The MatBoss Podcast Episode 39: Fantasy college wrestling discussion

Posted by Chad Dennis on Oct 23, 2019 10:35:48 AM

On Episode 39 of The MatBoss Podcast, host Chad Dennis returns with his college teammate, Jason Laflin, to talk fantasy wrestling as the two drafted after WrestleStat developed a fantasy wrestling engine for wrestling fans. The fantasy discussion centers around who's going what weights and where and how it's like other sports.

How's it work and how's it going to work?

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Wrestler exchange programs offer unbeatable international experiences

Posted by Mark Palmer on Oct 15, 2019 8:34:52 AM

No doubt about it: wrestling is very much a global sport.

Some wrestlers get to participate in international tournaments, see the world, and make friends well beyond their hometowns.

The cool thing is, these opportunities aren't limited to uber-talented mat superstars. Any wrestler can expand his or her horizons on and off the mat, thanks to wrestler exchange programs.

MatBoss recently talked to Ed Pendoski, wrestling coach in suburban Indianapolis who is actively involved in wrestler exchange programs that make it possible for local wrestlers to compete with fellow athletes -- and experience new cultures -- well beyond what they would normally experience on a typical road trip on a school bus to a local dual meet or tournament here in the U.S.

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Topics: High School

The MatBoss Podcast Episode 38: Alex Meyer

Posted by Chad Dennis on Oct 9, 2019 11:11:27 PM

On Episode 38 of The MatBoss Podcast, host Chad Dennis talks with Iowa alum Alex Meyer.

Meyer was a 2016 All-American at Iowa. He's currently enrolled in medical school with a career based around medicine. Meyer chronicles his career coming from Southeast Polk and having to ride the pine at Iowa for several years before breaking into the lineup.

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Eleven reasons why everyone should wrestle

Posted by John Klessinger on Oct 7, 2019 4:32:49 PM

Wrestling is the greatest and the oldest sport dating as far back as 20,000 years ago. I believe, and I hold it in my heart, that nothing can compare to it when developing young men and women. I understand that I have an extreme bias toward wrestling. I have been in the sport for 36 consecutive years as a competitor and a coach. I have dedicated much of my life to wrestling because of the benefits I and many others have received from the sport.

Why is wrestling so great? Wrestling offers people so many positive benefits to its participants. I played other sports growing up. Football, baseball, and one year of basketball. I have coached youth soccer, lacrosse, and wrestling. I have taught thousands of teenagers who have played practically every sport possible, at least those available in the U.S. I would rival some of those sports to wrestling for their work ethic, commitment, and discipline. Some of them, not many. I would put cross-country, boxing, gymnastics, and hockey up there as sports that teach its participants similar lessons. Don't get me wrong, I loved baseball and football when I was a kid. They were both enjoyable and fun sports to play, and I believe they, along with most sports, teach many valuable lessons. I just know wrestling is the best to educate people about life.

I will admit of all the sports I played as a kid, wrestling was the least fun of them. Wrestling is hard. It is hard physically, mentally, and emotionally. Your body gets beat up and your ego gets damaged often. Each day your mind toggles between feelings of confidence, doubt, and insecurity during a wrestling season.

So why then should every person wrestle?

1. Wrestling teaches people to deal with adversity

According to, adversity is defined as "a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune." The definition perfectly sums of a wrestling season. Each day presents difficulty and challenges. The sport of wrestling is filled with adversity, and a person can only become more resilient by it.

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The MatBoss Podcast Episode 37: Eric Akin

Posted by Chad Dennis on Oct 4, 2019 8:34:59 AM

Four-time All-American Eric Akin joins The MatBoss Podcast with Chad Dennis to talk about his career, how the battles shaped him as a competitor, what it was like competing in an era of stellar U.S. lightweights as well as what it was like to go through his college career as a father and where his focus lives today with coaching kids.

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The MatBoss Podcast Episode 36: Daniel Dennis

Posted by Chad Dennis on Sep 8, 2019 4:24:41 PM

2016 Olympian Daniel Dennis joins The MatBoss Podcast for Episode 36. Dennis talks about what brought him from Iowa City to Chattanooga after his run to Rio ended. He'll also break down what makes the Brands brothers unique and much more.

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Participation in girls, boys high school wrestling continues to grow

Posted by Mark Palmer on Aug 28, 2019 7:15:40 AM

The oldest and greatest sport continues to welcome growing numbers of participants at the high school level.

The number of girls and boys participating in high school wrestling showed continued growth during the 2018-19 school year, bucking a trend of lower participation rates in high school sports overall, according to a report issued by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) on Monday.

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Topics: High School

The MatBoss Podcast Episode 35: Josh Churella

Posted by Chad Dennis on Aug 24, 2019 12:51:00 PM

Episode 35 of The MatBoss Podcast with Chad Dennis features Michigan assistant coach and three-time All-American Josh Churella. Churella first breaks down the run of sophomore heavyweight Mason Parris and his recent run in Estonia to win a gold medal at the Junior World Championships at 125 kilograms. 

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The MatBoss Podcast Episode 34: Gerry Abas

Posted by Chad Dennis on Aug 24, 2019 12:48:41 PM

Episode 34 of The MatBoss Podcast is with four-time All-American and three-time NCAA Division I finalist Gerry Abas of Fresno State. Abas talks about his start in wrestling in the Bay Area and how his speed, quickness and flash on the wrestling mat had its foundations in breakdancing in the 1980s.

Abas talks about his classic match and loss to Iowa's Lincoln McIlravy, coaching his younger brother Stephen at Fresno State, watching the school drop the program and his feelings about it at the time. Abas also talks about his son Jaden and what we can expect from him on the next level.

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The MatBoss Podcast Episode 33: Matt Hill

Posted by Chad Dennis on Aug 8, 2019 10:23:28 AM

Episode 33 of The MatBoss Podcast is with second-year Edinboro head coach Matt Hill. Host Chad Dennis visits with Hill to talk about the first year at the helm, the pride of the Edinboro program and what he's looking forward to as he heads into year two and the first year in the expanded Mid-American Conference, which absorbed the Eastern Wrestling League.

Hill will also talk about the dynamic of the school, where Edinboro is recruiting and the rebuilding process that's going on in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

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Topics: College

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