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 32: High school weight class debate

Posted by Chad Dennis on Jun 26, 2019 4:14:29 AM



Episode 32 of The MatBoss Podcast features Chad Dennis and his high school assistant coach Chris Baird. The main topic of discussion on this episode is the weight class debate in high school wrestling. Should we remove weights, should we shift weights. Two coaches with different viewpoints discuss it. The two also field questions from the live Facebook stream.

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The MatBoss Podcast Episode 31: Miron Kharchilava

Posted by Chad Dennis on Jun 19, 2019 1:25:21 PM



Miron Kharchilava, founder of Team Miron, joins Chad Dennis on Episode 31 of The MatBoss Podcast. Much of this episode's discussion centers around how Miron got to the United States, his upbringing and depictions of life in the Soviet Union before and after the breakup. He also talks about his son, Carson Kharchla, one of the nation's top-ranked recruits for the Class of 2019.

Miron will also talk about his time wrestling collegiately in the U.S. after spending time on the Soviet national team and his philosophy of being a state champion in life, not just on the mat.



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The MatBoss Podcast Episode 30: Reece Humphrey

Posted by Chad Dennis on Jun 12, 2019 4:12:12 AM



Episode 30 of The MatBoss Podcast with Chad Dennis is with New Jersey Regional Training Center coach and past U.S. World Teamer Reece Humphrey. The Ohio State alum talks about the dynamic of an RTC that's based around two Division I schools -- Princeton and Rutgers -- as well as the recruitment of athletes to the RTC. Humphrey will also dive into his philosophy on coaching, his foray into beach wrestling and his thoughts on the Final X controversy surrounding the finish of the Yianni Diakomihalis-Zain Retherford series.

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The MatBoss Podcast Episode 29: Brayton Lee

Posted by Chad Dennis on May 30, 2019 12:27:23 PM


Indiana native and 2019 U.S. Junior World Team member Brayton Lee joins The MatBoss Podcast with Chad Dennis this week. Lee talks about his redshirt season at Minnesota and his expected weight class next season, but most of the show focuses on Lee earning the spot to represent Team USA in Estonia later this summer at the Junior World Championships. Lee gets into a tactical and technical discussion about his freestyle wrestling abilities and where that came from.

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The MatBoss Podcast Episode 28: Tony Ramos

Posted by Chad Dennis on May 23, 2019 2:41:56 PM


Two-time World Team member and current North Carolina assistant coach Tony Ramos joins The MatBoss Podcast for Episode 28 with host Chad Dennis. Ramos will talk about the decision to leave his shoes on the mat in Raleigh at the recent U.S. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament as well as a number of other topics including his recruitment to Iowa, his start in wrestling, wrestling at Iowa as well as "putting on a show." He'll also share his opinions on youth wrestling and the Carolina Hurricanes. 

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The MatBoss Podcast Episode 27: Teague Moore

Posted by Chad Dennis on May 15, 2019 12:23:16 AM


American University head wrestling coach Teague Moore grew up wrestling in rugged and talent-rich Western Pennsylvania. An NCAA champion and three-time All-American, Moore joins Chad Dennis for Episode 27 of The MatBoss Podcast.

Among the topics discussed on this episode are Moore's background, why Pennsylvania's been primed to produce so many Division I wrestlers, the balancing act as a coach with RTC's, making sure your program is valuable to the university, recruiting in the age of social media and some unique proposals involving dual meets and scheduling.

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The MatBoss Podcast Episode 26: Justin Gaethje

Posted by Chad Dennis on May 7, 2019 12:40:30 PM


Chad Dennis sits down to chat with past Northern Colorado All-American and current UFC lightweight contender Justin "The Highlight" Gaethje on Episode 26 of The MatBoss Podcast. Gaethje talks about how playing multiple sports growing up helped him as a fighter, his thoughts on Ben Askren in the UFC, the relationship with former college coach Ben Cherrington as well as working out with Georges St-Pierre before getting into the fight game.

Gaethje also promotes the idea of working your way up, his current fighting options and cutting weight.

Note: This episode contains some coarse language.

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The MatBoss Podcast Episode 25: Mike Grey

Posted by Chad Dennis on May 1, 2019 1:43:37 PM

Cornell assistant coach Mike Grey joins Chad Dennis on Episode 25 of The MatBoss Podcast to talk about life at Cornell, coaching with Rob Koll and of course, what it's like coaching two-time NCAA Champion and U.S. Open Champion Yianni Diakomihalis.

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