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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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Aug 3, 2016

Episode 50 of Bonus Points features 2016 U.S. Cadet World Team member in men's freestyle and USA Wrestling Triple Crown winner Travis Wittlake Jr.

Wittlake won the UWW Cadet Nationals in Akron, Ohio this June to secure his place on the Cadet World Team that will compete at the Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia in September.

Wrestling out of Oregon, Wittlake won the folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman national titles at the Cadet level this year to earn his fifth Triple Crown award. He won the Cadet folkstyle and Greco-Roman nationals last year, as well as finishing in third place in Cadet freestyle.

Entering his Junior year at Marshfield High School this fall, Wittlake has won two Oregon high school state championships.

Topics of discussion include wrestling at the Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D., winning the Triple Crown, competing for a Cadet World title this fall, college prospects and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 50 guest Travis Wittlake Jr. on Twitter at @WittlakeJr 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.

Jul 27, 2016

Episode 49 of Bonus Points features Ben Askren, 2008 Olympian in men's freestye wrestling and two-time NCAA champion.

Askren competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China for Team USA. He was a two-time NCAA champion and four-time NCAA finalist for the University of Missouri.

After competing at the Olympics, Askren made the transition to mma full-time. He was a multiple time Bellator welterweight champion and is currently the ONE FC welterweight champion. Askren also heads the Wisconsin based Askren Wrestling Academy alsongside his brother Max.

Askren hosts the T-Row and Funky Show, a weekly wrestling podcast, with fellow U.S. wrestling great Tommy Rowlands.

Topics of discussion include the the magnitude of the Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D., the Olympic Games, wrestling in mma and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 49 guest Ben Askren on Twitter at @Benaskren 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.

Jul 13, 2016

Episode 48 of Bonus Points features former wrestler and UFC Hall of Famer Frank Trigg.

Trigg is a wrestling and mixed martial arts veteteran on top of several other career endeavors that include acting, stunt work and color commentary. He currently covers mma in several journalistic capacities and is now working in Hawaii as a stunt man for television drama Hawaii Five-O.

Trigg grew up wrestling with mild success in Upstate New York. He posted college stints at Oklahoma State and Phoenix College before finishing his career as a NCAA qualifier for Oklahoma. He was highly competitive on the Senior level through 2000 before transitioning to mma full-time.

On the mma scene, Trigg held championship titles for several different promotions. He fought in the famed Pride Fighting Championships and the UFC where he fought for the Welterweight crown twice against all-time great Matt Hughes. Other top-named opponents he battled in the cage were Georges St. Pierre, Carlos Condit, Robbie Lawler, Josh Koshcheck and Matt Serra.

Topics of discussion include the fallout of UFC 200, the future of wrestling in mma, his wrestling and mma journey and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 48 guest Frank Trigg on Twitter at @FRANKTRIGG and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Jul 1, 2016

Episode 47 of Bonus Points features 2016 U.S. University World Team member in men's freestyle Adam Hall.

Hall secured a spot on the University World Team by winning the University Nationals held in Akron, Ohio, June 4-5. He will compete at the University World Championships this Oct. in Corum, Turkey.

Since graduating from Boise State where he was a two-time NCAA All-American and four-time NCAA Tournament qualifier, Hall has posted coaching stints at Columbia and North Carolina State. He is currently an assistant coach for NC State and trains with the Wolfpack Wrestling Club.

Topics of discussion include the University World Championships, Olympic Trials, coaching philosophy, growing up in Idaho and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 47 guest Adam Hall on Twitter at @coachhallstar and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Jun 24, 2016

Episode 46 of Bonus Points features the recently named head coach of the U.S. men's freestyle wrestling team Bill Zadick.

Zadick will begin his duties as the head man at USA Wrestling after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has served as an assistant coach for the U.S. men's freestyle team in various roles since 2009.

Competitively Zadick won the 2006 World Championships and was a two-time U.S. World Team member. He was a NCAA champion for the University of Iowa in 1996.

Topics of discussion include his coaching transition and philosophy, his wrestling career, the future of U.S. men's freestyle wrestling and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 46 guest Bill Zadick on Twitter at @BillZadick and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Jun 17, 2016

Episode 45 of Bonus Points features 2015 Cadet World champion in men's freestyle wrestling Yianni Diakomihalis.

Diakomihalis will defend his Cadet World title from last year at the upcoming UWW Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 13-18.

Most recently, Diakomihalis scorched the 63 kg/138 lbs. men’s freestyle field at the 2016 UWW Cadet Nationals held in Akron, Ohio, June 4-5, to secure a berth on his second consecutive U.S. Cadet World Team.

Wrestling for Hilton High School, Diakomihalis has won four New York high school state championships with a chance to make it five as a senior next season. He is committed to wrestle collegiately in his home state at Cornell University for head coach Rob Koll.

Topics of discussion include his journey to a Cadet World title, developing as a young, successful wrestler, what the future holds and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 45 guest Yianni Diakomihalis on Twitter at @yiannidiako_LGR and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Jun 8, 2016

Episode 44 of Bonus Points features Jesse Thielke, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member at 59 kg/130 lbs. in Greco-Roman wrestling

Thielke won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa on April 9 with wins over Jermaine Hodge, Spenser Mango and Ildar Hafizov. The 59 kg weight class was not qualified for the U.S. to compete at the Olympic Games at the time of Thielke's victory in Iowa City.

In order to solidify his position at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thielke earned a silver medal at the 2nd World Olympic Games Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prior to his Olympic run, Thielke was a member of the 2013 U.S. World Team that competed at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary where finished in eighth place. He also won a Junior World bronze medal in 2012.

Topics of discussion include Thielke's journey to an Olympic berth, his plan of attack for the Olympic Games, how to be successful in Greco-Roman wrestling and more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 44 guest Jesse Thielke on Twitter at @thielke_smooth and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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May 31, 2016

Episode 43 of Bonus Points features Fresno State head coach Troy Steiner.

10 years after dropping its wrestling program, Fresno State made the decision to reinstate wrestling and selected the experienced Steiner to head the program. Fresno State will return to NCAA Div. I competition for the 2017-18 season.

Steiner has seen coaching stints at Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa before spending the past 10 years at Oregon State.

Wrestling in college for Iowa, Steiner was a four-time NCAA All-American and 1992 NCAA champion. He posted an overall record of 148-13 for the Hawkeyes.

Topics of discussion include the decision to accept the Fresno State head coaching position, the future of Fresno State wrestling, his personal wrestling journey and more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 43 guest Troy Steiner on Twitter at @TroySteiner and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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May 18, 2016

Episode 42 of Bonus Points features FloWrestling Premium Producer Mark Bader.

FloWrestling recently celebrated the company's 10-year anniversary with Bader being an integral part in the growth and success of the organization.

Bader joined the FloSports team eight years ago per the request of Co-Founder and CEO Martin Floreani to run Purefight, a subdivision of FloSports. Shortly thereafter, Bader transitioned to manning FloWrestling in conjuction with Floreani, Joe Williamson and others.

If you follow wrestling you have most assuredly heard Bader on one of the many live streams FloWrestling has produced over the past 10 years. Bader has traveled the world to cover wrestling including key coverages at multiple Olympic Games, World Championships, NCAA Championships, Russian Nationals and more.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Bader wrestled collegiately at the University of Missouri from 1998-2003.

Topics of discussion include the evolution of FloWrestling, his personal journey in an emerging company, the opportunities wrestling has provided, the future of wrestling and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 42 guest Mark Bader on Twitter at @MarkSBader and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

May 10, 2016

Episode 41 of Bonus Points features two-time U.S. Olympian and two-time World bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev.

Dlagnev won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa on April 9 at 125 kg/275 lbs. in men's freestyle wrestling. He secured his Olympic berth with wins over top-flight U.S. heavyweights Connor Medbery, Dom Bradley and Zach Rey. In the best-of-three championship seried Dlagnev topped Rey two matches to zero.

After moving to the U.S. from Bulgaria at age four, Dlagnev has paved a remarkable road on the wrestling mat. He has competed at four senior-level World Championships on top of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Moreover, he wrestled for a medal in all five of his World and Olympic competitions, earning bronze in 2009 and 2014.

Last year, Dlagnev won the U.S. World Team Trials but was forced to remove himself from the World Championships due to injury. He still battles the very same injury to this day.

At the University level, Dlagnev was a four-time NCAA Division II All-American and two-time NCAA champion at Nebraska-Kearney. He helped lead the program to its first NCAA team championship in 2008. The same year he won a gold medal at the World University Championships in freestyle.

Topics of discussion include battling through adversity to capture his second Olympic berth, moving to the U.S. from Bulgaria as a child, how he rapidly developed his wrestling skillset, preparation for the Olympic Games and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 41 guest Tervel Dlagnev on Twitter at @TervelDlagnev and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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May 4, 2016

Episode 40 of Bonus Points features Haley Augello, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. in women's freestyle wrestling

Augello won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa on April 10 with wins over Candace Workman, Erin Golston, Alyssa Lampe and Victoria Anthony. The 48 kg weight class was not qualified for the U.S. to compete at the Olympic Games at the time of Augello's victory in Iowa City.

In order to qualify for the Olympic Games Augello needed to place in the top two at the 1st World Olympic Games Qualifier held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on April 23. She posted a 3-1 record in Mongolia to finish in second place and accomplish her qualifying goal.

Augello is currently a two-time WCWA national champion for King University with two years of eligibilty remaining. She was a 2011 Cadet World champion and a two-time Junior World Team member.

Topics of discussion include electing to compete at 48 kg, the journey to an Olympic berth, her life journey on and off the wrestling mat and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 40 guest Haley Augello on Twitter at @hayaugello and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Apr 27, 2016

Episode 39 of Bonus Points features two-time U.S. Olympic Team member in Greco-Roman wrestling Ben Provisor.

Provisor won the 85 kg division at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Iowa City, Iowa on April 9 to make his second-straight Olympic Team.

To claim top prize at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Provisor won bouts over Patrick Martinez, Jordan Holm and Jake Clark, all of whom were past U.S. World Team members.

Since wrestling in the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, England, Provisor has battled a steady stream of injuries, became a father and continued to strive for his goal of returning to Olympic competition.

Topics of discussion include his Olympic Trials run, what he expects in his repeat Olympic bid, his life journey on and off the wrestling mat and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 39 guest Ben Provisor on Twitter at @b_provisor74 and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Apr 20, 2016

Episode 38 of Bonus Points features Daniel Dennis, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member in men's freestyle wrestling at 57 kg/125.5 lbs.

Dennis captured gold at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa on April 10. In the best-of-three championships series Dennis defeated two-time U.S. World Team member and former college teammate Tony Ramos in two matches by scores of 2-1 and 10-0.

After taking multiple years away from the sport, Dennis returned in 2015 and made an immediate impact. In 2015 he placed fourth at the U.S. Open, second at the U.S. World Team Trials and first at the Grand Prix of Spain while competing at 61 kg.

Since dropping down to 57 kg for the Olympic year, Dennis placed third at the Bill Farrell International and won the U.S. Open prior to his title run at the Olympic Trials.

Dennis was a two-time NCAA All-American for the University of Iowa. He finished as the NCAA runner-up in 2010 at 133 pounds.

Topics of discussion include qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games, his Olympic Trials run, his life journey on and off the wrestling mat, preparing for Rio and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 38 guest Daniel Dennis on Twitter at @DanielDennisUSA and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Apr 14, 2016

Episode 37 of Bonus Points features Frank Molinaro, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion in men's freestyle at 65 kg/143 lbs.

Molinaro navigated a gauntlet of talented contenders to capture the Olympic Trials gold in Iowa City, Iowa on April 9. He defeated two-time NCAA champion Kellen Russell, four-time U.S. World Team member Brent Metcalf, four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber and two-time Junior World medalist Aaron Pico on his road to gold.

In the best-of-three championships series Molinaro defeated Pico two matches to one.

Molinaro now turns his attention to qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games by placing in the top three at the first World Olympic Games qualifying tournament in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on April 24. If necessary, the final World Olympic Games qualifying tournament will be held in Istanbul, Turkey two weeks later with the top two wrestlers in each weight class qualifying for the Rio Olympics.

The past two seasons Molinaro has won three gold medals at international competitions. In 2015 he claimed gold at the Guelph Open and Grand Prix of Spain. This February he ran the table at the Pan American Championships to take top prize.

Molinaro was four-time NCAA All-American for Penn State University. He won the NCAA championships in 2012 and was NCAA runner-up in 2011.

Topics of discussion include his remarkable Olympic Trials performance, qualifying for the Olympic Games, how to beat the odds and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 37 guest Frank Molinaro on Twitter at @Gorillahulk149 and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Mar 30, 2016

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Episode 36 of Bonus Points features two-time NCAA champion for the University of Missouri, J'Den Cox.

Cox recently won his second NCAA title as a junior for the Tigers. He defeated No. 1 seed Morgan McIntosh of Penn State, 4-2, in the 197-pound NCAA finals at Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y.

Cox is now a three-time NCAA All-American for Missouri, posting finishes of first, third and first at the NCAA Championships. He is a three-time Mid-American Conference champion and was recently named MAC wrestler of the year for 2016.

Courtesy of winning the 2016 NCAA title, Cox has qualified to compete at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa where he will compete at 86 kg/189 lbs.

Prior to attending Missouri, Cox was a four-time Missouri state champion for Hickman High School and won the 2012 Junior Nationals at 220-pounds.

Topics of discussion include his journey to winning a second NCAA championship, challenges he has faced this season, growth of the Missouri wrestling program, wrestling in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 36 guest J'den Cox on Twitter at @SuperstarW14T and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Mar 22, 2016

Episode 35 of Bonus Points features Myles Martin of Ohio State University, 2016 NCAA Division I wrestling champion at 174 pounds. 

Martin became just the 15th true freshman to ever win a NCAA individual championship when he defeated top-ranked Bo Nickal of Penn State 11-9 in the NCAA finals held on the big stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y. on March 19, 2016.

On his road to the title as the No. 11 seed, Martin defeated Nicholas Wanzek (Minnesota) 12-4, No. 6 Bryce Hammond (CSU Bakersfield) 5-3, Matt Reed (Oklahoma) 2-0, Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State) 8-2 and No. 1 Bo Nickal (Penn State) 11-9.

Martin was pulled from redshirt in January of this year to compete for the Buckeyes. He owned a 28-6 record on the season entering the NCAA Championships.

Prior to college, Martin was a three-time Maryland state champion, USA Wrestling Junior Nationals champion in freestyle, National Preps champion and two-time Beast of the East champion.

Topics of discussion include his journey to winning the NCAA title as a true freshman, overcoming three regular season losses to Nickal and eventually topping him in the NCAA finals, how the decision to remove his redshirt came about and what it is like to wrestle for Ohio State.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 35 guest Myles Martin on Twitter at @Captain_MnM1 and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Mar 15, 2016

The USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, will feature the top names in wrestling from the U.S. and beyond.

Episode 34 of Bonus Points reunites the tag team of Jason Bryant and Richard Immel as they break down the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships field.

The boys thoroughly examine each bracket, weight-by-weight, with All-American, bloodround, upset, bracket-buster and what-to-watch predictions.

This special Bonus Points/Short Time joint episode is the perfect source to prepare for the what is sure to be a historic NCAA's at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Let the madness begin.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 34 special guest Jason Bryant on Twitter at @jasonmbryant and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Mar 2, 2016

Episode 33 of Bonus Points features four-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion and 2016 Olympic Hopeful Logan Stieber.

Growing up in Monroeville, Ohio, Stieber won four Ohio state championships, posting a 184-1 overall prep record. As a junior in high school, Stieber placed third at the U.S. Senior Nationals.

Stieber attended college at Ohio State University where he won four NCAA titles, four Big Ten titles and the 2015 Dan Hodge trophy. He helped guide the Buckeyes to a Big Ten and NCAA title in 2015, the first NCAA team championship in school history.

Now focused soley on competing at the Senior level in freestyle wrestling, Stieber has proven to be a force at 65 kg. This season he has won silver medals at the Bill Farrell International, Golden Grand Prix Finals, U.S. Senior Nationals and Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial. He also tacked on a bronze medal at the Alexander Medved International.

Topics of discussion include his international season in preparation to make the U.S. Olympic Team, becoming the fourth man to win four NCAA Divison I titles, the upcoming college postseason and what he needs to do to win Olympic gold.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 33 guest Logan Stieber on Twitter at@_LogieBear_ and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Feb 25, 2016

Episode 32 of Bonus Points features avid wrestling fan, past NCAA All-American, Greco-Roman standout, UFC veteran and current mixed martial arts analyst Chael Sonnen.

Sonnen attended the University of Oregon where he was a NCAA Division I All-American in 1998. On the Senior level, he went on to win a silver medal at the University World Championships in 2000, on top of two gold medals at the Dave Schultz Memorial International in 2000 and 2001 in Greco-Roman wrestling.

A long-time MMA veteran, Sonnen reached the pinnacle of his fighting career when he faced all-time MMA great Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight title at UFC 117 in 2010. Sonnen was moments away from winning the belt before being submitted with less than two minutes left in the final round, falling just short of the title UFC champion.

Sonnen has since made a name for himself as a MMA analyst working for companies such as ESPN and Fox Sports. He also hosts the "You're Welcome! With Chael Sonnen" podcast.

Topics of discussion include his journey in wrestling, the loss of the Oregon wrestling program and its potential revival, college and international wrestling current events and his path to success.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 32 guest Chael Sonnen on Twitter at@sonnench and follow show host Richard Immel on Twitter at @Richard_Immel.

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Feb 18, 2016

Episode 31 of Bonus Points features award winning wrestling photographer Tony Rotundo.

Rotundo has photographed five World Championships, nine NCAA Championships and countless other local, national and international wrestling events. He will be one of the U.S. wrestling photographers to shoot the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.

He is the recipient of the 2009 National Wrestling Media Association Photographer of the Year award and the 2012 California State Irv Oliner Award given to individuals for their outstanding contribution to California Wrestling.

Rotundo grew up wrestling in New York and won a silver medal at the 1983 Cadet World Championships.

Topics of discussion include his journey in wrestling photography, how he perfects his craft, current wrestling events and his path to success.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 31 guest Tony Rotundo on Twitter at@Tony_Rotundo and online at www.wrestlersarewarriors.com. Follow show host Richard Immel on Twitter at @Richard_Immel.

Feb 10, 2016

Episode 30 of Bonus Points features one of the best men's freestyle wrestlers in USA Wrestling history, Olympic and World champion Kenny Monday.

In total, Monday won four Olympic and World medals. He won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea and a silver medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Monday also won gold at the 1989 World Championships and earned silver at the 1991 World Championships.

Monday was a member of three U.S. Olympic teams (1988, 1992 and 1996). He was also the first african-american wrestler to win the Olympics.

Among his other career achievements are a gold medal at the 1988 Tblisi Tournament, considered by many to be the toughest tournament in the world. He was a three-time NCAA finalist for Oklahoma State University and a NCAA champion in 1984.

Topics of discussion include his experience growing up wrestling in Tulsa, Okla., his collegiate career and international career, the rivalries and freindships he formed on his journey and winning the Olympic gold medal in one of the most memorable Olympic finals in history.

Feb 3, 2016

The USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, will feature many of top names in wrestling from the U.S. and beyond.

Join USA Wrestling's Richard Immel as he deconstructs the greatest minds in wrestling and sheds light on the secrets of success for each guest.

Episode 29 of Bonus Points features Isaiah Martinez, 2015 NCAA champion for the University of Illinois.

Martinez went 35-0 on his road to the 157-pound NCAA title last season. He was the first freshman to accomplish this feat since Cael Sanderson did so for Iowa State in 1999.

This season the Illini standout is holds a 20-1 record after suffering his first official collegiate loss to Jason Nolf of Penn State on Jan. 23.

Topics of discussion include the experience of losing his first collegiate match, his journey to an undefeted freshman season, how he decided to attend the University of Illinois and much more.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 29 guest Isaiah Martinez on Twitter at @Imar165 and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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

Jan 27, 2016

The USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, will feature many of top names in wrestling from the U.S. and beyond.

Join USA Wrestling's Richard Immel as he deconstructs the greatest minds in wrestling and sheds light on the secrets of success for each guest.

Episode 28 of Bonus Points features Alli Ragan, three-time U.S. World Team member and 2016 Olympic hopeful in women's freestyle wrestling.

Topics of discussion include Ragan training for a week with the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City, Iowa, her 2015 World Championships performance, transitioning through life as a women's wrestler and how Ragan achieved this level of success.

In addition to making three Senior-level U.S. World Team's, Ragan is a two-time Junior World bronze medalist (2011, 2012) and two-time WCWA national champion for King University (2013, 2014).

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 28 guest Alli Ragan on Twitter at @AlliRayg and follow show host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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

Jan 20, 2016

The USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, will feature many of top names in wrestling from the U.S. and beyond.

Join USA Wrestling's Richard Immel as he deconstructs the greatest minds in wrestling and sheds light on the secrets of success for each guest.

Episode 27 of Bonus Points features one of the biggest names and personalities in U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling, three-time World Team member Robby Smith.

Topics of discussion include Smith's legendary match against Bilyal Makov of Russia at the World Championships, the growing support of U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling, what it will take for Smith to reach the Olympic pinnacle and much more.

In addition to making three Senior-level U.S. World Team's, Smith has won two U.S. Open championships and placed fifth at the World Championships in 2013 and 2015.

Smith is well known internationally for his high-paced style, bushy beard, tall American flag socks and outgoing personality.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points Ep. 27 guest Robby Smith on Twitter at @rtdsmith and follow host Richard Immel at @Richard_Immel.

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Jan 12, 2016

The USA Wrestling Bonus Points podcast, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, will feature many of top names in wrestling from the U.S. and beyond.

Join USA Wrestling's Richard Immel as he deconstructs the greatest minds in wrestling and sheds light on the secrets of success for each guest.

Episode 26 of Bonus Points features University of Iowa All-American Thomas Gilman. Topics of discussion include the Terry documentary, what it means to wrestle for Iowa, what Gilman has learned from past triumphs and failures, and what the future holds for the Hawkeye standout.

Gilman, a junior for the Hawkeyes, is currently undefeated on the college level this season and is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA at 125 pounds. Recently, Gilman won the his second title at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.

Gilman has been a member of three age-group U.S. World Team's in freestyle wrestling. He won a bronze medal at the 2014 Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

Prior to arriving in Iowa City, Iowa, Gilman was a four-time Nebraska state champion.

Follow USA Wrestling Bonus Points host Richard Immel on Twitter at @Richard_Immel.

Provide any feedback for Bonus Points on Twitter by tweeting @USAWrestling and using the hashtag #BonusPoints. Listeners can also email suggestions to rimmel@usawrestling.org.

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