Apr 202014

LAS VEGAS — USA Wrestling saved the best for last on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

In the final match of the U.S. Open, Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs found himself in a 6-3 hole late in his finals match against David Taylor at 74 kilos. But the 25-year-old Burroughs dug deep, picking up two takedowns in the final 30 seconds, including the go-ahead takedown with 17 seconds remaining on the clock, to win 7-6 in dramatic fashion. He was named Outstanding Wrestler of the men’s freestyle competition.

With the U.S. Open title, Burroughs, a three-time World level champion, earns a bye to the best-of-three finals of the U.S. World Team Trials. He will face the winner of the challenge tournament at 74 kilos, which is expected to include Taylor and potentially Kyle Dake and Andrew Howe. Continue reading at www.intermatwrestle.com

Apr 192014

The NCAA has proposed a new method for determining team titles at Division I Wrestling Championships that would add a new team component in addition to the present method using points scored by individual wrestlers.

In its recommendation put forward earlier this month, as of the 2016 NCAAs, the team champion will be determined by a combination of points earned by individuals during the NCAA championships (what the NCAA refers to as “the individual component”) as well as team points earned through what is called a “team component” or a “dual team competition component.” Continue reading at www.examiner.com

Apr 192014

LAS VEGAS – Fans were treated to an entertaining display of wrestling during the semifinals of the U.S. Open on Friday night at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

That now sets the stage for what promises to be a compelling finals on Saturday night.

48 wrestlers landed spots in the finals by earning victories on Friday night before a packed house and a live television audience. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Apr 182014

Jake Deitchler made the 2008 USA Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team as a wide-eyed 18-year-old just a few months removed from high school graduation. A three-time Minnesota state high school champion for Anoka High School, Deitchler grew up a firm believer in the motto “spring and summer wrestlers make winter champions.” So it was never a question for Deitchler —during the offseason he would always train and compete in Greco-Roman wrestling.

After all, it had worked for another local legend—Anoka was also home to Brandon Paulson, a 1996 Greco-Roman Olympic silver medalist. So, growing up, Deitchler had seen first-hand the benefits of training in what is often the sport’s most overlooked wrestling style. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

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