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From a young age, Iowa Hawkeye Michael Kemerer has been ingrained in wrestling culture and has been around the best the sport has to offer. Today, the 3x NCAA All-American joined me on the podcast to chat about his time at Young Guns and Franklin Regional, as well as talk about his current career at Iowa and the upcoming match against Tommy Gantt! …
 
When it comes to branding and marketing, 5x World/Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs has come to set the standard. This past Saturday he tweeted about the marketability of college wrestlers, and much talk followed, including from myself! Since I have a heavy footprint in marketing in the wrestling community, and Jordan is the biggest guy in the…
 
2x NCAA Champion and 2021 Olympic Hopeful Zahid Valencia and I had a great chat today about his wrestling career and the successes and failures he's had and endured. We also talk about the current suspension and his plans for the future in the sport among a plethora of other topics! We Cover: 1. Wrestling Background 2. Young Lessons 3. High School …
 
I always enjoy catching up with World Silver Medalist Thomas Gilman! Today, Gilman catches up as he comes back on the podcast as we catch up on what's been going on since he was last on back in April. We cover his move to Pennsylvania, how his move to the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club has been, differences between the NLWC and the Hawkeye Wrestling C…
 
Was great to catch up with Roman Bravo-Young today! After having him on one last year to talk about his background and story leading up to where he is now, it was great chatting about what he's been up to recently. From training with Sebastian Rivera and Jack Mueller to wrestling Mueller at the Flo event and training with Gilman in State College. A…
 
BASCHAMANIA is back! It was a nice few weeks off from the podcast after 75 episodes in a row, but it feels good to be having a new conversation on the podcast! Today, my guy Jacob Kasper comes back on the podcast to talk about his retirement from amateur wrestling and what's next. If you enjoy this episode, let me know! And, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to…
 
Across both amateur and professional wrestling combined, I'm not sure there's anyone more decorated. Some amateur wrestlers have more accolades and some professional wrestlers have more accolades, but nobody has done COMBINED what this man has done! He's also battled drug addiction, loss of multiple family members, and more. So grateful to dive int…
 
Last Week, Big 10 Champ Sebastian Rivera announced he was transferring to finish his college career at Rutgers. With Rivera coming back home to Jersey, I thought why not get him back on the podcast to hear a little bit more about the news. We talk about his time at Northwestern, the 141 field, wrestling in the RAC, Rutgers, MMA, and more! If you en…
 
Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July! UWW, the governing body for wrestling, made it an interesting one as they announced dates for potential 2020 World Championships. My mind started rolling with initial thoughts so I grabbed Seth Gross and turned on the mics. These are just some initial, from the hip thoughts from a fan and a wrestler. Hope you e…
 
This past Sunday at Rumble on the Rooftop, Olympic Hopeful Nazar Kulchytskyy left his shoes on the mat after his 10-0 victory, signaling his retirement from competition. Today, Nazar joins the show to talk a bit about his career, his retirement, what's next, and much more. - Early Success In Ukraine - Migrating to the US - Difference Wrestling in t…
 
This Sunday on FITE.TV, Jordan Oliver is wrestling Jason Nolf. The supermatch goes down on PPV along with a full card of other great matches, Today, JO joined the show again to talk about his upcoming match, his current training, predictions for the match, and more! Thanks so much for tuning in. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to th…
 
Had a blast chatting today with 2019 Big 12 Champion and 2019 Junior World Champion, David Carr, of Iowa State. Carr, who comes from one of the most accomplished wrestling families out there, has high goals and a big vision for what he wants to accomplish in this sport. He also seems to have an amazing perspective on life and wrestling. Hope ya'll …
 
Could listen to 2x Olympian and 2x NCAA Champion Kerry McCoy share stories all day, including how when at Penn State, he wanted his picture on the wall so bad. When he finally got it on the wall, he took it down. He’s got too much of a career to squeeze it into one episode, but this was a solid hour of good stories. Enjoy! Topics & Order of Convers…
 
Really enjoyed this chat with 2018 NCAA Champion from North Carolina State, Michael Macchiavello. The 202(1) Olympic Hopeful shared tons of great stories and insight in this episode, including diving deep into his faith. 1. Started in Wrestling 2. What led you to NC State? 3. College Expectations 4. Redshirt Expectations 5. Perfecting Technique 6. …
 
I’ve been wanting to have Victoria Anthony back on the podcast to talk about her new business that she launched, and with how vocal she’s been on social media recently about racism while engaging in positive, productive dialogue, I wanted to continue that conversation and use this platform for us to talk about racial issues, how we can all be bette…
 
Reigning NCAA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Cassar has signed with Malki Kawa & First Round Management and has been training down in Miami alongside teammate Bo Nickal and Jorge Masvidal. Today, both Bo & Anthony joined the podcast to talk about the training down in Miami, preparing for the Olympic Trials, which NLWC members they'd like to see in MM…
 
2x NCAA Champion/4x NCAA Finalist Isaiah Martinez knows adversity, and he knows it well, but it hasn't slowed him down from having a ton of success. The 4x Big Ten Champion has the highest winning percentage in the history of the University of Illinois Wrestling Program with a 98.9% win percentage. Throughout that journey, he's endured injuries, th…
 
Olympic Medalist & Pennsylvania Native Coleman Scott has won and had great success at every level there is. The current UNC head coach knows how to win. Thrilled to have him on the podcast today to share his story and his winning perspective. Enjoy! Order of Topics: - Getting started in wrestling - Success through wrestling - Setting self-expectati…
 
Sometimes, instead of an NCAA or World Championship, the accolade of only being taken down once in two years leads to a head coaching position in the NFL. Not only is this the case for Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott, but he still gets mad over giving up that one takedown in his journey to 2 straight undefeated National Prep Championship se…
 
Even after being born with just one leg, NCAA Champion Anthony Robles never gave up. Throughout his wrestling career, he had 3 undefeated championship seasons including going 96-0 his high school junior + senior year and going 36-0 his senior year at Arizona State. His story is not only a unique one but an incredibly inspiring one. Thrilled to have…
 
Always enjoy when my guy Seth, 2018 NCAA Champion & 2020* Olympic Hopeful, comes on the podcast! Today, we chatted about the quarantine and his recent move, some funny stories, and dove a bit more into his faith. - Quarantine Update - Curbside Closing - Traeger Talk - 57kg at Olympics Still? - Story: Going Into Fargo Over - Story: Bono Gets Injured…
 
After a freak accident at a national team training camp, doctors told Richard Perry he would never walk again. He's now back on a wrestling mat. Seeing what God has done in his life has continued to push him further, and he's not done yet. What a story! Topics & Order of the Conversation: - Path To Wrestling - 3rd in the State First Year - Wrestlin…
 
Caught up today with 7x Senior World Team Member, 2x World Silver Medalist, and 2x WCWA National Champion - among other accolades - Alli Ragan. Alli, along with others, just recently made the move from the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in Iowa to the Sunkist RTC at Arizona State, following coach Mark Perry. It was great to chat with Alli about her story, …
 
Who's not a Vincenzo Joseph fan? I had a blast when Cenzo came on the first time (episode 27) and knew I had to bring him back on for more. This time, Cenzo shares some hilarious stories that he hasn't really told about his wrestling career. - Quick Quarantine Update - Staying with the NLWC? - Quitting Redshirt Year at the Southern Scuffle - 13 lbs…
 
Matt McDonough has won a slew of championships ranging from 3 State Titles and 2 Big Ten Championships to 2 NCAA Championships while appearing in 3 straight finals, but still, if he could go back, he would do a few things differently. He has since transitioned from athlete to coach and is now an Assistant Coach at the University of Wisconsin servin…
 
2x NCAA Champ/3x NCAA Finalist Quentin Wright grew up 20 minutes from Penn State. Little to he know the dynasty that was about to be created at Penn State and that it would’ve started with him winning his first NCAA Championship. Tons of great stories and insight from Q Today!Topics & Order of The Conversation: - Raised on an 87 Acre Farm 10 Mins A…
 
2x NCAA Champ/3x Finalist and current Assistant Coach at Cornell, Gabe Dean, has had both his fair share of successes and failures. He's learned a lot through his failures and we dive into them so that hopefully you can learn through them just like he did! Topics & Order of the Conversation: - “4x NY State Champion” - Father Being a NCAA D1 Runner-…
 
My first conversation with NCAA Champion and Associate Head Coach Jon Reader (Episode 40) was full of so much passion and knowledge, we had to run it back and cover more ground.... (a theme by the way you can probably get used to on this podcast.) Topics & Order of the Conversation: - Davison High School - High School & Early Development - Apprecia…
 
He’s a 2x NCAA Champion and a 3x All-American. He also just took a head coaching job at Oregon State. Before he heads out (even farther) West, Chris and I chatted briefly about his story and journey in wrestling that’s led him to this position. - Starting to Wrestle in 8th Grade - John Smith “Recruiting” Chris - Not Burning Out A Lot - Athlete to C…
 
Jason Nolf came back on Baschamania and the stories and insights didn't disappoint! We cover topics ranging from quarantine updates and blessings in disguise to Gilman's move to the NLWC and Nolf's controversial match with Hidlay at the NCAA's last year. Tons of faith substance in this one, too! - Currently In Omaha - Blessings In Disguise - Golf w…
 
Mark Hall has won just about every championship a wrestler can win. From his record-setting 6 Minnesota State Championships and his NCAA Championship as a True Freshmen at Penn State to his 3 Cadet & Junior Level World Championships and 3 Big Ten Championships, one thing is clear: Mark Hall is a Champion! But, he doesn't want to just be known for b…
 
Thomas Gilman is back on Baschamania today to talk about the move he announced last week from Iowa City to State College, where he’ll train with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. If you haven’t listened to his story, check out episode 28 of the podcast that we did back early January which talks a bit more about the Thomas Gilman Story. Topics In the…
 
2x All-American and 2020 Big Ten Champ Luke Pletcher of Ohio State is moving on - both mentally and physically. He recently had to let go of NCAA's being canceled his senior year as he was the #1 seed and he just moved back home to PA to take a coaching job at Pitt. Pletcher is nothing but grateful for his time at Ohio State but is ready for what's…
 
Before he was earning multiple Million Dollar paydays in the PFL, Lance Plamer was a 4x Ohio State Champ and 4x All-American at Ohio State. He also won a Big Ten Championship, being named Outstanding Wrestler in the process, and lost a super close one to Brent Metcalf in the NCAA Finals. Grateful to have Lance come on the podcast today! Hope you en…
 
Mark Perry knows wrestling. Heck, he is wrestling. Born into a wrestling family, on wrestling soil at Oklahoma State, a Blair Academy wrestler, a 4x All-American at Iowa, a 2x NCAA Champion, the street cred goes on. This man just eats, sleeps, breathes wrestling & his story and insight is amongst the most unique you’ll find in the sport. Grateful t…
 
Last year he was in the finals against Spencer Lee. This year, he's had one thing on his mind: take out Spencer Lee in the rematch. Today, I sat down with UVA's Jack Mueller to chat about his college career, hear about his faith, learn of his backstory and see what's next. 1. Quarantine Update 2. What Led You to Wrestle? 3. Leveling Up as a Wrestle…
 
Today, another Olympic Gold Medalist comes on the BASCHAMANIA Podcast as Brandon Slay stops by to shares his story. Brandon is not only an incredible wrestler and wrestling coach, but he has a contagious faith and tons of wisdom! I really enjoyed this conversation and I hope you do, too! Topics & Order of Conversation - Quarantine Update - Youth Ca…
 
Nahshon Garrett really is an overcomer. While he's also an NCAA Champion and EIWA Wrestler of The Year, what sticks out the most to me is Nahshon's ability to overcome adversity. It was great chatting with Nahshon about his wrestling career, his faith, content creation, and more! Order of the Conversation: - NG didn’t start wrestling until 7th Grad…
 
It was announced yesterday that the Olympic Trials have officially been postponed. In having conversations with some of the athletes and coaches, I decided to have some hop on for an episode of the podcast where we talk reactions & perspectives and you can hear straight from the athletes, instead of just the chatter in the community. Enjoy! Anthony…
 
After the news was announced that there will be no fans at the NCAA's, I was chatting with a few of the guys competing and my conversation with Seth Gross quickly led to one that I knew needed to be captured on the Baschamania podcast. We talked about Big 10's, NCAA's, and the Olympic Trials. I hope you enjoy this style of an episode around relevan…
 
He's no stranger to March! NCAA Champ Jon Reader has had some iconic March memories both competing and coaching. It was great chatting with Jon and the timing just a few days before Big 10's couldn't have been more perfect! Enjoy ep. 40 of BASCHAMANIA everywhere now. - Relationship with Cael Sanderson - Early Success - Being Recruited On - Being Un…
 
The wrestling success he's had is just a portion of who J'den Cox is. The 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2020 Olympic Hopeful has endured levels of hardship and adversity that few know about, but he's overcome, and he continues to press on. It was great talking to J'den about his faith, his perspective, and recent events such as the move to 97kg …
 
It was hard to keep this conversation with NCAA Champ & 2x World Team Member Tony Ramos down to one simple podcast episode that's around an hour long. He's got so many stories and so much insight! Enjoy this episode with the former Iowa Hawkeye athlete & current North Carolina Tarheel coach. Order of Topics: - Hawkeye or Tarheel? - Starting Wrestli…
 
2x NCAA All-American Jacob Kasper and I couldn't keep this conversation short. He is one of the most passionate wrestlers out there and between his Olympic aspirations and his WWE aspirations, this man is the definition of passion and a dreamer. Had a ton of fun chatting about Jacob's amateur wrestling career, the journey to the Olympic Trials, and…
 
2x World Bronze Medalist & 2x NCAA Champion Gwiazdowski has been the USA’s heavyweight for 3 straight years and he’s looking for it to become 4 as he aims for his first Olympic team in 2020. We’re now less than 2 months out from that dream being a reality or being shattered. Enjoy this conversation with the highly-accomplished heavyweight, Gwiazdow…
 
Women’s wrestling has been exploding lately. Part of that is in response to the great women who are creating such a dominant scene right now and leading the charge. Victoria Anthony, who has a slew of accomplishments from US Open Champion and Bill Farrell Champion to Junior World Champion, is no exception. Victoria and I sit down on this episode to…
 
He won a Hodge Trophy while winning 4 NCAA Championships in a row at 4 consecutive weights. After a storied college career at Cornell no one will soon forget, he became a 2x World Champ... in dominant fashion. The only box left to check? Olympic Champion. And he'll have to go through someone he hasn't been able to beat, 5x World/Olympic Champion Jo…
 
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