Olympic Trials: New faces, same game: The younger look of USA Wrestling

Jesse Thielke has a look about him — a solemn, pensive facial expression.

He carries it with him into every wrestling match, and it never changes during his time on the mat. He’s strictly business during his bouts.

“You have to get over being nervous in this sport,” he said. “I know when I go out there, I have the advantage. Only I can take myself out.”

This is normal for a weathered veteran in the sport — but Thielke, 19, showcased it at his state championship match a year ago. Continue reading at dailyiowan.com

Jacks tab former ISU assistant as coach

South Dakota State’s search for a new wrestling coach doesn’t seem to have been hindered by its recent lack of success.

Today, the Jackrabbits will announce that a five-week search has ended with the hiring of Chris Bono, whose accomplishments include claiming an NCAA Division I national title at 150 pounds for Iowa State, serving two stints as an assistant at his alma mater and winning three conference titles in three years as a head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga. Continue reading at argusleader.com

Gopher Brad Dozeal wins Greco-Roman Title at FLIA Junior Nationals

Storley and Schiller take second place in freestyle

Over the weekend some current Golden Gopher wrestlers took the mat at the 2012 FILA Junior Nationals, in Madison, Wisc. Brad Dolezal (70 kg/154 lbs.), Logan Storley (84 kg/185 lbs.) and Scott Schiller (96 kg/211/5 lbs.) all had strong outings, as they represented the Minnesota Storm. Dolezal took first place in Greco-Roman and second in freestyle. Both Storley and Schiller finished second respectively in the freestyle division. Continue reading

Destin McCauley named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week

Destin McCauley (Burnsville, Minn./Sunkist Kids) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for April 10-16.

Each week, TheMat.com will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level. Continue reading at themat.com