During the 2008 NCAA Division III heavyweight wrestling finals, announcer, Sandy Stevens pointed out that the two combatants each had 3.85 GPAs. Champion Dan Laurent from UW-La Crosse is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and Wartburg?s runner up, Brian Borchers majored in mathematics. Both were academic All-Americans. Borchers won an NCAA post graduate scholarship and is now working toward his PhD in math at the University of Iowa.
I occasionally have to pretend to work for a living. I?m self-employed, so many people think that I get to set my own schedule. Wrong!!! My clients determine when I work. I have fast approaching deadlines on a couple of projects that require a lot of computer time. I spent this weekend toiling away ? and listening to radio programs in the background.
Saturday I got caught up on the Thursday 1/15 broadcast of Wrestling 411 and Sunday I listened to KXIC airing the Iowa vs. Oklahoma
The NWCA National Duals just might be my favorite wrestling event. The current format exposes a wrestling junkie to performances by the best intercollegiate student-athletes at all levels and of both genders. Most fans attend to support their favorite team ? sometimes missing much of the spectacle. This year?s National Duals exemplified all that is great about college wrestling ? and the wrestling community. Here are some random observations.
It seems almost impossible to avoid unpleasant
I resolve to move down at least one weight class this year. I really shouldn?t be a 5?7? heavyweight. I?ll probably have to cut out the ice cream cones at Carver Hawkeye.
I resolve to yell, ?What?s he doin??? only once a meet.
I resolve to care about the growth of new wrestling programs like Grand View, California Baptist, Jamestown College and Baker University as much as I care about the ones that get dropped.
I resolve to convert at least one new person
I guess I didn?t get my letter off to Santa in time. Just a day after I included ?more college wrestling programs? on my wish list came the news that Norwich University in Northfield, VT will drop its wrestling program at the end of the academic year.
Here is a copy of the press release from Mike Moyer at the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Without question these are difficult economic times. Companies, government agencies, colleges and universities ? and you