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Nov. 11, 2008
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Cyclones Eye National Title
from Chicago Tribune
Things could hardly be better for the Iowa State wrestling program. The Cyclones, who tied for fifth at last season's NCAA championships, are ranked second in the preseason USA Today/Intermat/NWCA national team rankings. Iowa State brings back six All-Americans, including two-time national finalist Jake Varner and fellow national title contenders Nick Gallick and David Zabriskie. And coach Cael Sanderson has brought in a stellar recruiting class led by Waverly's Eric Thompson, the nation's top-rated prep heavyweight. Those are all strong indications that the Cyclones are back -- and they seem poised to break out for Sanderson's third year. More

Middle Tennessee State Hosts Brawl in the Boro
from NCWA
The scene at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Nov. 8th, 2008 was one of tension as 7 NCWA institutions battled for supremacy at the 2008 Brawl in the Boro, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). The eventual champion, Bowling Green State University held on to beat Kennesaw State University by 4 point to go undefeated (6-0) outlasting Tennessee Temple (5-1) to win the title. More

Apprentice Goes 2-0 in Opener
from NCWA
The Apprentice School wrestling team opened their 2008-09 season with a pair of dual match victories at the Morrisville State College Duals. In their first match the Builders faced the hosts Morrisville State Mustangs and came out with a 23-22 victory. The next match saw the Builders face the University of Scranton and they recorded a 28-18 win. Apprentice School (2-0) never trailed in the match as they recorded falls from Chevres and Anderson in the first four weight classes to take a 15-6 advantage and never looked back. More

Athletes Away: New Role for UW Wrestler
from Sheboygan Press
Drew Hammen, a junior at University of Wisconsin-Madison, knew the starting spot at 125 pounds would be his after a summer of intense training and three years (including a redshirt season) of waiting his turn. When Hammen beat Kyle Reeve 5-2 in the intra-squad scrimmage, it only confirmed what he knew all along his time to be a prime-time Badgers athlete had arrived. More

UNH tops URI
from NCWA
The University of New Haven tops Rhode Island in the first ever dual meet for the Chargers in school history. Major wins came from freshmen Jacob Edelman and Ralphie Mirabella, along with Sophomore Mike Molino, who all recieved pins in the matches. More

Winona State WC begins season. Top story - HS Soph. wins 125 bracket.
from NCWA
The Winona State Wrestling Program began its season with a very small squad attending the Pointer Open at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point this past weekend and found the tournament even tougher than last year. There were 24 teams in attendance from every division of wresting in the nation. Of those 24 teams, 20 of them are ranked in their respective divisions including top ranked teams from D3, NAIA and NJCAA. More

Monarch Wrestlers Crave Sweeter Rewards for '08-09 season
from The Virginian-Pilot
Old Dominion's wrestling team posted the highest national ranking in school history, qualified a school-record six wrestlers for the NCAA tournament and had its first All-American in 13 years last season. Not bad, huh? "We did pretty well, but then we choked," returning All-American James Nicholson said of the Monarchs, who went 17-3 in 2007-08. A second-place finish in the CAA tournament and a less-than-stellar run at the NCAAs (they finished tied for 35th) - by their own standards - still sting. And despite Nicholson's success, he includes himself in that blunt assessment. More

UW-L Wrestling Coach Dave Malecek is a Big Believer in the Benefits of the Daily Grind
from LaCrosse Tribune
Dave Malecek said it must be the Mountain Dew that keeps his energy level in the red zone. In reality, Malecek could guzzle warm milk and probably not lose a step when it comes to coaching wrestling. I could have a terrible day, but when I walk in that (practice) room, Im a whole new person, Malecek said. I love my job, I love going to work, and I want my athletes to feel that way, too. Such is the sheer enthusiasm driving Malecek as he enters his third season as UW-La Crosses head coach. More



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