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WIN latest issue provides an early preview of 2021 NCAA Championships

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Updated: March 5, 2021

One year ago, college wrestling — like the rest of the world — saw its greatest events cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, there will be an NCAA Division I nationals in St. Louis, but fan attendance will be limited to 25 percent of the capacity of the Enterprise Center.

With just two more NCAA-qualifying events to take place, WIN magazine has taken an early look at the Top teams and the Top-1o wrestlers in each weight class … as well as a story on how ESPN plans to present its Cable/Internet coverage for all those fans, who cannot attend and watch the event from their homes.

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P6 – VAN KLEY COLUMN

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Van Kley talks about how a five-year average of conferences’ past “qualifier history” dictates the pre-allocated Division I spots this year. Van Kley says it isn’t the best way to get the top 33, and gives a Hodge Race update.

P8 – HOW TO WATCH THE NCAAS

ESPN has seen a record number of fans watch the national tournament in the past — when the arenas could be packed — and now plans even more special coverage of the 2021 Nationals in St. Louis.

P10 – WASHINGTON STATE WRESTLING UPDATE

The coronavirus played a big part in bringing Andy Cook back to the state where he joined with Aberdeen Boxing Club owner Chris Pre to help train some of the top young wrestlers from the state of Washington.

P11 – IKWF-ILLINOIS/USA WRESTLING UPDATE

Mark Bullington played a big part in increasing girls wrestling opportunities in the Land of Lincoln by bringing in the likes of Sarah Doty, who became the director of Female Operations of the Edwardsville Wrestling Club.

P12 – KIDS CORNER/GAMES

How well do you know the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and schools with one-time champs? Have fun doing the games on the Kids Page!

 

P13 – MESSAGE TO YOUTH WRESLING PARENTS

How do you know when your son or daughter is ready to compete in tournaments in wrestling? What should you say to them after a match? USA Wrestling Coaches Education director Mike Clayton shares some tips to remember.

 

P15 – WRESTLING TRAINING

The use of sleds in wrestling can revolutionize your training. WIN columnist Zach Even-Esh explains how.

P18 – WIN’S DIVISION I COLLEGE RANKINGS

Get ready for the NCAA’s as “Wrestling’s Super Bowl” with the March 1 individual and team rankings to see how brackets might set up at the Championships, and the points it may take for teams to take home a trophy.

P22 – CHAPMAN COLUMN

Wrestling historian Mike Chapmn shares the early days of Iowa wrestling, when meets were held on Saturday afternoons in the Fieldhouse near intra-mural sports when crowds as little as 300 would show up. What changed?

P23 – KLINGMAN COLUMN

What can an NCAA Div. I individual wrestling title mean to a town where wrestling is respected? WIN columnist Kyle Klingman says he’ll never be able to see Kyven Gadson again and not remember his dramatic 2015 title.

P24 – WIN MAGAZINE/CULTURE HOUSE DAN HODGE TROPHY

Presented annually by ASICS, wrestling’s version of the Heisman will be announced on March 29 to the most dominant wrestler after voted on by fans and the official Hodge Voting Committee. Find out more about the award.

P26-32 – NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW – WEIGHT-BY-WEIGHT

See a statistical analysis of the top 10 guys in each weight class, including records, bonus-point wins, hometowns and grades. Also, see who the returning All-Americans are in each weight and how the tourney could set up for them.

P39 – WIN’S HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS

High school state championships are done in many states. Find how who the top prep are in the U.S. as other states just start their high school seasons because of the pandemic.

P44 – REMEMBERING JIM KEEN

Few people had a bigger impact on the sport in providing wrestling apparel and equipment than the late president of Cliff Keen Athletic who helped turn his father’s dream into reality.

P46 – FINN COLUMN

Cornell coach Rob Koll knows this could have been “the year” for his Big Red squad led by two-time champ Yianni Diakomihalis. But Cornell, nor any of the Ivys, competed this winter. Hear from Koll in this exclusive interview.

48 Oversized Pages of Content. Enjoy!

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