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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: January, 2018
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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