Dalton Jensen guided the Nebraska-Kearney wrestling program to a runner-up finish at the 2021 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships. UNK finished just 1.5 points behind St. Cloud State. It marked the sixth time the Lopers have finished second at the NCAAs.
MatBoss caught up with Jensen and talked to him about this past season, expectations for the 2021-22 season, differences between Division I and Division II, Cael Sanderson, Kyle Dake, Kamaru Usman, Tervel Dlganev and more.
Purdue head wrestling coach Tony Ersland has a strong track record of national success and consistency. Ersland, a former Iowa wrestler, has helped the Boilermakers finish in the top 25 in the final poll in six of his seven seasons as head coach. He has qualified 45 wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, including eight wrestlers in a season four times. Purdue has compiled a dual meet mark of 60-50 under Ersland. The Boilermaker head wrestling coach has also been successful in recruiting, landing five top-25 recruiting classes in his seven seasons.
MatBoss recently caught up with Ersland and talked to him about this past season, recruiting, NCAA's NIL policy, schedule, season outlook and more.
Kyle Ruschell has helped carry on the strong wrestling tradition at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga since he was hired to lead the Mocs in 2018. Ruschell led UTC to a share of the conference dual meet championship in his first season (2018-19). He has compiled a 15-5 conference dual meet record in three seasons and has had 11 national qualifiers.
Ruschell, a Kentucky native, was a two-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier at Wisconsin. He was a member of the U.S. National Team (2014) and won a gold medal at the 2017 Pan American Championships.
MatBoss recently caught up with Ruschell and talked to him about UTC wrestling, Tim Johnson, Barry Davis, SoCon and more.
Jake Stevenson, a 2007 NAIA national champion and four-time All-American, has guided Morningside's wrestling program to a 77-40 dual meet record in his nine seasons as head coach. He has led the Mustangs to three Great Plains Athletic Conference championships and five conference runner-up finishes. Morningside is consistently ranked among the top-20 NAIA wrestling programs in the nation.
MatBoss talked to Stevenson about this past season, academic excellence, Colton McCrystal, NAIA, expectations for the 2021-22 season and more.
Duke's wrestling program has seen considerable success under the guidance of head coach Glen Lanham. The Blue Devils had consecutive top-25 finishes (2018-2019) and put together a streak of six consecutive years with an All-American (2015-2020).
MatBoss recently caught up with Lanham to discuss this past season, Finesilver family, Jacob Kasper, expectations for this coming season and more.
Dax Charles has spent over 30 years at CSU-Pueblo as a student-athlete and wrestling coach. As a competitor, Charles won a national championship at CSU-Pueblo (then University of Southern Colorado) in 1992 and earned All-America honors three times. He was inducted into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012 and the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
Charles became CSU-Pueblo's head wrestling coach in 2008 after the program was reestablished. He has taken the program to great heights, finishing in the top-25 at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships several times, including an 11th place finish in 2018. He was named 2017 RMAC Coach of the Year after guiding the ThunderWolves to their seventh RMAC championship.
MatBoss recently caught up with Charles and talked to him about this past season, his competitive career, team expectations and more.
Adam Coon may be the most complete wrestler in the United States when examining his success in all three styles of wrestling.
This year the 23-year-old Michigan heavyweight reached the national finals in folkstyle (NCAA), Greco-Roman and freestyle, proving that wrestlers can be successful competing in all three styles of wrestling, even at the highest level.
Coon, who defeated Olympic champion Kyle Snyder once in three tries this season, wants to go against the norm and prove that wrestlers can be successful in all styles of wrestling.
Shyloh and Samantha were selected from a large pool of candidates across 18 different states. Each will receive $500 scholarships.
To be eligible for a MatBoss scholarship, the student's team must have been a MatBoss customer during the 2017-2018 season. She/he must have served an active role as a manager on her/his team and be a high school senior or currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution.
Recipients were chosen based on their service to the sport of wrestling, academic achievement, honors and awards, as well as their involvement in outside activities and community.
Mark Schwab spent 23 years as a college wrestling coach. He started his college coaching career at Purdue, where he spent two seasons on staff before becoming an assistant coach at Minnesota. In nine seasons at Minnesota, Schwab helped lead the Gophers to seven top-three finishes and two NCAA titles. He coached 55 All-Americans at Minnesota. Schwab followed up his time at Minnesota with head coaching stints at Buena Vista and North Iowa Area Community College.
In 2011, Schwab returned to his alma mater, Northern Iowa, to become an assistant coach on his younger brother Doug's staff. He resigned from the position in 2016. He is now heping others by giving them the "best opportunity to grow, develop and succeed regardless of the arena" through his Opportunities to Succeed and Mental Warriors programs.
When Matt Storniolo arrived at Penn State in 2002 as an 18-year-old freshman he had aspirations of making an immediate impact in the Nittany Lion lineup in his first year in Happy Valley.
It didn't happen.
Storniolo battled teammate Scott Moore for the starting spot at 141 pounds. The two wrestled off, with Storniolo winning the first match, and Moore coming back to win the second. A third and deciding match happened in the finals of the East Stroudsburg Open, with Moore winning narrowly, 3-1.
"My goal was to compete that year at 141 pounds, redshirt the following year, and then go up to 149 pounds," said Storniolo. "But there was an All-American in the way. I didn't find my way into the lineup. I definitely improved a ton that redshirt year."