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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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Mar 30, 2016

Untitled DocumentThe USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, will feature the 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 36 of Bonus Points features two-time NCAA champion for the University of Missouri, J'Den Cox.

Cox recently won his second NCAA title as a junior for the Tigers. He defeated No. 1 seed Morgan McIntosh of Penn State, 4-2, in the 197-pound NCAA finals at Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y.

Cox is now a three-time NCAA All-American for Missouri, posting finishes of first, third and first at the NCAA Championships. He is a three-time Mid-American Conference champion and was recently named MAC wrestler of the year for 2016.

Courtesy of winning the 2016 NCAA title, Cox has qualified to compete at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa where he will compete at 86 kg/189 lbs.

Prior to attending Missouri, Cox was a four-time Missouri state champion for Hickman High School and won the 2012 Junior Nationals at 220-pounds.

Topics of discussion include his journey to winning a second NCAA championship, challenges he has faced this season, growth of the Missouri wrestling program, wrestling in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 36 guest J'den Cox on Twitter at @SuperstarW14T and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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

Mar 22, 2016

Episode 35 of Bonus Points features Myles Martin of Ohio State University, 2016 NCAA Division I wrestling champion at 174 pounds. 

Martin became just the 15th true freshman to ever win a NCAA individual championship when he defeated top-ranked Bo Nickal of Penn State 11-9 in the NCAA finals held on the big stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y. on March 19, 2016.

On his road to the title as the No. 11 seed, Martin defeated Nicholas Wanzek (Minnesota) 12-4, No. 6 Bryce Hammond (CSU Bakersfield) 5-3, Matt Reed (Oklahoma) 2-0, Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State) 8-2 and No. 1 Bo Nickal (Penn State) 11-9.

Martin was pulled from redshirt in January of this year to compete for the Buckeyes. He owned a 28-6 record on the season entering the NCAA Championships.

Prior to college, Martin was a three-time Maryland state champion, USA Wrestling Junior Nationals champion in freestyle, National Preps champion and two-time Beast of the East champion.

Topics of discussion include his journey to winning the NCAA title as a true freshman, overcoming three regular season losses to Nickal and eventually topping him in the NCAA finals, how the decision to remove his redshirt came about and what it is like to wrestle for Ohio State.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 35 guest Myles Martin on Twitter at @Captain_MnM1 and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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

Mar 15, 2016

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

Episode 34 of Bonus Points reunites the tag team of Jason Bryant and Richard Immel as they break down the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships field.

The boys thoroughly examine each bracket, weight-by-weight, with All-American, bloodround, upset, bracket-buster and what-to-watch predictions.

This special Bonus Points/Short Time joint episode is the perfect source to prepare for the what is sure to be a historic NCAA's at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Let the madness begin.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 34 special guest Jason Bryant on Twitter at @jasonmbryant 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.

Mar 2, 2016

Episode 33 of Bonus Points features four-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion and 2016 Olympic Hopeful Logan Stieber.

Growing up in Monroeville, Ohio, Stieber won four Ohio state championships, posting a 184-1 overall prep record. As a junior in high school, Stieber placed third at the U.S. Senior Nationals.

Stieber attended college at Ohio State University where he won four NCAA titles, four Big Ten titles and the 2015 Dan Hodge trophy. He helped guide the Buckeyes to a Big Ten and NCAA title in 2015, the first NCAA team championship in school history.

Now focused soley on competing at the Senior level in freestyle wrestling, Stieber has proven to be a force at 65 kg. This season he has won silver medals at the Bill Farrell International, Golden Grand Prix Finals, U.S. Senior Nationals and Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial. He also tacked on a bronze medal at the Alexander Medved International.

Topics of discussion include his international season in preparation to make the U.S. Olympic Team, becoming the fourth man to win four NCAA Divison I titles, the upcoming college postseason and what he needs to do to win Olympic gold.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 33 guest Logan Stieber on Twitter at@_LogieBear_ 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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