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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 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.

Mar 31, 2017

Episode 74 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by KT Tape, features two-time NCAA champion Gabe Dean of Cornell University.

Dean just completed a remarkable collegiate career for the Big Red as a four-time NCAA All-American with placements of third, first, first and second at the NCAA Championships.

His list of achievements include being a four-time EIWA champion, two-time Ivy League Wrestler of the Year and the Cornell record holder for all-time wins at 152.

As a senior, Dean finished with a 35-1 overall record and 20 pins, the highest mark in the NCAA this season.

In his final collegiate match, Dean was upset in the NCAA finals by Penn State's Bo Nickal, 4-3. Despite this loss, Dean will go down as one of the top wrestlers in NCAA history, all the while staying true to himself and his personal values.

Topics of discussion include his final run at the NCAA Championships, the legacy he built at Cornell, the sustained success of the Cornell program, overcoming adversity and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 74 guest Gabe Dean on Twitter at @DabeGean 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.

Mar 31, 2017

Episode 73 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features top U.S. women's freestyle talent Julia Salata.

Salata is fresh off winning her third University Nationals title with a masterful performance at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Canton, Mich. native has seen tremedous success throughout her career. Salata is a two-time WCWA Women's College Nationals champion and four-time college All-American. She won a Univesity World bronze medal in 2014 and was a member of U.S. Junior World Teams in 2012 and 2013.

Salata will comepte at either 69 kg or 75 kg at the U.S. World Team Trials in Las Vegas, Nev. this April. She was the 75 kg runner-up at the 2017 U.S. Senior Nationals.

On top of her career as an athlete, Salata just completed her first season as an assistant coach at King University, a program that has now won four-straight WCWA team titles. Salata also participates part-time as a freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling official.

Topics of discussion include winning a third University Nationals title, being a member of the King wrestling program in multiple capacities, the growth of women's wrestling and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 73 guest Julia Salata on Twitter at @JSalata 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.

Mar 23, 2017

Episode 72 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2017 NCAA champion Darian Cruz of Lehigh University.

Cruz won the 125-pound title at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships held in St. Louis, Mo., March 16-18.

Throuhgout his three-day journey in St. Louis, Cruz defeated Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa, Shakur Laney of Ohio, Sean Fausz of North Carolina State, Thomas Gilman of Iowa and Ethan Lizak of Minnesota to become the 22nd individual to win a NCAA title for Lehigh.

Cruz downed the top seed Gilman 4-2 in the semifinals courtesy of a takedown in sudden victory. He secured a 6-3 win over Lizak in the championship match.

At the conclusion of his junior campaign for the Mountain Hawks, Cruz owns two NCAA All-American honors and two EIWA conference championships. He finished with a 31-2 record this season.

Topics of discussion include his NCAA title run, what it means to accomplish this feat for Lehigh, turning towards a title defense and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 72 guest Darian Cruz on Twitter at @toicruz23 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.

Mar 14, 2017

On Episode 71 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast the duo of Richard Immel and Jason Bryant return to break down every aspect of the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

This year's NCAA bracketology episode features in-depth analysis of all 10 weight classes being contested, team race scenarios, Hodge Trophy discussion, predictions and more off the wall banter.

The 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will he beld March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 71 guest Jason Bryant on Twitter at @jasonmbryant and follow show host Richard Immel on Twitter at @Richard_Immel.

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Mar 1, 2017

Episode 70 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features the "Magic Man" himself, David Taylor.

Taylor is fresh off a landmark performace at the 2017 Freestyle World Cup where he went 4-0 for the U.S. at 86 kg/189 lbs. by defeating two Olympic champions, an Olympic bronze medalist and a Junior World champion over a two-day span.

Prior to the World Cup, Taylor won gold medals at four international events with his most recent coming at the 2017 Paris International. He finished in third place at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at 86 kg.

Taylor was a two-time NCAA champion, four-time NCAA finalist, two-time Hodge Trophy winner and four-time Big Ten champion for Penn State from 2010 to 2014. He also helped Penn State capture four-straight NCAA championships as a team.

Topics of discussion include traveling to Iran for the Freestyle World Cup, his dynamic World Cup performance, Penn State wrestling and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 70 guest David Taylor on Twitter at @magicman_psu and follow show host Richard Immel on Twitter at @Richard_Immel.

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Feb 16, 2017

Episode 69 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features South Dakota State University head coach Chris Bono.

Bono is in his fifth season as head coach for the Jackrabbits and has brought new life to the program. SDSU has seen 12 wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships under Bono's leadership. This season, SDSU holds a record of 13-4 (7-1 Big 12) and is ranked in the top-20 nationally.

South Dakota State now enters a crucial stretch of its season, hosting Purdue in a NWCA National Duals Championship Series bowl followed by a border brawl with North Dakota State this weekend.

Bono was a three-time All-American and NCAA champion at Iowa State University from 1994-1997. He ammassed 130 career wins for the Cyclones. On the Senior-level, Bono was a three-time U.S. World Team member in freestyle wrestling.

Topics of discussion include the rise of South Dakota State, the National Duals, preparing for the postseason and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 69 guest Chris Bono on Twitter at @ChrisBono 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 8, 2017

Episode 68 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by KT Tape, features one of the top women's freestyle wrestlers in the U.S., Tamyra Mensah.

Mensah is fresh off a gold-medal performance at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix held in Krasonyarsk, Russia. She became just the sixth U.S. woman to win the prestigious event, and first to do so since 2010.

2016 was a banner year for the young American talent. Mensah won six medals at international events over the year in addition to her stateside wins at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and U.S. Senior Nationals.

Mensah is a senior at Wayland Baptist University where she has already earned three WCWA All-American honors and a national title in 2014. She will look for her second WCWA crown this weekend in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Topics of discussion include her performance at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix, her 2016 Olympic journey, ascending levels, and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points 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, 2017

Episode 67 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features Duke University's high-flying heavyweight Jacob Kasper.

Competing in his junior season for the Blue Devils, Kasper has compiled a 20-1 record with six wins coming by fall and three by major decision. He became Duke's first Southern Scuffle champion in January.

Kasper was a NCAA qualifier and ACC runner-up in 2015. He also finished in seventh place at the 2015 U.S. Senior Nationals in Greco-Roman.

Topics of discussion include his personal growth on the mat, taking on a new weight class, training Greco-Roman at the Olympic Training Center and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 67 guest Jacob Kasper on Twitter at @jacobakasper 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.

Jan 12, 2017

Episode 66 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features United World Wrestling's Tim Foley.

Foley has covered wrestling at all levels for over a decade. His current role with United World Wrestling has him oversee the media operations for wrestling's international governing body.

He was a NCAA All-American at the University of Virginia in 2004 and later coached at Columbia University while earning his M.S. in Magazine Journalism.

Topics of discussion include his personal connection to wrestling, the promotional side of wrestling, the evolution of UWW and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 66 guest Tim Foley on Twitter at @trfoley 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.

Jan 6, 2017

Episode 65 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast takes a look back at many of the great wrestling moments from the 2016 calendar year.

Richard Immel and Jason Bryant come together once more in a special Short Time-Bonus Points collaboration to reflect on their favorite moments of the past year.

Topics of discussion include the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the NCAA Championsips in Madison Square Garden plus much more off-the-wall conversation.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 65 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.

Dec 23, 2016

Episode 64 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by KT Tape, features 2016 World Champion Logan Stieber.

The four-time NCAA champion and 2011 Junior World silver medalist made his mark on the international wrestling world with an electrifying gold-medal performance at the 2016 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Stieber stared down an incredibly challenging draw at Worlds, with all four of his opponents ranked highly in the United World Wrestling men’s freestyle rankings at 61 kg/134 lbs.

The U.S. gunslinger opened his World title run with a quick 10-0 technical fall over 2015 World bronze medalist Vasyl Shuptar of Ukraine. In the quarterfinals, he topped eventual bronze medalist Akhmed Chakaev of Russia, 13-11, scoring the deciding takedown with five seconds left in the match. Moments later, Stieber secured the match-clinching takedown on Asian silver medalist Behnam Ehsanpoor of Iran with one second remaining in the bout to pull out a 9-8 victory and qualify for the finals.

Standing across Stieber in the gold-medal match was 2015 European Games silver medalist Beka Lomtadze of Georgia. Leading 1-0 entering the second frame, Stieber rode his high-powered offense to a comfortable 8-4 decision and his first World championship.

Stieber won his fourth NCAA title and the Hodge Trophy for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2015, becoming just the fourth wrestler in NCAA history to accomplish this feat. He is now the first four-time NCAA champion to win a World Championships.

Topics of discussion include the thrill of winning a World title, the clutch factor, his up-and-down 2016 season and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 64 guest Logan Stieber on Twitter at @_LogieBear_ 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.

Dec 14, 2016

Episode 63 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features University of Michigan freshman Logan Massa.

The young Wolverine has taken the NCAA by storm this season, currently holding the No. 2 ranking at 165 pounds and an undefeated 15-0 record.

Massa downed NCAA finalist Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin in the finals of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas International to win his first major college tournament and solidify himself as a NCAA title contender.

As a redshirt freshman, Massa posted a 13-1 record for Michigan. He won the Eastern Michigan Open, Michigan State Open and finished in second place at the Southern Scuffle.

Massa has proven strong on the freestyle side as well. He qualified and competed at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held last April and placed fourth at the 2016 U.S. Senior Nationals at 74 kg/163 lbs.

Topics of discussion include Massa's Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational performance, the high's and low's of his wrestling career thus far, combatting winning with the rise in expectation and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 63 guest Logan Massa on Twitter at @massa_logan 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.

Dec 8, 2016

Episode 62 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features current Campbell head coach and hall of fame wrestler Cary Kolat.

Kolat finished his career among the most decorated wrestlers in U.S. history. Internationally, he won two World medals in men's freestyle and competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

In college, Kolat was a four-time NCAA All-American and two-time NCAA champion. He finished in second and third place at the NCAA Championships for Penn State during his first two years of college. Kolat then transferred to Lock Haven where he won his two NCAA titles.

Kolat was a four-time Pennsylvania state champion, boasting an undefeated record in high school.

In 2017, Kolat will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member.

Topics of discussion include Kolat's wrestling career, his journey to grow the Campbell University wrestling program, what drove him to his success, how he combatted failure and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 62 guest Cary Kolat on Twitter at @kolat 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 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.

Oct 28, 2016

Episode 57 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender.

Bender has been an employee of USA Wrestling for 29 years and has served as the organization’s chief executive officer for 14 years, leading USA Wrestling through a period of growth and expanded service.

Topics of discussion include the current state of USA Wrestling, the 2016 Olympic Games, growth of wrestling from the youth levels all the way to the Senior-level and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 57 guest Rich Bender on Twitter at @rsbender 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.

Oct 19, 2016

Episode 56 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features Olympic champion and three-time World champion in men's freestyle wrestling Jordan Burroughs.

Already cemented as one of the greatest wrestlers in U.S. history entering the 2016 season, Burroughs found himself with a rare opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games for the second time after winning the U.S. Olympic Team Trials last April.

Burroughs was one of the premier faces for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as he attempted to grasp his second Olympic gold medal.

On August 19, 2016 Burroughs competed in the Olympics as a heavy favorite in the men's freestyle 74 kg division. A day he invisioned as his grand statement to the world turned out to be his most difficult day on the wrestling mat.

Burroughs was defeated in the Olympic quarterfinals by eventual silver medalist Aniuar Geduev of Russia, 3-2. He later fell in the repechage round to Bekzod Abdurakhmonov of Uzbekistan, 10-0 and left Rio without a medal.

Despite his Olympic setback, Burroughs has ammased four total World medals, three gold and one bronze, on top of an Olympic gold from 2012. He owns an astounding Senior-level record of 130 wins to only four losses since his debut in 2011.

How does Burroughs view his most recent Olympic outing? What did he do to cope with a rare defeat on the biggest stage in wrestling? Will we see him back on a wrestling mat in the coming year? Burroughs answers all these questions and more on this episode of Bonus Points.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 56 guest Jordan Burroughs on Twitter at @alliseeisgold 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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Oct 10, 2016

Episode 55 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features two-time Cadet World champion in men's freestyle wrestling Gable Steveson.

Steveson won men’s freestyle gold for the U.S. at the 2016 Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia at 100 kg/220 lbs. He picked up four wins on his run to gold, including a 5-1 decision over Adam Beterbiev of Russia in the gold-medal match.

With the win in Tbilisi, Steveson became just the second U.S. wrestler to win the Cadet World Championships twice. The other occured on the very same day with Yianni Diakomihalis also going back-to-back.

In addition to his two Cadet World wins, Steveson has ammased two Minnesota high school state titles for Apple Valley HS entering his Junior year. He also boasts gold medal finishes at the USAW Cadet Freestyle Nationals and USAW Folkstyle Nationals.

Topics of discussion include his dominant Cadet Worlds performance, the pressures of repeating, how to become a successful wrestler and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 55 guest Gable Steveson on Twitter at @GSteveson 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.

Sep 28, 2016

Episode 54 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2016 Cadet World champion in men's freestyle wrestling Kurt McHenry.

McHenry won men’s freestyle gold for the U.S. at the 2016 Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia with an electrifying performance at 42 kg/92.5 lbs.

The Virginia native won four matches over the top Cadet wrestlers in the World to win his first World title. Two of McHenry’s four wins came by technical fall. He posted a last second victory over Mahir Mammadzada of Azerbaijan in the championship match.

McHenry will be a high school sophomore this year at St. Paul's in Maryland. He was a state champion as a freshman at 106 pounds.

Topics of discussion include his Cadet Worlds performance, wrestling as a lightweight, creating a successful wrestling style and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 54 guest Kurt McHenry on Twitter at @Kurt_McNasty 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.

Sep 22, 2016

Episode 53 of the USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast features 2016 Junior World champion in men's freestyle wrestling Mark Hall.

The 19-year-old Hall won men’s freestyle gold for the U.S. at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Macon, France with a remarkable performance at 74 kg/163 lbs.

Hall won five matches over the top Junior wrestlers in the World to win his first Junior crown. Two of Hall’s five wins came by technical fall with one other coming by pin.

Hall adds Junior World champion to a resume that already included 2014 Cadet World champion, three-time age-group U.S. World Team member, three-time USAW Cadet Nationals champion and six-time high school state champion.

Hall is attending college wrestling powerhouse Penn State where he will compete as a freshman this fall.

Topics of discussion include his Junior Worlds journey, college recruitment, navigating early success and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 53 guest Mark Hall on Twitter at @BaybeeMarky_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.

Sep 11, 2016

Episode 52 of Bonus Points features 2016 Olympic champion in men's freestyle wrestling Kyle Snyder.

The 20-year-old Snyder won four matches at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to become the youngest American wrestler to win Olympic gold.

Competing at 97 kg, Snyder defeated Javier Cortina of Cuba, Albert Saritov of Romania, Elizbar Odikadze of Georgia and Khetag Goziumov of Azerbaijan on his road to gold in Rio.

Last Sept. Snyder became the youngest World champion in U.S. wrestling history, and followed that up by winning his first NCAA championship for Ohio State in March.

Topics of discussion include the road to Olympic gold, a wild up-and-down season, mixing college and international wrestling and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 52 guest Kyle Snyder on Twitter at @Snyder_man45 and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Aug 8, 2016

Join host Richard Immel and special guest Jason Bryant for Episode 51 of Bonus Points as they preview the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Wrestling in Rio will begin with Greco-Roman on Aug. 14-16, followed by women's freestyle on Aug. 17-18 and conclude with men's freestyle on Aug. 19-21.

The Bonus Points Olympic preview show hits on the major storylines heading into the Olympic Games, weight-by-weight previews, medal predictions, the Team USA outlook and more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 51 guest Jason Bryant on Twitter at @jasonmbryant and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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