Showing posts with label collegiate wrestling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label collegiate wrestling. Show all posts

March 22, 2015

THE Ohio State University & Logan Steiber - NCAA Wrestling Champions

March matness wrapped up with a bang for 2015 as THE Ohio State Buckeyes won their first NCAA wrestling title in 94 years of grappling in Columbus!  Nothing short of a storybook season for the Buckeyes who claimed the Big Ten title just a couple weeks ago, the NCAA tournament was back and forth until the finals where the Bucks clinched the team title.  In a nice show of respect and love the entire squad wore patches on their singlets emblazoned with "KK" in honor of Kosta Karageorge, the wrestling/football team mate who took his life last year after suffering from concussions and the depression often associated with such head trauma.  A class act by a world class team. 

Led by senior Logan Steiber who won his fourth individual title, only the fourth in NCAA history to ever do so (Pat Smith / Cael Sanderson / Kyle Dake ).  Sink your teeth into that... only four individuals ever to win four titles.  More folks have spaced walked, climbed Everest, and been to the moon.  An absolute cherry ending to a storied collegiate career and it could not have happened to a more humble, gracious athlete.  

 "I'm extremely proud of my teammates," said Stieber, who finishes the season with a perfect 29-0 record. "As an individual to win it's amazing. For the team, it's something I've dreamed of ever since I came to Ohio State. When I was a freshman in high school I dreamed of doing it my senior year of high school. We did it and I've been dreaming of it for four years here at Ohio State and to finally do it, it's unbelievable." - Intermatwrestle

Nathan Tomasello also took his first title at 125 with outstanding wrestling by Jordan, Courts, and the entire wrestling squad coached by Tom Ryan who could not be prouder of his boys!  

I cannot express my happiness for the Buckeye squad, but even more fulfilling was the fact I got to share dual meets and the Big Ten Championships live with my family and girl.  One of the greatest sports on earth shared with the greatest family and loved ones.  What more could one ask for? 

Well... I won't lie... a National Title certainly does not hurt;)

Team Standings (Top 10):
1. Ohio State 102
2. Iowa 84
3. Edinboro 75.5
4. Missouri 73.5
5. Cornell 71.5
6. Penn State 67.5
7. Oklahoma State 65
8. Minnesota 59.5
9. Nebraska 59
10. Virginia Tech 56

March 9, 2015

THE Ohio State Buckeyes: Your 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Champions

It has been over 64 years since the Ohio State Buckeyes last savored the sugary sweet taste of success in Big Ten Wrestling, and WOW what a season 2015 has been!  This past weekends tournament performance was quite impressive both on the individual side of the brackets as well as the team coming together and earning 120 points in a tie with Iowa.

To watch Logan Steiber wrestle on TV is truly amazing.  The dominance, the speed, the strength... amazing to say the least.  But to witness such an athlete in his own house at the peak of his career... I struggle to find the words adequate to describe such a wrestler.  Logan's last performance at St. John's Arena was arguably one of his most impressive.  As he scoops up his 4th Big Ten title and heads for his 4th NCAA title (first in Buckeye history), his explosiveness and back control is unparalleled in collegiate wrestling!   

The Buckeyes head into the NCAA tournament with the greatest prospects of winning a national title they have ever had with nine wrestlers hitting the mats in St. Louis.  Logan Steiber was named most outstanding wrestler of the Big Ten (first ever from OSU) as well as the champions, and coach Ryan was named the Big Ten Coach of the year!  

This past weekends Big Ten Tournament was a great time had by my family and I. I highlighted Steiber but in reality the entire squad wrestled well.  Nate Tomasello put on a clinic defeating Delgado and moving on to take the title.  Bo Jordan fought his cousin Isac Jordan (Wisconsin) in the finals getting narrowly beat in what was a great match.  Good time spent supporting some of the most amazing athletes in Collegiate sports, all for $15 a session!!!  The staff and customer service with the Ohio State Campus is typical of Midwest hospitality and care.  Also met with a smile and a hello, the only gripe one could have about the weekend was the overwhelmingly stifling air, but alas... it is wrestling. 

One noticeable exception to my above statements about Midwest pleasantries would be the Iowa contingent.  Both fan and wrestler alike were rather disrespectful and unsportsmanlike across the board.  From running off the mat without shaking hands, to leaving the medal podium prior to getting pictures taken with fellow champs when Iowa placed anything other then first, to the Iowa fans clapping only for Iowa wrestlers.  I have witnessed this before on TV, but observing it for the first time in person was a bit of a slap in the face.  The sweet couple I sat next to went to EVERY wrestling meet they could and said this was very indicative of Iowa and their fans.  Jim told me he had even asked Dan Gable about it stating that Gable was much  more respectful in his day.  The response was a shrug of the shoulders coupled with "We have the mindset that we must dominate."  Domination is one thing, but sportsmanship and respect are totally different.  One cannot argue the results of such a mindset/program, but I certainly can (and will) call them on the methodologies.  And shame on the majority of the fan base from Iowa too. 

Overall I cannot suggest enough that you and your family support your local wrestling at the high school and/or the collegiate level.  An amazingly affordable adventure for the entire family where you will witness some of the best athletes in the world! 

November 25, 2014

Collegiate Wrestling on Big Ten Network

The Big Ten network just announced its most extensive wrestling coverage ever with some sure fire barn burners that will be televised!  Big Ten network is available as an add on in the Seattle market (if you patronize the evil conglomerate Comcast).  This is super exciting for wrestling fans the nation over but also for anyone interested in seeing one of the oldest, toughest, purest sports on earth that is shared in damned near every culture the world over.  This is your opportunity to watch THE Ohio State Buckeyes capture a national title!! 

2014-15 Big Ten Wrestling on BTN and BTN Plus (all times ET)

Sunday, November 30 Lehigh at Northwestern 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, December 6 Cal Poly at Northwestern 12:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, December 6 Drexel at Northwestern 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, December 6 Davidson at Northwestern 4:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, December 6 Princeton at Northwestern 6:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Thursday, December 11 Penn State at Maryland 6:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Thursday, December 11 Indiana at Wisconsin 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, December 13 SIUE at Indiana 10:00 AM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, December 13 Manchester at Indiana 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Thursday, December 18 Northwestern at Minnesota 8:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Friday, December 19 Virginia Tech at Penn State 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Monday, December 29 Midlands Championship at Northwestern All Day (Live on BTN Plus)
Tuesday, December 30 Midlands Championship 8:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Friday, January 2 Iowa at Rutgers 8:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Sunday, January 4 Iowa at Ohio State 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 9 Wisconsin at Northwestern 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 9 Michigan at Minnesota 9:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Sunday, January 11 Penn State at Ohio State 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, January 11 Minnesota at Rutgers TBA (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 16 Ohio State at Michigan State 7:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Friday, January 16 Northwestern at Purdue 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 16 Penn State at Rutgers 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 16 Illinois at Iowa TBA (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, January 18 Ohio State at Michigan 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, January 18 Northwestern at Indiana 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, January 18 Illinois at Minnesota 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 23 Wisconsin at Michigan 7:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Friday, January 23 Nebraska at Illinois 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 23 Northwestern at Iowa 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, January 25 Rutgers at Nebraska 1:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Sunday, January 25 Michigan at Indiana 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, January 25 Illinois at Northwestern 3:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 30 Penn State at Michigan 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 30 Iowa at Minnesota 7:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Friday, January 30 Purdue at Ohio State 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 30 Nebraska at Northwestern 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, January 30 Maryland at Illinois TBA (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 1 Illinois at Purdue 2:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Friday, February 6 Minnesota at Ohio State 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 6 Iowa at Maryland 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 6 Nebraska at Michigan 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 6 Rutgers at Wisconsin 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 8 Iowa at Penn State 1:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Sunday, February 8 Minnesota at Maryland 1:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 8 Wisconsin at Illinois 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 8 Nebraska at Michigan State 3:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 8 Rutgers at Northwestern 6:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 13 Michigan State at Indiana 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 13 Michigan at Iowa 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 13 Stanford at Nebraska 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 13 Maryland at Northwestern 8:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 15 Michigan State at Purdue 1:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Friday, February 20 Duke at Michigan State 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, February 21 Cliff Keen National Duals - Semifinals at Iowa 4:00 PM (Live on BTN)
Saturday, February 21 Duke at Michigan 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, February 21 Central Michigan at Michigan State 7:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, February 22 Cliff Keen National Duals - Finals at Iowa 12:30 PM (Live on BTN)
Sunday, February 22 Rider at Penn State 2:00 PM (Live on BTN Plus)
Saturday, March 7 B1G Championships TBA (Live on BTN Plus)
Sunday, March 8 B1G Championships 3:00 PM (Live on BTN)

All dates/times of scheduled events are subject to change. Please check for most updated listings.

October 12, 2014

A Historical Developement of Western Wrestling by Antonio Graceffo

Antonio Graceffo over at Wrestling Roots has just written a comprehensive and impressive chronological overview of the development of wrestling in the west.  Accompanied by a great bibliography make sure to check this out and spread word to any students, scholars, or other interested historians. 

Click here for the entire article.

1848, Greco-Roman wrestling was born in France. The Greco Roman style is unique in that it forbids attacks to the legs. The wrestlers must possess powerful upper bodies and have the ability to lift and throw their opponents. (Sparta Club, history of the Greco)
1870’s Catch-as-catch-can, or Lancashire wrestling, or just “Catch wrestling” was invented in Lancashire, England. Catch wrestling matches can be won by pin, choke, or submission. They had no time limit. And a title fight once lasted for over 11 hours. (Launchpad)
1896 Greco-Roman wrestling was included in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has been included in every summer Olympics held since 1908. (,WRESTLING GRECO-ROMAN)
1904 Catch wrestling was included in the St. Louis Olympics. All of the competitors were Americans. And consequently, the US won all of the medals. It was also included in the 1908 London Games and the 1920 Antwerp Games. (Nash Aug. 2012)

December 12, 2013

NCAA Wrestling Site Selection 2015-2018

NCAA just announced the host cities for Div I-III Wrestling for the years 2015-2018. The lucky winners... St. Louis, New York City, and Cleveland Ohio! 

November 16, 2013

NCAA Wrestling

It is that time of the year again, wrestling season.  I am stoked for the level of talent that comes to the mat for the 2013 season.  Not surprisingly the Big Ten is the dominant conference so far.  Here are the NCAA DIV I rankings going into this weekend's meets:

1. Penn St.         Big Ten
2. Iowa              Big Ten
3. Minnesota      Big Ten
4. Oklahoma St. Big 12
5. Oklahoma       Big 12
6. Oregon St.      Pac 12
7. Nebraksa        Big Ten
8. Cornell            EIWA
9. Iowa St.          Big 12
10. Wisconsin      Big Ten
11. Ohio St.         Big Ten

May 3, 2013

Save Olympic Wrestling... May Is Wrestling Month

Unofficially - official, May is wrestling month.  After the appalling announcement in February that the IOC was going to cut wrestling from the 2020 Olympic games, wrestlers worldwide have declared May wrestling month!  More specifically.... save Olympic Wrestling Month!

The IOC will be meeting in St. Petersburg Russia at the conclusion of this month where wrestling will have one last chance to stay in the Olympics!

Great clip and I couldn't agree more:

March 23, 2013

NCAA Wrestling Championship: Penn St. 3rd Consecutive Team Title

An exciting, and record making, weekend of Division I wrestling was capped off today as Penn St. locked in their third consecutive championship under coach Chael Sanderson.  Just keeping ahead of Minnesota, PSU are well on the way to what one could argue is "dynasty" status.  Keep in mind on top of the ruthless onslaught, they lose only ONE starter for next year!  Can Penn State make it four in a row?   Kyle Dake did.

Cornell's rise into the elite levels of collegiate wrestling has to certain degree been founded by perennial grappler Kyle Dake who did not break any records in the 2013 NCAA Wrestling tournament... he made the record!  Dake has won four consecutive championships at for different weight classes (141/149/157/165) becoming the only NCAA wrestler to do so. 

Congrats to Penn State and all the champions for a great season of NCAA Wrestling! 

Team Results:

  1. Penn St.
  2. Oklahoma St.
  3. Minnesota
  4. Iowa
  5. Cornell
  6. Ohio St.

March 11, 2013

Big Ten Wrestling Championship 2013

A weekend o' wrasslin' with a big congrats going out to the NWJJA team members who fought at the Revolution: Perry / Scotty / Omar / Randy.  From the sounds of it you had some killer matches and everyone fought well.  While you all were nursing soreness I was relaxing and enjoying the privilege of watching the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships held this year at the University of Illinois. 

A superb day of grappling that is a great primer for the national title coming up in two weeks (held at Iowa St. University this year), we saw some history unfold right in front of our eyes.  Here is the breakdown of the championship matches:

125#'s: Delgado, a sophomore All American, from Illinois pushed the pace and completely dominated Iowa's McDonough who looked shell shocked after the match. 

133#'s: The 133 pound championship brought two undefeated records to the table with Ohio State's Logan Stieber fighting Iowa's Tony Ramos.  Logan owns the center of the mat and pushes the pace putting Ramos hesitantly on his heels the whole match.  Logan secures his second Big Ten title in as many years! 

141#'s: Logan's brother Hunter Stieber (of course from Ohio State) brings the same style game to the mat with a bit more muscle.  Fighting Mark Balweg from Iowa, Hunter maintains an aggressive game constantly attacking and pestering his opponent.  Winning on points the Stieber brothers become the first brothers to win Big Ten titles since the Brand brothers did with Iowa in the early 90's.  Some anticipate perhaps dual NCAA titles to the brothers.  We shall see.

149#'s: In what was one of the most exciting matches of the day Minnesota's Dylan Ness comes from behind and pins Nebraska's Jake Sueflohn with a beautiful reversal.  This is Ness' first Big 10 title!

157#'s: Another come from behind win was mounted by Jason Welch of Northwestern who nails the pin fall on Nebraska's James Green taking home his first Big 10 title as well! 

165#'s: Penn State has THE top team in the NCAA right night and David Taylor came out to put a clinic on Conrad Polz of Illinois.  Taking his third championship home, Taylor beat up on Polz 9-1! 

174#'s: Matt Brown of Penn St. looked a bit slow to get into his rhythm, but he must has smelled the coffee brewing as Brown cleaned house with a 6 point 2nd period (2= takedown / 4=near fall) on Iowa's Mike Evans.  For those of you keeping track at home Iowa was shut out in the finals! 

184#'s: If you have not heard the name Ed Ruth in college wrestling, well then you have not been paying attention!  The Penn St. standout has been nothing short of dominant throughout his career and was named Intermat Wrestler of the Year 2012!  With his 6-3 win over Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus, Ruth amassed an impressive 35-7 point differential over his opponents in the Big 10 Championship alone! 

197#'s: The big boys brought some impressive setups and strategy as Penn St.'s Quentin Wright used repeated underhook attempts to get his opponent Scott Schiller (Minnesota) to cease changing levels.  Then Wright faked the underhook attempt and shot the double!  Beautiful work on his way to securing the 197# title for PSU! 

Heavyweight: Tony Nelson from Minnesota goes on to win his second Big 10 title over Mike McMullary of Northwestern.

 Team Standings: What can be said about powerhouse Penn St. wrestling that has not already been blogged about!?  They are dominant under Chael Sanderson and will be the team to beat at the NCAA Championships in two weeks.  Though Minnesota fought a gallant fight they could not squeeze by the dominance of PSU lead by 184# stud Ed Ruth.  The Big Ten remains the most difficult conference in NCAA wrestling.  Here are the final standings:
  1. Penn St. (Three Big 10 Titles in a row)
  2. Minnesota
  3. Iowa
  4. Ohio State
Congrats to all wrestlers for a season of hard work and incredible grappling!

June 30, 2011

Words of Wisdom From Coach Carl Adams

Carl Adams is one of wrestling's most sought after coaches, a 2x NCAA Champ and head coach at Boston Uuniversity.  On Science of Skills site Dan has just put up three great lessons he learned from a recent interview with Coach Adams, and the insight both on the mat and off is inspirational!

"Wrestling with a sense of freedom involves throwing yourself 100% into your present match and leaving nothing on the mat. Finding a way to channel all of your energy, all of your technique, and all of your will into those few minutes against your opponent. In doing this fully, you’re able to know without a doubt that you can look yourself in the mirror no matter that happens and know that you gave it your all.
In this sense, once you step on the mat to compete you become free. You no longer have to think about what other people – or even you – think of yourself. You no longer have to think about outcome. It is at this point of total concentration that you’re able to ignore everything not relevant to your task because you know that your 100% efforts in the here and now are all that matters in a match."

Great lessons!

March 20, 2011

NCAA Wrestling: Congrats to Penn State

Big congrats to Penn State for their first NCAA Wrestling Title since 1953.  Blowing away the competition Penn St. brought a solid team that did well with Quentin Wright taking the 184# bracket.  This was without a doubt one of the most exciting tournaments I have watched in collegiate wrestling.  Their is some amazing talent out there and I am excited to see how many of them transition in to MMA in the near future.

Some stellar performances such as Anthony Robles (ASU) winning the 125# title in his senior year in dominating fashion.  You may remember Robles story from last month.  Bubba Jenkins (ASU) without a beautiful rolling pin in the second period to win 157#.  In the 197# Kent State (hells yeah, Ohio!!) prodigy Dusting Kilgore got a funky pin when his opponent tried to roll Dustin for a pin himself, but leverage and balance paid off in Kilgores department and he nailed the defensive pin!  This would be Kent St. first ever national wrestling title.

Jordan Burroughs (Neb) was dominant throughout the tournament at 165#'s.  He plays such a fast, dominating style of wrestling.  Very impressive.

Congrats to all the warriors who stepped on the mat, many for the last time in their young careers.

125# - Anthony Robles (ASU)
133   - Jordan Oliver (OSU)
141   - Kellan Russell (Mich)
149   - Kyle Dake (Cornell)
157   - Bubba Jenkins (ASU)
165   - Jordan Burroughs (NEB)
174   - Jonathan Reader (Iowa St.)
184   - Quentin Wright (Penn. St.)
197   - Dustin Kilgore (Kent St.)
HWY - Zach Rey (Lehigh)

January 24, 2011

"Iowa Hawkeyes - The Season"

I stumbled across an excellent documentary on the Iowa Hawkeye's wrestling program that was originally shot in 2001 and aired on ESPN's "The Season."Much thanks to BJJ 201 blog and Martin Aedma for finding and sharing! 

Two hours in length this documentary is probably the single best piece of media on the subject I have ever seen, truly catching the essence and nature of grappling and wrestling from the perspective of the single most dominant sports program in NCAA history!  Read that very carefully as I have not mistyped anything.  THE single most dominant team in all of collegiate sports activities is the wrestling program at the University of Iowa!  Legends in the Midwest Iowa has built the best program for wrestlers in all of the world.

Here is the first part:

If you are not hooked yet then guess the rest of this post is not important.  For those who can't get enough go to and sign up to see the rest.  I know, I know it is a pain in the ass, but it is free and easy and the only way I found to view the 13 part documentary and trust me it is worth it!  The heartache, the blood, sweat, and tears that these fighters put into their art and their practice is inspiring.  As is the level of coaching and what they expect from their grapplers!  Goes to show us that we all can push harder and train more.