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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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Jun 24, 2016

Episode 46 of Bonus Points features the recently named head coach of the U.S. men's freestyle wrestling team Bill Zadick.

Zadick will begin his duties as the head man at USA Wrestling after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has served as an assistant coach for the U.S. men's freestyle team in various roles since 2009.

Competitively Zadick won the 2006 World Championships and was a two-time U.S. World Team member. He was a NCAA champion for the University of Iowa in 1996.

Topics of discussion include his coaching transition and philosophy, his wrestling career, the future of U.S. men's freestyle wrestling and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 46 guest Bill Zadick on Twitter at @BillZadick 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.

Jun 17, 2016

Episode 45 of Bonus Points features 2015 Cadet World champion in men's freestyle wrestling Yianni Diakomihalis.

Diakomihalis will defend his Cadet World title from last year at the upcoming UWW Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 13-18.

Most recently, Diakomihalis scorched the 63 kg/138 lbs. men’s freestyle field at the 2016 UWW Cadet Nationals held in Akron, Ohio, June 4-5, to secure a berth on his second consecutive U.S. Cadet World Team.

Wrestling for Hilton High School, Diakomihalis has won four New York high school state championships with a chance to make it five as a senior next season. He is committed to wrestle collegiately in his home state at Cornell University for head coach Rob Koll.

Topics of discussion include his journey to a Cadet World title, developing as a young, successful wrestler, what the future holds and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 45 guest Yianni Diakomihalis on Twitter at @yiannidiako_LGR 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.

Jun 8, 2016

Episode 44 of Bonus Points features Jesse Thielke, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member at 59 kg/130 lbs. in Greco-Roman wrestling

Thielke won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa on April 9 with wins over Jermaine Hodge, Spenser Mango and Ildar Hafizov. The 59 kg weight class was not qualified for the U.S. to compete at the Olympic Games at the time of Thielke's victory in Iowa City.

In order to solidify his position at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thielke earned a silver medal at the 2nd World Olympic Games Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prior to his Olympic run, Thielke was a member of the 2013 U.S. World Team that competed at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary where finished in eighth place. He also won a Junior World bronze medal in 2012.

Topics of discussion include Thielke's journey to an Olympic berth, his plan of attack for the Olympic Games, how to be successful in Greco-Roman wrestling and more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 44 guest Jesse Thielke on Twitter at @thielke_smooth 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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