Another Fargo is in the books. There was a ton of great wrestling matches in both the cadet and junior divisions. Brandon Metz, who is verbally committed to North Dakota State, won his second heavyweight wrestling national title as well as the award for the most falls. The heavyweight won a title in cadet and junior.
I thought it was interesting that Alaska produced two All-Americans.
I took a look at the team scores to see which states had the most placers. If you wanted to know how to be a good wrestler, you should look at Illinois as a prime example of states that are producing great wrestlers. It appears that Illinois is still dominating freestyle and Greco.
I would have expected the usual top teams. After looking at cadet freestyle, I noticed some surprises with New Jersey and New York making some noise in freestyle wrestling. I listed a summary below.
Florida Add State Dual Tournament
It was announced that Florida is adding a state dual tournament. An article in the Tallahassee Democrat talks about how the FHSAA will add a state dual tournament to their high school schedule.
This is exciting news for all of the wrestling coaches, parents, and athletes. I assumed that every state had a state dual tournament, but I found out only 23 states have a dual state tournament.
Female Wrestling is Growing
Female wrestling is growing, but the acceptance of female wrestlers has been slow. The LA Times does an article on Adeline Gray and the prejudice that female wrestling has had to overcome to the point of the Olympics adding women’s wrestling. It’s a great article, that is worth reading. After reading the article, it’s clear that Adeline Gray understands the meaning of wrestling. Her family support and her persistence has made her a world class wrestler.
Beach Wrestling Championships Double in Size
The second annual South Tahoe Beach Wrestling Championships featured 56 competitors and 10 divisions — twice the size of its debut in 2015. Wrestlers from California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Indiana made up the field that grappled in a ring just feet from Lake Tahoe.
Fort Wayne to Host Wrestling Championships – Fort Wayne, Manchester University and the Allen County Memorial Coliseum have been selected to host the 2017 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional wrestling championships.
Turkish Coup May Impact Two Returning World Champs – Here is an article by Flowrestling, that talks about the implications of the Turkish coup and the athletes may not participate in the Olympics.
IOC decides not to ban full Russian team from Rio Olympics – The International Olympic Committee had decided against a complete ban of Russian athletes, but may reduce the number of athletes who may compete.
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