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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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Now displaying: October, 2017
Oct 20, 2017

Episode 89 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2017 Junior World champion Kamal Bey.

Bey blitzed the 74 kg/163 lbs. field with one spectacular throw after another to claim America’s first Greco-Roman gold medal at the Junior Worlds since Garrett Lowney did so in 1999. He rattled off a tournament high 61 total points throughout his five matches in Tampere, Finland.

He followed up his Junior World title by earning a berth on the U.S. U23 World Team that will comepte in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Nov. 21-26.

Bey has been on quite a run this season, picking up Senior-level gold medals at the Bill Farrell International and Dave Schultz Memorial International, on top of a bronze medal at the Grand Prix of Zagreb. He also secured gold at the Austria Open in the Junior division. Domestically, he finished as runner-up at the U.S. World Team Trials and was the U.S. Senior Nationals champion.

He was a six-time All-American at the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Nationals held in Fargo, N.D., qualifying for the finals on five occasions, and winning the Junior Greco-Roman crown in 2015.

Bey was an Illinois high school state champion for powerhouse program Oak Park-River Forest prior to making the move out the to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. to focus strictly on Greco-Roman.

Topics of discussion include his marveouls Junior Worlds performance, the offensive Greco-Roman style, the future of U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 89 guest Kamal Bey on Twitter at @ThatManChasin 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.

Oct 11, 2017

Episode 88 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features the U.S. men's freestyle national coaching staff Bill Zadick, Joe Russell and Kevin Jackson.

Zadick just completed his first full year as the head coach of the men's freestyle program. He was instrumental in leading the U.S. to its third World title in men's freestyle. Zadick was a World champion in 2006 and a NCAA champion for Iowa in 1996.

Russell joined USA Wrestling as the Manager of Freestyle Programs in May. He was a longtime assistant coach at the University of Minnesota before taking over as head coach at George Mason University for six seasons.

Jackson returned to USA Wrestling in June as the National Freestyle Developmental Coach. He served as the U.S. National Freestyle Coach from 2000 to 2008 before taking the head coaching position at Iowa State University. Jackson was an Olympic champion in 1992 and a two-time World champion.

Topics of discussion include a banner year for U.S. men's freestyle that included a Senor World championship, a Junior World championship and a second-place finish at the Cadet World Championships, plus talk on Regional Training Centers, grassroots development and much more.

Listen to previous episodes of the show on the USA Wrestling Bonus Points Archives or by subscribing on your favorite podcast listening application.

Oct 4, 2017

Episode 87 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2017 Junior World champion Maya Nelson.

Nelson topped the 63 kg/139 lbs. weight class in women's freestyle at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Tampere, Finland. She won four matches, including a 6-0 shutout of Bulgaria's Yuliana Yaneva in the gold-medal match, to claim the title.

Nelson is now a two-time Junior World medalist. She picked up a bronze in 2016 to go along with her recent gold.

Thus far in 2017, Nelson has earned a third-place finish at the U.S. World Team Trials, in addition to second-place finishes at the U.S. Open, Dave Schultz Memorial International and University Nationals.

Topics of discussion include a recent trip to India, her Junior Worlds run, growth as a women's wrestler and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 87 guest Maya Nelson on Twitter at @MayaNelson2015 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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