Latest WIN features impact stories as 2022 begins

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Updated: January 14, 2022

So much has happened to the sport of wrestling since Christmas, which featured many national college and high school tournaments … and the comings and goings of several top wrestlers. The latest issue of WIN Magazine (Vol. 28, No. 4, and printed Jan. 14) captures many of those moments and looks ahead to the rest of the 2021-22 season, especially in NCAA Division I where Iowa lost its three-time national champ Spencer Lee to injury and Penn State took over the top spot in WIN’s rankings.

There are also many uplifting stories in wrestling, including how Maryland’s Kyle Cochran— featured on the cover —  won the Southern Scuffle in his efforts to recapture the once-winning culture at this Big Ten school. Meanwhile, the state of Texas does not feature a Division I men’s program but the Lone Star state still draws national events like the “Bout at the Ballpark” in February.

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Page 8 – MAN FROM MISSOURI REBUILDS MARYLAND  – Alex Clemsen knew the challenges he had at the Big Ten school when he took the job, but sees hope in a change of attitude of his Terps and has plenty of support from his former boss, Brian Smith of Missouri.

Page 9 – LONE STAR STATE HAS A WRESTLING SHINE – Texas may not have an NCAA Div. I program and a high school state tournament that’s been around for more than a couple decades, but many in wrestling are starting to make the state a destination for big events.

Page 10 – ILLINOIS NOTEBOOK  – While Northwestern coach Matt Storniolo looks to create a winning culture, former Illinois prep stars like current Hawkeye Abe Assad and former Illini Jordan Blanton are building off what they learned growing up.

Page 11 – WASHINGTON FACES AND NEWSMAKERS – 2021 was a great year for wrestlers native to the Northwest state, including to WIN writer Emma Bruntil, who shared hers and other great moments on the mat for Washington wrestlers.

Page 20 – TOUGH ON TOP – Wisconsin’s true freshman Dean Hamiti did not waste any time making an impact on the Badger program, especially after he headed back to his home state and won the Illinois Matmen Open.

Page 24 – COLLEGE NOTEBOOK – Former 133-pounders and All-Americans Nick Suriano, now with Michigan, and Cornell’s Vito Arujau have returned to 125 pounds and became the men to beat after Spencer Lee announced season-ending surgery.

Page 25 – HODGE TROPHY UPDATE  – Which of the current undefeated former All-Americans will challenge 2021 Hodge Trophy winner Gable Steveson for the coveted trophy, presented by WIN, Culture House and ASICS to college’s most dominant wrestler?

Page 26 – IOWA WRESTLING CAMPS – Over the months of June and July, young wrestlers of both genders are invited to the famous Hawkeye wrestling room where they’ll learn the skills that have produced 24 NCAA team championships.

Page 37 – 5 HIGH SCHOOL STARS TO WATCH FOR JR HODGE – Indiana’s Jesse Mendes won last year’s award given to the nation’s top high school wrestler. Check out this Jr. Hodge Update of four other preps who could challenge him for the Junior Hodge, presented by Resilite.

Page 40 – PENNSYLVANIA LOOKS FOR SANCTIONED SHOT – The PIAA requires 100 high school progrmas to have a team in order to have a sanctioned state championship. The Keystone State is quickly reaching that mark for girls wrestling as leaders harness momentum.

Page 44 – NWCA MULTI-DIVISION NATIONAL DUALS – Central Oklahoma, Wisconsin La-Crosse, Grand View, Rochester Tech, Life University and King University were the team champions in men’s and women’s college dual tournaments in Louisville, Ky.

Page 50 – BEAR CAVE PRODUCING ‘KODIAK’ WRESTLERS – Ben VomBaur made his wrestling home in Greeley, Colo., where his club is developing a dominating wrestling style and drawing college wrestling coaches to some of these kids.

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