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Bonus Points is the official podcast of USA Wrestling and TheMat.com hosted by Richard Immel. Sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive®, Bonus Points offers interviews and insight from USA Wrestling, the National Governing Body for wrestling in the United States and will feature coaches, athletes and notable names from the sport of wrestling. Part of the Mat Talk Podcast Network.
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Feb 25, 2016

Episode 32 of Bonus Points features avid wrestling fan, past NCAA All-American, Greco-Roman standout, UFC veteran and current mixed martial arts analyst Chael Sonnen.

Sonnen attended the University of Oregon where he was a NCAA Division I All-American in 1998. On the Senior level, he went on to win a silver medal at the University World Championships in 2000, on top of two gold medals at the Dave Schultz Memorial International in 2000 and 2001 in Greco-Roman wrestling.

A long-time MMA veteran, Sonnen reached the pinnacle of his fighting career when he faced all-time MMA great Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight title at UFC 117 in 2010. Sonnen was moments away from winning the belt before being submitted with less than two minutes left in the final round, falling just short of the title UFC champion.

Sonnen has since made a name for himself as a MMA analyst working for companies such as ESPN and Fox Sports. He also hosts the "You're Welcome! With Chael Sonnen" podcast.

Topics of discussion include his journey in wrestling, the loss of the Oregon wrestling program and its potential revival, college and international wrestling current events and his path to success.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 32 guest Chael Sonnen on Twitter at@sonnench and follow show host Richard Immel on Twitter at @Richard_Immel.

Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bouns Points Archives or by subscribing on your favorite podcast listening application.

Feb 18, 2016

Episode 31 of Bonus Points features award winning wrestling photographer Tony Rotundo.

Rotundo has photographed five World Championships, nine NCAA Championships and countless other local, national and international wrestling events. He will be one of the U.S. wrestling photographers to shoot the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.

He is the recipient of the 2009 National Wrestling Media Association Photographer of the Year award and the 2012 California State Irv Oliner Award given to individuals for their outstanding contribution to California Wrestling.

Rotundo grew up wrestling in New York and won a silver medal at the 1983 Cadet World Championships.

Topics of discussion include his journey in wrestling photography, how he perfects his craft, current wrestling events and his path to success.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 31 guest Tony Rotundo on Twitter at@Tony_Rotundo and online at www.wrestlersarewarriors.com. Follow show host Richard Immel on Twitter at @Richard_Immel.

Feb 10, 2016

Episode 30 of Bonus Points features one of the best men's freestyle wrestlers in USA Wrestling history, Olympic and World champion Kenny Monday.

In total, Monday won four Olympic and World medals. He won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea and a silver medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Monday also won gold at the 1989 World Championships and earned silver at the 1991 World Championships.

Monday was a member of three U.S. Olympic teams (1988, 1992 and 1996). He was also the first african-american wrestler to win the Olympics.

Among his other career achievements are a gold medal at the 1988 Tblisi Tournament, considered by many to be the toughest tournament in the world. He was a three-time NCAA finalist for Oklahoma State University and a NCAA champion in 1984.

Topics of discussion include his experience growing up wrestling in Tulsa, Okla., his collegiate career and international career, the rivalries and freindships he formed on his journey and winning the Olympic gold medal in one of the most memorable Olympic finals in history.

Feb 3, 2016

The USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, will feature many of top names in wrestling from the U.S. and beyond.

Join USA Wrestling's Richard Immel as he deconstructs the greatest minds in wrestling and sheds light on the secrets of success for each guest.

Episode 29 of Bonus Points features Isaiah Martinez, 2015 NCAA champion for the University of Illinois.

Martinez went 35-0 on his road to the 157-pound NCAA title last season. He was the first freshman to accomplish this feat since Cael Sanderson did so for Iowa State in 1999.

This season the Illini standout is holds a 20-1 record after suffering his first official collegiate loss to Jason Nolf of Penn State on Jan. 23.

Topics of discussion include the experience of losing his first collegiate match, his journey to an undefeted freshman season, how he decided to attend the University of Illinois and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 29 guest Isaiah Martinez on Twitter at @Imar165 and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bouns Points Archives or by subscribing on your favorite podcast listening application.

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