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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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Jul 27, 2016

Episode 49 of Bonus Points features Ben Askren, 2008 Olympian in men's freestye wrestling and two-time NCAA champion.

Askren competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China for Team USA. He was a two-time NCAA champion and four-time NCAA finalist for the University of Missouri.

After competing at the Olympics, Askren made the transition to mma full-time. He was a multiple time Bellator welterweight champion and is currently the ONE FC welterweight champion. Askren also heads the Wisconsin based Askren Wrestling Academy alsongside his brother Max.

Askren hosts the T-Row and Funky Show, a weekly wrestling podcast, with fellow U.S. wrestling great Tommy Rowlands.

Topics of discussion include the the magnitude of the Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D., the Olympic Games, wrestling in mma and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 49 guest Ben Askren on Twitter at @Benaskren 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.

Jul 13, 2016

Episode 48 of Bonus Points features former wrestler and UFC Hall of Famer Frank Trigg.

Trigg is a wrestling and mixed martial arts veteteran on top of several other career endeavors that include acting, stunt work and color commentary. He currently covers mma in several journalistic capacities and is now working in Hawaii as a stunt man for television drama Hawaii Five-O.

Trigg grew up wrestling with mild success in Upstate New York. He posted college stints at Oklahoma State and Phoenix College before finishing his career as a NCAA qualifier for Oklahoma. He was highly competitive on the Senior level through 2000 before transitioning to mma full-time.

On the mma scene, Trigg held championship titles for several different promotions. He fought in the famed Pride Fighting Championships and the UFC where he fought for the Welterweight crown twice against all-time great Matt Hughes. Other top-named opponents he battled in the cage were Georges St. Pierre, Carlos Condit, Robbie Lawler, Josh Koshcheck and Matt Serra.

Topics of discussion include the fallout of UFC 200, the future of wrestling in mma, his wrestling and mma journey and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 48 guest Frank Trigg on Twitter at @FRANKTRIGG 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.

Jul 1, 2016

Episode 47 of Bonus Points features 2016 U.S. University World Team member in men's freestyle Adam Hall.

Hall secured a spot on the University World Team by winning the University Nationals held in Akron, Ohio, June 4-5. He will compete at the University World Championships this Oct. in Corum, Turkey.

Since graduating from Boise State where he was a two-time NCAA All-American and four-time NCAA Tournament qualifier, Hall has posted coaching stints at Columbia and North Carolina State. He is currently an assistant coach for NC State and trains with the Wolfpack Wrestling Club.

Topics of discussion include the University World Championships, Olympic Trials, coaching philosophy, growing up in Idaho and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 47 guest Adam Hall on Twitter at @coachhallstar 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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