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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

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.  

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