Greco-Roman Wrestling Program May Be a Factory Without a Future

MARQUETTE, Mich. — When he heard the news last Tuesday, Barrett Stanghill retreated to his dormitory room on the third floor of Meyland Hall at Northern Michigan University and reconsidered his future. The executive board of the International Olympic Committee had voted to eliminate wrestling from the Summer Games, starting in 2020, and Stanghill found it almost impossible to process.

“I was pretty upset,” he said, measuring his words. Continue reading at www.nytimes.com

FILA selects USA Wrestling to host 2015 World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Executive Board of FILA, the international wrestling federation, has selected USA Wrestling to serve as host for the 2015 World Wrestling Championships. The city which will host the event is Las Vegas, Nev., considered one of the most popular destinations in the world. It has been scheduled to be hosted in September of 2015 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

This is a tremendously important event in international wrestling, as it serves as the first qualifying event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as the event in which the largest number of athletes earn a spot at the Olympics.

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NJCAA Championships field set after districts

After the completion of six NJCAA district wrestling championships, the field of competitors has been determined for the national tournament to be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on Feb. 22-23. A total of six schools will be bringing the maximum number of wrestlers, which is 10, one per weight class, in quest to claim the NJCAA title. It is interesting to note that the six teams that are bringing all ten wrestlers are also the same six teams who were crowned district champions. Those schools with full teams are North Idaho College (Idaho) ranked first, Labette Community College (Kansas) ranked second, Nassau Community College (New York) ranked fifth, Ellsworth Community College (Iowa) ranked sixth, Niagara County C.C. (New York) ranked eight, and Lincoln College (Illinois) who are currently unranked, but were ranked 19th in the previous NJCAA coaches poll. Continue reading at www.intermatwrestle.com