NEW JERSEY SOCIAL MEDIA TALK: WHERE TAKEDOWNS OCCUR REGULARLY

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.”

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COACH SPOTLIGHT: UNIVERISTY OF MICHIGAN’S SEAN BORMET

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.”

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY’S MARCUS COLEMAN

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

HIGH SCHOOL: Ames

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)

2020-21

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.

2019-20

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.

2018-19

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.

2017-18

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

Personal

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

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FLORIDA SOCIAL MEDIA TALK: WHERE TAKEDOWNS OCCUR REGULARLY

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: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2021/March/22/Updated-US-Olympic-Team-Trials-qualifiers-on-March-22?fbclid=IwAR33LvIwURkOGUMaG1UC4YEpM56SO7Bli-xq_38LPZiBn0hWQG2gW0T-6oI

Matt Kelly added, “They do have alternates.”

Montez Montez noted, “Good question”

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: PENN STATE UNIVERSITY’S AARON BROOKS

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

Parents: JOHN BROOKS, RANELLE BOYD,

                 ADRIENNE BROOKS

Major: RPTM

CAREER NOTES:

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.

2019-20 / TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON:

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.

HIGH SCHOOL / PERSONAL:

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.

BROOKS MATCH-BY-MATCH

 2019-20

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

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY’S JAIMEN HOOD

As found on Ohio State’s website https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-wrestl/roster/ below is Jaimen Hood’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:

WEIGHT: 133 lbs.

YEAR: Senior

HOMETOWN: Mason, OH

CAREER HONORS

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

YEAR-BY-YEAR

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

PRIOR TO OHIO STATE

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

PERSONAL

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

 

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY’S BROCK BERGELIN

As found on Central Michigan University’s website, below is Brock Bergelin’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:

Weight: 133 lbs.

Class: Redshirt Junior

Hometown: Denmark, WI

High School: Denmark

2019-20: Posted a 17-12 record as a redshirt freshman … scored bonus points in 14 of his victories … registered nine pins, three majors and two technical falls on the season … wrestled in four dual meets, going 2-2 … defeated Michigan’s Austin Assad, 12-4, in his dual-meet debut (12/24) … won all four of his matches by pin in placing first at the Alma Open (1/18) … placed fifth in the Edinboro Open (2/1) … earned Academic All-MAC honors.”

2018-19: Went 6-11 wrestling at 133 pounds … finished 4-2 to place fifth at the Michigan State Open (11/3) … posted a 1-2 record with one pin at Midlands (12/29-30) … his pin-fall victory came at 3:58, over Conner Ziegler of Army … posted first career Mid-American Conference dual-meet victory when he claimed a 6-3 win over Trevor Giallombardo of Ohio (2/3).

2017-18: Went 10-9 wrestling at 125 pounds … recorded one pin … went 3-1 and the Mount Union Purple Raider Open (1/14) … finished 2-2 at the Alma Open (1/20) … went 3-2 at the Michigan State Open (11/5).

High School: Two-time Wisconsin high school state champion … won two sectional and two regional championships at Denmark … three-time first team all-conference selection … Junior freestyle All-American … Cadet Greco-Roman All-American … finished second at Cliff Keen USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals … placed fourth at the Cliff Keene USA Wrestling Junior/Cadet Folkstyle … honor roll student at Denmark High School.”

 

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WRESTLER SPOTLIGHT: UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN’S ERIC BARNETT

As found on University of Wisconsin’s website, below is Eric Barnett’s bio. Learn about this wrestler’s career:

“CLASS: Junior

HOMETOWN: Greenville, Wisconsin

High School: Hortonville

Height: 5-6

2019-20: In his first appearance in a Badger singlet, Barnett won the Cougar Clash hosted by SIUE… pinned his first two opponents at the UW Field House and went 6-6 in the Big Ten… finished the regular season with five pins, third most on the team… Barnett had a key fall over Nebraska’s Alex Thomsen, helping the team to the upset over the No.5 Cornhuskers… at his first Big Ten Championship, Barnett took 10th place at 125 pounds for the Badgers

High School: Ranked second in the country by FloWrestling and third in the country by Intermat at 126lbs…career record of 185-3, undefeated in every season but freshmen year…Wisconsin state champion as a senior…2019 Fargo champ…WHO’s Number One Champion at 120lbs in senior season…46-0 in junior season…Individual state champion, Freestyle Fargo champ, and Folkstyle national finalist, and Greco Fargo All-American…Team MVP and Conference MVP…45-0 in sophomore season…Individual state champion, Greco Fargo All-American and Folkstyle All-American…Team MVP…47-3 in freshman season, third-place in individual state, Freestyle Fargo All-American, Folkstyle All-American and third-place at Cadet World Team Trials…co-team MVP and team state qualifiers

Personal: Parents are Angela and Jason Barnett…has two brothers, Gary and Jacob…member of Askren Wrestling Academy… major is undecided

Off the Mat with Eric

Where is your favorite place on campus? Camp Randall

Where is your favorite place to eat on campus? BelAir Cantina

Why did you choose Wisconsin? Coaches, partners, friends and close to home

How did you spend your summer? Training and taking summer classes in Madison

Where is your go-to study spot? Camp Randall

What is your major? Undecided

What are your post-college plans? Pursue world and Olympic teams

Who is your favorite school to wrestle against? Undecided

What is your best wrestling memory? Winning Fargo

Where is your favorite place to wrestle? Madison

When did you begin wrestling? At four years old

What is your favorite thing about Wisconsin wrestling? The family bond

What is something you do before every match? Pray

What is one word that describes this team? Family

My teammates say that I am hyper

My favorite thing to do off the mat with my teammates is eat food

What is your most memorable wrestling achievement? Winning WHO’s #1

Favorite Coach Bono saying: “If nothing changes, nothing changes”

What is your dream as a collegiate wrestler? Win a team and individual national title

If you would switch places with anyone on the team for a day, who would you pick and why? Trent Hillger because he is a unit

What is your favorite song to sing in the car? Gucci Gang

If you had a completely free day, how would you choose to spend it? Sleeping

If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would you choose? Margot Robbie, Donald Trump and Jesus

Who is your favorite athlete in any sport? Tom Brady

What is your favorite sports team? Wisconsin Badgers

What other sports did you play growing up? Cross country, baseball and football”

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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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