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Photo Gallery: Finals of Dave Schultz 2017

It was an exciting women’s championship final of the Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament with 6 Americans taking the top spots.

The highlight was  Kayla Miracle getting the only pin of the finals, earning her “Outstandlung Wrestler” for the women’s divisions.

2016 Olympic team member Adeline Gray made a triumphant return to the mat in the last match of the night, getting the points win over fellow Olympic teammate Tamayra Mensah. Continue reading Photo Gallery: Finals of Dave Schultz 2017

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Live Coverage of the Dave Schultz Women’s Wrestling Tournament

We are in world famous Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the 20th installment of the Dave Schultz International Wrestling tournament. Wrestlers from across the globe have some to earn championships in honor of the legendary wrestler.

The women have 10 divisions to gain titles with some familiar names and up and coming talent.

Here are the complete results.

You can find photos of the finals and awards here.
Continue reading Live Coverage of the Dave Schultz Women’s Wrestling Tournament

Video: Meet 3 of the Initial Lady Argos Wrestling Team

The growth of women’s wrestling from the kids to the collegiate level has been growing by leaps and bound the past few years.

The newest college to start a team has been the University of Providence in Great Falls, Montana. After the announcement early this year, Coach Tony DeAnda has assembled a solid team headed by All American Tatum Sparks, who already took third at the U23 World Team Trials a few weeks ago.

Wombat Sports and their media branch “Flairdog Productions” will be following the Lady Argos through their first season.

We will start by introducing you to three of the wrestling team members; the aforementioned Sparks; local Montana wrestler Austin Wortman; and Japan’s Yurie Yoneoka.

 

King University Women’s Wrestling Takes 4th Straight Title

The Queens of women’s collegiate wrestling once again comes from King University.

This past weekend the WCWA women’s college national wrestling tournament took place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Teams from 32 universities and colleges from across the country were represented. Continue reading King University Women’s Wrestling Takes 4th Straight Title

OLYMPIC Wrestling RECAP: Japan Continues Dominance; Maroulis Takes first US Gold

Japan took home four golds at the 2016 Olympics, solidifying their position as the best female freestyle wrestling team on the planet.

Now four time Olympic champion Kaori Icho lead the charge, defeating Valeria Koblova of Russia in the finals 3-2 in 58kg finals. Icho dropped in weight from winning gold in 2012, in which she won gold at 63kg. Continue reading OLYMPIC Wrestling RECAP: Japan Continues Dominance; Maroulis Takes first US Gold

Women’s Olympic Combat Coverage 2016

365 women from across the planet are heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to represent their countries in hand to hand combat sports in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. Among the returning athletes are 13 gold medalists looking to repeat their success.

Team USA is stacked with talent with Boxing Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (see above) and Judo Gold Medlaist Kayla Harrison leading the way.

Wrestling will also introduce two more weight categories this year.

All Team USA female combat sports except Taekwondo will be broadcast on NBCSN (usually on tape delays and only featured matches). All sports will stream live on the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com.

Action starts August 6th with the Judo’s 48kg championship. Continue reading Women’s Olympic Combat Coverage 2016

USA Women’s Olympic Combat Sports Teams Official

The four major hand to hand combat sports sees some familiar and new faces to the Olympic teams.

Judo was the last to see their team Monday as we awaited the May rankings to be announced. Two medalists from London will return to the grand stage as gold medalist Kayla Harrison (78 kg) and bronze medalist Marti Malloy (57 kg) earned their tickets to Rio. Joining them will be Olympic newcomer Angelica Delgado (52 kg).

Continue reading USA Women’s Olympic Combat Sports Teams Official

Wrestlers Adeline Gray & Elena Pirozhkova Heading to Olympics

Two female wrestlers have punched their ticket to Rio.

Adeline Gray (75kg) and Elena Pirozhkova (63kg) rolled their way through the US Olympic Trials this past weekend in Iowa City, Iowa.

Pirozhkova won her 16 woman tournament, sweeping their two out of three match finals. She won gold at the 2012 World Championships before heading to the Olympics that year. The Russian born wrestler defected with her parents at age 3, and is one of the top ranked wrestlers on the planet. Her pinning of Erin Clodgo was ironic in the fact Clodgo earned the quota spot winning the Pan-Am Games 63kg championship.

Continue reading Wrestlers Adeline Gray & Elena Pirozhkova Heading to Olympics

Kings University “Queens” of Wrestling for Third Straight Year

IMG_0859_RotatorIn what has become a dynasty in women’s collegiate wrestling, King’s University rolled to their third national team title, defeating  Oklahoma City University by 17.5 points.

King’s three individual champions, sophomore Marina Doi (101), senior Samantha Klingel (116) and junior Forrest Molinari (155), were first time winners.

Continue reading Kings University “Queens” of Wrestling for Third Straight Year

Wrestlers Start Road to Rio in Trials Qualifier

Pfau Courtesy TeamUSA.org
Pfau Courtesy TeamUSA.org

This past weekend, 42 lady wrestlers took their first successful steps to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Team USA Olympic Trails qualifier were held in Vegas with six weight class tournaments. Wrestlers in the top 7 spots would qualify for the Team USA selection tournament in April. National collegiate champion Cody Pfau of Oklahoma City took the top spot at the 48 kg/105.5 tournament.

National champion Tamyra Mensah (Wayland Baptist University) also took home gold at the event, having defeated 2008 Olympic bronze medalist  Randi Miller in the 69 kg/152 lbs finals. This is the second time Mensah defeated Miller at a national qualifying tournament. Mensah would take home “Outstanding Wrestler” for the event.

2012 Olympic vet Kelsey Campbell took the number 2 spot in her tournament, losing to Teshya Alo in the 58 kg/128 lbs. finals.

InvictaFC MMA star Sharon Jacobson (5th at 53 kg/116.5 lbs) also qualified for the Olympic Trials.

Interviews with the winners are linked below courtesy USA Wrestling

The Team USA Olympic Trails will be held April 9-10, 2016 in Iowa City, Iowa.

Results

48 kg/105.5 lbs.

  • 1st – Cody Pfau, Brush, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC) pin Erin Golston, Lake In The Hills, Ill. (New York AC/OTC), 2:23
  • 3rd – Breonnah Neal, Clemons, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Nicole Woody, Odenton, Mich. (Terrapin WC), 3-2
  • 5th – Marina Doi, Kingsburg, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC) inj. dft over Regina Doi, Kingsburg, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC)
  • 7th – Candace Workman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC) pin Harmonie Roberts, Ukiah, Calif. (Running Eagles), 1:33

53 kg/116.5 lbs.

  • 1st – Michaela Hutchison, Lebanon, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Haley Augello, Lockport, Ill. (NYAC/OTC), 3-0
  • 3rd – Sarah Hildebrandt, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC/OTC) dec. Deanna Betterman, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), 2-0
  • 5th – Sharon Jacobson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP) inj. dft. over Katherine Fulp-Allen, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC/OTC)
  • 7th – Jessica Medina, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Amy Fearnside, Morgan Hill, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC), 7-1

58 kg/128 lbs.

  • 1st – Teshya Alo, Honolulu, Hawaii (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Kelsey Campbell, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids), 8-1
  • 3rd – Maya Nelson, Denver, Colo. (Sunkist Kids) dec. Randi Beltz, Chesterfield, Mo. (Titan Mercury WC), 8-4
  • 5th – Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP) tech. fall Arian Carpio, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids), 10-0
  • 7th – Becka Leathers, Choctaw, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC) tech fall over Savanna Nobile, Richmond, Mo. (Richmond Youth WC), 10-0

63 kg/138.75 lbs.

  • 1st – Amanda Hendey, San Gabriel, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC) pin Jennifer Page, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC/OTC), 4:13
  • 3rd – Erin Clodgo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids WC) tech fall Mallory Velte, Sacramento, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 10-0
  • 5th – Alexis Porter, Ballston Lake, N.Y. (NYAC/MWC) pin Hannah Jewell, Grand Blanc, Mich. (King University), 2:08
  • 7th – – Leigh Jaynes-Provisor, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army (WCAP) pin Rachael McFarland, Dewitt, Mich. (Titan Mercury WC), 2:01

69 kg/152 lbs.

  • 1st – Tamyra Mensah, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Randi Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), 5-2
  • 3rd – Forrest Molinari, Benicia, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Rachel Watters, Ankeny, Iowa (Gator/OKCU Women’s RTC), 4-4
  • 5th – Veronica Carlson, Rock Hill, S.C. (NYAC) tech. fall Lisa Gonzalez, Rio Grande City, Texas (Lindenwood Women`s WC), 11-0
  • 7th – Brittany David, St. Charles, Mo. (Lindenwood Women`s WC) tech. fall Yvonne Galindo, El Paso, Texas (Gator/OKCU Women’s RTC), 10-0

75 kg/165 lbs.

  • 1st- Jackie Surber, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC) dec. Victoria Francis, Litchfield, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC), 8-4
  • 3rd – Julia Salata, Canton, Mich. (NYAC/OTC) tech fall Niauni Hill, Oakland, Calif. (Lindenwood Women`s WC), 10-0
  • 5th – Brandy Lowe, Paxico, Kan. (Bearcat WC) inj. dft. Katerina Lobsinger, Martinez, Calif. (Combat Sports Academy)
  • 7th – Nahiela Magee, Lancaster, Calif. (Wayland Baptist) pin Christina Schmidt, Marietta, Ga. (Running Eagles), 1:22

 

Wombat Watercooler – Ansaroff vs. Kish announced; Rizen Japan News

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Ansaroff
Kish
Kish

UFC Tonight announced Wednesday that Justine Kish will make her long awaited UFC debut against Nina Ansaroff January 2nd in Las Vegas at UFC 195.

Kish (4-0) was a part of TUF 20, but didn’t fight because of a knee injury. She has a notable win over top contender Randa Markos. This will be her debut at strawweight.

Ansaroff (6-4) is coming off a decision loss to Juliana Lima, after winning five straight.

The match will air on the preliminary matches on Fox Sports 1.


After being passed up for a title shot, Miesha Tate says she doesn’t know what is next for her.

Tate was on “The MMA Hour” this past Monday to comment about her situation. Tate hasn’t been in touch with the UFC directly since the announcement or Ronda Rousey taking on Holly Holm, having her management handling communications. She stated she refused the fight with Amanda Nunes not because of Nunes, but because it would be a Fight Pass card, which would mean less money. Tate’s opinion is she is undervalued for facing tougher opponents. Nunes would be a great match for her according to Tate.

Tate’s other point was there is no clear path for her to get another title shot. After being promised the title shot after her win against Jessica Eye and having that taken away, she is weary of if she wants to continue fighting; stating a move onto the Fox analyst desk or into movies as an option out of fighting.

Tate and UFC President Dana White will discuss Tate’s future in the next few weeks in Vegas.


Bellator adds another female match for their 146th card in Thackerville, OK, on November 20.

Arlene Blencowe will look to rebound after her loss to Marloes Conene taking on Gabrielle Halloway, who is coming off a loss to Julia Budd.

Blencowe (6-5) won four straight before her loss to Coenen and is a world boxing champion. Halloway has a notable win over Andria Wawro and will fight for the fourth time this year.

The match joins Julia Budd versus Roberta Rovel on the card, which will stream on the prelims on Spike.com.


OneFC announces three female bouts for their upcoming cards.

  • Coming off her KO win over Ann Osman, Irina Mazepa (1-0) will take on boxing world champion Ana Julaton (2-1) at OneFC: Spirit of Champions in Manila, Philippines December 11th.
  • The OneFC card in Phnom Penh, Cambodia December 5th has a pair of atomweight bouts: Tharoth Sam (2-1) takes on Jeet Toshi (2-2), while Vy Srey Chai (0-1) battles Eh Ya Nut (pro debut).

Rena
Rena

Shootboxing champion Rena Kubota will make her official transition to MMA on New Years Eve Rizin card. Kubota will face Italian kickboxer Jleana Valentino.

Kubota is a four time shootbox champion and is now training at AACC in Tokyo with InvictaFC champion Ayaka Hamasaki. Valentino has won several regional titles in kickboxing and looks to continue what has been a wave of Italian talent making moves on the world MMA stage.

The match joins Gabrielle Garcia facing a yet to be named opponent. TNA Wrestling star Lei’D Tapa, who is training at American Top Team at present, is being considered for the fight.

World amateur wrestling champion Kanako Murata is also being consider for the card to make her MMA debut.

Part of the Rizin card will air New Years Eve on Spike TV in the U.S.


Speaking of making the transition to MMA, Mackenzie Dern has been training at the MMA Lab in Phoenix, Arizona with RFA champ Jocelyn Lybarger and  UFC fighter Lauren Murphy to get ready for her first fight in the cage. No word on when that will be.


Raquel Pa’aluhi has been training at the Mayweather gym recently to help with her striking. You can see her show some ground moves here.


InvictaFC star Sharon Jacobson is going to try to qualify for the 2016 US Olympic wrestling team. The qualifying trials are in December with the team trials being in April. Randi Miller has also expressed interest in trying for the team again as well.


Immortal FC has announced two matches for their “Road to Invicta” strawweight tournament.

  • Caroline Silva  vs.  Adriana del Vigna
  • Morgana Silva vs Nicolle Caliari

The matches will happen in Paranagua, Parana, Brazil November 11th. Winner of the tournament will get a contract with Invicta.


A few more matches announced this past week:

  • Leah Nidas looks for her first pro win as she takes on Shaena Cox November 14th at Pure FC in Wisconsin.
  • Andy Nguyen looks for her second win and first pro title as she takes on Melissa Karagahnagis for the CUFF atomweight title in Trinidad.

King Univiersity Takes Another Women’s Wrestling Team Title

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King University

For the second year in a row, King University stands atop of the collegiate women’s wrestling world.

The women’s wrestling powerhouse scored 269 points to take the team title. Campbellsville University, in only their second year as a program, takes the runner-up spot with 196 points, beating well established Oklahoma City University by a single point.

Four King wrestlers took home first place finishes, with three repeating their title; sophomore Haley Augello (116), senior Sarah Hildebrandt (123), and senior Julia Salata (155). Senior Amanda Hendey (143) would take home her first national title.

Marina Doi (101), Hanna Grisewood (123), and Jessi Kee (130) took home second place finishes.

King would also take “Academic Team of the Year”, and “Coach of the Year” in Jason Moorman.

The big story is Emily Webster of Oklahoma City University. The senior made history being the first four-time undefeated champion in Women’s College Wrestling Association history. She got her 118th win with her 10-0 technical fall over Doi at 101 pounds.

Webster was named “Wrestler of the Year” for that feat.

All ten #1 seeds won championships.


Here are the complete results:

Team Standings

  1. King, 269 pts.
  2. Campbellsville, 196
  3. Oklahoma City, 195
  4. Simon Fraser, 172
  5. Lindenwood, 145
  6. McKendree, 114
  7. Wayland Baptist, 113
  8. Univ. of the Cumberlands, 98
  9. Jamestown, 95
  10. Missouri Baptist, 88
  11. Missouri Valley College, 64
  12. Menlo College, 61
  13. Ottawa, 35
  14. Southwestern Oregon CC, 32
  15. Lyon College, 25
  16. Waldorf College, 25
  17. Lindenwood – Belleville, 17
  18. Life, 16
  19. Pacific Univ., 14
  20. Warner Pacific College, 12
  21. Midland, 3

Individual Tiles

101 pounds

  • Championship Match: Emily Webster (Oklahoma City) tech. fall Marina Doi (King Univ.), 10-0
  • Consultation Match: Darby Huckle (Simon Fraser) forfeit over Vanessa Smith (Wayland Baptist)

109 pounds

  • Championship Match: Cody Pfau (Oklahoma City) pin Abby Lloyd (Simon Fraser), 2:50
  • Consultation Match: Grace Paxton (Univ. of the Cumberlands) pin Breonnah Neal (King Univ.), 5:13

116 pounds

  • Championship Match: Haley Augello (King Univ.) tech. fall Diaysha Moore (Lindenwood) , 12-2
  • Consultation Match:  Amy Fearnside (Jamestown) dec. Shelby Morrison (Oklahoma City), 7-6

123 pounds

  • Championship Match: Sarah Hildebrandt (King Univ.) dec. Hanna Grisewood (King Univ.), 8-0
  • Consultation Match: Tarkyia Mensah (Wayland Baptist) tech. fall Bree Rapoza (Missouri Baptist), 12-1

130 pounds

  • Championship Match: Jacarra Winchester (Missouri Valley) dec. Jessi Kee (King Univ.), 2-0
  • Consultation Match:  Brieana Delgado (Oklahoma City) dec. Rosemary Flores (Campbellsville), 2-1

136 pounds

  • Championship Match:  Kayla Miracle (Campbellsville) dec. Shai Mason (Jamestown), 4-0
  • Consultation Match: Monica Ramirez (Lindenwood) dec. Forrest Molinari (King Univ.), 6-4

143 pounds

  • Championship Match: Amanda Hendey (King Univ.) pin Kayla Aggio (Oklahoma City), 1:07
  • Consultation Match: Cheyenne Youngblood (Missouri Baptist) dec. Hannah Gladden (Campbellsville), 6-3

155 pounds

  • Championship Match: Julia Salata (King Univ.) tech. fall Hanna Hall (Campbellsville), 10-0
  • Consultation Match: Bailey Halvorson (Simon Fraser) dec. Alexis Porter (McKendree), 7-3

170 pounds

  • Championship Match: 1st- Victoria Francis (Lindenwood) pin Ashley Miles (McKendree), 2:07
  • Consultation Match: Lorrie Ramos (King Univ.) pin Nahiela Magee (Wayland Baptist), 1:12

191 pounds

  • Championship Match: Tiara Scott (Campbellsville) dec. Brandy Lowe (Ottawa), 11-8
  • Consultation Match: Payton Smith (Simon Fraser) pin Jackie Williams (King Univ.), 1:24