Director of the Mens and Womens wrestling teams for Brewton Parker College, Coach Devane Dodgens is a young coach building a solid team with a system and methodology built on a strong foundation of learning from some of the best coaches in the sport and experience. He comes to us with coaching experience from 3 top 10 NAIA programs and is building a strong program in BPC. We are excited to have him over. Our interview with him is below.

After a competitive career with being a 2x AA you jumped right into the coaching, can you give us a breakdown of your experience after graduating and the lead up to BPC Director.

Coach D – My experience jumping straight into coaching was a fantastic one and set me up to be a great coach. I got to work under 3 college head coaches and did my time before taking a head coaching job. I worked under Jeff Bedard who is the Reinhardt men’s head coach ( they are 4x conference champs and qualified all 12 wrestlers to the national tournament the last 2 years, along with finishing in the top 15 of NAIA. Coach B taught me a lot about being confident in what I was teaching and getting to know the people that you are coaching better. Next, I got to learn under Jameel Bryant who is the head coach at Lindsey Wilson College. They are also a top 10 NAIA program and before Jameel got there he had help coach SEU to their best finish at nationals with 2 national champs. I learned that you can be fun and work hard at the same time under Bryant. I also learned everything about hand fighting and head outsides shots from him. Then I got to coach under the great Omi Acosta. (NAIA national champs and was voted coach of the year recently, funny side note I was his first All-American when I was actually good at wrestling !) Coach O reached you how to motivate someone to literally run through walls for you. He believes in setting the right structure and organization. The #LUCHA lifestyle isn’t just a phase, it’s a lifestyle and Omi truly believes in living it and passing it along to everyone he works with. Lastly, Nate Ethridge was someone I got to train and work under. I was a 2x state champ for him in high school. A lot like Coach Omi coach Ethridge cares more about just being a wrestler. He wants whoever he works with to be accountable and to grow in their personal lives.  The amount of time and technique he puts into each and every person he works with motivates me daily to continue to do better and do more.  taking my time and learning under these guys before I went to be a head coach is something I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Now going into what is I believe your 3rd year at BPC and 1st year as Director of both the mens at the women’s programs, what can you tell us about what to expect for the coming years?

Coach D – Our guys team is in great hands under Coach Kenny Mason and I fully am expecting them back in the top 20 this year in terms of wrestling. I also am expecting them to compete in the duals and finish in the top 6. I think with the young guys we have it is very doable. From there I would like coach Kenny to keep building and instilling the culture that he thinks is necessary. I expect us in the top 10 by 2022-2023 in terms of grades and wrestling. I expect us to be one of the three great college men’s teams in Georgia. i.e Us, Reinhardt, and Life !!

And for our Ladies program, the time to use the “we are a young team” as an excuse is over. I expect 3/4 of my team to be academic all Americans and I fully expect us to finish in the top 10 this year. We have all the tools here with coach Cruz, Emily, and Jonchuck working closely with both programs so there are no excuses. My hope is to place ladies at UWW, U23, and have some national champs/ all Americans this year. We already got off to a good start but we need to do better and keep growing on and off the mat. My hope is to build a dynasty where young ladies from all over (especially Florida) can come and get an education all the while competing with the nation’s best and growing as people.

Along with coaching are you also looking for a run on the senior circuit?

Coach D – I am actually even if it’s just competing. The biggest drawback that coaches like coach Sword from life have is that they have competed in the main event. That experience alone is so useful in coaching and I just have not been able to get that yet. But I do have plans to make a run when the circuit restarts at the end of this year.

We are looking forward to having you over, what can you tell us about what you have lined up for us October 10th?

Coach D – I have our men’s coach coming down along with some of the ladies and men.  We plan on showing a different viewpoint on hand fighting, drills, and of course getting live wrestling in. We are basically going to try to take these young men and women through a college-level warm-up, drill, and get some matches in, so they know what they are expecting when they get to the next level.

‍‍Coach, where can student athletes who are interested in Brewton Parker being their next step reach you guys or get more info?

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As found on Ohio State University’s website, below is Jaimen Hood’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:


YEAR: Senior

HOMETOWN: Mason, Ohio



  • Academic All-Big Ten (2019)
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete (2018, 2019)


2018-19 (Redshirt Freshman)

  • Posted an overall record of 10-6 while competing in four open tournaments
  • Picked up bonus points in half of his victories with two major decision, two pins and a tech fall
  • Placed third in the Ohio Intercollegiate Open (‘White’ Division) and sixth in the Findlay Open
  • Traveled to Costa Rica for a service-learning trip collaboration between Ohio State Athletics, SASSO and Student-Athletes Abroad

2017-18 (Redshirt)

  • Earned three wins while competing in the Cleveland State Open and Purple Raider Open
  • Garnered bonus points in both triumphs at the Purple Raider Open, registering a major decision and pin


  • Ohio high school state runner-up in 2017, capping a 43-5 senior season
  • Also qualified for the state tournament as a junior


  • Son of Marie and Carlos Hood
  • Siblings – Chara (sister), Dasia (sister), Kiera (sister), Max (brother), Zack (brother)
  • Mechanical engineering major”




As found on University of Pittsburgh’s website, below is Nino Bonaccorsi’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:

Class: Redshirt Junior

Weight: 197

Hometown: Bethel Park, PA

High School: Bethel Park

Career Highlights

NCAA Qualifier (2019, 2020, 2021)

ACC Champion (2021)

NWCA All-American (2020)

ACC Runner-Up (2019)

All-ACC Wrestling Team (2019)

ACC Wrestler of the Week (2/12/19, 2/2/21)

Gold Standard Teammate of the Year (2020)

 2020-21 (197): Owns a 9-1 record entering the NCAA Championships…received the No. 6 seed for nationals after a stellar first season at 197 pounds…won his first ACC title by defeating Virginia’s Jay Aiello 10-4 in Raleigh on Feb. 28…posted a 6-1 record for Pitt in duals…his only defeat came against NC State freshman Isaac Trumble…developed a reputation as one of the nation’s most attacking upperweights…averaged more than 10 points per match in his wins that went the distance…named ACC Wrestler of the Week on Feb. 2 after beating then-No. 3 Jay Aiello of Virginia by a 7-5 decision in the dual in Charlottesville.

2019-20 (184): Posted a 23-5 record and earned NWCA All-American status…placed third at the ACC Championship and qualified for his second NCAA Championships…received the No. 10 seed at 184 pounds for NCAAs…tallied 11 major decisions, one technical fall and three pins for a total of 15 bonus-point wins…beat No. 2 Hunter Bolen of Virginia Tech in the dual…went 11-3 in duals with a 4-1 ACC record…won the Michigan State Open to begin the season…selected Gold Standard Teammate of the Year by his fellow Panthers.

2018-19 (184): Went 21-8 on the season with a 13-3 record in duals and 8-5 at tournaments … Earned a runner-up finish at the ACC Championship and earned All-ACC status … Qualified for the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh where he recorded two wins over No. 20 Will Sumner of Utah Valley and No. 4 Emery Parker of Illinois … Ranked as high as No. 10 by InterMat at 184 pounds … Recorded numerous wins over ranked opponents, including No. 3 Nick Reenan of NC State and No. 14 Chip Ness of North Carolina … Was named ACC Wrestler of the Week after his win over Reenan.

 2017-18 (184): Redshirt season … Wrestled in open tournaments unattached … Finished 19-4 in tournament competition … Competed in Clarion, Mat Town, Cleveland State and Edinboro Open as well as Midlands … Placed first at Mat Town Open after going 3-1 … Earned 12 decisions, three major decisions and two pins … Reeled off nine consecutive wins in middle of season … Pinned Rider’s Matt McKenzie in 1:34 at Mat Town Open … Pinned Virginia’s Jack Miller in 2:04 at Mat Town Open.

 HIGH SCHOOL: Finished high school with an impressive 147-21 career record at Bethel Park … Finished high school career ranked second in the country … Two-time PIAA runner-up (2016, 2017) … Two-time WPIAL Champion (2016, 2017) … Three-time Section Champion (2015, 2016, 2017) … FloNationals and PowerAde Champion in 2016 … PowerAde runner-up in 2015 … Four-time Tournament of Champions champion … Super 32 finalist in 2016 and placed third in 2015 … Winner of Dapper Dan and USA Dream Team All-Star matches.

By the Numbers

2020-21 (Pitt): 9-1 – 1st at ACC, No. 6 Seed at NCAAs

2019-20 (Pitt): 23-5 – 3rd at ACC, NWCA All-America

2018-19 (Pitt): 21-8 – 2nd at ACC, 2-2 at NCAA

2017-18 (Unattached): 23-5

Career Record: 76-19

Career Record for Pitt: 53-14




He played an integral role in the renaissance of the Lehigh wrestling program in the late 1990s. In his first year back, he led the Mountain Hawks to a school-record 23 dual wins, a second place EIWA finish, and was named EIWA Coach of the Year. In his 10th season, Bethlehem native Pat Santoro led the Mountain Hawks to the top of the EIWA, winning the program’s first EIWA title since 2006 and 35th overall. That accomplishment, plus a 12-3 dual season that resulted in a No. 8 final dual meet ranking, led to Santoro to earn NWCA National Coach of the Year honors. Santoro enters his 14th season looking to maintain Lehigh’s perch at the top of the EIWA, while molding the Mountain Hawks into a perennial top ten team and national championship contender. Santoro was hired in April, 2008 as just the eighth head coach in program history. He holds the title as the Lawrence White Head Coach of Wrestling at Lehigh.
A six-time EIWA Coach of the Year, Santoro has mentored two NCAA Champions at Lehigh, the second of which, Darian Cruz won the 125-pound title in 2017. He has led 20 individuals to a total of 31 EIWA titles, while guiding 17 men to 31 total All-American honors. Santoro finished the 2020-21 season with a dual meet record of 159-60-1 at Lehigh.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020-21 was the most unusual of seasons. Santoro guided the Mountain Hawks through several preseason training starts and stoppages. COVID related cancellations shorted an already abbreviated season to seven duals, but the Mountain Hawks performed at their best at the end of February. Lehigh pulled away from the field to win its fourth consecutive EIWA team championship at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa. The Mountain Hawks crowned four individual champions, including heavyweight Jordan Wood who became a four-time EIWA champion, and qualified all 10 entrants for the NCAA Championships. For his efforts, Santoro captured his sixth EIWA Coach of the Year award.
Santoro led Lehigh to its third straight EIWA team title in 2019-20, capping a strong 12-3 dual meet season that saw Santoro reach a pair of personal milestones. Lehigh’s 19-14 victory at Cornell on Jan. 11 was Santoro’s 150th as the Mountain Hawks’ head coach. A week later, Lehigh defeated Navy 23-9 for the 200th head coaching victory of Santoro’s career.
The 2019-20 season saw Lehigh defeat a pair of top five opponents in duals, as the Mountain Hawks opened the dual season with a criteria win over No. 4 Oklahoma State and closed it with a victory over No. 5 Arizona State.
A tight battle was expected at the EIWA Championships at Stabler Arena, but the Mountain Hawks rose to the challenge. Lehigh had nine place winners, five finalists and three champions on the way to its third straight team title. All three individual champions were repeat titlists, as Jordan Kutler and Jordan Wood won their third consecutive conference titles and Josh Humphreys won his second straight. For his efforts, Santoro was named EIWA Coach of the Year for the fifth time.
Despite the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament in Minnesota, five Mountain Hawks were recognized as All-Americans by the NWCA: conference champions Humphreys, Kutler and Wood plus juniors Brandon Paetzell and Chris Weiler.
For the 2018-19 Mountain Hawks, it was a matter not of how they started, but how they finished. A rash of early-season injuries and a challenging schedule led to an 0-7 dual start, but the Mountain Hawks rebounded winning nine of their last 11 duals. Lehigh knocked-off EIWA rival Cornell during the dual season and then beat the Big Red again at the EIWA Championships to secure the program’s second straight EIWA team title and 36th overall.
Junior Jordan Kutler and sophomore Jordan Wood won their second consecutive EIWA titles, while freshman Josh Humphreys also won an individual championship. The Mountain Hawks qualified eight wrestlers for the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh and continued their strong finish to the season, crowning three All-Americans, while having two others fall just one win short of All-America status as part of a 13th place finish. Kutler earned his second straight podium finish while Wood and senior Ryan Preisch earned All-America honors for the first time.
The Mountain Hawks also achieved off the mat, with Lehigh ranking 15th among Division I wrestling programs in terms of GPA of their postseason starting lineup and six of Lehigh’s NCAA qualifiers were named to the NWCA All-Academic Team.
Santoro led Lehigh to its 35th EIWA team title and first since 2006 with an impressive 164.5 point performance in 2018. The Mountain Hawks crowned five individual EIWA champions and had all 10 wrestlers earn berths for the NCAA Championships. After leading Lehigh to its first league title in 12 seasons, Santoro was named EIWA Coach of the Year for the fourth time. He also led Lehigh to a top 10 dual meet finish as the Mountain Hawks posted a 12-3 dual record that included a convincing win over then-No. 4 Michigan while also pushing No. 1 Penn State to the bring in a 23-19 loss in front of a Lehigh home dual record crowd of 9,896 at PPL Center in Allentown.
Prior to the NCAA Tournament, Santoro was named NWCA National Coach of the Year, for Lehigh’s performance during the dual season and EIWA Tournament. At the national tournament, Santoro’s Lehigh team produced three All-Americans, with Darian Cruz becoming a three-time All-American, Scott Parker earning his second medal and Jordan Kutler reaching the podium for the first time. Three other Lehigh wrestlers finished one win short of All-America honors.
Darian Cruz’s national title capped a successful campaign for the Mountain Hawks in 2016-17. Lehigh went 10-4 in duals and finished third at the Southern Scuffle during the regular season. The Mountain Hawks competed in the NWCA National Duals Championship Series for the second consecutive season, avenging a loss to Rutgers a year prior with a 23-10 win inside Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall. Darian Cruz and Scott Parker won individual EIWA titles at the first two weights and both wrestlers went on to earn All-America honors, with Parker finishing eighth at 133 in addition to Cruz’s national title. Three other wrestlers fell just short of All-America honors as Lehigh finished 12th at the NCAA Championships. Seven Mountain Hawks qualified for the NCAA Championships with all seven winning at least one match.
Santoro earned his third EIWA Coach of the Year award in 2015-16. He led the Mountain Hawks to a 13-3 dual record that included Lehigh’s first win over rival Cornell since 2011. Lehigh went 7-0 against EIWA opponents and represented the conference in the NWCA National Duals Championship Series. The Mountain Hawks finished second at the EIWA Championships with lineup bookends Darian Cruz and Max Wessell winning their first career titles. All 10 Mountain Hawks placed at the EIWA Tournament while nine wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Lehigh crowned three All-Americans at the NCAA Championships for the third straight year with Wessell and Randy Cruz earning their first career All-America medals, while Nathaniel Brown became a two-time All-American. The Mountain Hawks finished 14th as a team at Madison Square Garden.
In 2014-15, Santoro earned his 100th victory as Lehigh’s head coach when the Mountain Hawks upset eventual NCAA Champion Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the NWCA National Duals. The win over Ohio State was one of the highlights of a season that saw the Mountain Hawks go 14-6 in duals.
Lehigh’s lineup featured just two seniors but a strong core of sophomores and juniors continued to impress. Randy Cruz won his second EIWA title to help lead Lehigh to a second place conference finish. Nathaniel Brown reached the NCAA finals at 184 while Mason Beckman and Mitch Minotti earned All-America honors for the second straight year. As a team the Mountain Hawks finished 13th at the NCAA Championships.
Santoro led the 2013-14 Lehigh squad through the ups and downs that come with a young roster.
The Mountain Hawks’ regular lineup featured just one senior and no juniors but a young talented group managed to win ten duals. Lehigh enjoyed a strong EIWA tournament, with Mason Beckman winning an individual title to lead the Mountain Hawks to a second place finish. The young Mountain Hawks soared at the NCAA Championships with freshmen Darian Cruz and Mitch Minotti joining Beckman in earning All-America honors, giving Lehigh at least three All-Americans for the third time in four years. Cruz and Minotti were Lehigh’s first freshmen All-Americans since 2003 with Cruz also becoming Lehigh’s first true freshman All-American in 34 years.
In 2012-13, Santoro worked with a young team that battled through injuries and a string of bad luck and helped guide the Mountain Hawks to ten dual meet wins. Three individuals won individual EIWA titles including Randy Cruz, who became Lehigh’s first true freshman EIWA champion since 1980. Under Santoro’s guidance Robert Hamlin became Lehigh’s 16th three-time All-American and reached the NCAA finals for the second time in his career.
Under Santoro’s direction, Lehigh continued to make strides in 2011-12. The Mountain Hawks finished eighth at the NCAA Championships for the second straight year and once again had two finalists in Zack Rey and Brandon Hatchett. Lehigh crowned four All-Americans, its most since having five in 2004. At the EIWA Championships, Santoro guided the Mountain Hawks within a mere 2.5 points of the team title. Hamlin won his second straight EIWA title, while Hatchett won his first. Shane Welsh was the surprise of the tournament, capturing the title at 149 from the No. 6 seed. Lehigh’s three championships were its most since 2006. For his efforts, Santoro was voted EIWA Coach of the Year for the second time.
Santoro’s third season in Bethlehem proved to be his best to date on the national level. Lehigh returned to the top ten at the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2006 with an eighth place finish. The Mountain Hawks crowned three All-Americans for the first time in five years and placed two wrestlers in the NCAA finals for the first time since 2003. Rey became Santoro’s first national champion and the 27th in Lehigh history with his triumph in Philadelphia. Lehigh enjoyed another strong dual meet season, going 15-6 and finishing eighth in the national rankings. The Mountain Hawks took second at the EIWA Championships with Hamlin winning an individual title, a precursor to his second place NCAA finish.
In 2009-10, Santoro guided the Mountain Hawks to a 16-3-1 dual record and a top-ten national dual meet ranking for most of the season. Lehigh had a record six place-winners at the Midlands Championships and reached the finals at the Virginia Duals for the second straight season. In March, Santoro guided Rey to an EIWA title and All-America honors with a third place finish at the NCAA Championships, the program’s first All-American in four years.
Santoro produced an immediate turnaround in his first season back in Bethlehem. The Mountain Hawks won their first 15 duals to start the season, including victories over the likes of Maryland, Michigan, Penn State and Lehigh’s first-ever dual win over Oklahoma State. The team’s 23-1 dual mark surpassed the school record for dual wins in a season. Santoro guided Seth Ciasulli and David Craig to individual EIWA Championships, while the Mountain Hawks finished second in the conference and qualified seven wrestlers for the NCAA Championships.
Before returning to Lehigh, Santoro spent the previous five years as the head coach at the University of Maryland where he helped resurrect the Terrapins program, which in 2008 captured its first ACC title in 35 years; a feat which earned Santoro ACC Coach of the Year honors. That year, the Terps went 16-4 and entered the national rankings for the first time since 1993, climbing as high as No. 21. Under Santoro’s guidance, Maryland crowned its first All-American since 1997 en route to a top-25 team finish at the NCAA Championships. Santoro posted a 48-41-1 record in five seasons at College Park, including an impressive 33-9 dual mark his last two seasons.
Prior to his stint at Maryland Santoro served as an assistant at Lehigh for nine years, including eight seasons as the top assistant on Greg Strobel’s staff. During his initial tenure, Santoro was part of some of the most successful teams in school history. In 2003, Santoro was named the national Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, after helping guide the Brown and White to its third EIWA title in four years, and a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships, at the time the program’s best finish in 24 years.
Before coming to Lehigh, Santoro spent the 1993-94 season as an assistant coach at Duquesne and the two seasons prior to that as a graduate assistant at Penn State.
Regarded throughout the community as one of the sport’s top teachers and recruiters, Santoro has enjoyed success at every level of wrestling, both as a coach and a competitor. After wrestling for Bethlehem Catholic High School and taking a post-graduate year at Blair Academy, Santoro wrestled collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh, where he became the Panthers’ only four-time All-America while capturing national titles in 1988 and 1989 at 142 pounds. A three-time Eastern Wrestling League Champion, he was the recipient of Pittsburgh’s Golden Panther Award in 1989, recognizing the outstanding athlete of the year.
On the international scene, Santoro enjoyed a stellar career which spanned nearly a decade. He was a four time member of the U.S. National Team between 1995 and 1999 and served as an alternate for the 1996 Olympic Team and the 1999 World Team. Santoro placed fourth at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, third at the 1992 Olympic Trials and was runner-up in the 1992 U.S. Open Freestyle Championships.
Santoro earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pittsburgh in 1992. In addition to his Bethlehem roots and previous coaching stint at Lehigh, Santoro’s father, uncle and brother all wrestled for the Brown and White.
Santoro and his wife Julie have a daughter, Leah and a son, Mack.

Career Milestones
2021……. Led Lehigh to fourth straight EIWA title
…………… Named EIWA Coach of the Year for the sixth time
2020……. Named EIWA Coach of the Year for the fifth time
…………… Led Lehigh to third consecutive EIWA title
2019……. Led Lehigh to back-to-back EIWA team titles
2018……. Guided Lehigh to first EIWA title in 12 years
…………… EIWA Coach of the Year
…………… NWCA National Coach of the Year
2017……. Coached second NCAA Champion (Darian Cruz)
2016……. EIWA Coach of the Year
2012……. EIWA Coach of the Year
2011……. Coached first NCAA Champion (Zack Rey)
2009……. EIWA Coach of the Year
…………… Led Lehigh to school single-season record 23 dual wins
2008……. ACC Coach of the Year
…………… Guided Maryland to first ACC title in 35 years
2007……. Led Maryland to school record-tying 17 dual wins
2003……. NWCA National Assistant Coach of the Year
1995-03… Coached four EIWA Championship teams and four
…………… NCAA top ten teams as Lehigh assistant coach
1993-94… Duquesne assistant coach
1991-93… Penn State assistant coach



For wrestling fans, Olympic wrestling provides much to root for and talk about. Following is a conversation from The New Jersey Wrestling Forum Facebook page:

On August 2 at 10:43 a.m. Patrick Eichner posted, “I know this is sacrilegious and my buddy Glenn Hall Sr will yell at me but…I find Greco to be boring”

Don Murphy posted, “I agree 100%”

Lynn Pohl responded, “Add me to the will be yelled at list–I love Folkstyle over FS & GR–and, I love good old boring RIDING ! Don’t like let em up and take em down and flip em over at will for 2 each time”

Patrick Eichner replied, “agree”

Patrick Eichner then stated, “Lynn Pohl the only time I like “take em down and let em up” style is when you need to make a statement, like Burroughs over Winston in Philly. You knew what he was doing and why but still didn’t believe your eyes. The changing of the guard indeed!”

Lynn Pohl added, “I like ride em and turn em and hold them there for more than a second–only thing I like in FS is the pushout rule–I don’t like wrestling the edge”

Patrick Eichner said, “totally agree. Something majestic about being up by 1 and riding a guy out.”

Carl Winshel responded, “Enjoyed watching dake ride molinaro in NCAA finals. Don’t enjoy take down and let him up”

Steve Alpaugh stated, “The thing I don’t like about FS is leg laces that become 8 point moves and a wrestler can completely dominate a bout, th d n gets leg laced ot gut wrench Ed in closing minutes and it’s over. I hate 30 second bouts due to a takedown and leg lace. I do love the push out rule.”

Jim Shields commented, “Lynn Pohl the boringness of greco is only surpassed by riding time/stalling. I enjoy HS rules the best if you are not working for a fall you are stalling.”

Glenn Hall replied, “Patrick Eichner Has to Agree if you’re watching the best go at it, if you watched so GR at Fargo you might change your mind. {Get Mad at U, “NEVAAR”

Glenn Hall then said, “Patrick Eichner I have been to Three GR Cadet National Duals, Four Jr GR Duals & the GR World Team Trials, believe Me at that Leval it is not as Boooooring as you might expect. You are judging something that you see every “FOUR” Years, not saying that doesn’t Qualify you to Judge GR but

Rob Kulessa added, “I’m glad I’m not the only one.”

Chip Griswold III replied, “Variety is the spice of life! All three styles contribute to the accomplished grappler.

Patrick Eichner responded, “I agree with that statement Chip but would prefer to have Greco as a “training tool” than a tournament.”

Chip Griswold III then commented, “Patrick Eichner

  1. Folk
  2. FS
  3. G”

Patrick Eichner agreed, “exactly”

Edward Gibbons posted, “Chip Griswold III 1. Folk

  1. Folk
  2. Folk”

Stephen Friedman added, “Chip Griswold III that be me”

Andy Cy commented, “1) folk 2) jiu jitsu 3) judo 4) freestyle 5) greco”

Jim Eggie also agreed, “No shit”

Jeffrey Parker noted, “Greco-Roman skills may not be exciting to the novice eye. However it takes a great deal of strength and skill to be successful at this discipline as in all wrestling.”

Frank Salerno posted, “I don’t find it boring but I agree it does not appeal to fans when they are only exposed to it infrequently. That’s tough to overcome because without any background understanding, it can come across as unexciting.”

Joe DiBiase added, “greco is the worst, like watching paint dry,AND I love most other forms of the sport, it needs to go. FYI I am not saying it isnt diffucult!! Just boring”

Sharon Stoll said, “Greco-Roman was interesting until they instituted to rules. Some of the competitors still are more aggressive but too few.”

Sharon Stoll followed up with, “New rules”

Anthony Ferraioli commented, “You guys apparently never wrestled Greco !! Very technical, strength , conditioning, just a different form !!”

Stephen Friedman posted, “Folk free” and a GIF that says “It’s like watching paint dry.”

Dommy Rome replied, “And they keep blowing the damn whistle- stopping the action”

Michael Rastelli added, “I’d rather watch a tied soccer game, or paint dry than Greco-Roman wrestling. I still watch it, but I can’t stand it. I couldn’t stand Greco practices at my club in high school, much to the chagrin of my club coach, Vern Zellner.”

Raymond Miro responded, “Michael Rastelli Soccer????

Bet Posey posted, “I love Greco. But my boys loved it too. I loved watching them. But watching the olympics last night, I was at a total loss watching the scoring. They stopped and started so many times and watched video and had a cocktail break. Not sure that I like the scoring part. It probably changed years ago and Since I rarely get to see it much anymore, I didn’t know. But they took away far more than they gave last night. Not the athletes. But the officials.”

Stephen Friedman commented, “The refs are like WWF refs”

Ben Scasserra added, “Stephen Friedman refs are horrible!!!!”

Stephen Friedman replied, “Ben Scasserra not sure of any scoring, penalties, or anything, therefore can’t comment. If Greco is all there is then might have to watch other competitions”

Ben Scasserra then said, “A chess match.”

Roy Dragon replied, “I enjoyed wrestling Greco but watching it is tough. It also seems that the higher the level the less scoring.”

Doug Kroeger posted, “I like it when both wrestlers are wearing headgear. Then I know that I know the rules.”




As found on the University of Michigan’s website, below is head coach Sean Bormet’s bio. Read about this coach’s career:

“Sean Bormet is in his third season as head coach of the University of Michigan wrestling program in 2020-2021. He was named the 10th head coach in the history of the Michigan wrestling program on March 27, 2018, after spending seven years as the Wolverines’ top assistant, including four as associate head coach.

In Bormet’s first season at the helm, the Wolverines posted a 13-1 dual-meet record, including an 8-1 mark in Big Ten duals, to rank fourth in the final NWCA Coaches poll and claimed fifth place at the NCAA Championships behind All-Americans Stevan Micic (133 pounds), Alec Pantaleo (157) and Myles Amine (174). He was named the 2018-19 Amateur Wrestling News Rookie Coach of the Year.

Since returning to his alma mater, Bormet has helped mentor 18 different Wolverine All-Americans, with Michigan earning 23 All-America citations — from 14 different wrestlers — over the last six seasons. He was in Kellen Russell’s corner when Russell captured his second NCAA title and fourth Big Ten title to finish a stellar collegiate career in 2012. The Wolverines have earned top-10 team finishes at each of the last four NCAA Championships, including a fourth-place finish in 2018 and a fifth-place showing in 2019.

A skilled recruiter, Bormet has contributed to six top-10 recruiting classes, including the nation’s consensus No. 1 class in 2013, and will bring another heralded class to Ann Arbor next fall.

Bormet is a three-time winner of the Terry McCann Award as the USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach of the Year (2006, ’08, ’10) and serves on USA Wrestling’s Executive Coaches Council. He was a member of the coaching staff for three U.S. World Championship Teams (2006, ’09, ’10) as well as the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Teams and 2010 World Cup Team. Among his most decorated post-collegiate wrestlers are 2008 Olympian Andy Hrovat (84 kg), 2009 World silver medalist and 2012 Olympian Jake Herbert (84kg) and 2006 World bronze medalist Donny Pritzlaff (74kg).

Bormet was also named the 2004 USA Wrestling Developmental Coach of the Year for his coaching achievements with age-group wrestlers and programs. He coached the Illinois Junior Freestyle Team to four dual national titles (2006, ’07, ’08, ’10) and two national freestyle titles (2007, ’10). He has coached numerous age-group national champions and All-Americans as a coach for the Illinois Junior and Cadet freestyle national teams.

As the owner and founder of the Overtime School of Wrestling in Naperville, Ill., Bormet molded the training center into the nation’s premiere wrestling club, producing numerous champions and All-Americans at all age levels since its opening in 2001. Alumni of the Overtime School of Wrestling include World medalists, Olympic and World team members, NCAA champions and All-Americans, USA Wrestling Junior and Cadet national champions and more than 150 Illinois and Indiana state champions.

Prior to founding the Overtime School of Wrestling, Bormet served as an assistant coach at Wisconsin (1995-99) and Michigan (1999-2000). He worked with two-time NCAA champion Donny Pritzlaff and three-time All-American Eric Jetton during his tenure at Wisconsin and All-Americans Otto Olson, Damion Logan and Andy Hrovat while at Michigan.

As a Wolverine student-athlete (1991-94), Bormet was a two-time NCAA All-American at 158 pounds, placing second as a senior (1994) and third as a junior (1993). He garnered the prestigious Gorriaran Award at the 1993 event, registering three falls in a combined 8:58. He captured back-to-back Big Ten 158-pound titles (1993, ’94) and won the prestigious Midlands at 158 pounds in 1993.

Bormet posted a 125-21 career record, including a 33-2 mark as a senior, to rank 13th among Michigan’s all-time winningest wrestlers. He accumulated 44 career falls, leading the team with 15 during his junior season and 14 as a senior, to list fourth on the program’s all-time pins list. A two-time team captain, Bormet was twice named the Wolverines’ Cliff Keen Award winner as the team’s most outstanding wrestler.

In addition to his collegiate success, Bormet also excelled in freestyle wrestling, placing second at 76kg at the 1999 U.S. Senior National and third at 74kg in 1996. He took third place at the 1996 Olympic Team Trials and 1999 World Team Trials. While at Michigan, Bormet competed in the 1991 Espoir World Championships after claiming the Espoir national championship at 74kg. He participated in several international tours, claiming gold medals in Italy (1993), Greece (1996), Montreal (1997) and Poland (1998, 2000).

A native of Frankfort, Ill., Bormet graduated from Michigan in 1994 with a degree in sport management. He and his wife, Teri, have a daughter, Zoe, and live in Ann Arbor.”




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

“WEIGHT: 197

CLASS: Redshirt Junior

HOMETOWN: Ames, Iowa


Awards and Honors

2021 NCAA Qualifier

2021 Big 12 Championship (Fourth Place)

2021 Second Team Academic All-Big 12

2020 NCAA Qualifier

2020 Big 12 Championship (Fifth Place)

2019 NCAA Qualifier

2019 Big 12 Championship (Fifth Place)


2021 NCAA Qualifier… now three-time NCAA Qualifier… finished fourth at 197-pounds at the Big 12 Championship… Academic All-Big 12 Second Team… posted a 9-7 record during the 2021 season… led the team with six falls on the year… went 4-2 at the Big 12 Championship with all four wins coming by pin… led all 197-pound NCAA Qualifiers in pins… earned the starting spot midway through the year, going 2-1 in dual action… posted three wins over ranked opponents.


Wrestled to a 16-11 record, 8-6 dual, during his redshirt sophomore season… qualified for the NCAA Championships at 184 pounds and was seeded 23rd for the national tournament before the season ended early due to the outbreak of Covid-19 virus worldwide… qualified for the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship… made the switch from 174 pounds to 184 pounds in January… compiled a 12-7 record after the weight switch… wrestled a grueling schedule, taking on 14 wrestlers ranked in the final NCAA Coaches Poll throughout the season… second on the team in total dual back points (24)… tallied 20 dual takedowns on the year… won four matches by major decision, three pins and one technical fall.


Wrestled to a 28-14 record in his first season in the lineup for Iowa State… qualified for the 2019 NCAA Championships… took fifth place at the Big 12 Championship… tallied a 10-4 record in dual competition… tied for the team lead in dual-takedowns with 40 on the year… led the team in major decision wins with 10 and was second on the team in bonus-point wins with 16… finished sixth at the Southern Scuffle… earned a runner-up finish at the Last Chance Open and the Cyclone Open… finished fifth at the Lindenwood Open.


Redshirted his initial season as a Cyclone… compiled an impressive 24-2 record in his first season at Iowa State… only two losses came to UNI’s Big 12 Champ, Taylor Lujan… took first place at the Duhawk Open, Pat ‘Flash’ Flanagan Open, UNI Open and Lindenwood Open… finished third at the Grand View Open and the Cyclone Open… 17 of his 24 wins came by bonus-point margin… won five matches by fall, six by technical fall and 6 by major decision.

High School

No. 78 overall recruit in the class of 2017… three-time Iowa high school state champion… Junior National Folkstyle champion… runner-up at Fargo… wrestled to a 156-16 record… competed for Ames High School


Born on March 24, 1999… son of Erica Andorf and Lamont Coleman… has one sibling, Blayke… majoring in Criminal Justice.”




Just as all eyes are on Tokyo for the Olympics,  wrestling social media talk has been dominated by this same topic. A recent conversation from a Florida wrestling Facebook page posed a question that likely many have been wondering as they watch the wrestling competitions:

On July 31 at 10:06 p.m., Ricky Gullett posted on The Florida Wrestling Room powered by Florida Pride Wrestling Facebook page:

“How come the sport of Wrestling doesn’t allow 2 or 3 guys in each weight class (from the same country) to compete in the Olympics? All these other sport have them? Just wondering…”

John Gorman replied, “No doubt and sorry I dont have that answer for ya .”

Ricky Gullett responded with, “John Gorman I been watching swimming for 20 days already. Lol.”

Ricky Gullett followed up with, “Yes sir, let me know.”

Jim Hudgens answered, “Ricky Gullett that’s the damn truth, how much swimming is there?”

Ricky Gullett’s reply: Jim Hudgens 10, 20, 50, 60, 90, 100, 150, 200, 250, 500, 1k , 2k, 5k , 6k , 10k, 11k, 15k , 20k meter races. Then 19 different styles of swimming. 

Mike Pederson added, “Ricky Gullet And now don’t forget the ‘Mixed!”

Ricky Gullett said, “Mike Pedersen yez! Mixed wrestling would be cool…lol”

Matt Kelly replied, “Because the one competing had to go through all the other one in his class to get there, they have national tournaments”

Ricky Gullet responded, “Matt Kelly But track, swimming, etc has 3 in each event.”

Matt Kelly replied, “Ricky Gullet I’d say it’s because there is alot more events in those categories, that’s only thing I can think of”. He also added a GIF of a man shrugging his shoulders.

Steve Alpaugh stated, “Actually a good question. Either double the weight classes or competitors per country in each weight class. To much rythemic swimming, ping pong and skate boarding.”

Ricky Gullett answered, “Steve Alpaugh Just crazy to see the #2 guy in the world never win a Olympic medal. I know Gold is the Goal but… it would be cool to see 1st and 2nd place USA!”

Dan Ciccarelli added, “There are no other weight class sports what have multiple entries per weight class.

When you think about it, wrestling has six entries. Only if each weight was qualified. It would be awfully hard to qualify multiple people at multiple weights.

I’m not sure about “all the other” sports.”

Pops Becker said, “Screw that let’s start protesting at the white house.”

Matt Kelly provided this link:

Matt Kelly added, “They do have alternates.”

Montez Montez noted, “Good question”






As found on Penn State University’s website, below is Aaron Brooks’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:

CLASS: Sophomore

Hometown: Hagerston, MD

Weight: 184


                 ADRIENNE BROOKS

Major: RPTM


Athletic: All-American as a true freshman…Was the 184-pound Big Ten Champion (2020)…Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2020)…Was to be the #3 seed at the 2020 NCAA Championships at 184 before the NCAA cancelled the tournament… Named First Team All-American after 2020 tournament was cancelled by the NCAA in reaction to a virus.


Season: Notched an impressive 15-1 overall record as at true freshman.  Went 9-1 in dual meets and then won the Big Ten Championship at 184 as a true freshman, qualifying for the NCAA Championships before the NCAA cancelled the event. He was set to be the #3 seed.  Brooks was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Penn State’s third under Cael Sanderson (David Taylor, 2011; Jason Nolf, 2016)…Named First Team All-American after 2020 tournament was cancelled by the NCAA in reaction to a virus.

Mat-Town Open (12/1): Won the 184-pound title at Lock Haven’s Mat-Town Open in first action of the year, going 3-0 with a pin. Lehigh (12/6): Made Penn State dual debut on the road, downing Chris Weiler 10-5 in Bethlehem. Penn (12/8): Made Rec Hall dual debut by rolling to a 19-4 tech fall (6:03) over Jesse Quatse. Illinois (1/10): Big Ten dual debut victory, 9-4, over Zach Braunagel in Rec Hall. Rutgers (1/19): Recorded first pin in Rec Hall over Billy Janzer at the 4:36 mark in dual meet victory. Iowa (1/31):  Impressive 7-3 victory over #6 Abe Assad of Iowa in road dual.Wisconsin (2/7): Posted 3-2 win over sixth-year senior Johnny Sebastian. Minnesota (2/9): Posted strong 13-3 major over Owen Webster in Minneapolis. Ohio State (2/15): Tallied six takedowns in lopsided 15-4 major over #12 Rocky Jordan in BJC Dual.

Big Ten Championship (3/7-8): Won Big Ten title at 184 as a true freshman after 3-0 run at Rutgers. Majored #19 Owen Webster of Minnesota 15-4 and then pinned #9 Taylor Venz of Nebraska (4:00) to avenge his only loss of the year to date, advancing to the finals. Took care of #7 Cameron Caffey of Michigan State 3-2 in the title bout to win the crowns. Honored as Big Ten Freshman of the Year after the tournament.


Wrestled at North Hagerstown High School…Named 2018 National High School Coaches Association Wrestler of the Year…Became seventh wrestler to capture four NHSCA Championships at NHSCA High School Nationals…Compiled a 163-2 record at NHHS…Won four Maryland state titles…Went 22-0 as a senior, 46-0 as a junior, 43-1 as a sophomore and 45-1 as a freshman…Four-year letterman, three-year captain…Has one sister, Kaiya…Has three brothers, Isaiah, Jared and Jaden…Considering a communications major.



Date   Wt.  Result        Opponent                                                Place Record

12/1   184 WBF          Kyle Myers, West Virginia (4:50)              LHU    1-0

12/1   184 W, 11-5    Jared McGill, Pitt                                       LHU    2-0

12/1   184 W, 7-4       Kyle Inlander, Bucknell                     LHU (1st)    3-0

12/6   184 W, 10-5    Chris Weiler, Lehigh                                  dual    4-0

12/8   184 W, 19-4    Jesse Quatse, Penn (TF; 6:03)                 dual    5-0

1/10   184 W, 9-4       Zach Braunagel, Illinois                             dual    6-0

1/19   184 WBF          Billy Janzer, Rutgers (4:36)                       dual    7-0

1/24   184 L, 5-9        #8 Taylor Venz, Nebraska                         dual    7-1

1/31   184 W, 7-3       #6 Abe Assad, Iowa                                  dual    8-1

2/7     184 W, 3-2       Johnny Sebastian,  Wisconsin                  dual    9-1

2/9     184 W,  13-3   Owen Webster, Minnesota (major)           dual  10-1

2/15   184 W, 15-4    #12 Rocky Jordan, Ohio State (major)     dual  11-1

2/23   184 W, 8-5       Tanner Harvey, American                         dual  12-1

3/7     184 W,  15-4   #19 Owen Webster, Minnesota (major)   B1G  13-1

3/7     184 WBF          #9 Taylor Venz, Nebraska (4:00)             B1G  14-1

3/8     184 W, 3-2       #7 Cameron Caffey, Michigan State   B1G (1st)  15-1




As found on Ohio State’s website below is Jaimen Hood’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:

WEIGHT: 133 lbs.

YEAR: Senior



  • Academic All-Big Ten (2019)
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete (2018, 2019)


2018-19 (Redshirt Freshman)

  • Posted an overall record of 10-6 while competing in four open tournaments
  • Picked up bonus points in half of his victories with two major decision, two pins and a tech fall
  • Placed third in the Ohio Intercollegiate Open (‘White’ Division) and sixth in the Findlay Open
  • Traveled to Costa Rica for a service-learning trip collaboration between Ohio State Athletics, SASSO and Student-Athletes Abroad

2017-18 (Redshirt)

  • Earned three wins while competing in the Cleveland State Open and Purple Raider Open
  • Garnered bonus points in both triumphs at the Purple Raider Open, registering a major decision and pin


  • Ohio high school state runner-up in 2017, capping a 43-5 senior season
  • Also qualified for the state tournament as a junior


  • Son of Marie and Carlos Hood
  • Siblings – Chara (sister), Dasia (sister), Kiera (sister), Max (brother), Zack (brother)
  • Mechanical engineering major”