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Katherine Shai is a 6x Team USA member. She comes from a storied family of wrestling greatness, as her father Lee was a 2x Olympian. Enjoy it folks!SPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Wrestling Changed My Life online store. We have podcast T-Shirts, Hoodies, Crew-necks, Stickers and more. Go to Store.WrestlingChangedMyLife.com to shop. ABO…
 
Ken Chertow is an Olympian from the ‘88 games and 3x All American for Penn State. After wrestling, Ken started the Gold Medal Training Camp System and has run camps across the country for over 25 years. Go to KenChertow.com to check dates and book a camp with Ken. SPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Wrestling Changed My Life online store. …
 
Mike Amine is the CEO and president of Wealth Strategies Financial Group. He was an NCAA runner-up in 1988 and competed for a spot on the US greco team in 1992. In this conversation, we cover the influence of Mike’s late father, running a business as a former wrestler, and of course, Mike’s incredible performance at the 1988 NCAA’s. EnjoySPONSORThi…
 
Thom Ortiz is a former 3x All American for Arizona State. He spent nearly a decade coaching with Bobby Douglas at Iowa State before leading the Sun Devils as the head wrestling coach. Today, Coach Ortiz is heavily involved in the MMA community and was recently the focus of a documentary - El Viejo - which chronicles his return to the MMA cage. El V…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEVince Silva was a 2x All American for Oklahoma State in the late 1980’s. He’s the first redshirt to All-American at Oklahoma State. Today, Vince is the head coach for the Santa Ana College wrestling team and runs a PI firm. In this episode we talk about Vince’s wild ride to Stillwater, the transition from walk-on to All American, …
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEDr. Mike Mattin is the medical director at Toledo Hospital. In this episode we talk about how changing the belief you hold about yourself, can change your life. Enjoy!SPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Wrestling Changed My Life online store. We have podcast T-Shirts, Hoodies, Crew-necks, Stickers and more. Go to Store.Wr…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEJenna Burkert is a 3x World Team member for the Red, White and Blue. She currently resides in Colorado and represents the Army WCAP program. Enjoy this one folks!SPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Wrestling Changed My Life online store. We have podcast T-Shirts, Hoodies, Crew-necks, Stickers and more. Go to Store.Wrestli…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEReza Abedi was born in Kermanshah Iran and was a 2x Iranian national champion. Life was going great for Reza until the Iranian Revolution of 1978 took hold. Life became very different for Reza and his family after the Revolution. In 1982, Reza and 3 Iranian wrestlers defected from Iran. This is his story. In addition to the podcas…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEGil Sanchez is the last man to beat John Smith in college. It happened in November of 1986 in Lincoln Nebraska. Gil would go on to take 2nd to John at the 1987 NCAA’s. I love this conversation and hope you do as well. SPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Wrestling Changed My Life online store. We have podcast T-Shirts, Hoo…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEVictoria Anthony is a 2x World Team Member, 2x US Open Champ and the founder of FreeFlowGusto.com. Victoria also has an extensive background in Judo and trained with the likes of Ronda Rousey in her youth. Enjoy it folks!SPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Wrestling Changed My Life online store. We have podcast T-Shirts, …
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEClint Wattenberg is the director of sports nutrition at the UFC Performance Institute. Before his current post, Clint was a 2x All American for Cornell. Enjoy it folks!SPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Wrestling Changed My Life online store. We have podcast T-Shirts, Hoodies, Crew-necks, Stickers and more. Go to Store.W…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEJosh Churella is the assistant wrestling coach at the University of Michigan. He’s a member of the Churella family, who combined, have earned 10 NCAA All American honors. As a wrestler, Josh was a 3x All American and multiple-time state champion. SPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Wrestling Changed My Life online store. …
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEBarry Davis is a 3x NCAA champ for the great Dan Gable and the Iowa Hawkeyes. In 1984, Barry was the Olympic Silver Medalist. He’d then go on to coach at Iowa, as well as lead the Wisconsin Badgers for a number of years. He’s an icon. A legend. A great storyteller. Enjoy it folks!SPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Wrestl…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEOne of Illinois' favorites sons, Nate Jackson is our guest today. He's currently an assistant wrestling coach for Princeton University, and is also a member of the NJRTC. Nate is actively training for the 2021 Olympics. Enjoy it folks!SPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Wrestling Changed My Life online store. We have podc…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEDonny Pritzlaff is the Associate Head Coach at Rutgers. Before his coaching days, he was a New Jersey legend, winning multiple state titles before signing with the Wisconsin Badgers. There, he won two NCAA titles and a bronze medal at the 2006 World Championships. Today, he and coach Scott Goodale are building the Rutgers Scarlet …
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODENazar Kulchytskyy is a former Ukranian national champion, 3x NCAA Division 3 national champion and a staple on the US senior circuit. He recently retired (like a month ago) and joined the show to talk about his upbringing in the Ukranian system, migrating to the US and his first Fargo experience. Nazar also just opened his trainin…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEGeorgi Ivanov was a 2016 Olympian for Bulgaria. His story of coming to America is incredible. He migrated to the US as a high school senior, without knowing a soul. He then wrestled for division two powerhouse UNO and was a 2x All American before the program was dropped. After wrestling for Boise State, Georgi had a crazy experien…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEJordan Burroughs is arguably the best American wrestler of all time. After winning two NCAA titles for Nebraska, JB won his first world championship in 2011. He’d go on to win the 2012 Olympics, as well as subsequent world titles in 2013, 2015 and 2017. He’s one of the best to ever step on the mat - period. This interview was reco…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODETrent Paulson is the assistant wrestling coach at the University of Virginia. He and his twin brother Travis were STUD wrestlers for Iowa State. Trent won a NCAA title in 2007 and made the US World Team in 2009. After coaching at Iowa State for a few years, Travis took a coaching position at Virginia and Trent followed suit. Now, …
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEIsrael - Izzy Style - Martinez is the owner of Izzy Style Wrestling. He’s also the MMA coach for UFC greats Jon Jones and Holly Holm. This interview was recorded as part of our research for Assembly Fall - an audio documentary that dropped last Tuesday (go to episode #145 to listen to Assembly Fall). Izzy was best friends with the…
 
ABOUT THIS AUDIO DOC Dubbed as the biggest upset in Illinois history, Matt Kucala defied the odds and pinned the previously unbeaten Eric Tannenbaum at the 2001 IHSA state finals. Assembly Fall takes an in-depth look at that match and answers the question: is it the biggest upset in state history? DIRECTORS’S TAKE If you were a wrestling fan in 200…
 
Airing next Tuesday, Assembly Fall. An audio documentary brought to you by Wrestling Changed My Life.In a match dubbed as the biggest upset in Illinois history, Matt Kucala defied the odds and pinned the previously unbeaten Eric Tannenbaum at the 2001 IHSA state finals. Assembly Fall takes an in-depth look at that match and answers the question: is…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Gene Zannetti is the co-founder of Wrestling Mindset. In this episode, we rehash the core principles of Wresting Mindset, how they can be applied to the current pandemic and the notion of outcome goals vs. input goals.FOLLOW THE PODCASTWrestlingChangedMyLife.comSPONSORThis episode is brought to you by Assembly Fall, a new audio d…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEAnthony Rink is a Division 3 All American for North Central College. He was a senior this year and was at the D3 nationals set to compete in his first NCAA national event when the tournament was cancelled due to CV19. I wanted to have Anthony talk about his experience and share his incredible perspective. Enjoy it!FOLLOW THE PODCA…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEIsaiah Martinez is the assistant coach at Oregon State. He’s a former 2x NCAA Champ and 4x NCAA finalist for the Fighting Illini. Last spring he pushed the great Jordan Burroughs to the brink at FinalX. Enjoy this one folks!FOLLOW THE PODCASTWrestlingChangedMyLife.comSPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Beat the Streets Ch…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEClay Guida is a UFC fighter with wins over Nate Diaz, Anthony Petis and RDA. He’s the former Strikeforce World Champion and is set to fight in his 30th UFC fight next weekend. Really enjoyed this one. Hope you do as well. FOLLOW THE PODCASTWrestlingChangedMyLife.comSPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Beat the Streets Chic…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODENick Gallo captured the 126-pound national championship and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the 1977 NCAA Championships. During his four years at Hofstra, Gallo recorded a 104-14 record. He was a member of the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Teams. After Nick’s wrestling career, he started working for Asics and was ins…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEHaley Augello is a 2016 Olympian. She was also a 2013 Cadet World champ. She hails from Lockport Illinois and was a feared youth wrestler back in her day. She’s currently training for the 2021 Olympic Team Trials. Enjoy this one folks!FOLLOW THE PODCASTWrestlingChangedMyLife.comSPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Beat the…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEEric Larkin was the 2003 NCAA Champion and Hodge Trophy winner. He was a 4x All American for the Arizona State Sun Devils and never finished lower than 4th at the NCAA tournament. Eric also co-founded Valiant College Prep, a wrestling prep school. Enjoy this one folks!FOLLOW THE PODCASTWrestlingChangedMyLife.comSPONSORThis episode…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEMike Poeta is the assistant coach for the Fighting Illini wrestling team. Prior to his current post, he ran a private academy in Chicago’s North Suburbs. As a wrestler, Mike was a 2x NCAA finalist and 3x All American. In high school, he won an incredible 3 Fargo titles and took 2nd once, meaning that he lost only one match at Farg…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODERandy Lewis is one of the most decorated Iowa wrestlers of all time, winning an Olympic gold in 1984 and two NCAA titles for legendary coach Dan Gable. During this episode we go straight story mode, as Randy talks about his journey to Iowa, the best Iowa teams of all time, and the best NCAA finals matches of all time.FOLLOW THE PO…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEForrest Molinari is a 2x world team member and is vying for a sport on the 2021 Olympic Team. She was fifth at both the 2018 and 2019 World Championships. She was also the 2019 and 2020 US Open champion. Originally based out of California, Forrest attended King University (Tennessee) and now lives in Iowa City, Iowa. FOLLOW THE PO…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODESunny Abe is a former national champion for Penn State. At age 17, he moved from Japan to the US without speaking English. After two years of rigorous training (8+ hours a day), he was enrolled at Penn State where he’d go on to finish 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st for the Nittany Lions. He was also an Olympian for Japan at the 96 games. E…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODEWrestling has been synonymous with Mark's life since he was 13 years old, and after becoming an NCAA Division I Wrestling Champion his senior year at Oklahoma State University, Mark began his coaching journey. He would spend several years at the D1 level before eventually moving into MMA, where he was ranked as high as 3rd in the …
 
Steve Marianetti is a former NCAA champ and 3x All American for the Fighting Illini. He’s well known for beating Lincoln McIlravy in the 1995 NCAA finals, thus pulling off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA finals history. After college, Steve wrestled internationally and then worked as an assistant coach under legendary coach, Mark Johnson. Today, …
 
Nahshon Garrett is a 4x All American and former NCAA champ for the Cornell Big Red. He was on the 2018 world team and was set to compete in his first world championships before suffering a devastating injury days before the 2018 World Championships were to begin. During this episode we talk about Nahshon’s career, the peaks and valleys of his rehab…
 
Kyle Dake is a man who needs no introduction. Two-time world champ. Four-time NCAA champ. Let’s get into it!FOLLOW THE PODCASTWrestlingChangedMyLife.comSPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Beat the Streets Chicago Virtual Gala, which takes place on Saturday June 6 from 8-9pm. It would mean the world to me if you registered to attend the gal…
 
Jon Reader is the associate head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers wrestling program. This is Jon’s 2nd time on the podcast. He brought the heat as always!We talk about…-Jon’s COVID workout routine (it’s savage)-The Davison Michigan days -Visualization before Jon’s senior yearFOLLOW THE PODCASTWrestlingChangedMyLife.comSPONSORThis episode is brought t…
 
John Fisher is a 4x All American for Michigan, compiling an incredible 183 wins for the Wolverines. John was also the 1992 Olympic Trials runner-up, where he took John Smith to three matches. Enjoy folks!FOLLOW THE PODCASTWrestlingChangedMyLife.comSPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Beat the Streets Chicago Virtual Gala, which takes place …
 
Daniel Cormier, Eric Guerrero and Jamill Kelly join the show to tell stories about the Gator Wrestling Club (formerly an elite senior-level freestyle team that landed 3 wrestlers in the ‘04 Olympics and 2 in ‘08). We cover a shoddy trip to Russia, the first time the Oklahoma State and Iowa wrestlers trained together at the Gator compound in Louisia…
 
Mike Barwis is a world renowned strength and conditioning coach. After getting his start at WVU, Mike was the director of strength and conditioning at Michigan before founding his own company - Barwis Performance Centers. He’s trained olympic athletes in 40+ sports and works with the Mets and Redwings. As you can guess, Mike got his start in wrestl…
 
West Cathcart is an Olympic hopeful in the Men’s Greco 130kg weight class. I’ve known West for years as we went to the same high school and kids club. In high school, he was a 2x Illinois runner-up before developing a penchant for greco. He attended the USOEC and after being out of the sport for a few years, he’s back and making a run at Tokyo. Enj…
 
Kenny Monday is one of the great wrestlers of all time. He’s a 3x Olympian, winning gold in 1988 and silver in 1992. By winning gold in ‘88, he became the first African American to win a wrestling gold medal. Kenny wrestled for Oklahoma State and won an NCAA title as a senior, after finishing 2nd as a junior and sophomore. Throughout his career, Ke…
 
Scott Goodale is the head coach of the Rutgers wrestling program. He’s a Jersey guy through and through, and grew up idolizing Rocky. After wrestling for Lock Haven, Coach Goodale coached at his high school alma mater, Jackson, where he helped build a wrestling powerhouse. In 2007 he was approached to write a 5-point plan to make Rutgers wrestling …
 
Do you ever sit and wonder if the elite among us experience self-doubt? I know I do and on this episode, we talk with 2008 Olympian Andy Hrovat about a trying 14-month period of his life leading up to the 2008 Olympic trials. During that time Andy lost and regained his place on Team USA. The big takeaway for me is that we all experience self-doubt …
 
Ben Askren is a man who needs no introduction. He’s a world champion fighter, all-time great college wrestling, business owner, podcast extraordinaire and semi-pro frisbee golfer. In this conversation, we talk about sports psychology, Ben’s Olympic run in 2007/2008, and what Ben would change if he were a D1 coach. Thank you so much for tuning in fo…
 
Brian Ferentz is the Iowa Football offensive coordinator. He’s also a former Patriots coach and NFL player. Back in high school Brian wrestled - surprise, surprise. In this episode we talk about why Iowa Football recruits wrestlers, Brian’s journey to OC at Iowa, and his philosophy on preparation. We also talk about the #1 trait amongst successful …
 
Yianni Diakomihalis is a 2x NCAA champ and multiple time age group World Champion. He’s one of the best the US has to offer and is one of my favorite wrestlers to watch. What I think you’ll get from this podcast is Yianni’s mindset. He’s input driven and has a motto of never wasting a day. He also has an incredible level of self-belief, due in part…
 
J Jaggers is the associate head coach for Ohio State. As a wrestler, J was a 2x NCAA champ and 4x Ohio State champ. This was a super fun conversation and I hope you enjoy it.SPONSORThis episode is brought to you by Gable the GOAT Part 2, which covers the life of Dan Gable from 1987-1993. Unlike our weekly show, this is a fully produced documentary …
 
T.J. Williams is one of the best collegiate wrestlers of all time. He was 98-1 during his time at Iowa, winning two titles and finishing third his junior year. In high school, T.J. was a 4x Illinois state champion and was a member of the 1993 Mt. Carmel (Chicago) team that had 6 future NCAA championships on it. As a kid, T.J. was an idol of mine an…
 
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