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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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Nov 30, 2016

Episode 61 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by KT Tape, features Zain Retherford, 2016 NCAA Champion for Penn State.

Retherford won his first NCAA title for the Nittany Lions last season at 149 pounds with a 34-0 overall record. Of his 34 wins, 15 were pins, eight came by technical fall and seven were major decisions.

In 2016, Retherford was a finalist for the Hodge Trophy, awarded annually to the best college wrestler, and was awarded the NCAA's most dominant wrestler award.

Retherford enters his junior campaign as a two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big Ten finalist and Big Ten champion. He also finished in third place at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and was a 2012 Cadet World champion in freestyle.

Topics of discussion include Retherford's wrestling journey, growing up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, the outlook of Penn State this year and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 61 guest Zain Retherford on Twitter at @zaintrain_psu 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.

Nov 23, 2016

Episode 60 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features four-time NCAA All-American, U.S. World Team member and Indiana associate head coach Nick Simmons.

Dubbed the East Lansing Strangler for his punishing wrestling style, Simmons was a staple on the U.S. men's freestyle scene from 2004 until he announced his retirement in 2015.

Simmons finished in fifth place at the 2011 Senior World Championships held in Istanbul, Turkey. He was a runner-up at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Wrestling collegiately for Michigan State, Simmons earned four NCAA All-American honors with finishes of third, fourth, fourth and seventh at the NCAA Championships. He was a three-time Big Ten Champion for the Spartans, racking up 138 collegiate wins with 46 coming by fall.

Simmons was one of the top high school wrestlers in U.S. history with 211 overall wins, only three of which not coming by pin or technical fall. He was a four-time Michigan state champion and three time Junior National champion.

Topics of discussion include the Simmons family Thanksgiving tradition, the outlook of this year's Indiana squad and examining his wrestling career.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 60 guest Nick Simmons on Twitter at @Elstrangler 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.

Nov 16, 2016

Episode 59 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features author, motivational speaker and teacher Coyte Cooper.

Cooper recently published his second book entitled Make Your Mark that examines the intricacies of living a remarkable life.

He graduated with a PH.D. in sports marketing and management from Indiana University and recently finished a stint at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill as a marketing professor.

On the wrestling mat, Cooper was a NCAA All-American at Indiana, a three-three time Washington high school state champion and three-time age-group World Team member.

Topics of discussion include Cooper's Make Your Mark book, the marking side of wrestling and what he learned from his days on the mat.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 59 guest Coyte Cooper on Twitter at @coytecooper 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.

Nov 2, 2016

In Episode 58 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast Richard Immel and Jason Bryant take an in-depth look at the upcoming NCAA Division I wrestling season.

Topics of discussion range from returning NCAA champions looking to repeat, potential newcomers who could shake the college landscape, how the team race will play out and, of course, predictions on who will win the NCAA Championships.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 58 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 Bonus Points Archives or by subscribing on your favorite podcast listening application.

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