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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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Feb 8, 2018

Episode 96 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features Grays Harbor College Women's Wrestling Head Coach Andy Cook.

Cook was named head coach of the Grays Harbor College women's wrestling program in 2016. In the program's inaugural season, Cook guided the Lady Chokers to an 18th place finish in the WCWA and its first individual All-American, Kacie Moorehouse.

He continues to be heavily involved with USA Wrestling. Cook was a U.S. coach for the Junior Pan American Championships and Cadet World Championships in 2017. He is widely regarded as one of the top women's wrestling coaches in the nation.

Topics of discussion include building the Grays Harbor program from the ground up, the upcoming WCWA nationals, the benefits of women's wrestling, and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 96 guest Andy Cook on Twitter at @acbushido 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.

Feb 1, 2018

Episode 95 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast previews the most anticipated college dual meet of the season, No. 2 Ohio State visiting No. 1 Penn State on February 3, 2018.

The show begins with a quick chat with NCAA champion and two-time All-American Myles Martin of Ohio State. We discuss the upcoming dual meet, and his rivalry matchup with NCAA champion Bo Nickal of Penn State at 184 pounds.

The second half of the episode takes a deep dive into the specific matchups, as show host Richard Immel and frequent guest commentator Jason Bryant give their thoughts on the dual.

The Ohio State at Penn State dual meet is scheduled for 8 p.m. (ET) at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa. this Saturday. Big Ten Network will televise all the action live.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 95 guest Myles Martin on Twitter at @MyMar184 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.

Jan 25, 2018

Episode 94 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features Olympic and World silver medalist Brandon Paulson.

Paulson is among the elite Greco-Roman athletes in U.S. history. He scored silver medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, and the 2001 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. He qualified for three additional U.S. World Team's throughout his Senior-level career.

As a Division I wrestler for the University of Minnesota, Paulson earned NCAA All-America status as a senior in 1998 by finishing in seventh place nationally at 118 pounds.

Paulson now coaches alongside fellow Minnesota great Jared Lawrence at the PINnacle Wrestling School in Shoreview, Minnesota. He was a member of the 2008 Olympic coaching staff in Beijing, China. Paulson also coaches with the Minnesota Storm and Minnesota/USA Wrestling staff throughout the year.

Topics of discussion include founding PINnacle, coaching philosophies and practices, his competitive career, the 1996 Olympic Games and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 94 guest Brandon Paulson on Twitter at @lovethefight 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.

Jan 19, 2018

Episode 93 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features Trackwrestling's media mogul Andy Hamilton.

Hamilton orchestrates the Trackwrestling media coverage across the vast wrestling landscape. Since joining Trackwrestling in 2016, Hamilton has expanded his global wrestling depth of knowledge, covering four World Championships, plus countless college and high school events.

Hamilton has been involved in the wrestling community for nearly two decades through stints as a journalist at the Iowa City Press-Citizen and The Des Moines Register. For many years his primary wrestling beat included covering the prestigious University of Iowa program.

Topics of discussion include the development of Trackwrestling as a multimedia company, transitioning from the newspaper industry to a full-time wrestling media position, anecdotes of personal growth and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 93 guest Andy Hamilton on Twitter at @Andy_Hamilton 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.

Jan 10, 2018

Episode 92 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features U23 World champion and Rutgers senior Richie Lewis.

Lewis won the 70 kg gold medal in men's freestyle wrestling at the U23 World Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, November 21-26. He was one of three medalists at the event for the United States.

Lewis is competing in his final season for Rutgers at 165 pounds. He was a NCAA qualifier for the Scarlet Knights in 2016. Prior to attending Rutgers, Lewis was a two-time NJCAA All-American for Iowa Central Community College.

Topics of discussion include the U23 World Championships, the intense growth and success of the Rutgers program, personal discovery through injury and life experiences, and much more.

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