Looks like a pretty good line-up for this week.
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TDR scheduled guests include:
Tom Minkle-Head Coach of the Michigan State Spartans. Tom will join us to discuss the season, improvements on the team and the balance of the year as we look forward to the Nat'l Duals and the NCAA's. Michigan State's wrestlers closed out the fall semester competing at the annual Nittany Lion Open hosted by Penn State University on Sunday, Dec. 2. Senior Joe Williams finished second in the 197 bracket, nearly defending his title from last year, while junior Clint Frutiger placed fourth at 125 pounds. The Spartans will break for the holiday season and return to tournament action at the Midlands Championships from Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Ill. Michigan State's next dual isn't until next year, when MSU hosts Ohio at 7 p.m. in Jenison Field House on Jan. 4, 2008.
John Jeffire- Author of "Motown Burning", joins us to discuss his book and relationship to wrestling. Strength can come from many sources. I draw strength from guys like John. Very inspiring read. John teaches English and Coaches Wrestling at Chippewa Valley High School in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.
Andy Hrovat- U of Mich grad, NYAC, president of the silent H Club has been named Themat.com/TDR Wrestler of the Week for Nov. 20-26. Hrovat won a gold medal at 84 kg/185 lbs. at the Henri Deglane International on Nov. 24 in Nice, France. Hrovat defeated Soslan Kosoev of Russia 5-2, 6-0 in the freestyle finals. He downed American Clint Wattenberg 1-1, 4-1 in the semifinal round. Hrovat was a member of the 2006 U.S. World Team and placed second at the 2007 U.S. World Team Trials. He was a silver medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games.
C.B. Dollaway- Arizona State: 2005 Pac-10 Runner-up at 184 pounds. 2004-05: Went 29-9 in his first season of Division I competition...placed second at the Pac-10 Championships as the No. 2 seed to earn a berth into the NCAA Championships...seeded No. 12 at the national event, going 1-2 and not placing...opened the year with a 4-0 record and winning the Fullerton Open with a 10-0 major decision upset of No. 9 Ryan Halsey (Cal Poly)...finished second in both the Las Vegas Invitational and Reno Tournament of Champions...went 14-4 in dual competition with losses coming to the then-ranked No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 12 wrestlers in the nation...led the team in falls with 10...tied for the team lead in bonus-point victories with 18 on 10 falls, one technical fall and seven major decisions...perfect 8-0 in Pac-10 duals...has 11-bout win streak snapped in finals of conference meet.
Phil Davis- (Harrisburg, Pa./Penn State University) is Themat.com/TDR Athlete of the week for Nov. 13-19.
Davis, a three-time All-American for Penn State, is off to a strong start at 197 pounds in his senior season. He already owns wins over three opponents ranked in the top eight nationally. The second-ranked Davis downed No. 3 Mike Tamillow of Northwestern 6-2 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic on Nov. 19 in Eugene, Ore. That win came two days after Davis notched a 12-1 major decision over Hofstra?s sixth-ranked Joe Rovelli in a dual meet. Davis also beat Maryland?s eighth-ranked Hudson Taylor by a 17-2 technical fall on Nov. 11. Davis placed seventh at the NCAA Championships as a freshman in 2005 before finishing second at the NCAAs in 2006. He finished fifth in the NCAA meet as a junior this past March. Davis entered this season with a 90-19 career record at the collegiate level.
Ben Askren- Ben Askren (Columbia, Mo./Sunkist Kids) has been named TheMat.com/TDR Wrestler of the Week for Oct. 30-Nov. 5. Askren won a loaded freestyle class at 74 kg/163 lbs. in capturing the title at the Hargobind International Wrestling Championships on Nov. 3 in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. He was named Outstanding Wrestler. Askren downed U.S. National Team member Ramico Blackmon in the semifinals before avenging a loss from the week before by defeating past NCAA All-American Travis Paulson in the finals. Askren also beat past NCAA champion and Canadian World Team member Matt Gentry in the second round. The 74 kilos weight class also included U.S. World Team Trials runner-up Casey Cunningham, who lost to Paulson in the semifinals before coming back to place third. Askren lost to Paulson in the semifinals of the Sunkist Kids International Open on Oct. 28 in Chandler, Ariz. Askren is focusing full-time on international wrestling now after just completing a standout collegiate career at Missouri. Askren was a two-time NCAA champion and two-time Hodge Trophy winner for the Tigers. He was a four-time NCAA finalist in college. Askren is now serving as the volunteer assistant coach at Missouri.
Iris Smith- (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) has been named TheMat.com/TDR Wrestler of the Week for Oct. 23-29.
Smith knocked off Russia?s top two wrestlers at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. en route to winning the women?s freestyle title at the Sunkist Kids International Open on Oct. 27 in Chandler, Ariz. Smith beat 2004 Olympic silver medalist and 2007 World bronze medalist Guzel Manyurova of Russia 3-0, 1-2, 1-1 in the semifinals. She followed by beating past two-time Junior World runner-up Daria Nazarova of Russia 2-0, 2-1 in the finals.
Smith, a 2005 World champion, placed third in the 2007 U.S. World Team Trials.
Ryan Bader- While at Arizona State: Overall Record: 88-34 Returning All-American at 197 after claiming fourth place at the 2004 NCAA Championships...three-time Pac-10 Championships finalist, winning the 2003 and 2004 titles and placing second in 2005...needs just 12 victories in his senior season to record 100 in a career. 2004-05: Finished the year with a 31-8 overall record and runner-up at the Pac-10 Championships...entered the NCAA Championships as the No. 7 seed...finished with a 2-2 record and did not place...finished second at both Fullerton Open and Las Vegas Invitational...took third at the Reno Tournament of Champions...scored a 5-3 upset of No. 4 Marcio Bothelo of Fresno State to advance to the third place bout at the Reno event...recorded three winning streaks of six bouts or more on three occasions, including an 11-match stretch...posted a record of 8-6 against nationally ranked foes...was 15-2 in dual meets...also went 7-1 in Pac-10 duals...was 8-0 at home... 2003-04: Finished the season at 33-8...won his second conference title in as many seasons at 197 after going 3-0 in the Pac-10 meet, defeating K.C Walsh of Boise State, 3-0, for the championship...went 4-2 at the NCAA Championships, placing fourth to earn his first All-America honor...began the season 8-0 and climbed into the Top 5 of the national rankings where he remained for a majority of the season...won the Missouri Open by defeating No. 16 Rusty Blackmon of Oklahoma State, 10-2...placed second at the Las Vegas Invite...went 4-0 at the Reno TOC on his way to a first place finish, defeating No. 8 Matt Monteiro of CS Bakersfield, 4-2...selected as ASU's Most Valuable Wrestler by the coaching staff... 2002-03: Built a 24-18 overall record on his way to the 2003 Pac-10 Championship at 197...was the No. 2 seed in the conference meet, going 3-0 and defeating No. 4 K.C. Walsh of Boise State, 2-1, for the title...his victory in the final clinched the team title for the Sun Devils...went 1-2 at the NCAA Championships...won his opening match in overtime, 6-4, over Millersville's Adam Schaaf before falling to national runner-up and top-seeded Jon Trenge of Lehigh, 11-2...was 3-8 against nationally ranked foes, including an 18-4 major decision over then-No. 6 Kyle Smith of Michigan, the seventh-place finisher at the national meet... 2001-02: Redshirted.