WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT – UNIVERSITY OF IOWA’S SPENCER LEE

As found on the University of Iowa’s website, below is Spencer Lee’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:

2020-21

  • Big Ten Medal of Honor winner
  • Hodge Trophy Winner
  • NCAA Champion, became the seventh three-time NCAA champion in program history
  • Lee outscored his five opponents 59-8 on his way to the title
  • All-American (21st four-time in school history)
  • Big Ten Champion (125 pounds)
  • Big Ten Wrestler of the Year
  • No. 1 seed at NCAA Championships
  • Undefeated 12-0 record
  • Outscored 12 opponents 141-15
  • Five pins, all in the first period (1:21, 1:53, 2:27, 1:32, 0:23)
  • Scored bonus points in 11-of-12 matches
  • First eight matches of the season were terminated early (5 pins, 3 tech. falls)
  • Wire-to-wire No. 1 ranked wrester at 125
  • 11 wins over ranked opponents, four in the top 10
  • Finished season with 35-match winning streak, outscoring his opponents, 432-42.
  • Academic All-Big Ten
  • NWCA Academic Scholar

2019-20

  • Hodge Trophy Winner
  • James E. Sullivan Award Winner
  • All-American
  • NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler
  • Big Ten Champion (125 pounds)
  • Big Ten Wrestler of the Year
  • No. 1 seed at NCAA Championships
  • Undefeated 18-0 record
  • Outscored 18 opponents 234-18
  • NCAA best 5.0 average team points
  • Four pins, all in the first period (0:54, 0:52, 2:21, 2:53)
  • Nine technical falls, team high and most by a Hawkeye since Doug Schwab in 2000
  • Four technical falls in the first period, all in under four minutes
  • Scored bonus points in 16-of-18 matches
  • Team-high 58 dual points scored
  • Only four of 18 matches went the full seven minutes
  • Wire-to-wire No. 1 ranked wrester at 125
  • Seven wins over ranked opponents, four in the top 7, three in the top 5
  • Won the U.S. Senior Nationals to earn a spot at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials
  • Academic All-Big Ten
  • NWCA Scholar Athlete
  • Letterwinner

2018-19

  • NCAA champion
  • Won the 125-pound national title, earning All-America honors
  • Outscored opponents 55-7 in five matches at NCAA Championships
  • Placed second at the Big Ten Championships
  • Posted a 23-3 overall record, including a perfect 7-0 mark in Big Ten duals
  • Had a team-high seven technical falls
  • Eight pins ranked second on the team
  • Had a pin in 30 seconds, fasted on the team
  • Placed second at the Midlands Championships
  • Academic All-Big Ten
  • Named Mike Howard Most Valuable Wrestler at annual team banquet
  • NWCA Academic All-American Team
  • Letterwinner

2017-18

  • NCAA champion, winning first career title at 125 pounds to earn All-America honors
  • Big Ten Wrestler of the Year
  • Scored team bonus points in four of his five NCAA matches to earn USA Wrestling’s Athlete of the Week honors
  • Placed third at Big Ten Championships, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors
  • Earned Amateur Wrestling News’ 2018 Hammer Award
  • Posted a 22-2 record at 125 pounds, going 8-0 in dual competition and 6-0 in Big Ten duals
  • Scored 37 team points in dual competition
  • Won title at UNI Open and placed sixth at Midlands Championships
  • Led team in overall winning percentage (.917), dual and Big Ten dual winning percentage (1.000), fastest fall (40 seconds) and technical falls (8)
  • Named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (1/23)
  • Named Mike Howard Most Valuable Wrester at annual team banquet
  • Amateur Wrestling News all-rookie team
  • Big Ten sportsmanship award winner
  • NWCA Academic All-American team
  • Letterwinner

High School

  • Four time Pennsylvania state qualifier
  • Three time Pennsylvania state champ (113, 120 x 2)
  • Only gave up 3 takedowns in four years until the state finals his senior year
  • No. 1 wrestler in the country for all four years (113, 120 and 126)
  • Cadet World Champion (50kg)
  • Two time Junior World Champion (50kg)
  • Only world champion in school history
  • Was on the high honor roll
  • Volunteered at kids club and miracle league

Personal

  • Born on October 14th, 1998 in Denver, Colorado
  • Son of Larry and Cathy Lee
  • Has a twin sister named Gaby
  • Mother was an alternate for the Olympic judo team
  • Father was the judo national coach and the paralympic coach
  • Sports and recreation management major”

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COACH SPOTLIGHT: RUTGERS UNIVERSITY’S SCOTT GOODALE

As found on Rutgers University website, below is Scoot Goodale’s bio. Learn about this coach’s career:

The winningest coach in program history with 183 career victories “On the Banks”, head coach Scott Goodale has made Rutgers wrestling into one of the top teams in the country since he took over the program on July 31, 2007.

With the help of associate head coach Donny Pritzlaff, assistant coach Anthony Ashnault, director of operations Joe Pollard and volunteer assistant coach Kyle Kiss, the Scarlet Knights have produced two individual national champions, five individual conference titles, 15 All-Americans in the past eight seasons, multiple All-Americans at the last five NCAA Championships, and since 2009, have earned two top 10 finishes and nine top 25 finishes in the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll.

Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic, wrestling managed another historical season in 2021. Rutgers closed the season with three All-Americans in the same year for the first time in program history, as Sebastian Rivera (fourth), John Poznanski (fourth) and Jackson Turley (eighth) all earned All-America honors at the 2021 NCAA Championships in St. Louis. Along with two-time NCAA qualifiers Michael VanBrill (149) and Billy Janzer (197), RU produced 13 victories at nationals en route to a 13th-place finish with 37.5 team points.

Under Goodale’s watch, RU has two individual national titles (Ashnault & Nick Suriano in 2019), three national finalists, 15 All-Americans, five conference champions (four Big Ten, one EIWA), 80 NCAA Championship bids, 32 Big Ten Conference Championships placewinners and 42 placewinners at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships. The program has tallied an impressive 183-79-1 dual meet record during his 14 years “On the Banks.”

 The success of Goodale’s teams has resulted in one of the top home environments in the sport. Competing at the RAC, the Scarlet Knights have finished within the top five in national attendance over the past five seasons, which includes a 4,292 average in 2019-20 – good for fourth nationally. RU has also secured 3,000-plus season ticket holders over the past two campaigns and recently hosted a successful Big Ten Championships at the end of the 2019-20 season, which drew 20,000 fans to the RAC over a two-day period.

The wrestling program also trains at one of the top practice facilities in the country – the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center. Opened in 2019, the state-of-the-art facility lives right next to the RAC and features three regulation practice mats, a 30-person team locker room and offices for coaches and support staff.

The Jackson, N.J., native took over the Rutgers program following an impressive seven-year stint as head coach at his alma mater, Jackson Memorial High School. In seven seasons, Goodale compiled an overall record of 155-16, leading his squad to the top ranking in the state in 2006 and 2007.

The legendary Jersey high school wrestling coach was inducted into the South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame on Nov. 7, 2009.

Goodale was named the New Jersey State Coach of the Year three times, while also earning District 21 and Region VI Coach of the Year accolades three times during his tenure with the Jaguars. Goodale coached four New Jersey State Champions and five New Jersey State runner-ups, along with 16 additional state placewinners. In total, he has coached a total of 41 District 21 Champions and 10 Region VI Champions. Goodale led his teams to two Group IV State Championships, as well as four Central Jersey Group IV Sectional titles. Each season Goodale spent with Jackson Memorial, the Jaguars were crowned District 21 Team Champions, as well as winning four Class A-South Shore Conference titles. During the 2005-06 season, the Jaguars finished ranked No. 10 in the country. The following year, Goodale and the Jaguars improved that performance, finishing the year ranked seventh nationally. In every year Goodale was at Jackson Memorial, he led his team to a top-10 finish in the New Jersey wrestling polls.

Prior to being named head coach at Jackson Memorial, Goodale served as a top assistant for the wrestling program, while also working as the offensive coordinator for the football team. During his time with the Jaguars football squad, he was a part of three state championship teams.

On a national level, he spent 12 years as the Junior and Cadet State Team Coach for national wrestling tournaments held in Fargo, N.D. Following the 2005-06 season, he served as the head coach for Team New Jersey at the Junior National Duals.

Goodale wrestled for Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, earning his bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education in 1995. He then went to New Jersey City University where he earned a certification in Special Education in 1997. As a collegiate wrestler, Goodale made three trips to the NCAA Championships, as well as placing second at the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Tournament twice in his career. During his time with the Bald Eagles, the team was ranked as high as ninth in the country. Goodale finished with 99 wins at Lock Haven.

Goodale and his wife Lisa are the parents of Shelby and Zach, and reside in Toms River. Shelby is currently on the Rutgers University dance team, while Zach is set to begin his first collegiate season for the Scarlet Knights’ football team.

All-Americans under Goodale

Year Wrestler (Place) Weight
2021 John Poznanski (4th) 184
Sebastian Rivera (4th) 141
Jackson Turley (8th) 174
2020 Nicolas Aguilar (HM) 125*
Sammy Alvarez (Second Team) 133*
2019 Nick Suriano (1st) 133
Anthony Ashnault (1st) 149
2018 Nick Suriano (2nd) 125
Scott DelVecchio (6th) 133
2017 Anthony Ashnault (6th) 141
Ken Theobold (7th) 149
2016 Anthony Ashnault (4th) 141
Anthony Perrotti (8th) 165
2015 Anthony Ashnault (8th) 141
2014 Anthony Perrotti (8th) 157

* All-America laurels awarded by the NWCA due to cancellation of 2020 NCAA Championships

Past Accomplishments

Though the 2020 NCAA Championships were canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Rutgers still secured another banner season in 2019-20. RU finished with a winning dual record for the 13th consecutive season under Goodale, produced five national qualifiers, secured two NWCA All-Americans (Aguilar & Alvarez) and hosted the 2020 Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the RAC.

The 2018-19 campaign was the best in the program’s 89-year history, as Rutgers recorded its first Top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships with its ninth-place result on March 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh. The performance was highlighted by individual national titles for Nick Suriano (133 pounds) and Anthony Ashnault (149), as Goodale was named NCAA Tournament Coach of the Year.

 Ashnault and Suriano both flourished under Goodale’s guidance, as the duo also claimed individual conference titles at the 2019 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis. Ashnault finished his historic career as the program’s all-time wins leader with 123 victories and was a 2019 Hodge Trophy finalist with an unblemished 32-0 record. In his second season “On the Banks”, Suriano wrestled to a 29-3 record and defeated the No. 1 seed (Daton Fix, Oklahoma State) and the No. 2 seed (Stevan Micic, Michigan) en route to the 133-pound national title.

 In dual action, Rutgers finished 2018-19 with a 12-6 mark and a 5-4 record within the Big Ten – the third winning league record since it joined the conference in 2014-15. The overall dual mark included three victories over ranked foes – No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 19 Princeton and No. 20 Purdue.The 2017-18 season was another historic one under Goodale, as Rutgers produced a then-best 11th-place finish at the 2018 NCAA Championships in Cleveland. Six Scarlet Knights combined for 19 victories and 42.5 team points, which included the program’s first national finalist in Suriano (125), as well as a sixth-place finisher in Scott DelVecchio (133).

The program earned multiple All-Americans for the third consecutive year in 2017-18. During that dual campaign, RU collected eight wins, including victories over four ranked foes, and added its best finish at the Midlands Championships in its history with its second-place result. Rutgers finished 2017-18 ranked 19th in the final coaches’ poll, while six Scarlet Knights closed out the season ranked in their respective weight classes by FloWrestling.

During the 2016-17 season, Anthony Ashnault (141) became the first three time All-American in program history when he finished sixth at the 2017 national championships in St. Louis. Ken Theobold also appeared on the podium at 149 in 2017, giving the program back-to-back seasons with two or more All-Americans for the first time ever.

 In 2014, the program earned its first All-American since 2002, as 157-pounder Anthony Perrotti finished eighth at NCAAs. Perrotti closed his career on the national podium at 165 pounds in 2016 in front of a local crowd at MSG, becoming the third two-time All-American in RU history.

The Scarlet Knights finished the 2016-17 dual campaign with a 12-5 record, which included an undefeated home slate (6-0) and 6-3 mark in Big Ten Conference action. The six conference wins were the most since Rutgers joined the league in 2014, while RU concluded its dual season ranked within the top-25 for the sixth time during Goodale’s tenure.

Rutgers also hosted the historic “Battle at the Birthplace” this past season, in which it defeated rival Princeton, 19-16, in front of 16,178 fans at High Point Solutions Stadium on Nov. 19, 2016. The event drew the second-highest crowd in NCAA dual history.  

 The 2015-16 season was undeniably the most successful in Rutgers wrestling history. The Scarlet Knights sent all 10 weight classes to the NCAA Championships for the first time and finished 15th in the nation. Ashnault won the Big Ten title at 141 pounds to become Rutgers’ first ever Big Ten champ, as the squad wrestled to a fifth-place finish at the 2016 Big Ten Championships.

RU (16-5) closed the dual season ranked No. 10 in the final USA Today/ NWCA Coaches Poll, defeating seven ranked opponents and three in the top-10, culminating with an 18-15 win over No. 7 Lehigh in the NWCA National Duals Championship Series.

Rutgers’ national prominence soared to new heights in 2014-15 in its first season in the Big Ten Conference. The Scarlet Knights tallied a new single-season attendance mark and posted the sixth-best attendance total (18,877) and average (2,697) in the nation, according to a report released by Roby Publishing.

RU ended its inaugural Big Ten Conference campaign No. 21 in the nation in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll after a 14-7 campaign that featured a pair of ranked wins and five NCAA Championships selections.

Goodale had his first grappler breakthrough on the national scene in 2013-14, as 157-pounder Anthony Perrotti became the program’s first All-American wrestler since 2002 by placing eighth at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City. Perrotti made NCAA Championships history on his consolation run, recording the second-fastest win by fall all-time at the national tournament with a 10-second pin over Oregon State’s Roger Pena. 

After dropping his first match of the tournament, Perrotti rattled off four consecutive victories, including three in a row against top-15 opponents.

In RU’s (11-5, 7-2) final season in the EIWA before joining the Big Ten Conference, the squad finished third with 91 points at the 2014 EIWA Championships in Philadelphia. Three Scarlet Knights received automatic bids to nationals, while an additional at-large selection gave Goodale at least four NCAA qualifiers in five of his first seven seasons “On the Banks.”

The 2012-13 campaign was a successful one for Goodale and Co., as the Scarlet Knights returned to the national spotlight by ending the year ranked No. 25 in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll courtesy of a 16-4 dual record. RU saw eight grapplers finish in the top eight at the EIWA Championships and sent seven wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

The 2011-12 season was marked by the NCAA success of senior Billy Ashnault, who finished one win shy of All-America status at 141 pounds. In total, five Scarlet Knights represented RU at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo. Rutgers additionally played host to one of four regional sites of the 2012 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals, continuing to boost the Scarlet Knight grapplers’ national prominence.

In 2010-11, RU reached new heights as a program, finishing the year as a top-10 program, ranking ninth in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll after posting a school-record 21 victories against only two defeats. Rutgers continued its strong season at the 107th EIWA Championships where it placed third as a team, tying the best finish ever for the program. Additionally, the Scarlet Knights saw nine wrestlers place at the EIWA Championships, including Scott Winston who took home the 165-pound bracket crown to become the first RU wrestler to capture an EIWA championship since Tom Tanis in 2001.  By virtue of the strong EIWA and regular season, RU qualifed a school-record tying eight individuals for the NCAA Championship.

Rutgers finished at No. 22 in the final 2009-10 NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll after posting a 19-5-1 record. Seven Scarlet Knights earned NCAA bids. The No. 22 ranking was the highest in school history at that point. The Goodale-led squad put together a 15-match unbeaten streak from early December to late February which was the longest streak in school history.

In 2008-09, Rutgers broke the then-school record for victories in a single season with a 20-7 mark in dual action. Three Scarlet Knights earned NCAA Championships bids, which at the time was the most for RU since 2004.

The Scarlet Knights tallied an 11-7 overall record and 5-3 mark in Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) action in 2007-08. Two wrestlers reached the NCAA Championships. Goodale maximized his strong high school coaching background and brought in a recruiting class ranked nationally by W.I.N. Magazine (No. 3) and InterMat (No. 4).

Goodale’s first recruiting class included InterMat’s No. 2 overall senior recruit in Scott Winston, InterMat’s 17th-best recruit in Trevor Melde and USA Wrestling’s 19th-best 171-pound wrestler in Dan Rinaldi. Goodale was a three-time New Jersey “Coach of the Year” at Jackson Memorial High School in Jackson, N.J., before becoming the sixth coach in Rutgers wrestling history.

SCOTT GOODALE YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORD

Season School Record % Conference Record %
2007-08 Rutgers 11-7 .611 5-3 (EIWA) .625
2008-09 Rutgers 20-7 .741 7-1 (EIWA) .875
2009-10 Rutgers 19-5-1 .780 6-2 (EIWA) .750
2010-11 Rutgers 21-2 .913 8-1 (EIWA) .888
2011-12 Rutgers 13-8 .619 5-1 (EIWA) .833
2012-13 Rutgers 16-4 .800 6-1 (EIWA) .857
2013-14 Rutgers 11-5 .688 7-2 (EIWA) .777
2014-15 Rutgers 14-7 .667 2-7 (Big Ten) .222
2015-16 Rutgers 16-5 .762 5-4 (Big Ten) .555
2016-17 Rutgers 12-5 .666 6-3 (Big Ten) .666
2017-18 Rutgers 8-7 .533 3-6 (Big Ten) .333
2018-19 Rutgers 12-6 .666 5-4 (Big Ten) .555
2019-20 Rutgers 10-7 .588 4-5 (Big Ten) .444
2020-21 Rutgers 0-4 .000 0-4 (Big Ten) .000
Career Record 183-79-1 .697 69-43 .616
EIWA Record (Seven Seasons) 44-11 .800
Big Ten Record (Seven Seasons) 25-33 .431”

 

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA’S LIAM CRONIN

As found on University of Nebraska’s website, below is Liam Cronin’s bio. Read about this wrestler’s career:

2020-21 (Senior)

NCAA Championships – DNP (1-2) – 125 pounds

  • First Round: #13 Liam Cronin (NEB) pinned Jake Ferri (KENT), 6:29
  • Second Round: #4 Drew Hildebrandt (CMU) dec. #13 Liam Cronin (NEB), 2-1
  • Cons. Second Round: #14 Jaret Lane (LEH) dec. #13 Liam Cronin (NEB), 13-12

Big Ten Championships – 9th (2-2) – 125 pounds

  • First Round:  BYE
  • Quarterfinals: No. 7 Devin Schroder (PUR) dec. Liam Cronin (NEB), 3-1 SV1
  • Cons. Second Round: No. 8 Michael DeAugustino (NW) dec. Liam Cronin (NEB), 4-1
  • 9th-Place Semifinals: Liam Cronin (NEB) dec. No. 13 Dylan Shawver (RUT), 9-5
  • 9th-Place Match: Liam Cronin (NEB) pinned No. 6 Eric Barnett (WIS), 2:02

Regular Season – 125 pounds

  • 7-1 overall and dual record
  • Bonus Points: One pin, one major decision
  • Defeated #14 Patrick McKee (Minnesota) by decision, 4-1, in his first match as a Husker on Jan. 8
  • Finished 2-1 on the season against ranked opponents
  • Closed the season on a 6 match win streak, defeating Wisconsin’s Ethan Rotondo in a 7-6 decision after scoring a last-second reversal to take the match.

Before Nebraska

  • Wrestled three seasons, including redshirt year, at Indiana, where he compiled 41 collegiate victories 
  • 2020 NCAA Qualifier 
  • Placed fifth at 2020 Big Ten Championships
  • 9-3 dual match record, including 6-3 in Big Ten dual matches as a junior
  • Compiled a 17-13 overall record as a sophomore in 2018-19 with two pins, four technical falls and two major decisions
  • Won seven of his final eight bouts and earned a first-place finish at the Purple Raider Open at the University of Mount Union (Ohio) to cap redshirt season in 2017-18. 
  • Made five appearances in the starting dual meet lineup in addition to seeing action at several open tournaments as a true freshman in 2016-17. 
  • U23 World Team Trials champion in 2019 (Greco-Roman),
  • Placed third at the 2018 U23 Nationals (Greco-Roman)
  • Finished runner-up at the United World Wrestling Junior Nationals in 2017 (Freestyle). 
  • Prior to enrolling at Indiana, Cronin wrestled four seasons under head coach Alan Clinton at Servite High School, where he set Servite records for single-season takedowns, career takedowns, bonus point wins, and winning percentage.
  • Cronin helped his team win four CIF team state championships during his prep years.
  • Became the first high school state finalist from Servite (a feat he accomplished in both 2015 and 2016)
  • Named the 2015 Wrestler of the Year by the Orange County Register. 
  • Seven-time Junior Fargo All-American, split between Freestyle and Greco-Roman
  • Won gold at the FILA Junior Greco World Cup
  • Named to the National High School Coaches Association All-America team in 2016. 

Personal

  • Born November 17, 1997
  • Parents: Shannon and Jeff Cronin
  • Brothers: Riley”

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING’S WARREN CARR

As found on Wyoming’s website https://gowyo.com/sports/wrestling/roster below is Warren Carr’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career: 

Weight: 157

Year: Sophomore

Major: Architectural Engineering

Hometown: Gillette, Wyoming

High School: Thunder Basin

2020-21: 3-5 

Career: 3-5

 2020-21: Competed in four events for the Cowboys in his first season for Wyoming… Went 1-1 at the Cowboy Challenge Tournament getting a 7-6 win over Brayden Roberts (WVU) … Notched two wins at the UVU Round Robin Tournament highlighted by a 4-1 win over James Emmer (UVU) 

 High School: Carr finished his high school career as a four-time state placer and a three-time finalist while also being crowned a state champion once while at Thunder Basin High School. While being a three-time team captain for the Titans, Carr was named the 2020 Spirit of the Bolt winner and the Most Outstanding Senior while also receiving the 2020 US Marine Corps’ Scholastic Excellence honor. Carr was also a decorated football player while at TBHS.”

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COACH SPOTLIGHT: PENN STATE UNIVERSITY’S CAEL SANDERSON

As found on Penn State University’s website, below is Cael Sanderson’s bio. Learn about this coach’s career:

On April 17, 2009, Penn State named national wrestling legend Cael Sanderson as its 12th head wrestling coach and immediately the nation looked East. Since that time, the wrestling landscape across the country has changed as Penn State has claimed eight NCAA championships and numerous Big Ten regular season and tournament titles, all while crowning numerous individual champions and maintaining the highest of academic standards.

A career begun in the Midwest…

At just 29 years old, Sanderson came to Penn State after three very productive years as the head coach at his alma mater, Iowa State.  Sanderson’s teams did not finish any lower than fifth at the NCAA Championships and  he never had a wrestler not qualify for nationals, getting 30-of-30 grapplers through to the championship tournament. 

After graduating from ISU in 2002, Sanderson spent 2003 and 2004 as a special assistant in the athletic department at Iowa State before joining the ISU coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2004-05. He was promoted to the assistant head coach position the next year and then became the Cyclones’ head coach for the 2006-07 season.

In 2007, during Sanderson’s rookie campaign, he led ISU to a 13-3 dual meet record and the first of three-straight Big 12 Championships. An outstanding NCAA runner-up finish in Detroit capped off a wildly successful year as the Cyclones crowned one National Champion and Sanderson was honored as Big 12 Coach of the Year, National Rookie Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year. The next year, Sanderson led ISU to a 16-4 dual meet mark, another Big 12 title and a fifth place finish at nationals. Iowa State’s seven All-Americans in 2008 were the most at the school since 1993.

In 2009, Sanderson’s team went 15-3 in duals, won its third-straight Big 12 title and took third place at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis (just 12 points out of first place). The Cyclones also crowned another National Champion. In three years at Iowa State, Sanderson’s teams went 44-10, won three conference crowns, qualified all 30 wrestlers for nationals, earned 15 All-American awards and two individual national titles.

A move East and a rapid ascent…

His first season at Penn State was solid. Sanderson led Penn State to a 13-6-1 dual meet record, much improved over the prior year’s 8-12-2 mark. After a year outside the top 10, Sanderson led the Lions back to their place among the nation’s elite with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA?Championships and a No. 10 final dual meet ranking from the NWCA Coaches. Sanderson picked up three more All-Americans (including a national finalist) and a Big Ten Champion in younger brother, Cyler Sanderson.

In 2010-11, Sanderson reached the pinnacle of the collegiate coaching mountain by guiding Penn State through a stunning season filled with records, championships and memories that thrilled the Penn State faithful. Sanderson led the Nittany Lions to their first-ever Southern Scuffle Co-Championship and first Virginia Duals Championship since 1991. While guiding Penn State to a 6-1-1 conference mark, Sanderson equaled the highest Big Ten dual meet wins in Penn State history (1998). He led Penn State to the school’s first ever Big Ten Championship and was named 2011 Big Ten Coach of the Year. He became the first coach in NCAA history to be named both the Big Ten and Big 12 Coach of the Year. Saving the best for last, he led the Nittany Lions to the 2011 NCAA National Championship in Philadelphia, Penn State’s first since 1953 and Sanderson’s first as a collegiate head coach. 

During the 2011-12 season, the nation watched as Sanderson led Penn State to a 13-1 dual mark, including a school record 7-1 Big Ten dual record to earn a share of the 2012 Big Ten dual meet championship. Sanderson then made it two in a row by leading Penn State to the 2012 Big Ten Championship at Purdue. He was named 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year, earning the honor for the second-straight season. Two weeks later, Sanderson led Penn State to a second-straight NCAA crown, helping Penn State to become the fifth team in NCAA history to win back-to-back titles.  He was named NWCA National Coach of the Year for the second time in his career at the conclusion of the championships in Des Moines.

In 2012-13, Penn State posted an identical 13-1 mark, 7-1 Big Ten dual record and won its third-straight Big Ten Championship in Illinois in March. Sanderson earned his third-straight Big Ten Coach of the Year honor (co) in the process. Two weeks after that, Sanderson guided Penn State to a thrilling third-straight NCAA crown, helping Penn State to become just the third team in NCAA history to win three-straight team titles. At the tournament’s end, he was named NWCA National Coach of the Year.

In 2013-14, Penn State went 15-1 overall and won a share of the Big Ten dual meet title with a 7-1 record. The Nittany Lions won their fourth-straight Big Ten Championship in Madison, Wisconsin, helping Sanderson win his fourth-straight Big Ten Coach of the Year honor. Two weekends later, the Nittany Lions won their fourth-straight NCAA title, becoming the third team in NCAA history to win four-straight NCAA titles.

In 2014-15, Sanderson led Penn State to an 11-4 dual meet record, a fifth-straight Southern Scuffle title, garnering five All-Americans and another individual National Champion at the NCAA Championships.

In 2015-16, he added a sixth-straight Southern Scuffle championships, a third Big Ten dual meet title (co-) and the 2016 NWCA National Dual Series championship. He led Penn State to its fifth Big Ten Championship in six years in Iowa City and followed that up with his fifth NCAA National Championship in six years in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

In 2016-17, Sanderson led Penn State to its second-straight NCAA title and sixth in seven years.  Penn State posted a perfect 14-0 dual meet record, won the 2017 Big Ten regular season (dual meet) title and the NWCA Dual Championship Series crown for the second-straight season. Sanderson’s team posted a gaudy 35-6 record at NCAAs and won five-straight individual championships to close out the national finals.

In 2017-18, Sanderson led Penn State to its seventh NCAA title in eight years and third- straight. Penn State posted a perfect 14-0 dual meet record and won the Big Ten regular season (dual meet) title yet again. Sanderson’s team posted a superb 39-9 record at NCAAs. Penn State ended the season riding a 45-dual win streak and set an NCAA record for attendance at an indoor dual meet with 15,998 in the BJC for a win over Iowa.

In 2018-19, Sanderson closed  out a decade as Penn State’s mentor by leading Penn State to its eighth NCAA title in nine years and fourth-straight for the second time in his first ten years as head coach.  Penn State posted a perfect 14-0 dual meet record for the fourth-straight year, won the Big Ten regular season (dual meet) and Big Ten tournament championship. Sanderson’s team posted a 35-11 record at NCAAs and had the team title clinched before the finals began Saturday night.  Penn State ended the season riding a 59-dual win streak. Sanderson was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and InterMat National Coach of the Year.

In 2019-20, the Lion mentor led the team to a 12-2 overall record and a near-perfect 8-1 Big Ten dual meet mark.  Penn State dropped two duals by a total of three points.  Penn State crowned two more Big Ten Champions in true freshman Aaron Brooks and senior Mark Hall.  Brooks was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The Nittany Lions advanced seven wrestlers to the 2020 NCAA Championships before the NCAA cancelled the event in reaction to the COVID-19 virus’ outbreak. The NWCA named the top eight seeds at each weight First  Team All-Americans after the tournament was cancelled, giving Sanderson five more All-Americans.

In 11 years as Penn State’s coach, Sanderson led the Nittany Lions to eight Southern Scuffle titles, six B1G dual meet titles, six Big Ten Championships, eight NCAA Championships, collected 58 All-Americans, 23 National Champions, including an NCAA record-tying five in 2017, four Gorriaran winners, five NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestlers, one CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, one NCAA Elite 89 winner, one NCAA Top 10 Award winner and five Hodge Trophy winners. Sanderson, who has coached 78 total All-Americans and 25 total National Champions (including his three years at Iowa State), grabbed his 100th win as Penn State’s head coach in its 36-6 victory over Stanford in Rec Hall on 11/13/16.

A coaching career after the most storied collegiate wrestling career ever…

To this day, Sanderson is considered the most dominant collegiate competitor in NCAA history. In four years, Sanderson never lost. From 1999-2002, Sanderson posted a 159-0 career record (going 39-0, 40-0, 40-0 and 40-0); won four individual National Championships; won four Most Outstanding Wrestler awards at the NCAA Championships (the only wrestler in NCAA history to do so); became the first freshman in NCAA history to win the Outstanding Wrestler honor and won three Dan Hodge Trophies as the nation’s best collegiate wrestler (also a collegiate first). He wrestled his first three years at 184 and then moved to 197 as a senior.

The four-time All-American’s four-year streak of perfection was called the No. 2 most outstanding achievement in collegiate sports history by Sports Illustrated. The NCAA called his final win (in the 2002 NCAA 197-pound championship) one of the NCAA’s “25 Defining Moments” for its Centennial celebration. His wrestling career culminated in 2004 when the Heber City, Utah, native won the 84 kg Olympic Gold Medal in Athens, Greece.

THE SANDERSON FILE

Full Name:    Cael Norman Sanderson

Birthday:     June 20, 1979

Birthplace:    Provo, Utah

Hometown:    Heber City, Utah

Alma Mater:    Iowa State ‘02

Spouse: Kelly

Children:    Tate, Teag

COACHING HONORS

*    2007 NWCA Coach of the Year

*    2007 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year

*    2007 Amateur Wrestling News Rookie Coach of the Year

*    2007 RevWrestling.com Coach of the Year

*    2011 Big Ten Coach of the Year

*    2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year

*    2012 InterMat National Coach of the Year

*    2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year (co)

*    2013 NWCA Coach of the Year

*    2013 W.I.N. Magazine Coach of the Year.

*    2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year

*    2016 Big Ten Coach of the Year

*    2016 InterMat National Coach of the Year

*    2017 InterMat National Coach of the Year

*    2018 InterMat National Coach of the Year

*    2019 Big Ten Coach of the Year

*    2019 InterMat National Coach of the Year

*    Only person in NCAA history to earn both  Big Ten and Big 12 Coach of the Year honors

*    Coached 25 National Champions (23 in 11 years at PSU)

*    78 All-Americans in just 14 years (63 in 11 years at PSU)

*    123 of 140 of his wrestlers qualified for NCAAs

*    Coached 30 Big Ten Champions in 11 years in the conference.

AS A WRESTLER…

*    The only wrestler in NCAA history to never lose a bout over four years

*    Four-time NCAA National Champion

*    Four-time NCAA Most Outstanding Wrestler

*    2004 Olympic Gold Medalist

*    159-0 as collegiate wrestler

*    Four-time Big 12 Champion

*    Sports Illustrated called unbeaten streak #2 most outstanding achievement in collegiate history

*    Three-time Hodge Trophy winner

*    Final NCAA win named one of 25 Defining Moments by NCAA

*    ESPY Award for Best Male Collegiate Athlete

*    ESPN SportsCentury special on his career

*    One-time appearance on Wheaties cereal box”

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WRESTLING TOURNAMENTS IN FLORIDA, NORTH CAROLINA & TENNESSEE – JULY AND AUGUST 2021

Here’s a round-up of tournaments and events happening around the southeastern area of the country during the month of July and August:

FLORIDA

SUNSHINE STATE SHOWDOWN

When: July 16, 2021 – July 18, 2021

Where: Alan Jay Arena, 781 Magnolia Ave., Sebring, FL 33870

Who: 6U (2015-2016), 8U (2013-2014), 10U (2011-2012), 12U (2009-2010), MS (2007-2008), HS (born Sept 1, 2001 and after, plus enrolled in grade 9-12)

Weight Classes

6U: 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, HWT 

8U: 43, 45, 49, 53, 56, 62, 70, 85, 95, HWT 

10U: 49, 53, 56, 59, 63, 67, 71, 77, 84, 93, 105, 120, 130, HWT 

12U: 58, 63, 67, 70, 74, 78, 82, 86, 92, 98, 108, 117, 135, 160 

MS: 73, 79, 85, 89, 94, 99, 105, 112, 121, 127, 132, 138, 151, 167, 189, 252 

HS: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285 

Weigh-Ins: Saturday Divisions: Early weigh in on Friday, July 16, from 5-7 pm; Saturday at 7:30 am – 8:30 Sunday Divisions: Early weigh in on Saturday, July 17, from 5-7pm; Sunday 7:30 am – 8:30

Schedule: ALL registered athletes get a clinic on Friday at 7:30pm – 8:30pm with Chris Bono, Jon Reader and Seth Gross. Autograph session following clinic. 

6U, 8U and 10U on Saturday, July 16th – Wrestling starts at 9:30 AM 

12U, MS & HS on Sunday, July 17th – Wrestling starts at 9:30 AM 

Registration: Fee is $40 per wrestler

Register on Trackwrestling.com or http://bit.ly/ShowdownReg 

For more information: https://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/uploads/O-630377132-Sunshine_State_Showdown_Flyer.pdf

BACKYARD BOYZ SUMMER DUALS #2

When: July 30, 2021 – July 31, 2021

Where: Jupiter High School, 500 N. Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458

Who: High School Duals Teams, Up to 14 Wrestlers Per Team

Weigh-Ins: 7/30/21 at 7:00 a.m.

Schedule: 7/30/21 Start Time: 10:30 a.m.

      7/31/21 Start Time: 10:30 a.m.

Clinic: Technique Clinics with JohnMark Bentley & Jeff Prescott

7/30/21 Clinic with JohnMark Bentley, Appalachian State Head Wrestling Coach – 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

7/31/21 Clinic with Jeff Prescott, Penn State 2x National Champion – 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m

Registration: $550 per team (up to 14 wrestlers per team)

Teams over 14 wrestlers – $15 each additional wrestler

Wrestlers not on a team competing – $25 per clinic

Register on Trackwrestling.com  

For more information

https://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/uploads/T-630114132-NEW_BACKYARD_BOYZ_SUMMER_DUALS_2_FLYER.pdf 

RUMBLE IN THE STREETS: STREETLIGHT EDITION

When: July 30, 2021

Where: Legacy Church at North East Park, 3737 1st St. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Who: K-8, High School, & Adult/Open Divisions

Weigh-Ins: One hour prior to each division’s start time

Schedule: Tournament starts at 5:00 p.m.

Registration: Early Registration $20, Pre-Registration $25, at the Door $30

Register on Trackwrestling.com 

For more information:  Contact Inhisimage414@gmail.com or 727-488-1651

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USA WRESTLING YOUTH DUALS

When: August 28,  2021

Where: Seminole County Wrestling Club, 1648 N. Ronald Reagen Blvd, Longwood, FL 32750

Who: 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U

Registration: Register on Trackwrestling.com 

For more information: Event Director Steven Price – stevenprice608@yahoo.com

https://usawrestlingevents.com/event/2100104802 

NORTH CAROLINA

CAROLINA CHALLENGE

When: July 17, 2021 – July 18, 2021

Where: Overhills High School, 2495 Ray Road, Spring Lake, NC 28390

Who: 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U

Weight Classes

July 17

16U AND JUNIOR WILL BE COMBINED TO FORM BRACKETS. 

THERE WILL BE A MALE AND FEMALE BRACKET. 

WEIGHTS WILL BE: 88,94,100,106,113,120,126,132,138,145,152,160,170,182,195,220,285 (MALE DIVISION) 94,100,106,112,117,122,127,132,138,144,152,164,180,200,225 (FEMALE DIVISION) 

WEIGHT CLASSES MAY BE COMBINED TO HELP ENSURE COMPETITION AND ROUND ROBINS MAY BE USED

July 18

THERE WILL BE A MALE AND FEMALE BRACKET IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING AGE GROUPS. 

14U- 71,77,83,87,92,97,102,106,110,114,119,125,130,136,149,165,187,250 (MALE DIVISION)            72,79,85,92,97,101,105,110,119,127,136,145,185 (FEMALE DIVISION) 

12U- 58,63,67,70,74,78,82,86,92,98,108,117,135,160 (MALE DIVISION) 65,70,75,80,85,90,95,100,110,120,130,145 (FEMALE DIVISION) 

10U- 49,53,56,59,63,67,71,77,84,93,105,120 (MALE DIVISION) 50,55,60,65,70,75,80,90,100,110 (FEMALE DIVISION) 

8U- 43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85 (MALE DIVISION) 

45,50,55,60,70,85 (FEMALE DIVISION) 

6U- 43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85 (MALE DIVISION) 

45,50,55,60,70,85 (FEMALE DIVISION) 

WEIGHT CLASSES MAY BE COMBINED TO HELP ENSURE COMPETITION AND ROUND ROBINS MAY BE USED

Weigh-Ins: July 16 –  8:00-9:00 a.m. at Sleep Inn and Suites* – 16U and Juniors

      July 17 – 7:00-8:30 a.m. at Overhills High School – 16U and Juniors

      July 17 – 8:00-9:00 p.m. at Sleep Inn and Suites* – 8U – 14U

                   July 18 – 7:00-8:30 a.m. at Overhills High School – 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U

*Sleep Inn and Suite ($84.00 per Night) 102 Sleepy Drive, Spring Lake, NC 28390

Schedule: July 17 – Tournament start time – 9:00 a.m.

                     July 18 – Tournament start time – 9:00 a.m.

Registration: Fee is $20 per wrestler if registered and paid by July 12, $35 if registered and paid after July 12 or at door

Register on Trackwrestling.com 

For more information: 

https://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/uploads/O-630540132-O-630540132-CAROLINA_CHALLENGE_(1)_(1).pdf 

MORTAL COMBAT CHAMPIONSHIPS

When: July 31, 2021

Where: Davie County Recreation & Parks, 151 Southwood Dr., Mocksville, NC 27028

Who: Grades K-2, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th, Women’s Division – Grades 7th – 12th

Weight Classes

K-2nd: 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 80, 90

3rd-5th: 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 108, 118, 128, 140, 155, 175

6th-8th: 76, 83, 90, 98, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285

9th-12th: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285

Women’s Division: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285

Weigh-Ins: 7/30/21 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

      7/31/21 – 7:00-8:00 a.m.

Schedule: Wrestling starts at 9:00 a.m. on 7/31/21

Registration: Fee is $30 per wrestler until 7/27/21, $35 after 7/27/21

Register on floarena.org

For more information: 

https://events.flowrestling.org/event/b98bfe35-3fec-426a-a7d5-0de67ad04050/registration 

TENNESSEE

SUMMER BASH

When: July 24, 2021

Where: Harpeth High School, 170 East Kingston Springs Rd., Kingston Springs, TN 37082

Who: Middle and High School boys and girls

Weight Classes

Boys Middle School (6-8): 72, 82, 90, 98, 106, 114, 122, 130, 138, 148, 158, 175, 190, HWT

Girls’ Middle School (6-8): 60, 70, 80, 90, 105, 120, 140, 160, 200

Boys’ High School (9-12): 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285

Girls High School (9-12): 103, 112, 119, 125, 132, 140, 150, 160, 170, 190, 285

Tournament director reserves the right to change/combine weight classes and divisions to maximize the opportunities for the wrestlers.

Weigh-Ins: July 24, 2021 at 8:00 a..m.

Schedule: Wrestling starts at 9:00 a.m.

Registration: Fee is $25 per wrestler

Register on Trackwrestling.com or http://bit.ly/ShowdownReg 

For more information: Contact Joe Whitlow at Harpethtakedownclub@gmail.com 

TYRANT SMOKE SHOW

When: August 7-8, 2021

Where: LeConte Center, 2986 Tester Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Who

DUALS:

Elementary School: 3rd grade & under

Elementary School: 6th grade & under

Middle School: 8th grade & under

High School: 8th-12th grade

Girls: K- 12th Grade

OPEN (age as of 8/7/21):

BOYS: 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U

GIRLS: 8U, 10U, 14U, 16U, 18U

Weight Classes (for Open Tournament)

BOYS:

8U: 40 44 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 78 84 90 (+1)

10U: 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 100 110 130 (+1)

12U: 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 100 110 130 (+1)

14U: 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 100 105 110 115 120 130 140 160 210 (+1)

16U: 98 106 113 120 126 132 138 145 152 160 170 182 195 220 285 (+3)

18U: 106 113 120 126 132 138 145 152 160 170 182 195 220 285 (+3)

GIRLS:

8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U: madison system

Weigh-Ins

Duals Weigh-Ins:

Friday, August 6, 2021

Duals weigh-in will be used for open tournament

2:00-4:00pm Early weigh-ins ($20 per wrestler)

6:00-8:00pm Weigh-ins

Open Weigh-Ins:

Friday, August 6, 2021

2:00-4:00pm Early weigh-ins ($20 per wrestler)

6:00-8:00pm Weigh-ins

Saturday, August 7, 2021

12:00-1:00pm Weigh-ins (Pre-registered only, for anyone that did not weigh-in on Friday)

Schedule

DUALS

Friday, August 6, 2021

2:00-4:00pm Duals early weigh-ins ($20 per wrestler)

6:00-8:00pm Duals weigh-ins

Saturday, August 7, 2021 – Duals

7:00am Doors open

7:30am Coaches meeting

7:30am Score Keeper Education

8:00am Wrestling begin

Sunday, August 8, 2021 – Duals

7:00am Doors open

8:00am Wrestling begins

Awards at the conclusion

Teams are to report to the awards area

OPEN

Friday, August 6, 2021 – Open

Duals weigh-ins will be used for the open

2:00-4:00pm Early weigh-ins ($20 per wrestler)

6:00-8:00pm Weigh-ins

Saturday, August 7, 2021 – Open

12:00-1:00pm Weigh-ins (for anyone that did not weigh-in on Friday)

1:30pm Bracket check-in (no changes will be made after 2:00pm)

3:00pm Wrestling begins

Registration: Duals – $895 per team ($100 non-refundable deposit)

                       Open – $40 before July 12, $50 after July 12, $60 walk-in on Friday

Register at https://tyrantwrestling.regfox.com/2021smokeshow for duals

                  https://tyrantwrestling.regfox.com/2021smokeshowopen for open

For more information: https://www.tyrantwrestling.com/smoke-show/  

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY’S DAVID CARR

As found on Iowa State University’s website, below is David Carr’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:

“Weight: 157

Hometown: Canton, Ohio

Class: Redshirt Sophomore

High School: Perry

Awards and Accomplishments

2021 Hodge Trophy Finalist

2021 NCAA Champion

2021 NCAA All-American

2021 Big 12 Wrestler of the Year

2021 Big 12 Champion

2021 Second Team Academic All-Big 12

2020 Senior Freestlye Nationals (Sixth Place)

2020 NCAA All-American (First Team)

2020 NWCA Scholar All-America Award

2020 Big 12 Champion

2020 Second Team Academic All-Big 12

2019 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Third Place)

Big 12 Wrestler of the Week

2019 Junior World Champion

2019 UWW Junior National Champion

2018 Dave Shoultz Memorial International (Fourth Place)

2020-21

2021 157-pound NCAA Champion… 2021 All-American… finalist for the Dan Hodge trophy, finishing third… 2021 157-pound Big 12 Champion… 2021 Big 12 Wrestler of the Year… Academic All-Big 12 Second Team… Iowa State’s 50th individual to win a national championship and the 70th individual national champion overall in program history… Iowa State’s 300th All-American in program history… 86th two-time All-American in Iowa State history… compiled a 20-0 record, becoming Iowa State’s first undefeated champion since 2011… 14 of his 20 wins came by bonus-point variety for a 65 percent bonus-rate… won five matches by major decision, four by technical fall and four by fall… defeated 12 opponents ranked in the top-20… did not surrender a takedown at the NCAA Championships, outscoring his opponents by a 40-10 margin en route to the title… 60-1 takedown differential during the 2021 campaign… went 12-0 in duals, racking up 171 total match points… led the team in duals in takedowns (44), four-point near-falls (15) and total back-points (66).

2019-20

Became Iowa State’s first ever Junior World Champion (74kg)… won the 2019 UWW Junior National Championship to earn a spot in the Best-of-Three Finals for the Junior World Team spot. Wrestled to an 18-1 record, 9-0 in dual, during his redshirt freshman season… qualified for the NCAA Championships at 157 pounds and was seeded third for the national tournament before the season was ended early due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus worldwide… named First Team All-American by the NWCA… earned NWCA Scholar All-America honors… won the Big 12 Championship at 157 pounds, defeating OSU’s Wyatt Sheets by 6-4 decision in the finals… Iowa State’s 213th individual conference champion in school history… first freshman Big 12 champ since David Zabriske (2007)… Iowa State’s fifth freshman Big 12 Champion… named Second Team Academic All-Big 12… earned Big 12 Wrestler of the Week honors after his 6-1 victory over Iowa’s then-ranked No. 2 Kaleb Young… took third place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational behind a 5-1 record… led the team in total dual points scored (121), takedowns per dual (4) and total dual back points (34)… posted two wins by fall, two by technical fall and five by major decision.

2018-19

Redshirted his initial season at Iowa State… posted a 23-1 record while wrestling unattached… competed at the Dave Shoultz Memorial International in freestyle, taking fourth place… won four out of the five tournaments he competed in, taking third in the other… claimed titles at the Grand View Open, Lindenwood Open, UNI Open and Dave Edmonds Open… recorded 14 bonus-point victories, including a team-high eight major decisions.

High School

Noted as one of the nation’s top recruits out of high school… pegged as the No. 2 overall recruit in the class of 2018 by FloWrestling and No. 1 at his weight… competed for his dad, Cyclone legend Nate Carr while wrestling for Perry High School… five-time high school state champion… Cadet World Bronze Medalist… Fargo National Champion… Flo Who’s #1 Champion… IronMan Champion… compiled a high school record of 246-7.

Personal

Born on March 28, 1999… son of Nate and Linda Carr… has six siblings… majoring in Communication Studies.”

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SOUTH CAROLINA SOCIAL MEDIA TALK: WHERE TAKEDOWNS OCCUR REGULARLY

On June 28, at 5:45 a.m. Kip Charles posted on The South Carolina Wrestling Room Facebook page:

“Do you know that feeling your wrestler gets when they walk into their local South Carolina tournament that has four or five mats set up? Well, after Fargo even the states look small. It could be one of the reasons why so many young people that go to Fargo come home and perform exceedingly well. It’s still not too late if you want your wrestler to experience this.”

Joe Lovier replied, “Gee, that’s neat.”

George Dixon replied, “There are plenty of tournaments that take place on multiple mats. Super 32 on 26, NHSCA Nationals on 40+, NHSCA National Duals on 51, most NuWay tournaments on 20+, Tyrant Wrestling tournaments on 15+ and WAR tournaments on 10-15 mats. There are a lot of “off season” opportunities for wrestlers to get mat time at “big” tournaments. Personally I feel that Fargo is the pinnacle for freestyle and Greco-Roman while the pinnacle for folkstyle is the Super 32! The bottom line is getting out there and getting it done!”

David Maholtz replied to Dixon’s comment with, “George Dixon God I hate saying this on public forum…. but I agreed 100% with george on this one”

Kip Charles replied to Dixon’s comment, “George Dixon lets get them to them all.. I completely agree.”

The Wrestling Whisperer added, “George Dixon Having coached and competed at the Fargo level I’ll explain why Fargo is different than the tournaments you listed:

1: Freestyle & Greco Roman are two different styles that add too &. expand technical wrestling abilities. They both can carry over to Folkstyle.

2: Both styles expand the ability to compete against higher levels of competition both nationally & internationally. And at a young age internationally.

3: Many of your top NCAA Champions & All Americans have a expanded wrestler IQ in Freestyle & Greco that separates them experience wise when they compete in Folkstyle.

4: Freestyle is a faster pace style and a lot of technique has carried over to Folkstyle, while Greco focuses on inside control wrestling, body attacks & throws that also have technical transitions into Folkstyle

5: Both Freestyle & Greco Roman styles ultimately lead into having a head start training on the Senior level for the Olympics.

6: If the top high school kids in the country are training in 3 styles of wrestling and yours only one, eventually you see the gap in competition at the college level D1, D2,D3.

7:Finally, the top colleges at all levels go to Fargo to recruit. That’s D1, D2, D3.

Jennifer Wingard commented, “Kip Charles I appreciate you giving our boys am opportunity like this. I know for one my son had a great time practicing on Saturday and is excited about going to Fargo. Thank you again!

Kip Charles replied to Wingard’s comment, “Jennifer Wingard It’s pretty amazing watching these kids transform right before my eyes. Everyone is getting better.”

Jen Griffin-Richey Hornsby posted, “Kip Charles thank you for everything. I am excited for these kids and how much they are learning”

Kip Charles replied, “Jen Griffin-Richey Hornsby, they are, and at a fast pace it would seem. The environment is ripe for learning, and growth is inevitable. I can’t wait to see what their regular season looks like. They will all be better wrestlers for sure Freestyle & Greco will only compound their success.”

Seth Allen wrote, “Fargo was a great experience for me as a youngster.”

The Wrestling Whisperer replied to Allen with, “Seth Allen spread the word, it will only improve an athletes wrestling.”

Chris Brock added this comment, “Fargo makes a statement that all major programs/coaches want to hear. Kid’s commitment is real and wrestling is life. There is no other tournament that is as Indicative and predicts the future on a national or international level. The world medalists and Olympians make it there via Fargo. Not absolute, but generally speaking.”

Bailey Wilkins posted, “The best trip I’ve been on no doubt. It definitely makes all the other National tournaments easier to compete at. Not everybody will get the results they want but one key thing I learned is when you are done wrestling, soak it all in. Watch the wrestling, there’s a lot you can learn by just watching how the top guys compete.

You definitely get better by competing there, but the training leading up to it is what benefits you the most. Different looks, different partners, and just the overall fun you have between sessions. I’ve made lifetime friendships on this trip. So if you’re debating on sending your kid, it is a must.”

 

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JUST A QUESTION: THE NFL RAN TV COMMERCIALS PROCLAIMING THAT THE “NFL IS GAY, LESBIAN, QUEER & TRANSGENDER” BUT LEFT OUT “HETEROSEXUAL” – IS THAT HOW WRESTLERS IDENTIFY TOO?

By JIMMY THE SAINT and PARKER COMODE

Jimmy The Saint and Parker Comode duel, with responses to the NFL’s currently controversial TV commercial, providing alternative articles that ultimately relate to wrestling. First up: Jimmy The Saint’s piece:

In an NFL TV commercial – run on the NFL Channel the past few days – the NFL proclaimed that:

“Football is Gay”

“Football is Lesbian”

“Football is Beautiful”

“Football is Queer”

“Football is Life”

“Football is Exciting”

“Football is Culture”

“Football is Transgender”

“Football is Heart”

“Football is Power”

“Football is Tough”

“Football is Bisexual”

“Football is Strong”

“Football is Freedom”

“Football is American”

“Football is Accepting”

“Football is Everything”

”Football is For Everyone”

The above is, verbatim, the text from the NFL TV commercial.

Now, the following are just questions, so no one should get their panties wrapped up in a bunch—because these are just inquiries, quandaries, fact-finding missions and the like. People who freak out over mere questions are people who (1) are closed-minded weaklings; (2) zeros; (3) losers; (4) clowns; (5) strive to force their narratives in others’ faces with no facts to support their positions; (6) are opposed to science; (7) are of moderate to lower levels of intellect; (8) are of moderate to lower levels of intelligence; (9) do not understand the difference between intellect and intelligence; and (10) comprise the very unfortunate bastion of propagandists who, through their hysteria, falsehoods, fabrications, canards, lies, and outright irrational and illogical propositions, have sought to destroy the fundamental fabric of American values, mores, and culture. Those who are truth-seekers, obviously, should embrace questions – otherwise, how does one get to the truth without having questions answered with factually-supportive answers? Those who are truth-tellers should welcome, with open arms, questions. Why? Because if they are actually telling the truth, they should be elated to answer those questions with factually-supported answers, so that any naysayers will be shut down. Questions do not take positions; to the contrary, questions, simply, look for the truth. With that, let’s see how truth-seekers – and truth-tellers – react to these mere questions:

The NFL, itself, has declared that “football is gay.” So, the natural inquiry follows: How is football “gay”?

Does this mean that all the players are gay? That a substantial portion of them are gay?

Does it mean that all the coaches, staff, and personnel are gay? That a substantial portion of them are gay?

Does it mean that all the fans are gay? That a substantial portion of them are gay?

The NFL, itself, has declared that “football is lesbian, queer, and transgender”, as well.

How many NFL football players are “lesbians”, “queer”, and “transgenders”?

How many NFL football coaches are “lesbians”, “queer”, and “transgenders”?

What percentage of football fans are “lesbians”, “queer”, and “transgenders”?

What percentage of fans watched this TV commercial and thought to themselves – “I identify with this commercial”?

What percentage of players and coaches watched this TV commercial and thought to themselves – “I identify with this commercial”?

Was this brilliant marketing by the NFL, wherein they pegged exactly who all/substantial majority of their players, coaches and fans are – gay, lesbian, queer, and transgender people?

Is there a reason why “heterosexual” people were left out of this NFL TV commercial that ended with “football is for everyone”?

Is there such a small percentage of heterosexual NFL players that they are akin to irrelevant, wherein the NFL sought to leave them out of the spot because there is no point to market to a such a miniscule group of people?

Is there such a small percentage of heterosexual NFL coaches that they are akin to irrelevant, wherein the NFL sought to leave them out of the spot because there is no point to market to a such a miniscule group of people?

Is there such a small percentage of heterosexual NFL fans that they are akin to irrelevant, wherein the NFL sought to leave them out of the spot because there is no point to market to a such a miniscule group of people?

If the actual truth, however, is that the vast majority of football players, coaches, staff, and fans are heterosexuals, would it have been honest, genuine, fair – and in concert with the truth – to have included “heterosexuals” in this TV commercial that ended with “football is for everyone”?

Would non-bigoted and honest people have left out heterosexuals from this TV commercial – or would it be bigots and propagandists/fabricators who left out heterosexuals from this TV commercial spot?

What percentage of people walked away from this TV commercial spot thinking, “You know what, football is indeed gay, lesbian, queer, and transgender. I didn’t realize it before, but the presentation of this spot, in its brilliance, has alerted me to it and now I see the truth in that. It’s not that I’m a robotic sheep, whose mind is easily manipulated by propagandists/fabricators – I actually believe that ‘football is gay, lesbian, queer, and transgender.’ And I don’t think that heterosexuals should have been included in the spot because, well, there are almost zero (or no) heterosexual football players/coaches/fans and, more so, heterosexuals are not worthy to be included in the NFL’s wrap-up statement that ‘football is for everyone’?”

Conversely, what percentage of people walked away from this TV commercial spot thinking, “Wow, that was an insanely bigoted spot, which is completely out of touch with reality”?

All those questions asked, would the wrestling community believe that it would be a fair, genuine, honest, non-bigoted – and truthful – circumstance if the same exact commercial run by the NFL was, instead, run for wrestlers?

Or would the wrestling community think that the following TV commercial would be a fair, genuine, honest, non-bigoted – and truthful – spot, representing who wrestlers and their fans are?

Wrestling is for everyone – heterosexuals, homosexuals, a-sexuals, and whatever-sexuals.

Commonsense dictates who the vast majority of wrestlers are – and who the vast majority of wrestling fans are. But wrestling doesn’t need to talk about people’s sexuality because it is irrelevant. 

What’s relevant is dedication, physical strength, mental strength, skill, conditioning, integrity, truth – and who performs best on the mat.

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Below is Parker Comode’s take on Jimmy The Saint’s article:

While Jimmy The Saint shrouds himself in the protection of “questions” versus the deliverance of outright editorialized opinion, the sarcasm of his questions is obvious. His questions, in great part, however, are, admittedly, legitimate. What exactly is meant by that “football is gay” or “bisexual” or “lesbian” or “queer” or “transgender”? If someone who didn’t know what football is, like a person from a foreign country who doesn’t have football as part of her/his culture, she/he would naturally interpret what those statements say on their face: that “football is gay.” They would naturally conclude that everyone or nearly everyone involved in this “football” group is gay—because that’s what the statement is saying. In the reverse, they would also naturally conclude that “heterosexuals” are not part of this “football” group because heterosexuals were very obviously omitted from the TV commercial.

But people in America, and most of the world, know better. They know what football is, and they know that most people in football are not gay/lesbian/queer/bisexual/transgender. They know that most people involved in football are not LGBTQ+. They know, very well, that most people involved in football are straight, that they are heterosexuals. This is why heterosexuals were omitted from the TV commercial. There was no need to include them.

The point of the TV commercial was to say that LGBTQ+ persons are welcomed to the football community. This is what is meant by that “football is for everyone.” Heterosexuals do not need to be represented, specifically, in this commercial. If this is offensive to straight people, that is just too bad. Heterosexuals have historically dominated in American and worldly societies, leaving people in the LGBTQ+ communities marginalized. It’s time to make all aware of their involvement in every facet of society, including football. And including in wrestling, whatever amount of LGBTQ+ people are actually involved. If people conclude, from the commercial, that football or wrestling is chock full of LGBTQ+ people or even that the sports are largely dominated by them, so what. So what if the commercial makes it sound like football is largely gay/lesbian/queer/bisexual/transgender. So what if heterosexuals are omitted. Let people perceive that “football is gay.” The statement, on its face, may not be accurate or honest, but it’s to help a greater cause.

A wrestling TV commercial should mirror the NFL’s TV commercial.

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IVAN ARGUELLO, ANGEL BANDA, AND KOBY MILNER MAY BE BATTLING FOR 125 POUND SPOT AT REINHARDT

By ROCCO ARTESIAN

Per Reinhardt University’s website, the Eagles appear to have three wrestlers coming back for the 2021-2022 season who will be battling for the starting spot in the 125 lbs. weight class. Ivan Arguello, Angel Banda, and Koby Milner will square off in the wrestling room to ultimately determine who lands the coveted lead role. And who knows, they may also face challenges from new freshmen joining the team.

Ivan Arguello, last year a redshirt freshman, hails from Pepperell High School in Rome, Georgia. He was a three-time state placer.

Last year a true freshman, Angel Banda is from Adairsville, Georgia. In high school, he was a Georgia state champion and a two-time state placer.

The elder statesman of the group, Koby Milner, may not even be in for the battle, that is if he just graduated; he is listed on the Reinhardt website as a senior. If he is still around next season, he’s likely to be the winner of the wrestle-offs for the 125 lb. weight class, given his impressive resume, as reported on the Eagles website:

“Junior: NAIA All-American (7th), AAC Conference Champion, NAIA Scholar-Athlete

Sophomore: NAIA All-American (6th), AAC Conference Champion

Freshman: NAIA National Qualifier, AAC Conference Champion

Previous to Reinhardt: 3-time GHSA State Champion, 2-time Triple Crown Winner, Dapper Dan Team Member (GA), 2x Georgia National Team Member, Honor Graduate”