America's Wrestling Radio program TDR returns to our Brute Adidas studios in Des Moines for another incredible show. This week we salute more champions and recognize some special athletes and coaches. Scheduled to join us this week include:
Rider University Bronc Doug Umbehauer finished 3rd in the nation at the 79th NCAA Championships a few weeks ago. In doing so he also earned his 100th career victory.
Coach Gary Taylor had high hopes for his graduating Senior. After winning one of his qualifying matches the stoked Umbehauer gave his asst. head coach a shot to the gut that had John Hangey saying "my Ribs are medium rare."
Umbehauer described his 3rd place match with Phil Keddy. ?It was fun wrestling because he wrestles like me,? Umbehauer said. ?It was like a street fight." Umbehauer went on to wrestle Ohio State's Mike Pucillo and lost a close one 3-2.
Mark Ellis- Heavy Weight for the Tigers of Missouri. Mark became only the 2nd NCAA Champion in Tiger Wrestling history and he did it in his backyard,St. Louis, Missouri. It was a drama filled heavy weight battle as previous number 1 ranked Ellis faced off against Duke Blue Devil Konrad Dudziak. The Blue Devil is the first in the programs history to make it to the finals. He ends the season with a loss the the 2nd seed Ellis.
The Tigers went on the make history as they crowned 5 All Americans, the programs best finish.
Josh Chang- TDR's January HS Wrestler of the month. Josh attends Mingus High School in Cottonwood, AZ and is coached by Tom Wokash. The 17 year old senior has wrestled for seven years, currently wrestling at 135 lbs. and owns a 144-10 overall high school record. In addition to competing in swimming and track, Josh carries a 4.0 grade average and was named to the National Honors Society. Josh's brother went on to wrestle for Embry Little University in nearby Prescott, AZ. His future plans may very well follow his brothers footsteps. Josh is the 17th four time State Champion in Arizona history.
Kenny Rice- The venerable voice of Sports and Inside MMA on HDNet joins us to discuss coming UFC and Strikeforce events as well as the ongoing feud between Dana White and Shedog's news editor and writer Loretta Hunt. Should journalists prepare for a backlash when anything unsavory is written about the UFC or is this standard fare in this day and age? We'll get Kenny's opinion.
Mark Manning- Nebraska's Head Coach has been named the Big 12 Coach of the year for the 2nd straight year. Manning, his coaching staff and athletes won their first Big 12 Title this season. The Huskers last won the conference when it was the Big Eight back in 1995. Nebraska posted a 17-3-1 record on the year. We'll talk to Mark about the team chemistry and what the title means for the future growth of his program. Manning is now the winningest coach in Husker history.
Tim Flynn Head Coach of Edinboro University was recently named the PSAC Coach of the Year for the eighth time in twelve years. Flynn coached Jarrod King to a National title in St. Louis at 165 pounds. It was Tim Flynn who guided the Fighting Scots to its 11th EWL title in the last 12 years and its 10th PSAC title in that same period. His current record stands at
136-39-4. Quite an accomplished coach. It's no wonder you hear his name come up every time a top coaching position comes available.
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