is a former head wrestling coach at Slayton High School (which is now Murray County Central). He was in the stands Saturday to watch his granddaughter make history.

Elissa has a twin brother, Matt, and a younger brother, Mitch; they both play basketball.

Now in her third year as a varsity wrestler, Reinsma also plays volleyball and softball. She made what might have been the biggest decision of her athletic career in junior high. She almost went out for basketball, but chose wrestling instead.

And the rest, now, is history.

Reina, Slay, Harkness, Lee & Franzen Into EIWA Hall of Fame

February 26th, 2009 by Tom

Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association

Five new members will be inducted into the EIWA Hall of Fame in a ceremony before the final round of the EIWA Championships on March 8 at the University of Pennsylvania.

The announcement was made by Larry Sheridan, chairman of the EIWA Hall of Fame Committee.

The new inductees are former Penn coach Roger Reina, Olympic champion and former Penn wrestler Brandon Slay, NCAA champion Travis Lee of Cornell, NCAA champion John Harkness of Harvard, and three-time EIWA champion Gerry Franzen of Navy.

Bios for each of the inductees follow:

No one has played a more significant role in the storied tradition of Penn Wrestling than Roger Reina. After serving as team captain his senior year in 1984, Reina served two years as Larry Lauchle's assistant coach and in 1986, Roger was named the youngest Division I head coach in the nation. Nineteen years later, he retired with a record of 205-106-6, more than twice the next best figure at Penn. Three of his teams placed Top 12 at Nationals, with a high of 9th in 2000 -- the school's 3rd-highest ever finish.

Reina wrestlers achieved 17 NCAA medals and became seven of Penn's eight multiple medalists. His wrestlers achieved three NCAA finals, several national Greco-Roman and Freestyle titles, including 2000 NCAA champ Brett Matter and 2000 Olympic champion Brandon Slay. Penn set an Ivy record by winning seven straight Ivy titles from 1996-2002. In the EIWA, Reina coached the Quakers' first-ever team title and four straight from 1996-1999. After Penn won no individual titles from 1945-95, his 1997 team tied the league mark with seven champions, among 31 titles won from 1996-2005.

Five of Reina's grapplers earned the Class of 1915 Award, as the university's top seniors in athletics, leadership and character. He was elected Chairman of the Ivy League Wrestling Coaches Association, President of the EIWA Coaches Association and President of the National Wrestling Coaches Association. He was a four-time NWCA National Coach of the Year nominee and a three-time EIWA Coach of the Year.

Roger is currently Director of Major Gifts for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and still attends every home meet as an integral part of the program's continued success.

Brandon Slay was the brightest shining star of the Roger Reina era, who owns the distinction as Penn's only Olympic medalist, after he won Gold at the 2000 Sydney Games. Slay's arrival on campus in 1993 helped create an immediate impact, as he led the Quakers to their first Ivy title since 1972.

He would retain All-Ivy honors four straight years and won EIWA titles in '96 and '97 after earning third and second place. In between, Brandon took a year off and won national freestyle and greco-roman titles. He returned to Penn with a vengeance in 1996 and '97, not only winning Easterns but twice placing second in the nation at 167 pounds. He was the EIWA Wrestler of the Year in 1997 and was the first wrestler in Penn's history to win 100 bouts, finishing with 110 which is still fifth all-time. His 33 wins in 1997 set a school record at the time.

Following his Penn career, Brandon was a University National Freestyle champion in both '98 and '99. After placing sixth in 1999 at the U.S. Open, he became champion and the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the 2000 event, before winning Gold in Sydney.

After the Olympics, Brandon started an organization called Greater Gold, which prepares youth to reach their academic and athletic potential through shared religious messages. He still travels nationally speaking to schools, youth groups, churches and business organizations. Slay is a 1998 finance graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Amarillo, TX, he now resides in Dallas, where he is employed by Stream Realty Partners, a commercial real estate firm.

In 2005, Travis Lee became Cornell's first-ever 4-time All-American, the first in the EIWA in 22 years and one of just five in league history. He's the only NCAA All-American in history to hail from Hawaii and in 2001 became a junior national champion in Freestyle and Greco-Roman. Without deferring any seasons, Lee became a 4-time EIWA champion (one of just eight ever in the league) and was the first 2-time NCAA champion in the conference in 16 years. He also won a Midlands Championship in 2002.

Wrestling at 125 and 133, his national titles came as a sophomore and senior, also placing seventh as a freshman and fifth. In the EIWA, Travis was voted the Freshman of the Year in '02, Wrestler of the Year in '03, Outstanding Wrestler in '04 and '05 and won the Fletcher Memorial Award for most career points.

He was the Ivy League's Wrestler of the Year in 2003 and 2005 and a three-time All-Ivy First Team selection. He's Cornell's all-time winningest grappler with a record of 143-13. He was 47-3 in career duals and his win pct of .917 is second only to 1960 Olympian Dave Auble.

A volunteer assistant coach with the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club, his post-grad freestyle resume includes winning championships at the 2005 NYAC Open, 2006 Clansmen International and 2007 Dave Schultz International. He placed 2nd at the 2005 Sunkist Kids Open and 2006 NYAC Open. Lee owns a degree in biological and environmental engineering, and a master's degree, now working full-time at Kionix in Ithaca.

Seven years ago, 85-year old John Cheesman "Chip "Harkness was in a spirited debate in Harvard's gym with an EIWA fan, who challenged him: "What do you know about wrestling? "Harkness retorted: "I'm Harvard's only national champion, what have you done? "He soon learned he was mixing it up with Lehigh national champ, Billy Stuart.

Harkness was equally skilled at wrestling and the real world. He placed third at 175 in the 1936 EIWA Championships, then won in '38 by avenging his 1936 semi-finals loss to 3-time finalist and defending champ, Ross Shaffer, Penn State. "Chip "won Nationals in 1938 by beating the returning runner-up, Marshall Word from Oklahoma.

After graduation Harkness completed a master's in 1941 at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. "Chip "served briefly in the American Field Service, then in World War II was an ambulance driver, most notably at the Battle of Casino.

After the War, Harkness joined six others including wife, Sarah, and [Walter?] Gropius to found a partnership, The Architect's Collaborative, TAC (1945-1995). The firm designed well known buildings around the world as a benchmark in postwar modernism. The organization was unique for emphasizing a team vs. individual approach and by the 1980s was a pioneer in designing "green "buildings. Harkness designed many school buildings and was one of two founders who served throughout TAC's entire 50 years.

Well into the 1950's, "Chip "was still known within the Crimson wrestling room for his speed, strength, modesty and generosity in training wrestlers. In fact, the first thing Jesse Jantzen did after getting his hand raised in 2004 as Harvard's second NCAA champion was to turn and salute Harkness in the stands.

John currently lives in Vinalhaven, ME.

Gerry Franzen of the United States Naval Academy represents the ultimate in EIWA excellence. He was a perfect 12-0 record en route to three league titles at 177 and the Outstanding Wrestler award as a senior in 1965. He earned that with three falls, including one over future NCAA champion at 191, Tom Schlendorf, Syracuse. Gerry won his first two finals by fall and 14-1, both against Pitt's NCAA 5th, Ken Barr. In Franzen's first Easterns, he was unknown but beat four straight seeds, including 1964 All-American at 191, John Gladish, Lehigh.

A Navy team captain, Franzen is one of six Midshipmen to win three league titles and is one of 13 two-time All-Americans. He won eight of 14 bouts in three Nationals, placing sixth in 1963 and fifth in '64. All six defeats came vs. All-Americans, five of them placing Top Three. He was a two-time semi-finalist and had three falls and two major decisions by today's rules.

A native of Portland, OR who now lives in Vancouver, WA, Gerry was a state champion for Bob Majors, a protégé' of Oregon State's Dale Thomas. At the Naval Academy Franzen earned the Weems Wrestling Award and later served on the U.S.S. Constellation. During active duty in Vietnam he became Interservice Champion at 213 pounds and was 4th in Greco-Roman at the 1967 A.A.U. Nationals. His quip today belies his serious roles: "That weight tells you there wasn't much rigor training on cruise in the China Sea."
For all of his distinguished contributions to his sport, his Academy and his country we congratulate Gerry Franzen on his well-earned induction into the EIWA Hall of Fame.

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Marks Black History Month with New Exhibit

February 8th, 2009 by Tom

STILLWATER, Okla. -- In 1949, two years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Harold Henson became the first African American athlete to compete in the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Six years earlier, however, he proved his toughness in the military, joining the U.S. Army.

In commemoration of Black History Month and it's new exhibit "Glory Beyond the Sport: Wrestling and the Military, "the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum is spotlighting Harold Henson in recognition of his achievements both in wrestling and in service to our country.

Henson, who learned to wrestle at San Diego High School in California, entered the Army in March of 1943, at the height of World War II, and was sent to Germany. There he met and married his wife of 62 years, Illse. At the time, military regulations required that Army personnel who married Germans leave the country.

Harold Henson

He left the Army in 1947 and returned to his native state to attend San Diego State University where he earned a spot on the wrestling team and an education degree. His ground-breaking participation in the NCAA Championships was at Ft. Collins, Colorado in 1949. He graduated from San Diego State in 1950.

"There were only two times I experienced racism directly connected to my wrestling career at San Diego, "Henson recalled to RevWrestling's Mark Palmer in a 2008 interview. "Two restaurants refused to serve me and my brother. When this happened, our coach immediately took the team out of the restaurant.

"I never ran into any bigotry in all my wrestling experience. I don't recall any opponent forfeiting a match because of my skin color."

After graduation, Henson went back into the Army to serve in the Korean War and earn a Bronze Star for "doing his job."

He retired as a colonel in 1970 after 26 years of service with the Army Corps of Engineers, earning the Legion of Merit medal.

On February 11, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil its new book and exhibit Glory Beyond the Sport: Wrestling and the Military.

Continue reading at RevWrestling.com

Take The NWCA College Wrestling Survey

February 7th, 2009 by Tom

Hello Wrestling Fans,

I am currently working with the NWCA to improve the sustainability of college wrestling and its programs. We are in the process of assessing the college wrestling schedule and we would love to get your opinion on a variety of related issues. In order to do this, we hope that you will take 5 minutes of your time to fill out our online survey (link below). Thanks so much for your time!

Coyte Cooper


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