Monday, March 06, 2006

New Era for Iowa State Wrestling Championships

Lots of opinions on the new site (Wells Fargo Arena) for the State Wrestling Championships. The bottom line is it's still a great event, in fact – even better than great – the best!

With that said…the North prime seats need a mat adjustment for viewing the entire mat in the early rounds. The warm-up areas could use a little work to help decrease the congestion of the athletes and coaches match preparations.

To another point…It was quite an honor to be one of the Grand Marshals in this new arena and thanks for the booming applause for all involved.

Congratulations to all involved: coaches, athletes, administrators, workers, media and fans for another great championship tournament. Hopefully for those staying home, the TV coverage was really exciting as well. Again, thanks to Lashier, Wulkow, Beste, Thompson, Gibbons, etc, etc, etc, for continuing to make this a spectacular event.

Next I attended the NCWA National Wrestling Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For those unfamiliar with the NCWA it's the National Collegiate Wrestling Association. This group was founded by Jim Guinta to provide opportunity for the student wrestling athletes to compete in a national championship season at college, especially those that don't offer college wrestling at the NCAA or NAIA level. The number of teams that are members is at 140. It would be great to add this 140 back into the NCAA or NAIA level. Keep working to do so! Congrats to Dave Mills and his coaches at Grand Valley State for winning the championship! It was great to see teams from the Southern states, and there were several.

I spoke with coaches and helped lead the athletes in their opening ceremonies. The brackets were 32-person pairings and almost all were filled. They also had to qualify through several regionals to get there. Mark Ironside went with me and put on a wrestling clinic for the local youth clubs.

From Grand Rapids, Mark and I drove to Bloomington, Indiana for the Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Mark did the radio along with Morrie Adams for KXIC in Iowa City. I actually joined them for some of the broadcasts. We didn't have a lot of great highlights and results for the listeners. Hopefully we will at the NCAAs! A couple of the wrestlers especially Alex Tsirtsis and Eric Luedke seem to be making peaking progress.

Minnesota and Illinois battled it out with Minnesota staying tough the entire tournament so they were the winners. Michigan still is in the hunt, but had a set back or two. The Big Ten should battle Okie State for the NCAA title. Central Michigan is still staying in the battle as well. We need the home state in the hunt!

Getting ready for the NCAAs in Oklahoma City….Doing a few interviews with Oklahoma newspapers…will be broadcasting a USA work-out for the public between sessions on Thursday…attending WIN memorabilia show on Friday between sessions (72 Olympic Reunion) …Saturday after All American Round USAW board meeting. Too busy! The NCAAs should be exciting!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan, love your blog, especially the personal stuff. Can you please discuss your decision to go back to coaching at Iowa? I am really excited about your decision though.

6/01/2006 10:45 AM  
Anonymous charles keys said...

thanks for the notes, i get motivated just reading that.

10/02/2006 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Mathound said...

I too, would love to see the teams that have joined the NCWA become a part of the NCAA/NAIA again. The sport of wrestling is building back strong at all age levels. We have seen a slight increase of interest in collegiate wrestling and an even more increase at the youth level.

There has been talk that students at University of Kentucky plan to start a club team this year on our state's wrestling forum.

10/18/2006 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Jim Brucher said...

Coach - Thanks for the blog. It's nice to read how you're doing. Stay well.

11/18/2006 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just learned about an exciting wrstling event in Chicago coming up in a few weeks that I thought I'd share. The USA National WRestling Team will compete again the Russian team (currently ranked #1 in the world) and members of the Chinese and Canadian wrestling teams in the first Chicago Cup match.

The Chicago Cup will take place at Northwestern University's Welsh-Ryan Arena on February 6 at 7pm. This is a great way to see Olympic level wrestling competition at an unbeatable price---it's free!

While tickets are free, all attendees need to have a ticket reserved in advance to enter the arena. To reserve tickets, call 866/860-3234 or email

Sounds like fun to me. I read that starting at 5pm that night, they will also have wrestling instruction and autograph sessions with some of the athletes!

1/19/2007 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interested in recruiting tactics used to evaluate High School talent. Are schools categorized or just individual records used to determine who to look at and where to pay an actual visit? Where are specific tournaments commonly attended beyond the top 5 events? Any thoughts on the ongoing debate regarding public vs non-public schools and the strength of their schedules in regards to recruiting for college competition? Thanks for reading and appreciate all you do for the sport from an Hawkeye Grad. (1983).

2/01/2007 4:53 PM  

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