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  1. Please help us promote wrestling by voting online for World champions Jordan Burroughs and Adeline Gray for Team USA's Best of September Awards. Our athletes deserve this recognition for their great efforts at the Worlds in Las Vegas. Gray was one of five finalists for the Female Athlete of the Month and Burroughs is one of five for Male Athlete of the Month. Click below to vote for Adeline Gray and Jordan Burroughs http://www.teamusa.org/awards Let's get this done!!! Share this with your friends, family and colleagues...
  2. Happy holidays. I posted my annual top 10 wrestling stories of the year blog on TheMat.com this morning. http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2014/December/24/Abbott-blog-top-10-stories-of-2014 Please give your feedback on what stories you feel belong on the list. There was a lot going on in wrestling in 2014, and I'd enjoy to hear your perspective...
  3. Are you a fan of NCAA wrestling? Would you like your thoughts to be heard by the NCAA? You can play a part in making the NCAA Wrestling Championship even better. The NCAA needs your feedback about how to share information with you and what would make the championship a memorable experience for you. Here is the link to access the questions. www.prsurvey.com/YEM The questions will only take about 10 minutes. The NCAA sincerely appreciates your help in creating a memorable NCAA championship experience.
  4. USA-TITAN MERCURY WC 6, AZERBAIJAN GOMZIK CHO 2 57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Tony Ramos (USA-TMWC) dec. Namik Sordomzada (AZE), 3-2 61 kg/134 lbs. – Ural Hosseinov (AZE) dec. Joe Colon (USA-TMWC), 5-4 65 kg/143 lbs. - Reece Humphrey (USA-TMWC) dec. Cosgun Azimov (AZE), 8-3 70 kg/154 lbs. – Adam Hall (USA-TMWC) won by forfeit 74 kg/163 lbs. – Andrew Howe (USA-TMWC) tech. fall Kamran Yunusov, 11-0 80 kg/176 lbs. - Deron Winn (USA-TMWC) tech. fall Elmar Ismayilov, 10-0 98 kg/213 lbs. - Wynn Michalak (USA-TMWC) tech. fall Senan Bagirov, 10-0 125 lbs./275 lbs. – Ruslan Dzehisov (AZE) dec. Matt Meuleners (USA-TMWC), 7-1
  5. USA-TITAN MERCURY WC 8, SYRIA – ARABIC ARMY 0 57 kg/125.5 lbs. Tony Ramos (USA-TMWC) tech. fall Ali Miras Khaled (SYR-Army), 10-0 61 kg/134 lbs. - Joe Colon (USA-TMWC) pin Ahmad Naardib (SYR-Army) 65 kg/143 lbs. - Reece Humphrey (USA-TMWC) tech. fall Ghazan Ahmad Jazgani (SYR-Army), 12-1 70 kg/154 lbs. – Adam Hall (USA-TMWC) tech. fall Hasan Jemari Mohammad (SYR-Army), 14-4 74 kg/163 lbs. – Andrew Howe (USA-TMWC) tech. fall Abelmalek Mohammad Khalai (SYR-Army), 11-0 80 kg/176 lbs. - Deron Winn (USA-TMWC) pin Khaled Mostafa Yarkhan (SYR-Army) 98 kg/213 lbs. - Wynn Michalak (USA) tech. fall Farci Mohammad Saleh (SYR-Army), 10-0 125 lbs./275 lbs. – Tyrell Fortune (USA-TMWC) pin Ralgard Mansour (SYR-Army) USA-TITAN MERCURY WC 4, IRAN – MANZANDARAN 4 USA wins tiebreaker, 20-15 in classification points 57 kg/125.5 lbs. Tony Ramos (USA-TMWC) pin Reza Atri (IRI-Manzandaran) 61 kg/134 lbs. - Arash Dangesaraki (IRI-Mazandaran) dec. Joe Colon (USA-TMWC), 12-5 65 kg/143 lbs. - Mohammad Yousefi (IRI-Mazandaran) dec. Reece Humphrey (USA-TMWC), 8-3 70 kg/154 lbs. – Adam Hall (USA-TMWC) dec. Morteza Goudarzi (IRI-Mazandaran), 11-4 74 kg/163 lbs. – Andrew Howe (USA-TMWC) tech. fall Jafar Ghasemi (IRI-Mazandaran), 10-0 80 kg/176 lbs. - Jalal Zaman (IRI-Mazandaran) disq. over Deron Winn (USA-TMWC) 98 kg/213 lbs. - Mohsen Ebrahimi (IRI-Mazandaran) dec. Wynn Michalak (USA), 6-1 125 lbs./275 lbs. – Tyrell Fortune (USA-TMWC) pin Jafar Shams-Nateri (IRI-Mazandaran)
  6. There is a documentary being filmed about Boston University wrestling this year, as they fight to save the program. The producers of this upcoming film are asking for some help. There is an online vote for the "Project of the Week" within the indy film community. BU is up against some other film projects. A victory here will help with the promotion and financing of this wrestling film. If you can, please go and vote for the film "It Hurts To Win." For the vote to county, you have to enter an email. Vote at the following link: http://www.indiewire.com/article/vote-f ... n-or-miami
  7. Here's a link to the live webcast from Turkey, provided by the Azerbaijan federation http://awf-az.org/multimedia/video-arxi ... anli-yayim
  8. Greetings. Each year, I write a column on the top 10 wrestling stories of the year. The 2013 year was memorable for wrestling. Below is a link to the story for you to review. As we ask each year, please share your thoughts on the top stories in your mind. There are always some excellent stories which didn't make my list, but are deserving of recognition. Feel free to add your thoughts on the thread below: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Fe ... ear-column
  9. Greetings - like the other posting, USA Wrestling is doing some research on the connection between wrestling and pro football. In this study, we are trying to determine the NFL players who had the best wrestling careers. We know that the collective knowledge of the wrestling community can help, so if you see anything to add or correct, please post it. Many thanks - Gary Abbott -- World medalists Stephen Neal, New England Patriots, World champion –USA, 2x NCAA champion Bakersfield Olympians Bob Pickens, Chicago Bears, Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler-USA NCAA champions Carlton Haselrig, Pittsburgh Steelers, 3x NCAA Div. I wrestling champion, 3x Div. II champion, Pitt-Johnstown Jess Lewis, Houston Oilers, 2x NCAA champion Oregon State (1st, 1st, 2nd) Jim Nance, New England Patriots – 2x NCAA champion – Syracuse Curley Culp, Kansas City Chiefs, NCAA champion – Arizona State Art Baker, Buffalo Bills, NCAA champion - Syracuse NCAA All-Americans Bob Golic, Cleveland Browns –2x NCAA All-American Notre Dame (3rd, 4th) Charlie Getty, Kansas City Chiefs – 2x NCAA All-American Penn State (3rd, 5th) Steve Sefter, Philadelphia Eagles, 2x NCAA All-American Penn State (4th, 6th) Dave Joyner, Green Bay Packers (?), NCAA All-American Penn State (2nd), played in WFL Henry Jordan, Green Bay Packers, NCAA All-American Virginia (2nd) John Ward, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Bucs, NCAA All-American Oklahoma State (3rd) Antonio Garay, San Diego Chargers NCAA All-American Boston College (4th) Ron Essink, Seattle Seahawks, NCAA Div. I All-American (7th), Div. II champion (1st), Grand Valley State Lorenzo Neal, Tennessee Titans - NCAA All-American Fresno State (7th) NCAA competitors Walter Barnes, Washington Redskins - SEC Champ for Louisiana State D-I Leo Nomellini, San Francisco 49’ers – Big 10 Champ for Minnesota Mike Reid, Cincinnati Bengals, EIWA champion for Penn State Mike Golic, Philadelphia Eagles, wrestled for Notre Dame D-I Luke Fickell, New Orleans Saints, wrestled for Ohio State, 2x USA Wrestling Junior Nationals champion High School State Champions Kelly Gregg, NT, Baltimore Ravens, 3x Oklahoma State Champ, USA Wrestling Cadet Nationals champion Carl Edwards, San Diego Chargers – 3x MD State Champ Darrien Gordon, San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, - 2x OK State champ Phil Bryant, Philadelphia Eagles – 2x National Prep Champ Arthur Jones, Baltimore Ravens (high school wrestler) – 2x NY state champ Frank Garcia, C, St. Louis Rams – 2x AZ State Champ William George, Chicago Bears – 2x PA State Champ Irv Pankey, Los Angeles Rams – 2x MD State Champ Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons - 2x SC State Champ Cory Schlesinger, LB, Detroit Lions – 2x NE State Champ Jonathan Condo, LS, Dallas Cowboys - PA State Champ, Dapper Dan Champ Damien Covington, Buffalo Bills, 1x NJ state champion, ASICS Honorable Mention Dave Szott, Kansas City Chiefs – NJ State Champ, 4th in Junior Nationals Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens, FL high school champion Tim Burrough - OK State Champ Brad Benson, New York Giants – PA State Champ Antoineo Harris - IL State Champ Patrick "Bucky" Babcock - IL State Champ Andrew Tidwell-Neal - MN State Champ Scott Wells - TN State Champ Tim Green, DE, Atlanta Falcons, New York State champion Ron Heller, TE, Seattle Seahawks, New York state champion Tyler Clutts, FB, Houston Texans, CA State Champion in 2003 George Achica, Indianapolis Colts,– CA State Champion in `78 & 3rd State in `79 Jeff Bostic, C, Washington Redskins – SC State Champ Doug France, LT, Los Angeles Rams – OH State Runner-Up Warren Sapp, DT Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Oakland Raiders - FL State Champ Mark Schlereth, OL, Washington Redskins - Alaska State Champ Tony Siragusa, DT, Baltimore Ravens – NJ State Champ Fred Smerlas, Buffalo Bills - MA State Champ Bill Szott, OL, Washington Redskins – NJ State Champ Woody Thompson, RB, Atlanta Falcons – PA State Champ Mike Trgovac, DC, Carolina Panthers – OH State Champ Matt Roth - IA State Champ Tim Anderson - OH State Champ Fred Weary, C, Houston Texans - AL State Champ Coy Wire, SS, Buffalo Bills - PA State Champ Kevin Breedlove - SC State Finalist Kevin Sampson - NJ State Champ Benjamin Claxton - GA State Finalist Marques Harris - CO State Champ Adam Seward, ILB, Carolina Panthers - NV State Champ Brad St. Louis, TE, Cincinnati Bengals, MO State Champ Lincoln "Drew" Hodgdon, C, Houston Texans - CA State Champ Nick Leckey - TX State Champ Leo Wisniewski, NT, Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts - PA State Champ Eric Rhett, RB, Cleveland Browns – FL State Champ Mike Pyle, C, Chicago Bears – IA State Champ Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers – PA State Champ Nick Lecky, C, - KS State Champ (in 2004 NFL Draft) Tim Krumrie, DL, Cincinnati Bengals – WI State Champ Steve Wisniewski, G, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders - CA State Champ Chad Hennings, DT, Dallas Cowboys – IA State Champ Kirk Lowdermilk, OL, Minnesota Vikings – OH State champ Kyle DeVan, OL, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans – CA State Champion in 2003 & 3rd in 2002 State Placewinners Jay Hilgenberg, C, Chicago Bears – IA State Runner-Up Ralph Cindrich, Houston Oilers – PA State Runner-Up James Campen, C, Green Bay Packers - CA 2nd State in `81 & 6th State in `82 Tom Cousineau, LB, Cleveland Browns – 3rd State Matt Suhey, RB, Chicago Bears – 3rd PA States Coy Wire, LB, Buffalo Bills – PA State Runner-Up Leon Robinson - GA State Runner-Up
  10. Wrestling community - USA Wrestling is doing some research for a project which is promoting the strong tie between wrestling and pro football. We are working on a list of the wrestlers who had the best careers in the NFL. I am asking our community to review this preliminary list, and post any suggested additions or corrections to this list. I know we take pride in our football players who wrestled, so we are reaching out to get the best possible information. Thanks in advance. -- BEST NFL PLAYERS WHO WRESTLED BY POSITION OFFENSE Quarterback Jim Plunkett, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl MVP Jim Everett, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints , Pro Bowl player Running Back - Fullback Larry Csonka, Miami Dolphins, Pro Football Hall of Fame Jim Nance, New England Patriots - AFL All-Star Lorenzo Neal, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Bucs, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, played 16 years, Pro Bowl player Matt Suhey, Chicago Bears, 9 year career Charles White, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, nine year career, Heisman Trophy Cory Schlesinger, Detroit Lions – 5 years in NFL Running Back – Tailback Jim Thorpe, New York Giants (& Canton, Cleveland, Oorang, Rock Island, Chicago, Pro Football Hall of Fame Roger Craig, San Francisco 49’ers - Oakland Raiders , Pro Bowl player Tiki Barber, New York Giants, starter for Super Bowl champions Bo Jackson, Los Angeles Raiders, most famous athlete of his generation Archie Griffin, Cincinnati Bengals, 7 year career, Heisman Trophy winner Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, current player Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens Wide receiver Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons, current player, Pro Bowl player David Patten, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, 11 year career Tight End Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins, Pro Bowl player Brad St. Louis, Cincinnati Bengals, 9 year career (also long snapper) Randy Grossman, Pittsburgh Steelers, 7 year career Center Jay Hilgenberg, Chicago Bears, Pro Bowl player Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, Pro Bowl player Jeff Bostic, Washington Redskins – Pro Bowl player Mike Pyle, Chicago Bears – Pro Bowl player Kirk Lowdermilk, Minnesota Vikings, Indianpolis Colts, 12 year career James Campen, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, 6 year career Offensive guard John Hannah, New England Patriots, Pro Football Hall of Fame Randall McDaniel, Minnesota Vikings, Pro Football Hall of Fame – verify wrestling Steve Wisniewski, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders , Pro Bowl player (8x) Carlton Haselrig, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pro Bowl player Brad Benson, New York Giants, Pro Bowl player Bill Fralic, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Pro Bowl player Mark Schlereth, Washington Redskins – Pro Bowl player Bill Fralic, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions – Pro Bowl player Dave Szott, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, New York Jets – 14 year career Stephen Neal, New England Patriots, 10 year career Mickey Marvin, Oakland Raiders, 11 year career Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, Baltimore Ravens, Pro Football Hall of Fame Dan Dierdorff, St. Louis Cardinals, Pro Football Hall of Fame Willie Roaf, New Orleans Saints, Pro Football Hall of Fame Doug France, Los Angeles Rams, Pro Bowl player Harris Barton, San Francisco 49ers, Pro Bowl player Kyle Turley, New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Pro Bowl player Ron Heller, Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, 12 year career Kicker Adam Vinitieri, New England Patriots, Baltimore Colts, Pro Bowl player DEFENSE Defensive Tackle Curley Culp, Kansas City Chiefs –Pro Football Hall of Fame Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Oakland Raiders – Pro Football Hall of Fame Leo Nomellini, San Francisco 49’ers – Pro Football Hall of Fame Henry Jordan, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns – Pro Football Hall of Fame Randy White, Dallas Cowboys, Pro Football Hall of Fame – must confirm Chad Hennings, Dallas Cowboys, 9 seasons, College Football Hall of Fame Tim Krumrie, Cincinnati Bengals, Pro Bowl Player Fred Smerlas, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Pro Bowl player (nose tackle) Bob Golic, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Raiders, Pro Bowl player Mike Reid, Cincinnati Bengals, Pro Bowl player, professional musician Alex Karras, Detroit Lions, Antonio Garay, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, current player (nose tackle) Tony Siragusa, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, 12 year career Kelly Gregg, Baltimore Ravens, Philadephia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs (nose tackle), active, 12 years in NFL Mike Golic, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Oilers, Miami Dolphins, 7 years in NFL John Jurkovich, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, 9 year career Walter Barnes, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, 5 years in NFL Defensive End Bruce Smith, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Pro Football Hall of Fame La’Roi Glover, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, Pro Bowl player Arthur Jones, Baltimore Ravens, current player, starter Tim Green, Atlanta Falcons Linebacker Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens – projected as future Hall of Famer Tedy Bruschi, New England Patriots, Pro Bowl player Bob Bruenig, Dallas Cowboys, Pro Bowl player Donnie Edwards, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Pro Bowl player Matt Millen, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Pro Bowl player, 4 Super Bowl wins Tom Cousineau, Cleveland Browns Ralph Cindrich, Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos – also pro football agent Defensive Back Ronnie Lott, San Francisco 49ers, Pro Football Hall of Fame – also played safety Darrien Gordon, San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Pro Bowl Player (also punt returner) Safety Rhonde Barber, SS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers , Pro Bowl player Special Teams - Kick Returner Darrien Gordon, San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Pro Bowl Player (also defensive back) Coach Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pro Football Hall of Fame Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals, 10 years as head coach
  11. URGENT: Vote to keep Wrestling in the Olympics in Inside The Games poll which ends May 27 USA Wrestling and FILA are urgently asking the wrestling community worldwide to assist in an important poll about which sport should be in the Olympic Games. Inside the Games, a leading Olympic website, is asking a simple question. Which sport do you think the IOC should vote to include on the Olympic programme for 2020? Wrestling is up against the other seven sports who are seeking provisional Olympic status at the May 29 International Olympic Committee meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. Please go to this link to vote: http://www.insidethegames.biz/polls/71- ... e-for-2020 VOTING ENDS MONDAY, MAY 27. There are only four more days left for the wrestling community to make itself heard on this issue. As of the morning of May 24, Wrestling leads with 39.9% of the vote, with Squash close behind with 33.9% of the vote. Let’s finish strong and increase our lead on the final days of this poll!!! IT IS IMPORTANT FOR WRESTLING TO WIN THIS POLL. PLEASE TAKE TIME TO GO TO THIS WEBSITE AND VOTE!!! If you have already voted, it is OK for you to go back and vote again. Spend some time each day and get your vote registered!!! Vote TODAY and VOTE OFTEN, and SHARE this with your friends within wrestling.
  12. This was from the Penn State wrestling press release issued today (an excerpt). #1 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (4-0, 1-0 B1G)PLEASE NOTE THAT PSU’S FINAL LIST OF PARTICIPANTS FOR THE SOUTHERN SCUFFLE HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED; THIS LIST IS REGULAR DUAL STARTERS AND OTHER LIONS WHO MAY MAKE TRIP POSSIBLY WRESTLING ATTACHED WT NAME EL HT/HS REC 125 #2 Nico Megaludis So. Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional 8-1 133 Jordan Conaway Fr. Abbottstown, Pa./New Oxford 5-2 141 Bryan Pearsall Sr. Lititz, Pa./Warwick 8-3 149 #5 Andrew Alton So. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain 8-0 James English Sr. York, Pa./Central York 7-1 Seth Beitz So. Mifflintown, Pa./Juniata 14-5 Luke Frey Fr. Mountoursville, Pa./Montoursville 6-1 157 #5 Dylan Alton So. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain 7-2 James Vollrath Jr. Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South 16-4 165 #2 David Taylor Jr. St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 9-0 Nick Fischer Sr. Unionville, Pa./Unionville 10-3 174 #3 Matt Brown So. West Valley City, Utah/Cyprus 9-0 James Frascella Fr. Carmel, Ind./Carmel 10-5 184 #1 Ed Ruth Jr. Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township 9-0 197 #3 Quentin Wright Sr. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area 9-0 285 #15 Jimmy Lawson So. Tom’s River, N.J./Manchester Township 8-1 OR Jon Gingrich So. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area 9-2 Nick Ruggear So. Oxford, Pa./Oxford 0-0 POSSIBLY WRESTLING UNATTACHED 133 Jimmy Gulibon Fr. Latrobe, Pa./Derry Area 13-3 141 Zack Beitz Fr. Mifflintown, Pa./Juniata 15-6
  13. Just posted my Top 10 wrestling stories column for 2012. You are invited to read it, and give your thoughts on what you feel were the biggest news items in our sport in the past year. Have a joyous and blessed holiday season as well. http://www.themat.com/section.php?section_id=3&page=showarticle&ArticleID=25863
  14. On this day when the national news is focused on the death of John E. du Pont, we ask those in the wrestling community to share their thoughts about the life of Olympic champion Dave Schultz, who was murdered by du Pont in 1996. Post your memories of Dave Schultz below, and share your personal thoughts about his remarkable life on and off the mat.
  15. http://www.themat.com/section.php?section_id=3&page=showarticle&ArticleID=21351 Interesting video about Obe Blanc's family in Haiti and dealing with the earthquake
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