See Freestyle Team USA practice matches streamed live on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. ET

Wrestling fans can enjoy watching two Freestyle Team USA workouts live from Ithaca, N.Y. on Thursday, Dec. 16.

Wrestling fans can enjoy watching two Freestyle Team USA workouts live from Ithaca, N.Y. on Thursday, Dec. 16. Continue reading “See Freestyle Team USA practice matches streamed live on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. ET”

Long Island Wrestling Community Helps Respond USA Team to Inspiring Performance

Mark the date on your calendar…November 19, 2010…..a date that will be remembered as the USA National Team returned to prominence in world competition.

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Mark the date on your calendar…November 19, 2010…..a date that will be remembered as the USA National Team returned to prominence in world competition. Continue reading “Long Island Wrestling Community Helps Respond USA Team to Inspiring Performance”

The Russians Are Coming

The Russians are coming to NEW YORK on Friday, November 19 at Hofstra University Arena to battle Team USA in a Freestyle Dual meet beginning at 7:30PM.

by Al Bevilacqua

Wrestlings Biggest Challenge

Since the late 1970’s wrestling has been taking a “big” hit in regard to the losses of hundreds of collegiate wrestling programs that has also impacted our world and Olympic effort.

Obviously the ripple down effect has reduced the HS numbers as well. The number of participants have been decreasing each year. Wrestling in 1978, had over 330,000 HS wrestlers with 9800 teams with over 600 college teams in the NJCAA, NAIA and the NCAA.

We now have 230,000 wrestlers in 10,000 high schools. The colleges are fighting for survival and the world level athletes have no resources to compete globally.

The challenge for all sports is at the support level. Colleges and even high school administrators, look at one very important component when faced in a financial crisis in respect to their budgets.

How many people are we attracting to our Duals & Games?

What wrestling needs more than wrestlers is MORE FANS. The more fans attending & supporting wrestling at the HS and College level the more kids will give wrestling a chance while providing the resources to expand the sport.

KICK-OFF for 2010-11 Wrestling Season

Russia VS USA

1972- USA VS. Soviet National Team at Hofstra- 10,000 fans
1986- Soviet Union vs. USA at Nassau CC- 5,000 fans and CBS Sports national television 1 hour show.
2010- USA vs. Russia at Hofstra Arena- Can we fill the place?

No matter which Russians come they are loaded with 2-3 World and Olympic Champions at every weight class. They are the best technicians in the world…..USA are “fighters” and hard workers who can compete with anyone in the world.

Be There

When? Friday, November 19

Where? Hofstra University Arena

Time? 7:30PM.

Tickets will cost $20 and will be available in advance or at the door. Those who wish to pre-purchase tickets can do so at the following link:
USA vs Russia Freestyle Dual Meet

Here’s Noel Thompson to fill you on on the event.

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Wrestling Saved My Life

Leigh Jaynes beat the streets and climbed atop of the female wrestling world.

Leigh Jaynes at Baruch ClinicJust two days after a come from behind pin over Kelsey Campbell on the deck of the USS Intrepid at the Beat the Streets Gala, Leigh Jaynes, a 2007 National Champion and World Team member, instructed a free clinic at Baruch Middle School in lower Manhattan.  Jaynes drilled about 40 middle school and high school wrestlers in advanced freestyle technique. Continue reading “Wrestling Saved My Life”

Video of the Exhibition Matches at the Beat the Streets Gala

The Beat the Streets Gala on May 13, 2010 featured 7 exhibition matches. Open this story to watch the video of each of the evening’s matches.

The Beat the Streets Gala on May 13, 2010 featured 7 exhibition matches. Open this story to watch the video of each of the evening’s matches.

Continue reading “Video of the Exhibition Matches at the Beat the Streets Gala”

Matt Loew Selected to Particapte in Freestyle Program at USOTC

Matt Loew, New York State Two- Time Runner-up at Wantagh High School, is “Living the Dream” at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Matt Loew, New York State Two- Time Runner-up at Wantagh High School, is “Living the Dream” at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

Matt has been selected by USA Wrestling to become a participant in an inaugural targeted freestyle training program at the United State Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO beginning March 4th – August 1st. Continue reading “Matt Loew Selected to Particapte in Freestyle Program at USOTC”

Open Freestyle Finals at NYAC today between 5 and 6PM

Lighthouse webcast of the open Freestyle Finals at NYAC today at 4PM on November 2.

Coverage of the Open Freestyle finals begins at 4PM today with live video coverage.    When we begin transmitting the video will say on air at the bottom; press the play button to begin watching when it says on air.   Please do not press refresh to bring in the video as it puts undue stress on the web servers.  For status updates follow at http://twitter.com/anklpik

Finals are currently projected to begin between 5 and 6PM. We are planning to cover both women’s and men’s finals. Follow us on twitter for latest start times.

Tournament Brackets

Men’s Open Brackets at Track Wrestling

Women’s Open Brackets at Track Wrestling

Live Webcast

Live video by Ustream

Russia vs. USA Live 11-20 @ 8:30 PM at NYAC

In partnership with USA Wrestling, Lighthouse Wrestling will webcast live at NYAC the Russia vs USA dual meet. Should we have technical challenges during the broadcast, tune into http://twitter.com/anklpik. Craig Sesker and Bill Miller will be co-hosting the evening’s event.

In partnership with USA Wrestling, Lighthouse Wrestling will webcast live at NYAC the Russia vs USA dual meet. Should we have technical challenges during the broadcast, tune into http://twitter.com/anklpik. Craig Sesker and Bill Miller will be co-hosting the evening’s event.

We’ll be starting live at 8:30.  It’s projected to start a little later.   Please do not refresh your browser to bring in the broadcast; will start when you press the play button.  And it will say on air when I’m broadcasting.  Also follow on http://twitter.com/anklpik  for status updates of the broadcast.

Russia–4

USA–3

55 kg/121 lbs. – Nariman Israpilov (Russia) dec. Sam Hazewinkel (USA), 5-0, 1-3, 2-2
60 kg/132 lbs. – Vladimir Vilmov (Russia) dec. Shawn Bunch (USA), 1-1, 1-0
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Jared Frayer (USA) dec. Arsen Mairov (Russia), 0-1, 3-3, 6-0
74 kg/163 lbs. – Rashid Kurbanov (Russia) dec. Trent Paulson (USA), 6-0, 0-2, 1-1
84 kg/185 lbs. – Anzor Urishev (Russia) vs. Jake Herbert (USA), 3-0, 4-2
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Andy Hrovat (USA) dec. Magomed Magomadov (Russia), 5-0, 0-5, 1-0
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Scott Steele (USA) vs. Valeriy Bedoev (Russia), 2-1, 2-1


Lighthouse and Themat to Simulcast Russian Dual Tonight

USA Wrestling will partner with Lighthouse Wrestling to provide webcasts from two major international wrestling events held in New York City this weekend.

thematlogoUSA Wrestling will partner with Lighthouse Wrestling  to provide webcasts from two major international wrestling events held in New York City this weekend.

These events will be simulcast on both LighthouseWrestling.com, as well as on TheMat.com.

Continue reading “Lighthouse and Themat to Simulcast Russian Dual Tonight”

An Interview with Scott Green – Part I: Realizing Dreams

“Establish trust with your athletes, demand that they give you their best, and teach them to love the sport as much as you do.” – Scott Green, Owner and Coach of Shamrock AC

“Establish trust with your athletes, demand that they give you their best, and teach them to love the sport as much as you do.”  – Scott Green, Owner and Coach of Shamrock AC Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part I: Realizing Dreams”

Beat the Streets Update

Pretty impressive…Ben Villaret’s, one of the first Beat the Streets middle school wrestler coming through the system from Monsignor Farrell HS is participating in the World’s largest age group event in wrestling.

2009 Jr. Cadet NationalsPretty impressive…Ben Villaret’s, one of the first Beat the Streets middle school wrestler coming through the system from Monsignor Farrell HS is participating in the World’s largest age group event in wrestling. Continue reading “Beat the Streets Update”

Sayville Tearing it up at NYS Schoolboy State Championships

Sayville Wrestling club netted and astounding 7 top 3 place finishers in the New York State Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle & Greco Roman) with Matt Leshinger, 8th grade, crowned Schoolboy State Champion in Greco Roman and Third in Freestyle. Freestyle finalist, Zach Meyer, took home the sliver for Sayville while the remaining competitors took home very respectable bronz medals.

West Nyack, NY – 5/16 & 5/17

Sayville Wrestling club netted and astounding 7 top 3 place finishers in the New York State Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle & Greco Roman) with  Matt Leshinger, 8th grade, crowned Schoolboy State Champion in Greco Roman and Third in Freestyle.  Freestyle finalist, Zach Meyer, took home the sliver for Sayville while the remaining competitors took home very respectable bronz medals. Continue reading “Sayville Tearing it up at NYS Schoolboy State Championships”

Sayville Wrestling on the March

The Sayville WC has their best NYS Greco Roman & Freestyle Tournament ever with 10 wrestlers earning All State Honors. Each of the 12 Wrestlers brought home a coveted NYS Championship Medal. This is at least twice the number of place winners the WC has ever compiled in previous years.

Broom County, NY – 5/8 thru 5/10

Jody Haas (Sayville, Class of 2010) sets the bar as Sayville WC brings home 12 All State Wrestlers from the NYS Freestyle & Greco Roman State Championships

The WC has their best NYS Greco Roman & Freestyle Tournament ever with 10 wrestlers earning All State Honors. Each of the 12 Wrestlers brought home a coveted NYS Championship Medal. This is at least twice the number of place winners the WC has ever compiled in previous years.

Jody Haas was the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the WC while making the state finals before being defeated by the #1 Ranked Wrestler in the USA, Kyle Dake of Section IV. Jody competed in the toughest weight class in the tournament in route to the tournament final.

Sayville WC Place Winners

Cadet Division

Michael Payne/125, 4th Place – Greco Roman Michael Payne/125, 4th Place – Freestyle Justin Bonamico/130, 6h Place – Freestyle Geoff Teague/140, 6th Place – Greco Roman Jamel Hudson/135, 6th Place – Freestyle Joseph Sanchez/285, 6th Place – Freestyle Steven Leshinger/152, 4th Place – Greco Roman Steven Leshinger/152, 4th Place – Freestyle

Junior Division

Jody Haas/152, 2nd Place – Greco Roman
Zach Bass/135, 5th Place – Greco Roman
Alan Gomez/119, 2nd Place – Greco Roman Alan Gomez/112, 2nd Place – Freestyle

Mat Notes: Chris Siracusa/112 finished just shy of All State by going 5 rounds into the tournament. Chris competed in the largest weight class in the event. Travis Pitre/145 was also one round away from placing in the tournament. Sayville WC finished 6th in Team Scoring for the Junior Greco Roman and within the top 10 in all other styles. The WC has now completed in 8 tournaments this Spring in 4 different states. Jody Haas; Michael Payne; Steven Leshinger & Alan Gomez qualified for the National Championships to be held in Fargo, North Dakota in the summer of 2009. (The top 4 place winners automatically qualify)