Driven to Win by a Hatred of Losing – Chase DeBlaere

Athletes say they hate to lose more than they like to win, so it is often almost like a cliché. I don't always believe it. I feel like some athletes say it because it is what they think they are supposed to say. When I talked to two-time state champion Chase DeBlaere, I didn't get that feeling. When DeBlaere told me how much he hates losing – I believed him.

Wrestling is in DeBlaere's DNA.

"My dad wrestled in high school in Arizona," DeBlaere said. "By the time I came around, he got me into wrestling. We moved to Michigan, and I started wrestling."

DeBlaere didn't just stroll onto a mat and start winning. He found out about losing early.

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Chasing Superstardom: Dreams of the WWE

For Gable Steveson, he has never wavered from his dream of someday becoming a WWE Superstar.

“This is a dream I’ve had since I was a kid. Everybody grew up watching WWE when they were young, I know I watched it. It’s just been a lifelong dream of mine.”

Gable had always watched Monday Night Raw in the living room. He recreated finishing moves on the couches like Rey Mysterio’s signature “619” with his older brother, Bobby. From his television screen, he watched performances from stars such as The Rock, The Undertaker and John Cena.

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NJCAA announces 2020-21 eligibility status

Charlotte, NC – The NJCAA Board of Regents met Thursday to discuss NJCAA student-athlete eligibility for the 2020-21 academic year. Following the Board of Regents’ vote, all 2020-21 NJCAA sport seasons (fall, winter, spring) will not count towards student-athlete eligibility. The eligibility relief is provided to all NJCAA student-athletes regardless of sport season participation in the 2020-21 academic year.

“The Board of Regents feels this decision is best for the success and well-being of our student-athletes and member colleges at this time,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. “There is no right answer to this challenge and situation, but as an association, we are going to support the eligibility of all our student-athletes to help them succeed in their academic and athletic careers.”

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Management Council recommends blanket waiver for all DIII student-athletes

Presidents Council will vote on season-of-participation waiver recommendation next week

The Division III Management Council is forwarding a recommendation to the Presidents Council to allow all Division III student-athletes to compete up to the established dates of competition/contest maximums without being charged a season of intercollegiate participation for this academic year.

The Presidents Council will review the recommendation during its Oct. 28 videoconference.

The blanket waiver request would not charge student-athletes a term of attendance for any term (semester/quarter) during the 2020-21 academic year in which they were eligible for competition.

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