Archive for News

Jun 2011

Planning a Summer Vacation??

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Planning your annual summer vacation??  Don’t forget to stop by Waterloo, IA and visit the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum! 

Museum Information Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m, Saturdays by appointment only; please call ahead. Admission: $6 for adults $3 for students (17 and under) Children 6 and under are free.

Pat Smith at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum

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Jun 2011

Arkansas Baptist College Adds Wrestling!

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By Associated Press

Arkansas Baptist College has announced plans to add wrestling and softball to its lineup of collegiate sports.

The school, a Region 2 member of the NJCAA, will fill a void among colleges offering wrestling which are Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU).

The last HBCU to field a wrestling team on any level was Delaware State, which cut the sport a few years ago.

College President Fitz Hill and athletic director Charles Ripley said in a news release that both sports will begin competing in the 2011-2012 academic year.

Roosevelt Hadley has been chosen to coach the wrestling team while Ronald Roland will coach softball.

Hadley has served as a volunteer wrestling coach at the Arkansas School for the Blind and at Central Arkansas Christian School. Roland is a former assistant softball coach at J.A. Fair High School.

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Jun 2011

The Oldest Sport

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The Oldest Sport

By Bob Dellinger, Director Emeritus
National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Note: This work draws its title from a series of columns by wrestling historian Donald A. Sayenga. Much of this information was obtained from The Magnificent Scufflers by Charles Morrow Wilson © 1959, and from A Pictorial History of Wrestling by Graeme Kent © 1968.

Click here to read more on our great sport of wrestling “The Oldest Sport”

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May 2011

2011 World Team Trials in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!

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Don’t miss your chance to see national champions, Olympians, and World medalists compete for the right to represent the United States at the 2011 World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey!

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May 2011

No Fight Night Monday May 30th

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No Fight Night Monday May 30th.  Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

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May 2011

Cowboy Wrestling Champion Passes

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Doug Blubaugh

The AWA would like to express their condolences to the family of wrestling legend Doug Blubaugh who passed away Monday the 16th from a motorcycle accident in Tonkawa, Oklahoma.

Click here for full story and words from Oklahoma State University Head Wrestling Coach John Smith

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May 2011

WIN WIN Now Playing Nationwide!

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Disheartened New Jersey attorney Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) struggles to keep his wife Jackie (Amy Ryan), their two young girls, and himself happy while moonlighting as a wrestling coach for New Providence High School. The team has developed a losing streak, and together with co-coach Vigman (Jeffrey Tambor), Flaherty is trying to fulfill the school’s motto as “The Home of Champions”.  Through some questionable business dealings with older client Leo Poplar (Burt Young) Flaherty stumbles across a star athlete in the form of troubled teenager Kyle Timmons (Alex Shaffer), much to the delight of coach Vigman, as well as buddy and former high school wrestling partner Terry Delfino (Bobby Cannavale). The stage is set for Flaherty to get a double payday and a long-awaited winning wrestling team. Then Kyle’s mom Cindy (Melanie Lynskey) shows up—fresh out of rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.[1]

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May 2011

Congratulations to All 2011 AWA Freestyle State Tournament Champions and Place winners!

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3rd-Cole Brainerd
4th-Drake Johnson


Champion-Zach Winston


Champion-Brandon Powell
2nd-Zach Simmons
3rd-Mark Andrews


2nd-John Lueken


Champion-Justin Butler
3rd-Chris Baldwin


2nd-Nicholas Kurfess


Champion-Tyler Kurz
4th-Doug Pehrson


3rd-Barrett Olson


Champion-Tyler Mann
2nd-Conner Goshien


2nd-Tony Mongno


Champion-Luis Pena
2nd-Levi Brady
3rd-Sam Barry


Champion-Odell Lee


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May 2011

Tuff on Top Clinic July 15th-16th

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  The Bottom Position/Defense Counters Clinic July 29th-30th!! Sign up at the door 5:30-6:30pm… $60 per athlete or coach.  Session times are Friday 6:30-8:30pm, Saturday 9:30am-11:00am & 12pm-1:30pm.

Pat Smith as a True Freshman in 1990 winning his 1st of 4 National Titles

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May 2011

AWA’s 1st NCAA Division 1 Wrestler!

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Tanner Mann signs with The United States Military Academy at West Point and becomes AWA’s first NCAA Division 1 Wrestler!

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