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“When you want success as much as you want to breathe you will be successful.”

Last a thunder storm came to town when the Associated Press released to the world that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has dropped Wrestling from the Olympics in 2020. This is a story that affects your life and the lives of tens of millions. USAW is working on a US strategic plan as you read this. But this is an international world affair. The final decision is to be made in September 2013.

If you want to keep updated on the developing story and receive information about how you can participate in turning this around please click on this link and opt-in to the “Save Olympic Wrestling” list that has been put up for this. CLICK HERE to update this information.

What do you think about this decision? Please write to me your thoughts and how you feel. How has wrestling impacted your life and what does this decision mean to you? I will read and reply to you message. I will also keep it in mind as I gain more information on this matter. Be proactive. We have been attacked.

“@caelsanderson: Not on our watch!!! “IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics @ZekeJones @USAWrestling @JakeVarner211 @alliseeisgold.”

Coalition to Keep Wrestling in the Olympics

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the National United Wrestling Association for Youth (NUWAY), the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and USA Wrestling have volunteered to become the first organizations to join the newly created Coalition to Keep Wrestling in the Olympics. These four organizations which have significant wrestling memberships are working together on behalf of the sport.

This new coalition will include any and all organizations who are willing to stand up and work together for a common goal, which is to insure that wrestling remains on the program of the Olympic Games.

This is not an organization of individuals. There are other ways that private citizens can support this cause. This is geared entirely to organized groups willing to publicly add themselves to the coalition.

This will be a collection of groups of all sizes, including both non-profit and for-profit organizations, basically any organization which stands behind the effort to keep wrestling in the Olympics.

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.

NUWAY is approaching its fifth year as an organization and growing by popular demand across the country. The ideology and values instilled in this true grass roots organization is to support all state organizations across the country.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) is a professional organization dedicated to serve and provide leadership for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on scholastic and collegiate wrestling programs. The membership embraces all people who are interested in amateur wrestling.

USA Wrestling is the national governing body for amateur wrestling in the United States, and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the international wrestling federation FILA. USA Wrestling has a complete program of activities and events for its members who range from beginning athlete all the way through the Olympic Games and World Championships.

“Wrestling has been around in the USA since the 1800’s, and has been involved in the Olympic movement since its creation. This sport makes a difference in the lives of young people and has made a lasting impact on our society. We support the effort to keep wrestling in the Olympics, and look forward to helping lead the effort,” said AAU President Henry Forrest.

“NUWAY stands behind the effort to Keep Wrestling In The Olympics. As a grass roots organization which serves the wrestling community, we are pledged to do whatever is necessary to keep our great sport in the Olympic movement. We support the mission of the new coalition and will be actively involved in helping us win this battle,” said NUWAY Executive Director and President Dave Dean.

“There has never been a more important time in the history of our sport for wrestling to come together. We all want the same thing, keeping wrestling in the Olympic Games. We must all work together to achieve this,” said Mike Moyer, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

“This fight will be won by bringing people together behind a common cause. Our grass roots leadership believes in this effort. We are committed to the combined power of organizations who are willing to work together. Together we are stronger. Together we will reach our goal of keeping wrestling in the Olympics,” said USA Wrestling President James Ravannack.

Any group is encouraged to join and be added to the growing list, no matter what its size or purpose. Corporations and business partnerships are encouraged to join. International, national or local non-profit organizations are welcome. Wrestling clubs and booster clubs are invited to be included. Groups which are not involved in wrestling but support the effort can be involved. It does not have to even be a group involved in sports at all. The members of this organization can be from the United States, or from any other nation on earth.

The only requirement to become part of the coalition is to be a group willing to support the strategy which will lead to keeping wrestling on the Olympic program. Each organization must also be willing to provide a small minimum donation, which will be used exclusively on the effort.

The minimum donation suggested for membership in the Coalition for Keeping Wrestling in the Olympics is $100 for national and international organizations, and $25 for local organizations. Obviously, larger donations are encouraged and welcomed.

USA Wrestling will maintain a master list of organizations which have joined the coalition, which will be posted online. On a regular basis, there will be a story published recognizing the new organizations who have made the commitment.

In order to join the coalition, a group must provide a contact name, email address and phone number, which will allow us to network together and execute the strategy.

The donation can be made online:

The donation can be made by check, made payable to USA Wrestling and mailed to:
USA Wrestling
c/o Coalition to Keep Wrestling in the Olympics
6155 Lehman Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

The financial support will help fund all of the actions which together makes for a successful campaign. It will be used directly on projects such as public relations, international communication, research, education, promotional materials, networking and international travel for meetings with the IOC and members of national federations and national Olympic Committees. Additional projects will be developed by the leadership committee for this effort. Coalition membership will help keep this issue in the forefront and allow wrestling to make its case to the world. It will only be used for this project, not other wrestling programs.

(listed alphabetically as of February 21, 2013)
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
National United Wrestling Association for Youth (NUWAY)
National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)
USA Wrestling

New organizations will be added as received

12th Annual World Wrestling Camp June 23- 26, 2013 Wisconsin Dells, WI

12th Annual World Wrestling Camps   (Team Duals & Technique Camp @ Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin)

The 4 Day Resident Rate is $375 (includes room, board, camp, camp t-shirt, and one month ($20) valued membership to .
The 4 Day Commuter Rate is $175

* Coaches that bring 10 or more campers to the Wisconsin Camp and 6 or more campers to the Dubuque Camp- receive free room & board and a WWR training manual ($25 value), a one month WWR online membership ($20 value) free to

Wisconsin Campers stay at the Wisconsin Dells Wilderness Waterpark and Resort.

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12th Annual World Wrestling Camp June 23- 26, 2013 Dubuque, IA

12th Annual World Wrestling Camps   (Individual Competition & Training Camp)

The 4 Day Resident Rate is $375 (includes room, board, camp, camp t-shirt, and one month ($20) valued membership to .
The 4 Day Commuter Rate is $175

** Coaches that bring 6 or more campers to the Dubuque Camp – receive free room & board.

Note: Dubuque Resident Campers will campers stay at the Dubuque Waterpark & Resort 

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12th Annual World Wrestling Camp June 28-31, 2013 Dubuque, IA

12th Annual World Wrestling Camps   Individual Competition, & Training Camp

The 4 Day Resident Rate is $375 (includes room, board, camp, camp t-shirt, and one month ($20) valued membership to .
The 4 Day Commuter Rate is $175

** Coaches that bring 6 or more campers to the Dubuque Camp – receive free room & board.

Note: the Dubuque Watepark Camps – all campers stay at the Dubuque Waterpark & Resort.

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Coach Terry Brands

Two-time World Champion and 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Terry Brands recently completed his 10th season on the University of Iowa staff along with his twin brother, Tom, who is the head coach of the Hawkeyes. Brands was promoted to associate head coach in 2011 after serving two stints (2008-10 and 1992-2000) as an assistant coach at Iowa.

During the last three seasons, Brands has helped Iowa to two NCAA and Big Ten team titles, crowning three NCAA champions, 18 All-Americans, six Big Ten champions and 24 academic all-Big Ten honorees. Iowa posted an unbeaten 62-0-1 dual record during those three seasons. The Hawkeyes will enter the 2011-12 season riding a 77-dual match unbeaten streak, which started during the 2007-08 season.

In the last three seasons, Iowa set school records for longest dual unbeaten (77) and winning streaks (69), longest dual road unbeaten (49) and winning streaks (44), most Carver-Hawkeye Arena victories (11) and most dual shutouts (8). Iowa also made another entry in the record books, setting the national collegiate dual meet attendance record of 15,955 when it hosted Iowa State Dec. 6, 2008, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The previous record of 15,646 was set Feb. 1, 2002, when Minnesota hosted Iowa at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Hawkeyes won the Iowa State dual, 20-15.

Brands rejoined the Hawkeye staff in 2008 after a three-year stint (2005-08) as USA Wrestling's National Freestyle Resident Coach in Colorado Springs, CO. During his tenure, Brands worked with 2008 U.S. Olympic freestyle gold medalist Henry Cejudo and 2006 World champion Bill Zadick.

His previous collegiate coaching experience includes three years as head coach at theUniversity of Tennessee-Chattanooga (2002-05), and as an assistant coach at Montana State-Northern (2001-02), the University of Nebraska (2000-01) and the University of Iowa(1992-2000). At Chattanooga, Brands led the Mocs to the 2005 Southern Conference title, while crowning three conference champions and two All-Americans. At Iowa, he helped the Hawkeyes win seven NCAA and Big Ten titles, while crowning 19 NCAA and 26 Big Ten champions. Iowa's dual record of 115-12-1 during his tenure included three undefeated seasons (14-0 in 1995, 17-0 in 1996 and 18-0 in 2000).

Brands was one of the nation's greatest freestyle wrestlers, winning Two World gold medals in 1993 in Toronto, Canada, and in 1995 in Atlanta, GA, at 125.5 pounds (57 kg). As a member of the 1993 and 1995 U.S. World Teams, he was on the only two U.S. teams to win World Team Titles in freestyle. In 1993, he won his world title with Tom, who was the World champion at 136.5 pounds (62 kg). Terry and Tom were named 1993 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year, 1993 John Smith Freestyle Wrestler of the Year and 1993Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year. The Brands brothers became the first U.S. brothers to win a World title during the same year.

Brands placed second at in the 1996 U.S. Nationals and the 1996 Olympic Team Trials, falling just short of making the U.S. Olympic Team. He qualified for the 1997 and 1999 U.S. World Teams, but did not compete due to injury. In 2000, he made a comeback and won the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at 127.75 pounds (58 kg). He earned a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

A two-time World Cup Champion (1994, 1995), Brands won a gold medal at the 1995 Pan American Games. He was a two-time silver medalist at the respected Yarygin Tournament in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Brands won three U.S. Nationals titles, and was runner-up three times. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006. Terry and Tom (who was inducted in 2001) were the first set of twins to earn hall of fame spots.

Brands was a two-time NCAA champion, three-time All-American and three-time Big Tenchampion for the Hawkeyes (1989-92) at 126 pounds. He ended his career at Iowa with a 137-7 record. He still ranks fourth in season wins (43 – 1990-91) and career record, fifth in career wins (137), sixth in career pins (48) and ninth in season pins (18 – 1990-91). He is one of 18 Hawkeyes to post an undefeated season record, going 35-0 in 1991-92.

The Sheldon, Iowa, native was born April 9, 1968. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from the University of Iowa in 1992. He and his wife, Michelle, have a son, Nelson, and a daughter, Sydney.

Coach Dennis Hall

Dennis Hall is one of few wrestlers to hold the title of a
Three-Time Olympian.

In 1992, Dennis Hall won the Olympic Team Trials and entered into his first Olympic Games competition in Barcelona, Spain. At Barcelona, he finished eighth. Again, in 1996 he claimed the championship at the Olympic Team Trials. Hall continued to wrestle to success at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta where he took home the silver medal. Hall made a third trip to the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece in 2004.

Halls prominent achievements include:

Two-Time Champion at the 1995 and 1999 Pan American Games

  • 2000 Pan American Champion which qualified for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney
  • 2nd in the 1999 Nordvest Cup in Norway
  • Seven-Time World Team Trials Championships (1990, 1993-95, 1997-99)
  • Ten-Time U.S. National Champion (1992-2001)
  • Greco-Roman World Champion (1995), (Hall is the second U.S. wrestler ever to win a Greco-Roman World Championship, having to beat five former World Champions to claim that title.)
  • Two-Time Champion of the Sunkist International Tournament in 2001 and 2002
  • Outstanding Wrestler of the 2001 Sunkist International Tournament

Dennis is married to Chrissy and they have four children together; Tyler, Brandon, Jake and Alyssa.

Dennis is the Head Greco-Roman Wrestling Coach for United States Olympic Education Center at the University of Northern Michigan.

Dennis also speaks to youth about the life-threatening issues of drinking and driving.

Coach Jon McGovern

Jon McGovern was a USA National Team Member, 3X IIAC Champion, 3X NCAA All-American, and 2X NCAA Champion as a collegiate wrestler.

He competed with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club under Coach Dan Gable, placing 2nd @ the Sunkist International Open, 3rd at the Cerro Pelado Tournament and the Henri Deglane Cup twice each event, 2nd at the US World Team Trials in 1998 and 4th at the US final Olympic Trials in 2000.

He was a member of the USA 1998 World Team Duals Team and was a USA National Freestyle Team member in 1998 and placed 5th @ the 1997 US Nationals, 3rd in the 1998 US Nationals, and 2nd at the US World Team Trials. Posting wins over NCAA Champions Marcus Mollica, Chris Barnes, Matt Demaray, Joe Williams, Barry Weldon, Tim Hartung, and Olympic Gold Medalist Kevin Jackson.

McGovern completed his wrestling career posting a win over Olympic Gold Medalist Kevin Jackson in the final match of his career and finished 4th at the Final 2000 US Olympic Trials in Dallas Texas. He trained full time as the US Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete during the 2000 Olympic Games.

Coach McGovern’s coaching includes:

  • Full time US Olympic Training Center Resident (USA National Team)
  • University of Pennsylvania Head Assistant Wresting Coach (1998-1999) helping the team with the 1st unbeaten dual season since 1969 and an 11th NCAA Team finish (the teams highest finish since 1942 and the school’s first EIWA & Ivy League Team Title, producing 3 NCAA All-Americans-Andre Rodzianko, Adeniyi-Bada, and Yoshi Nakamura) (Dave Schultz Wrestling Club Competitor) 
  • Head Assistant Coach at George Mason University (1997-1998) (Dave Schultz Wrestling Club Competitor) (USA National Team) 
  • Head Assistant Coach at the University of Virginia (1996-1997), helping the school send a record 7 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. (Dave Schultz Wrestling Club Competitor) 

Jon McGovern is currently the President of NCAA III Wrestling for the National Wrestling Coaches Association.   Head Wrestling Coach at the University of Dubuque, Iowa. In 2002, he began his head coaching career with only 4 wrestlers and a lot of enthusiasm. In just 3 years, he took the team to national prominence. The team placed 2nd (2005) and 5th (2006) as NCAA Academic Scholar Teams. In 2006 McGovern was awarded the NWCA Division III National Coach of the Year. In 2009, Coach McGovern brought UD to an 11th place team finish at the NCAA’s Div III National Championships, finishing with 2 NCAA All-Americans and an NCAA National Champion. In 2010 the team finished 8th in the Nation (Highest national finish in college history) with three NCAA Qualifiers and two NCAA All-Americans. In 2011 the team finished 3rd in the IIAC’s (highest IIAC finish in college history) and 11thin the nation with 19 NCAA Academic All-Americans, 12 NCAA Qualifiers, 11 NCAA-All-Americans, and two NCAA Champions. The team has finished in the top 10 asan NCAA Academic Scholar Team three times during his tenure. Jon is married to Lis McGovern, developer of the National Wrestling AdvancementAssociation (NWAA)

WWR supports May Fila Wrestling Rule Changes

May 19th, Fila releases new rules which will take place immediately and apply to the United 4 Wrestling duals in LA this Sunday with the United States set to compete against Russia and potentially Canada (if they accept the invitation from the United States).  With the new rules changes wrestlers will be encouraged to wrestle harder and the value of takedowns will increase."  says WWR Coach Dennis Hall.   "By going back to a cumulative scoring, it will make it easier for fans to understand and follow the competition.  This is a move in the right direction to grow our sport, it will also bring conditioning back into play.  Dan Gable grew a huge fan base from high paced action, domination & conditioning. Fans like to see domintation through conditioning, it will be more enjoyable for fans."  says WWR Coach Jon McGovern.

FILA approved a new set of rules, which will be put in place immediately, starting with any competitions held on Sunday, May 19. There are some differences between Greco-Roman and freestyle, but there were many specific rule changes which affect both styles.

May 2013 – Fila new rules include:
• Cumulative score for the entire bout
• The structure of the match is for two three-minute periods
• A takedown is worth two points, making it more valuable than a point for the pushout or a penalty point.
• There is a difference in what a technical fall will be. In freestyle, it will be a difference of 10 points, while in Greco-Roman, it will be a difference of seven points.
• There will be separation of returning athletes from the previous World Championships, although it has not yet been determined if it will be just the two top two athletes or as many as four athletes.

"I think the new rules are bringing back the sport of wreslting, scoring is now important, conditioning is now a factor, I think this will be good for the United States."  says Dennis Hall (World Wrestling Resource Staff Member) 

Support wrestling in the world.  Become a member of world wrestling resource online and become part of the best team and join forces with the best coaches, wrestlers, and best wrestling resources in the world.

This mission is a calling that every wrestlers and coach influenced by the sport of wrestling should and deserves to have access to the best resources in wrestling. The fight to save olympic wrestling is a fight for all of us.  Wrestling inspires youth and crosses all socio economic backgrounds. It has the power to unite families, schools, clubs, communities, nations, and the world.  In a world of sports idols where it seems that a fall from grace in sports is common fuel for gossip, we would be hard pressed to find greater character role models than the best in wrestling.  Let's support and follow the best in world wrestling and their path to become the next World Champion & Olympic Champion.  Fila released the recent unoffficial World Team Rankings with Russia, Georgia, and Iran being rated #1, #2, and #3 respectively.  This is coming after Iran just recently won the World Cup over Russia #2, and USA #3.  Whether you agree with the World Team Rankings it is good to support and follow the best wrestlers and nations in the world to compete to be the best.


Unofficial FILA released World Team Rankings
1. Russia, 68
2. Georgia, 48
3. Iran, 33
4t. Turkey, 31
4t. Ukraine, 31
6. United States, 24
7t. Armenia, 18
7t. Azerbaijan, 18
7t. Bulgaria, 18
7t. India, 18

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