Olympic Wrestling Threatened – and It’s Partly Our Fault! (Part One)

By Joe Reasbeck, author of the NearFall book series

OK, now that I have your attention–let me say I’m as angry as you are. The IOC will get overturned–I refuse to believe otherwise and I know you feel the same. So, let’s get to the real purpose of this article–once we’ve saved the 2020 Olympics we need start talking about how to make sure there’s never an opening to do that again to our sport. The shift in mindset is imperative–we can’t play defense–we need to attack. The status quo will not do. Remember, the old saying, “as long as you’re green you’re growing and as soon as you’re ripe you start to rot.” Our tradition gives us a bedrock foundation to build on–but build we must. Continue reading

Wrestling seeks to add two weight classes for women (and drop weights for men)

Wrestling’s international governing body is poised to add two weight classes for women in its push to remain in the Olympics, The Associated Press has learned.

Nenad Lalovic, the acting president of FILA, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a rules committee will recommend the move — which would also eliminate a weight class in both men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman — during the organization’s congress in Moscow next week. Continue reading at www.usatoday.com

Five mistakes wrestlers and parents make when choosing a summer wrestling camp

If you haven’t decided on a summer 2013 wrestling camp, it’s not too late. In fact, some of the best wrestling camps in the nation are still actively looking to fill open dates.

When picking a wrestling camp there are a few things to consider and a few things to avoid. The goal of a wrestling camp should be able to provide a new training opportunity that fits your budget, wrestler’s goals and needs. And it should be fun – but it should challenge and push the wrestler. That’s why parents are busy researching the best wrestling camps in the nation and pouring over web sites and brochures trying to find out what is the best wrestling camp to choose. Continue reading at wrestlingcampguide.com