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"King of the Keystone" Rokfin Event Sunday March 28th

Published March 26th, 2021 by NLWC Staff

The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club is proud to present "The King of the Keystone" event. We have been able to match up some of the top talent in the State of Pennsylvania, and are very excited to see these tremendous wrestlers compete. We hope you will join us this Sunday afternoon at 7:00 p.m.,Sunday, March 28th.

Rokfin March 28

Published March 26th, 2021 by NLWC Staff

NLWC to Host Live Rokfin Event on Tuesday, Feb. 23

Wrestling Fans,

On Tuesday evening, February 23, the NLWC is hosting another Rokfin Event. The junior card will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the senior card at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. This is an opportunity to see some of the top wrestlers in the United States compete in an outstanding line-up that includes both young up and comers and veterans. In preparation for the upcoming Olympic Trials, many of the senior wrestlers are going to compete in multiple matches.

For those of you who are already subscribed to the NLWC Rokfin Channel, you are all set. If you are not subscribed and you want to see the action, you can subscribe to the NLWC Rokfin Channel at www.rokfin.com/nlwc. The subscription costs $9.99 and allows access to the live event and archived matches from the previous NLWC Rokfin events.

The following match-ups have been released.  Please note that changes to the line-up could occur leading up to Feb. 23.

6:00 PM-Junior Card

163-Tyler Lillard vs. Erick Gibson

173-Gabe Arnold vs. Aaron Ayzerov

185-Cole Rees vs. TJ Stewart

HWT-Jim Mullen vs. Chase Horne

143-Shayne Van Ness vs. Josh Saunders

140-Nic Bouzakis vs. Nico Nardone

123-Dalton Perry vs. Kai Owen


7:30 PM-Senior Card

Jason Nolf vs. Kyle Dake

Vincenzo Joseph vs. Kyle Dake

Bo Nickal vs. Gabe Dean

Kyle Snyder vs. Scottie Boykin

Kyle Snyder vs. Gabe Dean

Kyle Snyder vs. Nate Jackson

Zain Retherford vs. Evan Henderson

Zain Retherford vs. Nahshon Garrett

Yianni Diakomihalis vs. Nahshon Garrett

Thomas Gilman vs. Sean Russell

Thomas Gilman vs. Zach Sanders

Vito Arujau vs. Sean Russell

Vito Arujau vs. Zach Sanders

David Taylor vs. Max Dean

Tuesday, February 23, 2021-The Next NLWC Rokfin Event

Published February 23rd, 2021 by NLWC Staff

 

NLWC to Host Live Rokfin Event on Tuesday, Feb. 23

Wrestling Fans,

On Tuesday evening, February 23, the NLWC is hosting another Rokfin Event. The junior card will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the senior card at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. This is an opportunity to see some of the top wrestlers in the United States compete in an outstanding line-up that includes both young up and comers and veterans. In preparation for the upcoming Olympic Trials, many of the senior wrestlers are going to compete in multiple matches.

For those of you who are already subscribed to the NLWC Rokfin Channel, you are all set. If you are not subscribed and you want to see the action, you can subscribe to the NLWC Rokfin Channel at www.rokfin.com/nlwc. The subscription costs $9.99 and allows access to the live event and archived matches from the previous NLWC Rokfin events.

The following match-ups have been released.  Please note that changes to the line-up could occur leading up to Feb. 23.

6:00 PM-Junior Card

163-Tyler Lillard vs. Erick Gibson

173-Gabe Arnold vs. Aaron Ayzerov

185-Cole Rees vs. TJ Stewart

HWT-Jim Mullen vs. Chase Horne

143-Shayne Van Ness vs. Josh Saunders

140-Nic Bouzakis vs. Nico Nardone

123-Dalton Perry vs. Kai Owen


7:30 PM-Senior Card

Jason Nolf vs. Kyle Dake

Vincenzo Joseph vs. Kyle Dake

Bo Nickal vs. Gabe Dean

Kyle Snyder vs. Scottie Boykin

Kyle Snyder vs. Gabe Dean

Kyle Snyder vs. Nate Jackson

Zain Retherford vs. Evan Henderson

Zain Retherford vs. Nahshon Garrett

Yianni Diakomihalis vs. Nahshon Garrett

Thomas Gilman vs. Sean Russell

Thomas Gilman vs. Zach Sanders

Vito Arujau vs. Sean Russell

Vito Arujau vs. Zach Sanders

David Taylor vs. Max Dean

Message from Coach Cael about the NLWC event tomorrow, September 19, on Rokfin

Published February 23rd, 2021 by NLWC Staff

NLWC to Host Live Rokfin Event on Tuesday, Feb. 23

Wrestling Fans,

On Tuesday evening, February 23, the NLWC is hosting another Rokfin Event. The junior card will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the senior card at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. This is an opportunity to see some of the top wrestlers in the United States compete in an outstanding line-up that includes both young up and comers and veterans. In preparation for the upcoming Olympic Trials, many of the senior wrestlers are going to compete in multiple matches.

For those of you who are already subscribed to the NLWC Rokfin Channel, you are all set. If you are not subscribed and you want to see the action, you can subscribe to the NLWC Rokfin Channel at www.rokfin.com/nlwc. The subscription costs $9.99 and allows access to the live event and archived matches from the previous NLWC Rokfin events.

The following match-ups have been released.  Please note that changes to the line-up could occur leading up to Feb. 23.

6:00 PM-Junior Card

163-Tyler Lillard vs. Erick Gibson

173-Gabe Arnold vs. Aaron Ayzerov

185-Cole Rees vs. TJ Stewart

HWT-Jim Mullen vs. Chase Horne

143-Shayne Van Ness vs. Josh Saunders

140-Nic Bouzakis vs. Nico Nardone

123-Dalton Perry vs. Kai Owen


7:30 PM-Senior Card

Jason Nolf vs. Kyle Dake

Vincenzo Joseph vs. Kyle Dake

Bo Nickal vs. Gabe Dean

Kyle Snyder vs. Scottie Boykin

Kyle Snyder vs. Gabe Dean

Kyle Snyder vs. Nate Jackson

Zain Retherford vs. Evan Henderson

Zain Retherford vs. Nahshon Garrett

Yianni Diakomihalis vs. Nahshon Garrett

Thomas Gilman vs. Sean Russell

Thomas Gilman vs. Zach Sanders

Vito Arujau vs. Sean Russell

Vito Arujau vs. Zach Sanders

David Taylor vs. Max Dean

NLWC Set to Host Freestyle Event Live On Rokfin February 23

Published February 23rd, 2021 by NLWC Staff

NLWC to Host Live Rokfin Event on Tuesday, Feb. 23

Wrestling Fans,

On Tuesday evening, February 23, the NLWC is hosting another Rokfin Event. The junior card will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the senior card at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. This is an opportunity to see some of the top wrestlers in the United States compete in an outstanding line-up that includes both young up and comers and veterans. In preparation for the upcoming Olympic Trials, many of the senior wrestlers are going to compete in multiple matches.

For those of you who are already subscribed to the NLWC Rokfin Channel, you are all set. If you are not subscribed and you want to see the action, you can subscribe to the NLWC Rokfin Channel at www.rokfin.com/nlwc. The subscription costs $9.99 and allows access to the live event and archived matches from the previous NLWC Rokfin events.

The following match-ups have been released.  Please note that changes to the line-up could occur leading up to Feb. 23.

6:00 PM-Junior Card

163-Tyler Lillard vs. Erick Gibson

173-Gabe Arnold vs. Aaron Ayzerov

185-Cole Rees vs. TJ Stewart

HWT-Jim Mullen vs. Chase Horne

143-Shayne Van Ness vs. Josh Saunders

140-Nic Bouzakis vs. Nico Nardone

123-Dalton Perry vs. Kai Owen


7:30 PM-Senior Card

Jason Nolf vs. Kyle Dake

Vincenzo Joseph vs. Kyle Dake

Bo Nickal vs. Gabe Dean

Kyle Snyder vs. Scottie Boykin

Kyle Snyder vs. Gabe Dean

Kyle Snyder vs. Nate Jackson

Zain Retherford vs. Evan Henderson

Zain Retherford vs. Nahshon Garrett

Yianni Diakomihalis vs. Nahshon Garrett

Thomas Gilman vs. Sean Russell

Thomas Gilman vs. Zach Sanders

Vito Arujau vs. Sean Russell

Vito Arujau vs. Zach Sanders

David Taylor vs. Max Dean

NLWC Interviews

Published May 18th, 2020 by NLWC Staff

NLWC Members and Supporters

The Club is conducting a series of NLWC Wrestler interviews that will be posted every 2-3 days! 


This interview is with Kyle Snyder. The former Ohio State wrestler had a spectacular collegiate career, winning three NCAA titles, and he has also had an outstanding international career, capturing both World and Olympic Gold Medals!


Wrestling

Q:  I think most of our Club members are familiar with your Ohio State and international freestyle careers.  However, could you please talk a little about where you're from, your family, and your wrestling journey from when you first started until you went to college?


A: I am from Woodbine, MD. I have an older brother named Steve who wrestled at West Point. My little brother Kevin wrestled at Ohio State. My little sister Megan goes to school at Towson University and wants to be an elementary school teacher. I started wrestling when I was 5 years old. I have always been aggressive, physical, and competitive. My parents thought that wrestling would be a good sport for me. I went to Good counsel high school for 3 years and I moved to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic training center. I completed my high school for my last year of high school requirements at Coronado High School


Q:  In many ways, these are unusual and tough times...for wrestlers focused on winning Olympic Gold Medals as well as for those people facing lost jobs or income, sickness, etc.  When I think of wrestlers who have a positive outlook and are quite capable of handling any adversity that comes their way, you're at the top of the list.  Could you provide some insight on your approach?  


A: My faith is what allows me to navigate situations in a positive way. I always remind myself of two facts. The first is that God is love. The second is that God is in control. With this in my mind, I know that everything that happens to me is for my benefit and it is to mature my faith in Christ. I don't believe in chance. I believe that God has a very specific plan and He has been executing it perfectly since the beginning of creation. I believe everything that happens to His children is for their good. I read different stories in the Bible of the apostles being thrown and jail and beaten, yet they say they can continually rejoice because they know God is growing them in all these situations. If something isn't going the way that I want it too, then I know it is going the way God wants it too and I would rather His will be done. 


Q:  With the support of USA Wrestling, Olympic Regional Training Centers (RTC's) have become an important factor in the growth and development of the U.S.'s top wrestlers.  The NLWC has made support of the Club's RTC a top priority, and both coaches and donors have made a commitment to providing a environment where the Club's wrestlers are provided with an opportunity to chase their dreams.  Do you have any thoughts on what this support means for the wrestlers who have goals of being World and Olympic Champions?


A: As a NLWC athlete, my only focus is on training and competing. Without the support of all the NLWC donors, it would be very difficult for this to be possible. If you want to be the best in the world, you have to believe that everyone is working toward that same common goal. Because of everyone's generosity, I know that we have the greatest resources available to prepare us to win world and Olympic titles. 


Q:  Wrestling is a combat sport, and wrestling matches are true one-on-one battles to determine a winner.  At the same time, there is no question that wrestling brings people together.  In NLWC practices, there are wrestlers from different states, different colleges, different ethnic backgrounds, and often many different countries.   The list could go on and on.  Yet, everyone seems to get along and even go out of his/her way to provide encouragement and help one another.  What do you attribute this collegian atmosphere to?  


A: I attribute this to the leaders of the NLWC. It starts with the way that they communicate and the type of people they bring into the club. Coach Cael, Casey, Cody, and Varner are great leaders. They love what they do and are always looking for the best way to help all of us. This attitude has spread throughout the whole club. It is really easy to focus on benefitting other people when you know that you are already taken care of. The leaders make sure all the athletes are taken care of and I believe that allows all of us to focus on helping each other. I want my teammates to win and be the best in the world. 


Q:  When you won an Gold Medal in 2016, you became the youngest Olympic Gold Medalist in American wrestling history.  When you were on top of the podium and the National Anthem was playing, what was going through your mind at that moment?


A: Every time I'm on the podium I thank God for everything that happened throughout the day. I thanked Him for being with me during the tournament and I thanked Him for everyone He put in my life that helped me get to that point. I also remember thinking about my older brother who wasn't able to be at the Olympics because he serves in the army. I have always looked up to him and know he played a huge role in the way that I compete. 


Q:  Do you have any interesting wrestling stories or memories you would be willing to share with the NLWC membership?    


A: At the 2015 world championships, I had 3 pennies left over after buying some food. I looked over to my roommate and said that I am going to throw all these up in the air and if they come down on heads then I will win the worlds tomorrow. I threw them up in the air and they all came down on tails. I was like dang... I hope this isn't foreshadowing how the wrestling is going to go. It turns out that the pennies didn't have any impact on how I competed. 


Dodgeball

Was planning to move on the from the dodgeball question, but we better get your take on it since the importance of dodgeball in determining wrestling success is unquestioned.  


Q:  What was your initial impression from your first NLWC dodgeball game?  


A: I immediately recognized there was some strong alliances between players and the quality of play was high. It's also a high intensity environment. Takes a couple games to follow know where both balls are at. 


Q:  When that moment occurs that someone has the ball and is targeting you, are you more likely to jump, duck, or go for the catch?  Why?  Or maybe this is giving away too much strategy?


A: Depends on what style of dodgeball we are playing. In partner dodge you got to be aware of the amount of players left in and if your teammate is up or not. For the most part I try and catch the ball because the risk is worth the reward. I've got pretty good hands so I catch a lot of them... especially if Manville throws it at me....


Q:  If you have the ball in hand and an opponent dead to rights a couple feet away, do you go a little easy, show no mercy, or does it depend on the opponent?


A. I usually go pretty easy. I've gotten in trouble with that approach a couple times. I've got to get better at throwing at their feet and not their chest in those situations. 


Q:  I know you're training for wrestling while in quarantine.  Are you also spending some extra time developing your dodgeball skills?  


A: Rest and recovery is as important as the training. I've been resting my shoulder. Spending some time to do some extra upper body mobility. Working on throwing with my off hand. I've also been staying in contact with most of the top players. Those alliances need to be strong when we return. 


Off the Mat

Q:  What is your favorite saying(s)?  


A: I love sayings. One of my favorites right now is "Who can't?!". Meaning that I or the person that I am talking to can do anything if we believe it. 


Q:  What food is your go-to snack?  


A: Pre NLWC nutrition plan, I would say cereal. Now, it is an apple or pumpkin seeds. 


Q:  Who are your real-life heroes?  Why?


A: My parents are my heroes because they always tell me the truth and put my best interests in front of their own. My Poppop and Grandma are my heroes because they always believed in me. Don Frederich and Neil Serafenas are my heroes because of the way they live out their faith. 


Q:  Any hobbies?


A: I like to compete in anything. I like ping pong. I like learning about leadership. I love to study the Bible and goto bible studies. I really do enjoy training and wrestling though. It is one of my favorite things to do. 


Q:  What's the best advice you've ever received?  


A: To follow the Lord with 100% commitment and to be focused on His will in everything that I think/say/do. 


Matteo Pellicone International

Published January 21st, 2020 by NLWC Staff

Zain Retherford (65kg) and Kyle Snyder (97kg) both earned bronze medals at the Matteo Pellicone International in Rome, Italy over the weekend.  


Zain lost his first match to 2018 World silver medalist and 2019 World bronze medalist Bajrang Bajrang of India by a score of 4-5 before wrestling back with a 10-5 win over Joey McKenna of the U.S. To take the bronze, Zain earned a fall in 4:41 over 2015 World bronze medalist Vasyl Shuptar of Ukraine.  


Kyle had wins over Iliskhan Chilayev of Kazakhstan, 10-0 and Ibrahim Bolukbasi of Turkey, 12-4 before losing to Mohammadhossein Mohammadian of Iran.  Kyle wrestled back for the bronze with a default win over teammate Bo Nickal and 12-1 decision over 2018 World bronze medalist Abraham Conyedo of Italy.  


Franklin Gomez and Bo Nickal also competed and had several wins but fell short of earning medals.  

Bo Nickal Dominates at U-23 World Championships

Published October 31st, 2019 by NLWC Staff

Nittany Lion Wrestling Club Resident Athlete Bo Nickal dominated the 92 kg weight class on his way to a World title at the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary!  


Bo won by technical fall, 12-2, over returning U23 World Bronze Medalist Hossein Shahbazigazvar of Iran in his first match and followed that with a fall in 1:13 over Takumi Tanizaki of Japan in his second match.  


In the semis against the returning U23 World Champion, Bo completely controlled the match in a 9-1 victory.  


In the finals, Bo scored a 12-2 technical fall over Batyrbek Tsakulov of Russia who was a seventh place finisher at the 2018 Senior World Championships!  


Collegian Brady Berge (74 kg) dropped a 1-5 decision to Razambek Zhamalov of Russia in the first round.  Zhamalov advanced to the finals pulling Brady back into repechage, but Brady suffered an injury and was unable to advance to the bronze medal match.

NLWC Competing at 2019 World Championship

Published September 18th, 2019 by NLWC Staff

World Championships Preview

Nittany Lion Wrestling Club Resident Athletes Zain Retherford (65 kg/145 lbs.), Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (74 kg/163 lbs. for Uzbekistan)Franklin Gomez (74 kg/163 lbs. for Puerto Rico), and Jaime Espinal (86 kg/189 lbs. for Puerto Rico) will be competing next week at the Senior World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.  


The competition takes place all week, starting with Greco-Roman, moving on to Women's Wrestling, and ending with Freestyle Wrestling.  In preliminary round action, Zain will wrestle at 1 a.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 19; Bekzod and Franklin will wrestle at 1 a.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 20; and Jaime will wrestle at 1 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 21.  Detailed schedule is below.  


World Championships Details 

Visit themat.com (USA Wrestling website) for information on the wrestlers competing for Team USA, a 2019 Senior World Championships Special Section with weight class previews, and access to a World Championships Fan and Media Guide.  


Watching the World Championships

To watch the action Live or On-demand, visit trackwrestling.com.  The cost is $29.95.  


World Championships Schedule (local time in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan)
*Nur-Sultan is 10 hours ahead of Eastern time


Saturday, Sept. 14
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (GR 55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 82kg)
6:00 p.m. - Semifinals (55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg)

Sunday, Sept. 15
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (GR 67 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg)
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (GR 55 kg, 62 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Semifinals (GR 67 kg 87 kg, 97 kg)
7:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (GR 55 kg, 62 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg)

Monday, Sept. 16
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (GR 60 kg, 77 kg, 130 kg)
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (GR 67 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg)
5:00 p.m. - Semifinals (GR 60 kg, 77 kg, 130 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (GR 67 kg, 87 kg, 97 kg)

Tuesday, Sept. 17
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg)
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (GR 60 kg, 77 kg, 130 kg)
4:45 p.m. - Semifinals (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (GR 60 kg, 77 kg, 130 kg)

Wednesday, Sept. 18
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (WFS 57 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 76 kg)
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg)
4:45 p.m. - Semifinals (WFS 57 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 76 kg)
6: 00 p.m. - Medal Matches (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 72 kg)

Thursday, Sept 19
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (WFS 62 kg, 68 kg)
11: 00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (MFS 57 kg, 65 kg) 
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (WFS 57 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 76 kg)
4:45 p.m. - Semifinals ( WFS 62 kg, 68 kg)
4:45 p.m. - Semifinals (MFS 57 kg, 65 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (WFS 57 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 76 kg)

Friday, Sept 20
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (MFS 70 kg, 74 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg) 
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (WFS 62 kg, 68 kg)
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (MFS 57 kg ,65 kg)
4:45 p.m. - Semifinals (MFS 70 kg, 74 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (WFS 62 kg, 68 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches (MFS 57 kg, 65 kg)

Saturday, Sept. 21
11:00 a.m. - Preliminary Round (MFS 61 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg)
11:00 a.m. - Repechage (MFS 70 kg, 74 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)
4:45 p.m. - Semifinals (MFS 61 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg)
6: 00 p.m. - Medal Matches (MFS 70 kg, 74 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)

Sunday, Sept. 22
3:30 p.m. - Repechage (MFS 61 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg)
6:00 p.m. - Medal Matches ( MFS 61 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg)


Good luck Zain, Bekzod, Franklin, Jaime, and Team USA!!!

NLWC World Team Trials Strong Showing

Published May 29th, 2019 by NLWC Staff

The World Team Trials Challenge Tournament took place this weekend in Raleigh, NC.  In this tournament, the top wrestlers in the U.S. competed for a spot in the Final X later this summer. The winners of the  Final X will represent the U.S. at the 2019 World Championships.  


Zain Retherford (65 kg) scored two 7-6 victories over former 2X NCAA Champion and multiple time U.S. National team member Jordan Oliver to win the best of three finals at the World Team Trials Tournament.  On his was to the finals Zain defeated former NCAA Champ Dean Heil by technical fall and earned a hard fought victory over former Olympian and teammate Frank Molinaro.   


Bo Nickal (92 kg) had a bye to the best of three finals after his U.S. Open Title last month. Bo defeated NCAA Champion Michael Macchiavello by scores of 10-0 and 5-0 to win the title.


Ben Provisor (87 kg) dominated in three straight matches to win the Greco-Roman Challenge Tournament and then defeated Patrick Martinez by scores of 1-1 criteria and 3-1 to win the best of three finals.

 

Several Other NLWC Wrestlers also had Fine Performances
Competing for the first time up a weight at 74 kg, Jason Nolf won the challenge tournament before dropping the final match in the best of three series.  Mason Manville, competing in Greco at 77 kg had three straight victories before losing in the best of three finals.  Roman Bravo-Young (61 kg) finished second in the Junior Freestyle challenge tournament while Mark Hall (79 kg) also earned a silver.  Josh Rodriguez (57 kg) and Riley Lefever (92 kg) both earned third place with Josh defeating 2019 NCAA runner-up Jack Mueller, 11-8, and Riley tech falling 2019 NCAA runner-up Kollin Moore in their bronze medal matches.   Jarod VerkleerenGeno Morelli (79 kg) and Nick Nevills (125 kg) wrestled but fell short of placing.  


Former NLWC wrestlers Nico Megaludis, Frank Molinaro, and Dan Vallimont also competed. Both Nico and Frank had outstanding tournaments, finishing true 2nd in their weight classes.
 

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