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2022 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Published May 27th, 2022 by NLWC Staff

World Team Trials Results

The NLWC Wrestlers had a great weekend at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Iowa!


Jennifer Page-Rogers (62 kg) scored a 10-0 technical fall in the semifinals to advance to the finals and won that best-of-three series by injury default. Jenn advances to the Final X.


Zain Retherford (70 kg) had an outstanding tournament, advancing to the finals with a 5-2 win over 2022 U.S. Open National Champion Alec Pantaleo. Reaching the finals in his weight class qualifies Zain for Final X.


Jason Nolf (74 kg) continued to dominate this spring, winning both of his best-of-three final matches by technical fall over Joey Lavallee. Jason also advances to Final X.


Carter Starocci finished 3rd at 79 kg. Carter lost his first match of the tournament but wrestled all of the way back. On his way to the bronze, Carter scored wins over some outstanding opponents in Alex Dieringer and David McFadden.


Josh Rodriguez (61 kg) and Nick Lee (65 kg) also had fine tournaments. Josh finished in 4th place while Nick reached the semi-finals where he came up just short in a high-scoring 12-11 match.


Final X

The Final X Series determines the 2022 U.S. Senior World Team in all three of the Olympic styles: men's and women's freestyle and Greco-Roman. The winners will represent the United States at the Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Sept. 10-18.


There are two Final X Events being held with some weight classes competing in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on June 3 and the remaining weight classes competing in New York City on June 8.


The NLWC has six wrestlers competing in the Final X series.


Oklahoma City on June 3-Thomas Gilman (57 kg), Zain Retherford (70 kg), and Kyle Snyder (97 kg).


In New York City on June 8-Jenn Page-Rogers (62 kg in WFS), Jason Nolf (74 kg), and David Taylor (86 kg).


Congratulations to the NLWC Wrestlers who Competed at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament!!!

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2022 Pan Am Championships

Published May 17th, 2022 by NLWC Staff

PHOTO CRED: Wrestlers are warriors (Tony Rotundo)

Pan American Championships

Over the past weekend at the Pan American Championships in Acapulco, Mexico, several NLWC wrestlers had outstanding performances!


Thomas Gilman (57 kg), last year's Olympic bronze and World gold medalist got off to a good start in the 2022 freestyle season, dominating every opponent on his way to the gold medal.


Olympic and World Champion Kyle Snyder (97 kg) was also dominant in winning gold. He won by scores of 10-0, 11-0, and 12-1 on his way to the title.


Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico) wrestled well on his way to the silver medal at 74 kg. He had wins of 11-0 and 10-0 to reach the finals where he dropped a decision to the returning World champion and U.S. star Kyle Dake.


In women's freestyle at 57 kg, Jane Valencia had a fine performance. She wrestled her way into the the finals with victories over wrestlers from Argentina and Canada before losing by decision to the Cuban and finishing with a silver medal.



Congratulations Thomas, Kyle, Jane, & Franklin!

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NLWC at the Tokyo Olympic Games...a Historic Performance! David Taylor-Gold, Kyle Snyder-Silver, Thomas Gilman-Bronze, Bekzod Abdurakhmonov-Bronze, Jane Valencia-First-Ever Mexican Women's Wrestler to be an Olympian & Franklin Gomez-3X Olympian

Published August 8th, 2021 by NLWC Staff

Congratulations to the NLWC Olympians

Congratulations to the NLWC wrestlers who competed at the Toyko Olympics! The Club is proud to have been represented by these incredible wrestlers on the biggest stage in wrestling!

In men's freestyle competition, NLWC wrestlers earned a medal in four of the six weight classes! That is beyond incredible and is a testament to the Olympians, the Club's coaches, the training partners, and all of the Club's donors, members, sponsors, and volunteers who have come together to build the NLWC program and create this level of success!

David Taylor - 86 kg Olympic Gold

Kyle Snyder - 97 kg Olympic Silver

Thomas Gilman - 57 kg Olympic Bronze

Bekzod Abdurakhmonov - 74 kg Olympic Bronze

Jane Valencia - First-ever Mexican Women's Wrestler to be an Olympian

Franklin Gomez - 3X Olympian

Congratulations to Team USA

Congratulations to Team USA on an a spectacular Olympic performance, winning nine total medals with three being Gold Medals! Congratulations also to 57 kg Olympic Bronze medalist Helen Maroulis who spent the early part of 2021 training with the NLWC.

Special Thanks to all of the NLWC Supporters! Your generosity has built the NLWC Program and has made this Olympic success possible!!!

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Published August 5th, 2021 by NLWC Staff

David Taylor Wins Olympic Gold Medal
David Taylor won 4-3 over Iran's Hassan Yazdani in the Olympic Finals!!! In an exciting match against a defending Olympic champion and one of the world's greatest wrestlers in Yazdani, David scored a takedown with less than 20 seconds left in the match to move in front for the thrilling victory.

Congratulations to David Taylor on an absolutely fabulous performance!!!

Thomas Gilman Wins Bronze
In outstanding performances with an Olympic medal on the line, Thomas Gilman dominated both of his repechage matches to win an Olympic Bronze Medal. The offensive-minded Gilman scored an 11-1 technical fall over Gulomjon Abdullaev of Uzbekistan to earn a spot in the Bronze medal match, and then to earn the Bronze, he controlled the action in well-executed 9-1 win over Reza Atrinagharchi of Iran.

Congratulations Thomas!!!

Bekzod Abdurakhmonov has Opportunity to Wrestle Back for Bronze
Bekzod Abdurakhmonov won his opening match over teammate Franklin Gomez but dropped a hard-fought 13-6 second round match to two-time defending World Champion Zaurbek Sidakov of Russia. Bekzod and Sidakov were in a very close back and forth match when Sidakov came out on top of a scramble position with a leg lace, scoring several points to break the match open. With Sidakov advancing to the Gold medal match, Bekzod has the chance to wrestle back for Bronze. He will compete at 10:00 p.m ET on Thursday.

Franklin Gomez Falls Short
Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico) dropped his opening round match to NLWC teammate Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (Uzbekistan). When Bekzod lost his second match to Sidakov, Franklin lost the opportunity to wrestle back for the Bronze. Although falling short of his dream of an Olympic Medal, congratulations to Franklin on being a three time Olympian!

In addition to training hard and chasing his own wrestling dreams, Franklin has truly made a difference in the wrestling careers of his NLWC training partners, as evidenced by the success of both the NLWC and Penn State middle weights who have benefitted from training with Franklin. Thanks Franklin!

Kyle Snyder Is Up Next
Kyle Snyder begins his quest for a Gold medal with an opening round match at 10:00 p.m. ET on Thursday against Jordan Steen of Canada

NLWC Wrestlers Win Spots on U.S. Olympic Team

Published April 28th, 2021 by NLWC Staff

Thomas Gilman, David Taylor, Kyle Snyder, & Helen Maroulis Win Spots on the U.S. Olympic Team

The best wrestlers in the U.S. competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Fort Worth, Texas on April 1 and 2, and when the dust settled on Saturday night, the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club had four wrestlers win championships!

Thomas Gilman (55 kg), David Taylor (86 kg), and Kyle Snyder (97 kg) won their best of three championship series 2 matches to 0 to earn their spots on the U.S. Olympic Team. Helen Maroulis (57 kg) won her first match, lost her second, and in the rubber match, scored a dramatic first period fall to secure her place on the Team.

Several other NLWC wrestlers also had outstanding performances, with three making the 2021 U.S. National team by finishing in the top three in their weight classes. Bo Nickal had an outstanding tournament before falling short in the best of three finals. Nick Lee and Jason Nolf both had incredible wins on their way to third place finishes.

The NLWC congratulates Olympians Gilman, Taylor, Snyder, and Maroulis and National Team Members Nickal, Lee, & Nolf! The NLWC is also proud of the other NLWC wrestlers who competed at the Trials and gave it their all!

"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

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