Meet our Incoming Freshman: Alec Horne

Posted: 25th August 2016 by Generals Wrestling in Uncategorized

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Hometown: Chester Springs, PA

High School: Downingtown East

Projected Weight Class: 165/174 lbs

Academic Programs: Business, Finance, and Engineering

Pre-college Summer Plans: Family Vacation to Chincoteague VA

High School Wrestling Accomplishments: PIAA State Qualifier

Pre-Match Favorite Food: Peanut Butter Bagel

Off-Season Favorite Food: Burritos

Best High School Wrestling Memory: Wrestling in the Giant Center [site of the PA State Championships in Hershey, Pennsylvania]

Reason you chose to attend W&L University: Academics and small student to professor ratio.

Rio Olympics Recap

Posted: 22nd August 2016 by Generals Wrestling in Uncategorized

The Rio Olympics…where wrestling enthusiast gets to watch the best athletes in our sport contend for the highest honor in wrestling, an Olympic Gold Medal. Each Olympic cycle we are rewarded with accomplishments and historic moments that have been building with anticipation since the closing ceremonies of the previous games.  The highlights (and unfortunate lows) of these games have been captured and well documented, and here is a brief, but entertaining, recap from this year’s games.

Helen Maroulis

Helen became the first American female freestyle wrestler to win Olympic Gold!  Along the way she defeated the most credentialed and accomplished wrestler in the sport, Japan’s Saori Yoshida. Yoshida had already won Olympic Gold 3 times and was a 13x World Champion.  Above anything else, Helen is a great ambassador for our sport.  Her comments about respecting her opponent were great!

Maroulis’s thoughts on Opponent

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Kyle Snyder 

In less than a year Kyle Snyder won the World Championships, NCAA Championships, and now is an Olympic Gold Medalist.  At 20 yrs. old Kyle Snyder became the youngest US Freestyle wrestler to earn a gold medal.

In a great interview Snyder explains how he is motivated by his love for wrestling and desire to improve himself every day. That is why he was able to achieve an Olympic gold medal at only 20 years old.

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Mongolian Coaches

In case you missed it…these coaches have set the bar on how to protest a call!  It’s sad that this moment, more than any other, provided instant media attention from ESPN and other networks, while the two gold medals mentioned above were less documented.  By itself, this is not a great look for our sport.  However, the re-occurrence of corruption and blatant abuse by officials with the goal of determining the outcomes of matches pushed these two coaches over the edge. Important to note that the winner of this match, Ikhtiyor Navruzov (Uzbekistan), was the same wrestler who was “given” the win over Franklin Gomez (former NCAA Champion for Michigan State and current resident athlete at the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club) in the quarterfinals (more below).

 

Franklin Gomez

Although Franklin Gomez studied at Michigan State and trains at Penn State, he was born in Puerto Rico and represents Puerto Rico in all international competitions, including the Olympics.  The clip shows Gomez’s final takedown in his quarterfinal match, which should have clearly earned him at least 2 points, if not four. However, after discussions among the officials, his opponent was awarded the points instead. Even a Gomez video review challenge did not lead to the correct call.   The video/audio of the NBC live stream clearly shows the table discussions being manipulated to determined the outcome.  These officials were subsequently suspended for the rest of the games and are now under review by the governing body.  Regardless, Gomez was robbed of an opportunity to compete for an Olympic medal.

Gomez Robbed of Points

Jordan Burroughs

2x NCAA Champion, Olympic Champion and 3x World Champion with a career 130-2 record entering the Rio Olympics…since the London Olympics Burroughs has put the sport of wrestling on his back.  With each accomplishment his stature grew.  It was impossible to find many in the world who did not think a gold in Rio was automatic. Before the tournament, 2o out of 21 international wrestling journalists predicted that he would go on to win the Gold.  To not medal!…my keyboard would autocorrect that phrase to “not possible”. Regardless of the outcome, Burroughs’ response and perspective within the moment is why he is truly one of the greatest athletes we can have representing any sport.

Burroughs Response

Frank Molinaro

A year ago Frank was not in the discussions to make the US Olympic team.  And even before Rio Frank was not seen as a top contender to medal.  In the end, Frank was only inches away from defeating last year’s World Champion and capturing a Bronze medal.  I don’t have the video, but Molinaro was fully behind his opponent with an ankle lace, but could not get his opponents knee to touch the mat before time expired.  What this video does show is a preliminary bout where his opponent bit him.  Maybe he was still hungry from weigh-ins!  We could create plenty of jokes and #hashtags with this.

For more interviews and matches check out TrackWrestling’s coverage of the Olympic Games!

Meet Our Incoming Freshman: Chris McCrackin

Posted: 17th August 2016 by Generals Wrestling in Uncategorized

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Hometown: Homer, GA

High School: Banks County

Projected Weight Class: 141/149 lbs

Academic Programs: History

High School Wrestling Accomplishments: 3x Georgia AAA State Champion and 4x State Finalist

Off-Season Favorite Food: Ice Cream

Best High School Wrestling Memory: My first high school state championship

Reason you chose to attend W&L University: I chose W&L because of the atmosphere on campus and great academic programs

London Intern: Zach Papin

Posted: 15th August 2016 by Generals Wrestling in Uncategorized

Gennies Nation,

My name is Zach Papin, and I have spent the summer working and studying abroad in London with fellow W&L wrestler, Alex Pollera. The program we were on was through the school, and it was certainly an extraordinary experience. We worked 20-hour weeks while simultaneously earning credits in a few classes. We had plenty of time to get out and enjoy all the city has to offer as well as bond with the other students on the trip. It was certainly difficult to bridge some of the cultural gaps across the pond, but we learned from out mistakes and slowly began to get the hang of things. I worked for a charity organization, which focused on education inequality in low-income areas across London. I really enjoyed being a part of something bigger than myself and loved the people around the office, even despite the daily jokes about me being a cowboy from Texas. We also took a class on contemporary British politics during an extremely interesting time for the United Kingdom. Given the Brexit decision to leave the European Union while we were there, we had plenty of interesting things to learn about in our studies. I am looking forward to getting back to the states and training again for the upcoming season. My summer abroad was certainly unforgettable, and I’m hoping that together the Generals can make the 2016-2017 season the same way.

– Zach Papin

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Meet our Incoming Freshman: Shane Conners

Posted: 12th August 2016 by Generals Wrestling in Uncategorized

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Hometown: Mount Airy, MD

High School: South Carroll

Projected Weight Class: 157 lbs

Academic Programs: Business Administration or Accounting

Pre-college Summer Plans: Possibly Fargo

High School Wrestling Accomplishments: MD State Champion, 3x Team State Champs, 2x Team Captain

Pre-Match Favorite Food: Turkey Sub, Banana, Oranges, Protein Bars, Gatorade, Water

Off-Season Favorite Food: Steak, Wings, Ice Cream

Best High School Wrestling Memory: Winning Individual State Title and Clinching Team State Title

Reason you chose to attend W&L University: Great academics & career opportunities. [It] felt like home during overnight visit