Wrestlers need to take a step-by-step approach to building their strength
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by Mike Finn
6d ago
Photo: Dumbbell bench lifts are a great way to prep for a barbell bench lift. By Zach Even-Esh I recently visited a wrestling club that was in the same building as a personal training studio. While waiting to speak with the wrestling coach, I watched through the corner of my eye an athlete going through a personal training session. He was a bigger athlete and was likely a football player.  Regardless of the sport(s) this athlete was focused on, I was taken aback by a few things: • The technique of the exercises being coached were incorrect and even dangerous; • The basics of safety were i ..read more
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Hip surgeries have not slowed down Arkansas prep
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by Mike Finn
6d ago
Photo:Little Rock Central’s Layne Hattenhauer (back) finished second in the Arkansas state tournament at 115 pounds after undergoing four hip surgeries.  By Sandy Stevens Layne Hattenhauer, a 16-year-old sophomore in her very first year of wrestling, finished as the 115-pound runner-up for Little Rock Central High School in the 2024 Arkansas State Championships. Impressive, you say? You have no idea. Not only was it Layne’s first time taking on a contact sport; it was her first time to complete a full season in any sport.  And last year she underwent four hip surgeries, leaving her u ..read more
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Wrestling superstars need more than Olympics to carry the sport
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by Mike Finn
1w ago
By Kyle Klingman The 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials are over, leaving hundreds of wrestlers to shelve their dreams for another four years. And only 15 of 18 wrestlers became Paris Olympians after a last-chance Olympic qualifier in May. “Not many finish on top,” said 2000 Canadian Olympian and Simon Fraser coach Justin Abdou. “I was down there with one of my wrestlers. Seeing all these grown men cry reminded me how real and tough our sport is.” This column appeared in the May 8 issue of WIN Magazine. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subscribe. Although many casually mention their desire to make a ..read more
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Lee & Retherford earn trips to Paris in Olympic Qualifier
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by Mike Finn
1w ago
Photos: Spencer Lee (left) and Zain Retherford completed USA’s six-man freestyle squad at the final Olympic Qualifier, May 9-12 in Istanbul, Turkey. Lee won the 57-kilo weight class, while Retherford battled back to claim third at 65 kilos. (Photos by Justin Hoch) America’s wrestling lineup is set for this summer’s Olympic Games in Paris. Both Spencer Lee and Zain Retherford qualified their weight classes in men’s freestyle at the final Olympic Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey, where wrestlers had to finish in the top three in a weight class. Lee, the former three-time NCAA champ and two-time ..read more
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Wrestling success should be measured beyond just winning
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by Mike Finn
1w ago
By Daniel Harding The only thing that matters is the county/district/state/national tournament. I’ve heard that line — and even used that line — countless times before.  The sentiment is that it’s what you achieve at the big end-of-the-year tournaments that everyone remembers. It’s an expression that’s stood the test of time for one reason and there’s a lot of truth to it. Standing on the big podium gets you the important medal, your name in the hometown paper or on a banner in the gym.   This past season was filled with challenges for my high school team in Connecticut. After two se ..read more
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Army vet and wrestler Cila teaches mental toughness
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by Mike Finn
1w ago
Photo: Despite losing his left hand while serving in the Army, Sam Cila, a former wrestler from New York, became an Ironman athlete while promoting mental health awareness. By John Klessinger After a successful operation on July 4, 2005, to “grab a high-value target,” Sam Cila and his team (5th Group Operation, 1st Calvary) was ordered to go back and complete a presence patrol that night in Iraq. His team did not know that the enemy had staged an ambush on them. Lined on opposite sides of the road were two Improvised Explosive Devices.  The IEDs were detonated, and Sam and his c ..read more
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Taylor to become next Oklahoma State head coach
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by Mike Finn
2w ago
David Taylor and Oklahoma State stunned the wrestling world yesterday when it was learned that the 2021 Olympic gold medalist, three-time World champ and two-time NCAA titlist from Penn State, would become the Cowboys’ next head coach. “Welcome to Stillwater, Head Coach David Taylor. Let’s make some magic!” said OSU’s social media page. Taylor, 33, replaces the legendary John Smith, who recently announced that he was retiring after 33 years. This will be Taylor’s first head coaching position. While competing in international wrestling, Taylor has been coaching younger wrestlers in his M2 Train ..read more
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2012 Olympian Coleman among surprise winners in Greco at Trials
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by Mike Finn
1M ago
Photo: Ellis Coleman (bottom), who appeared in the 2012 Olympics, moved closer to another Games when he defeated 2021 Olympian Alejandro Sancho at 67 kilos in the Greco-Roman tournament of the 2024 Olympic Trials in State College, Pa. The following are the Best-of-3 Championship matches in the six Greco-Roman weight of the 2024 Olympic Trials in State College, Pa., April 19-20. WIN Magazine will provide even more comprehensive coverage of this event in our next issue, printed May 1. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subscribe. 60k/132 pounds – Dalton Roberts (Army WCAP) defeated Ildar Hafizov ..read more
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Maroulis becomes first three-time Olympian in women’s freestyle at Trials
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by Mike Finn
1M ago
Photo: Olympic gold and bronze medalist Helen Maroulis (right) scored a pin and shutout against former World champ Jacarra Winchester at 57 kilos to earn a third Olympic appearance. (Sam Janicki photo) The following are the Best-of-3 Championship matches in the six women’s freestyle weights at the 2024 Olympic Trials in State College, Pa., April 19-20. WIN Magazine will provide even more comprehensive coverage of this event in our next issue, printed May 1. Click here or call 888-305-0606 to subscribe.   50k/110 pounds — Sarah Hildebrandt (NYAC) defeated Audrey Jimenez (SKWC), two matches ..read more
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Greco-Roman’s Best-of-3 Finals set for Olympic Trials
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by Mike Finn
1M ago
Photo: Adam Coon, a former World silver medalist, dominated Aden Attao to win the Challenge Tournament final at 130 kilos in Greco-Roman action. He will meet Cohlton Schultz in the Best-of-3 Championship Final on Saturday. (Photo by Sam Janicki) Greco-Roman The following are the highlights of the finals and semifinals of the Challenge Tournament of the 2024 Olympic Trials, which took place Friday at the Penn State Bryce Jordan Center. Saturday’s Best-of-3 Championships Series, which will finalize Team USA for the Paris Olympics, begins at 10 a.m. EDT. 60k/132.5 pounds Challenge Tournament fina ..read more
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