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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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Apr 20, 2017

Episode 78 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features U.S. National Women's Coach Erin Vandiver.

Vandiver recently accepted the position as the new girls wrestling coach at national high school powerhouse Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pa.

The Pennsylvania native returns to her home state to lead a brand new accelerated elite girls developmental program, which seeks to attract many of the nation’s top high school girl wrestlers to pursue national and international goals while attending a highly respected academic institution.

Vandiver has a proven record of success as an athlete on the high school and international levels, as well as extensive experience coaching age-group wrestlers. One of her key responsibilities for USA Wrestling has been working with the nation’s top Cadet and Junior level women wrestlers, including coaching U.S. age group World Teams.

In her role as a coach for the resident-athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Vandiver has also helped numerous U.S. Senior women wrestlers win World and Olympic medals for the United States. She has been a member of the women’s coaching staff at the last two Olympic Games.

Competing under her maiden name Erin Tomeo, she was a member of the 2001 and 2006 U.S. World Teams. She won the 2008 U.S. Open and was a four-time U.S. Open runner-up.

Erin wrestled at Lock Haven University as a member of the varsity men’s team for the 2001-2002 season.

Competing for Grove City High School, she was the first girl in Pennsylvania wrestling history to place at Districts and win a match at the Regional high school boys wrestling tournament. She was also active with USA Wrestling in its age-group women’s programs, and won Cadet World bronze medals in 1998 and 1999.

Topics of discussion include taking over the Wyoming Seminary program, her vision for developing women's wrestling, lessons learned through her coaching and athletic careers and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 78 guest Erin Vandiver on Twitter at @QueenT_omeo and follow show host Richard Immel on Twitter 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.

Apr 18, 2017

Episode 77 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features newly named head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, Keith Gavin.

Gavin takes the reigns of the Panther program after serving as an assistant coach at both Virginia and Oklahoma. He is the 11th head coach in the history of the Pittsburgh wrestling program.

On the Senior level, Gavin was a 2013 U.S. World Team member in men's freestyle, two-time U.S. Open champion, six-time U.S. National Team member and 2008 University World bronze medalist.

He was a two-time All-American for Pittsburgh, winning the NCAA Championships at 174 pounds in 2008 and finishing as NCAA runner-up in 2007.

Topics of discussion include taking over the Pitt program, his vision for the future of Pitt wrestling, what he learned from his international and college careers and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 77 guest Keith Gavin on Twitter at @keithgavin84 and follow show host Richard Immel on Twitter 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.

Apr 12, 2017

Episode 76 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features two-time NCAA champion Dean Heil of Oklahoma State University.

Heil won his second NCAA championship at 141 pounds this season after posting a perfect 32-0 record. He won the 142nd individual NCAA title in Cowboy history and became the 39th wrestler in program history to win multiple titles.

In the NCAA finals, Heil defeated Virginia's Geogre DiCamillo by a 6-3 margin. The two owned a well-established history on the mat dating back to their little league days in Ohio.

Heil is riding a 41-match win-streak heding into his senior season. He has placed fourth, first and first during his first three years at the NCAA Championships and is a three-time Big 12 champion.

Topics of discussion include consistently performing at the highest level, internal motivation, wrestling in tight matches, what it takes to win the NCAA Championships and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 76 guest Dean Heil on Twitter at @MeanDeanHeil and follow show host Richard Immel on Twitter 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.

Apr 4, 2017

Episode 75 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2017 NCAA champion Cory Clark of the University of Iowa.

Clark capped off his collegiate career by winning the NCAA Division I Championships held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

He became the 133-pound NCAA champion with wins over Connor Schram of Stanford, Pat D'Arcy of Princeton, Stevan Micic of Michigan, Nathan Tomasello of Ohio State and Seth Gross of South Dakota State. Clark defeated Gross 4-3 in the championship match.

Clark finished his Hawkeye career as a four-time NCAA All-American and three-time NCAA finalist as he became the 54th individual in program history to claim a national title. He is the 19th Hawkeye to become a four-time All-American.

Topics of discussion include cementing his career with a NCAA title, overcoming the heartbreak of finishing second at the NCAAs two times, what it means to be a part of the Iowa wrestling tradition and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 75 guest Cory Clark on Twitter at @iCoryClark and follow show host Richard Immel on Twitter 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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