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Tamyra Mensah-Stock named 2017 USA Wrestling Women’s Wrestler of the Year
Friday, June 15th, 2018

USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender, Tamyra Mensah-Stock and National Women’s Coach Terry Steiner pose as Mensah-Stock received her award in Lincoln, Neb. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury) was named 2017 Women’s Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling. It is the first time that Mensah-Stock has received this prestigious award.

Mensah-Stock, who previously competed under her maiden name Tamyra Mensah, won a number of international competitions during the 2017 season.

She opened the year with a victory at the Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix in Russia in January, one of the most prestigious Open tournaments in the world, winning bouts against four top foreign opponents. She becames only the sixth U.S. woman to have ever won this event. The previous U.S. woman winner was Kelsey Campbell in 2010.

Mensah-Stock was also a champion at the Grand Prix of Spain in July, winning four bouts, including a 10-0 technical fall over Russia’s Galina Bulitova in the finals.

She added a pair of international silver medals, taking a silver at the Dave Schultz Memorial International in November and the Russia Cup in December. She also competed on the U.S. Women’s World Cup team in Russia in December, earning a 3-1 record in her dual meets.

Mensah-Stock also won her match at the Beat the Streets Benefit “East Meets West” in May in New York City, stopping Japan’s Miwa Morikawa, 5-1.

Domestically, she won the World Team Trials in Las Vegas in April, where she beat two-time Olympian and four-time World medalist Elena Pirozhkova in the finals in two straight matches, 4-3 and 6-2.

Competing in her first Senior World Championships in Paris, France in August, Mensah-Stock finished with a 1-1 record at 69 kg. She opened with a 12-2 technical fall over Alla Belinska of Ukraine, then was beaten by China’s Yue Han, 5-2. Han did not reach the finals, so Stock was not eligible for repechage.

She also completed her college career with a WCWA national title for Wayland Baptist in February, defeating Niauni Hill of Lindenwood-Belleville in the finals at 155 pounds. It was her second career WCWA title. She finished as a four-time All-American.

Among her big achievements earlier in her career was a silver medal at the 2014 University World Championships. She won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials but did not compete at the Rio Olympics because she was not able to qualify her weight class for the Olympic Games.

Mensah-Stock is a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete. She is a native of Katy, Texas, where she was a two-time Texas state high school champion for Morton Ranch High School.

2017 – Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Colorado Springs, Colo., Titan Mercury WC
2016 – Helen Maroulis, New York, N.Y., Sunkist Kids
2015 – Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo., New York AC
2014 – Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo., New York AC
2013 – Alyssa Lampe, Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunkist Kids
2012 – Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunkist Kids
2011 – Ali Bernard, New Ulm, Minn., Gator WC
2010 – Elena Pirozhkova, Colorado Springs, Colo., Gator WC
2009 – Deanna Rix, Colorado Springs, Colo., New York AC
2008 – Randi Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo., Gator WC
2007 – Kristie Marano, Colorado Springs, Colo., New York AC
2006 – Kristie Marano, Colorado Springs, Colo., New York AC
2005 – Iris Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. U.S. Army
2004 – Sara McMann, Lock Haven, Pa., Sunkist Kids
2003 – Patricia Miranda, Colorado Springs, Colo., Dave Schultz WC
2002 – Kristie Marano, Albany, N.Y., ATWA
2001 – Toccara Montgomery, Cleveland, Ohio, Sunkist Kids
2000 – Kristie Marano, Albany, N.Y., ATWA
1999 – Tricia Saunders, Phoenix, Ariz., Sunkist Kids
1998 – Kristie Stenglein, Albany, N.Y., ATWA
1997 – Sandra Bacher, San Jose, Calif., Dave Schultz WC
1996 – Tricia Saunders, Phoenix, Ariz., Sunkist Kids
1995 – Vickie Zummo, Hamburg, N.J., New York AC
1994 – Shannon Williams, Ontario, Calif., Sunkist Kids
1993 – Tricia Saunders, Phoenix, Ariz., Sunkist Kids

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Mike Dixon returns to Indiana as associate head coach
Friday, June 15th, 2018

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head wrestling coach Angel Escobedo announced Monday the addition of Mike Dixon to his coaching staff. Dixon, who completed his varsity career at Indiana in 2001, returns to his alma mater as the Hoosiers’ associate head coach.

“I’m excited to bring Mike Dixon on staff, as he was an instrumental part of the rise of Old Dominion Wrestling and brought in many top-25 recruiting classes,” Escobedo said. “As an alumnus, his passion and commitment to see Indiana Wrestling at the top is unwavering. I know he is excited to have a big impact on taking this program to new heights. My staff and I are eager to foster success in this program.”

Dixon enters the IU wrestling room with over a decade of veteran leadership and experience with raising a wrestling program to national prominence. In 13 years as an assistant and associate head coach at Old Dominion, Dixon guided his wrestlers to nine NCAA All-American honors and 18 individual conference championships.

Dixon’s hiring is the second by coach Escobedo, who took over the helm as IU’s eighth head coach in April. Last month, Escobedo announced four-time All-American Isaac Jordan as an assistant coach.

“I’m excited to be coming back to Indiana and joining Angel’s staff,” Dixon said shortly after the announcement. “I look forward to working alongside both Angel and Isaac to build a sustainable program that can compete for championships within the Big Ten and nationally.”

In over a decade with Old Dominion, Dixon helped head coach Steve Martin find success on the mat and in the classroom while putting the Monarchs on the map of the wrestling landscape. In the 2007-08 season, Dixon’s first with the Monarchs, Old Dominion earned their first top-20 ranking in program history with six NCAA Championships qualifiers, then a school record.

The next year, Old Dominion captured a top-20 NCAA Championships while Ryan Williams (141 lbs.) became the program’s first NCAA finalist in 15 years.

The 2011-12 season saw the Monarchs raise the bar with a program-best seven NCAA qualifiers and an outstanding dual meet season that included ranked upsets over Iowa State, Rutgers, and Central Michigan. Two wrestlers, Scott Festejo and Te Edwards, claimed individual titles at the 2012 CAA Championships.

Dixon helped guide a seamless transition to the Mid American Conference (MAC) in the 2013-14 season, as all six NCAA qualifiers finished in fourth-place or better at the ensuing MAC Championships.

In just their second season as a MAC member, Dixon and the Monarchs took runner-up at the conference championships in 2015. Dixon was named the SAAC Staffer of the Year and led two wrestlers, Chris Mecate and Alexander Richardson, to the All-American podium. That marked the first time Old Dominion earned two NCAA All-Americans in one season since 1991. Mecate became Old Dominion’s first back-to-back All-American with a fifth-place finish the next season.

Dixon assisted in the development of Kevin Beazley, one of the most prominent wrestlers in program history, as he achieved All-American status at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Most recently, Beazley took a Greco-Roman bronze medal finish at the 2018 City of Sassari International in Italy.

In his 13 years with the program, the Monarchs achieved a 109-82-2 dual meet record with two CAA regular season titles. Old Dominion also earned six NWCA All-Academic honors in Dixon’s tenure alongside two NCAA Elite 89 awards, given annually to the NCAA Championships participant with the highest GPA. Tristan Warner became just the second wrestler in Division-I to win back-to-back Elite 89 honors.

Prior to his tenure in Norfolk, Virginia, Dixon served as an assistant at James Madison University. Dixon guided two conference podium finishes and revitalized their recruiting strategy after the university dropped athletic scholarships in 2000.

Before joining the staff at James Madison, Dixon embarked his coaching career in his hometown of Indianapolis. As an assistant at the University of Indianapolis, Dixon oversaw five national qualifiers and three top-12 finishes. He also assisted the wrestling program at Arsenal Tech High School and guided four conference champions, two sectional champions, and the school’s first-ever freshman to win a city championship.

A 2001 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Dixon was an NCAA qualifier at 275 lbs. in 1998. He earned the team’s Most Improved Wrestler award in 1998 and the prestigious Billy Thom Leadership award in 2001. Also in the 2001 season, Dixon became a University National Freestyle Champion and earned a fourth-place finish in the 2001 Pan-American Games at 97kg.

Dixon earned his master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University in 2012.

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Wrestling Hacks for Staying Fit During Off-Season
Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Summer is kind of officially here, and I hope your making the best out of the awesome sunshine and your days off before school’s back in session. It’s definitely important to rest your body during off-season, for a moment of time, but don’t get super comfortable buddy! If you do, you may have a hard time getting back into the swing of things when the new season officially starts. As a wrestler and an athlete overall, it’s vital that you take certain initiatives to maintain both your weight and athletic prowess year-round. Off-season is the prime time to work on improving your diet, strength, quickness, endurance and agility as well as gaining muscle, without the distraction of competitions and classes.

The first thing you should do, to maintain yourself while you’re off, is regulate your meals. Your off-season diet is just as vital as when you’re on. You can still enjoy eating what you like. I mean it’s off-season righhht! However, make sure you minimize your portions and focus on quality food. Diving into a perpetual pile of junk-food during the summer can lead to poor eating habits during wrestling season, like extreme dieting, which we know isn’t good for several reasons. It can result in health deficiencies and decrease your performance. Therefore, it’s good to ensure that your daily meal consumption primarily contains:

1. Fruits and Veggies, which provide needed minerals and nutrients
2. Healthy Fluids, particularly water (dehydration leads to reduced muscle strength, performance and endurance while hydration helps control metabolism and hormones, while improving circulation of nutrients)
3. Complex Carbohydrates (ex: Oatmeal, Wheat Bread, lentils, quinoa)
4. Rich Protein (ex: lean eggs, meat, yogurt, milk, cheese, soy products)

Instead of counting calories, make it easier on yourself by just balancing meals consisting of these four groups. These foods not only help you remain full for longer periods of time, so you eat less; but they also result in faster recovery times after training. Additionally, they increase your energy. Make sure you eat these foods every two to three hours, while also consuming plenty of water, to boost your metabolism.

The next crucial thing you must do is work on your physical fitness. Before you begin the process, thoroughly consider what areas you fell short in during the previous season and what improvements you want to make. Did you typically run out of breath or become weak half-way through your matches? Did you have issues with your flexibility when trying to implement your technique? Since you have been off from wrestling for a bit, ease your way back into your physical training gradually. Begin with light work initially, then progress to higher intensity conditioning. According to Johnson Fitness, in order to:

1. Boost Endurance: Implement “interval training” and lengthen your workouts
2. Advance Your Speed: Implement exercises that include flexibility and that involve sprinting
3. Increase Strength: Incorporate squats, push-ups, lunges and abdominal exercises

If you do all these things during your time off, including working on your technique with one of your wrestling buddies, you’re on your way to being a beast on the mat, if you’re not already there.




Johny Hendricks Rocks New American Wrestler “Conquer or Collapse” Shirt!
Thursday, May 10th, 2018

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Wrestler Without Legs Lives Life With ‘No Excuses’
Thursday, May 10th, 2018


NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio – It’s Sunday worship at New Greater Peace Church in Canton, Ohio. Music and Faith are the cornerstone of 20-year-old Zion Clark.

“It is a really big part in what I do because God sent me through different trials to build me into the man I am today,” Zion told WJW.

“I baptized him in the name of Jesus in one of our services and he’s a great kid, he’s a phenomenal kid, he’s one of our drummers that we use during our services,” Pastor Bernard Manson of New Greater Peace Church said.

Zion has always been a fan of the drums.

“He has a drum set up in his room at home, so I would hear him upstairs banging, doing his thing he would say, ‘Mom I’m getting ready to practice,’ and he would go upstairs and be on those drums for hours and hours,” said Zion’s mother, Kimberlli Hawkins

When Zion is not perfecting his love of music, he’s attending class at Kent State University’s Tuscarawas Campus building up his knowledge of business management.

“I definitely want to help run a sports team or something like that,” Zion said.

That’s not the only thing Zion is building up these days. Outside of the classroom, he’s busy in the gym building up his muscles. His future relies on it.

“I’ll be a junior by 2020, and that’s the 2020 Olympics, and hopefully I make it out of the Trials and bring home some hardware,” said Zion.

It won’t be easy for Zion … nothing is. That’s why he believes in his motto, a motto now tattooed on his back.

“It says, ‘No excuses,'” Zion said.

It’s fitting.

Zion was born with a condition called caudal regression syndrome.

“It caused me to be born without legs,” said Zion. “My arms and my chest and everything have to be insanely in shape because if it wasn’t, there is no way I could do some of the stuff that I do.”

What he does, is compete. Zion is a wrestler at the Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus.

“My arms are my legs and my arms so I have to figure out how to get in on their legs, still drive forward with one arm, or get the type of angle or leverage to get where they can’t stop what I’m doing,” said Zion.

He wrestles in the 125-pound weight class but he barely tips the scales at 100 pounds.

“It is a challenge, and quite frankly, it scares some of the guys,” said Zion’s wrestling coach Dave Schlarb.

“They don’t care who you are, what you look like, what kind of disability you have, if you step out on the mat, you step out there as equals,” Zion said.

Zion is 11-16 in his freshman season heading into the final tournament of the year. He means a lot to the Golden Eagles wrestling team.

“He’s just an inspiration for all of us,” said Schlarb. “Just a great guy to have on the team. If everyone is feeling down, we look at him… he brings us all up.”


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North Central College: Women’s Wrestling Added as 27th Varsity Sport!
Thursday, May 10th, 2018

American WrestlerMay 8, 2018 – North Central College has announced plans to expand its athletic department to include a 27th varsity sport beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, as the Cardinals will enter the competitive arena in the sport of women’s wrestling.

Collegiate women’s wrestling is currently classified as a winter sport, with competition beginning in October and running through February. The Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) governs the sport and has overseen the national championships since 2008. A total of 45 collegiate institutions will field varsity women’s wrestling teams in 2018-2019, an increase of 29 percent over the previous year. The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) has applied to add women’s wrestling to the NCAA’s Emerging Sports for Women program.

“We’re really proud of the fact that, as an institution, we’ve been able to be a leader in terms of providing competitive opportunities for women,” said North Central athletic director Jim Miller ’86. “We’ve tried to be creative and forward-thinking in how we decide where to expand our department, and seeing the tremendous growth of this sport nationwide at the youth and scholastic levels, it made a lot of sense to move forward with women’s wrestling. There’s no question we have the capacity to provide a top-caliber competitive experience in this sport and we’re excited to get started.”

North Central’s newest team will conduct its practices on campus in Nichols Gymnasium, which also houses the men’s wrestling program. Nichols is a 5,000-square foot dedicated wrestling facility with permanent wall-to-wall mats and cardiovascular and weight training equipment. Gregory Arena will serve as the primary competition venue for home events. Women’s wrestling currently features competition in 10 weight classes: 101, 109, 116, 123, 130, 136, 143, 155, 170 and 191 pounds.

Joe Norton ’10/M ’12, who has coached North Central’s men’s program since 2014, will serve as the head coach of the women’s team as well. Norton was named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) and NWCA Lower Midwest Region Coach of the Year in February after leading the men’s team to a 12-2 record in dual meets and the program’s seventh CCIW team championship.

“The popularity of women’s wrestling is rising at an encouraging rate across the country,” Norton said. “We saw potential for North Central to be a leader in it, and we have a great opportunity to do so as the first CCIW school to add it at the varsity level. I fully expect other Division III schools in the Midwest and elsewhere to follow suit in the coming years.

“I’m grateful for the leadership of Jim Miller, Marty Sauer and President (Troy) Hammond for buying into this vision and for their faith in me to build a program that can compete with the best in the country.”

The expansion to 27 sports continues to make North Central’s athletic department the largest in the CCIW. The Cardinals have added four other new sports in recent years: men’s volleyball (2015-2016), women’s triathlon (2016-2017), men’s lacrosse (2016-2017) and women’s bowling (2017-2018). The women’s triathlon team won the first-ever USA Triathlon Division III Collegiate National Championship last November, while the men’s volleyball team claimed the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL) regular-season championship this past April.

North Central is the fourth collegiate institution in the state of Illinois to announce the addition of varsity women’s wrestling, joining MacMurray College in Jacksonville, McKendree University in Lebanon, and Lindenwood University-Belleville.

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Vitor Belfort: Floyd Mayweather Would Suck At MMA!
Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Hey, you know all those videos of Floyd Mayweather running around the cage looking agile and buff?
Vitor Belfort is not impressed.
“The Phenom” knows a thing or two about mixed martial arts (MMA), having been in the fight game for over two decades. And to Belfort, this notion that Mayweather could cross over to cage fighting and not get ground into dust is preposterous.

“I think he doesn’t have a chance even against the young kids, 15, 14-year-olds,” Belfort told MMA Fighting. “He has a lot to learn on the ground, kicks. With his arms, on his weight, he’s a phenom. Now, involving legs and other things, no chance.”
Mayweather has been teasing a debut in UFC in the wake of his technical knockout win over Conor McGregor in last August’s boxing spectacle. That led to some lame tweets from both sides but nothing in the way of substance.
But if Belfort is right, then Mayweather should skip UFC and fight here.


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Monday, May 7th, 2018

Shane Lyons Names Tim Flynn WVU’s Ninth Wrestling Coach
Monday, April 16th, 2018
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons has named Tim Flynn as the school’s ninth wrestling coach.

Flynn comes to West Virginia from Edinboro, where he spent the past 21 years building the Fighting Scots into a wrestling powerhouse. He compiled a 223-95-5 career record at Edinboro to become the school’s all-time winningest coach and a member of its Hall of Fame.

His accomplishments at Edinboro totaled 150 national qualifiers, 38 All-Americans, 64 EWL champions and 97 PSAC champions. He led the Fighting Scots to five top-10 finishes at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, 14 top-20 finishes and 18 top-25 finishes.

Flynn engineered in recent years two of the best seasons in Edinboro wrestling history. His 2013-14 squad recorded a fifth-place finish at the national tournament with three All-Americans. The Fighting Scots ended the year with an 11-3 record, winning 10 of their last 11 duals including a 17-16 win over No. 6 Pitt. He received NWCA NCAA Division I Coach of the Year honors, shared InterMat Coach of the Year honors with Minnesota’s J Robinson and also was selected as WIN’s Dan Gable Coach of the Year. He followed in 2014-15 with four All-Americans and a third-place national finish – the school’s highest ever.

He was the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Coach of the Year seven times and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Coach of the Year 13 times. Flynn also coached three national champions (John Koscheck at 174 in 2001, Gregor Gillespie at 149 in 2007 and Jarrod King at 165 in 2009) and eight NCAA runners-up.

Under the former Penn State All-American, Edinboro dominated eastern wrestling circles, winning the EWL Championship in 15 of the last 21 years, including eight straight years at one point, along with the PSAC tournament title 17 times in his 21 campaigns. At one point, Edinboro won 34 of 35 EWL dual matches, which included a 29-match winning streak.

“Tim brings to West Virginia a wealth of head coaching experience, success and veteran leadership,” Lyons said. “He is a proven winner and one of the most respected coaches in the sport. His years of success and consistency speak volumes, and I know he will be a great fit for our department and wrestling program.”

Before taking over the head coaching duties, Flynn was an assistant at Edinboro under legendary coach and Olympian Bruce Baumgartner from 1992-97. Flynn assisted Baumgartner to a 56-21 record, including a 14-0 dual match mark and a sixth-place finish at Nationals in 1996.

“I’m excited, this is a blessing for me,” Flynn said. “It came at a great time. West Virginia is a sleeping giant located in a great spot for wrestling as well as a great conference. I’m excited and ready to get started.”

Following three standout seasons at Vista High in Vista, California, Flynn moved east to finish his prep career at Annapolis Senior High in Annapolis, Maryland. He went on to enjoy a stellar career at Penn State, captaining the 1986-87 squad while earning All-American honors at 134 pounds. He went 30-10-1 as a senior, winning the EWL title and finishing seventh at Nationals. The Nittany Lions enjoyed one of their greatest seasons ever with an 18-1-1 record and a third-place finish at the NCAA Tournament.

Flynn finished with a 105-32-2 collegiate wrestling record, still ranking among the all-time career leaders in victories for Penn State. He also won the EWL title as a junior in 1986 while competing at 126 pounds, finishing with a 30-7-1 mark. He qualified for Nationals as a sophomore as well after finishing second at the EWL Championships. He was a four-time Midlands Championships place winner, a two-time Mat-Town USA champion and was an Espoir National freestyle runner-up in 1984.

Flynn, who is currently a member of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NWCA) Leadership Group, graduated from Penn State in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He later earned his master’s degree in business administration from Penn State with a concentration in finance in 1990.  He and his wife, Tanya, have two children – Logan and Riley.

Alvernia Announces Addition Of Wrestling For 2019-20
Monday, April 16th, 2018
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Alvernia University Athletic Director Bill Stiles announced Wednesday the addition of Wrestling as the Pennsylvania university’s 28th varsity sport.

The national search for a head coach will begin immediately, and the Golden Wolves start competing in the winter of 2019.

“We are in the heart of a wrestling hotbed with over 36,000 boys participating in high school wrestling within our primary recruiting market, encompassing almost 1500 high school programs – including all 15 schools in Berks County,” said Stiles.  “The ability for us to continue strategic growth and provide additional opportunities to talented student-athletes in our region remains paramount, and wrestling provides a wonderful opportunity for us to do that.”

Alvernia will be the sixth member of the Middle Atlantic Conference to sponsor varsity wrestling.  Messiah College earned the 2018 MAC Championship followed by Delaware Valley, Wilkes, Lycoming, and King’s.

Alvernia will practice and compete in the Physical Education Center, home to Alvernia’s volleyball and basketball teams.

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