Welcome to freestyle season, friends. Wrestling’s second season begins this weekend, as our senior-level Team USA representatives travel south to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to settle “best in the western hemisphere of planet Earth” - so that’s a pretty cool thing. Among the participants will be two Nittany Lion Wrestling Club members - Josh Rodriguez at 57kg, and the Magic Man, son of Dear Old State, and 2018 World gold medalist, David Taylor.
1 week ‼️— David Taylor (@magicman_psu) April 15, 2019
Pan Am Championships Buenos Aires, Argentina April 21st pic.twitter.com/G8PESFuugx
Joining Dave (86kg) and Josh (57kg) will be 2018 World Bronze Joe Colon (61kg - Fresno RTC), Colt McCrystal (65kg - Nebraska RTC), Anthony Ashnault (70kg - NJRTC), Jordan Burroughs (74kg - Nebby), Chandler Rogers (79kg - Okie State), J’Den Cox (92kg - OTC), Kyle Snyder (97kg - Ohio RTC), and honorary Nittany Lion, Nick Gwiazdowski (125kg - NCST RTC).
That’s a boatload of medals - and some fresh faces. Should be a good time. But you’ll need a TrackWrestling.com subscription to watch live.
The Freestyle Season Schedule
Here’s the rest of your 2019 freestyle season schedule:
- 4/24 - US Open
- 5/3 - Last Chance Qualifier
- 5/6 - Beat The Streets
- 5/17 - Junior and Senior World Team Trials
- 5/31 - Cadet & U23 Nationals
- 6/5 - Junior Pan Ams
- 6/8 - Final X (Piscataway)
- 6/15 - Final X (Omaha)
- 6/28 - Cadet Pan Ams
- 7/11 - Yasar Dogu
- 7/29 - Cadet Worlds (Sofia, Bulgaria)
- 8/12 - Junior Worlds (Tallinn, Estonia)
- 9/14 - Senior Worlds (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan)
- 10/28 - U23 Worlds (Budapest, Hungary)
- 12/19 - World Clubs Cup (Tehran, Iran)
Like we said - it’s an entire second season. As in previous years, look for weekly or bi-weekly posts here at BSD to stay abreast of the action.
- Flo (paywall) released their 2020 recruiting “Big Board”. Six of the top 10 are already verbally committed, including #4 overall Robbie Howard (Bergen Catholic) who’s chosen Penn State.
- Like the foosball recruiting - actually, probably even more than the foosball recruiting - it’s imperative that your program secure the elite preps.
- How imperative? Here’s a statistic for you. The top 50 recruits from each of the 2010 - 2016 recruiting classes have already earned 294 All-American honors, made the NCAA finals 84 times, and won 43 individual titles.
- If you want to get even more specific, of those honors won, the top 15 recruits account for 53% of those AAs, 74% of the finals appearances, and 86% of the individual titles won.
- In other words, if you’re interested in winning team titles, then sign top 15 recruits.