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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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May 31, 2016

Episode 43 of Bonus Points features Fresno State head coach Troy Steiner.

10 years after dropping its wrestling program, Fresno State made the decision to reinstate wrestling and selected the experienced Steiner to head the program. Fresno State will return to NCAA Div. I competition for the 2017-18 season.

Steiner has seen coaching stints at Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa before spending the past 10 years at Oregon State.

Wrestling in college for Iowa, Steiner was a four-time NCAA All-American and 1992 NCAA champion. He posted an overall record of 148-13 for the Hawkeyes.

Topics of discussion include the decision to accept the Fresno State head coaching position, the future of Fresno State wrestling, his personal wrestling journey and more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 43 guest Troy Steiner on Twitter at @TroySteiner 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.

May 18, 2016

Episode 42 of Bonus Points features FloWrestling Premium Producer Mark Bader.

FloWrestling recently celebrated the company's 10-year anniversary with Bader being an integral part in the growth and success of the organization.

Bader joined the FloSports team eight years ago per the request of Co-Founder and CEO Martin Floreani to run Purefight, a subdivision of FloSports. Shortly thereafter, Bader transitioned to manning FloWrestling in conjuction with Floreani, Joe Williamson and others.

If you follow wrestling you have most assuredly heard Bader on one of the many live streams FloWrestling has produced over the past 10 years. Bader has traveled the world to cover wrestling including key coverages at multiple Olympic Games, World Championships, NCAA Championships, Russian Nationals and more.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Bader wrestled collegiately at the University of Missouri from 1998-2003.

Topics of discussion include the evolution of FloWrestling, his personal journey in an emerging company, the opportunities wrestling has provided, the future of wrestling and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 42 guest Mark Bader on Twitter at @MarkSBader and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

May 10, 2016

Episode 41 of Bonus Points features two-time U.S. Olympian and two-time World bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev.

Dlagnev won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa on April 9 at 125 kg/275 lbs. in men's freestyle wrestling. He secured his Olympic berth with wins over top-flight U.S. heavyweights Connor Medbery, Dom Bradley and Zach Rey. In the best-of-three championship seried Dlagnev topped Rey two matches to zero.

After moving to the U.S. from Bulgaria at age four, Dlagnev has paved a remarkable road on the wrestling mat. He has competed at four senior-level World Championships on top of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Moreover, he wrestled for a medal in all five of his World and Olympic competitions, earning bronze in 2009 and 2014.

Last year, Dlagnev won the U.S. World Team Trials but was forced to remove himself from the World Championships due to injury. He still battles the very same injury to this day.

At the University level, Dlagnev was a four-time NCAA Division II All-American and two-time NCAA champion at Nebraska-Kearney. He helped lead the program to its first NCAA team championship in 2008. The same year he won a gold medal at the World University Championships in freestyle.

Topics of discussion include battling through adversity to capture his second Olympic berth, moving to the U.S. from Bulgaria as a child, how he rapidly developed his wrestling skillset, preparation for the Olympic Games and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 41 guest Tervel Dlagnev on Twitter at @TervelDlagnev 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.

May 4, 2016

Episode 40 of Bonus Points features Haley Augello, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. in women's freestyle wrestling

Augello won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa on April 10 with wins over Candace Workman, Erin Golston, Alyssa Lampe and Victoria Anthony. The 48 kg weight class was not qualified for the U.S. to compete at the Olympic Games at the time of Augello's victory in Iowa City.

In order to qualify for the Olympic Games Augello needed to place in the top two at the 1st World Olympic Games Qualifier held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on April 23. She posted a 3-1 record in Mongolia to finish in second place and accomplish her qualifying goal.

Augello is currently a two-time WCWA national champion for King University with two years of eligibilty remaining. She was a 2011 Cadet World champion and a two-time Junior World Team member.

Topics of discussion include electing to compete at 48 kg, the journey to an Olympic berth, her life journey on and off the wrestling mat and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 40 guest Haley Augello on Twitter at @hayaugello 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.

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