Great early-season stories highlighted in V29I2 WIN Magazine

Updated: November 29, 2022

The month of December is here and many notable things have happened in college and high school wrestling, especially from Wisconsin’s Austin Gomez, who got upset in the first week of the season before coming back to stun Cornell’s three-time NCAA champion Yianni Diakomihalis and upset Ohio State’s Sammy Sasso before the month of November ended.

You will find this and many other great stories in the latest issue of WIN Magazine, which was printed and mailed on Nov. 29 and is also immediately available in digital form.

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The following is a list of many of the features that appear in the latest issue of WIN Magazine.

Page 8 – ALL-STAR ARTISTRY – This photo layout captured much of the excitement from the 2022 NWCA All-Star Classic in Austin, Texas, where Northern Colorado’s Andrew Alirez upset Pitt’s top-ranked Cole Matthews at 141 pounds.

Page 12 – IOWA NOTEBOOK – The late Mark Reiland made an impact on Iowa USA Wrestling as an organization and today people like Steve Mickelson, Iowa USAW’s Treasurer, are continuing in that passion which Reiland exhibited.

Page 13 – ILLINOIS NOTEBOOK – Tony Cassioppi, Dan Braunagel and Yahya Thomas, all natives of Illinois who are competing on the NCAA college level, are featured in this month’s installment.

Page 14 – WASHINGTON NOTEBOOK – Clark County Youth Wrestling and the Pierce County Junior Wrestling League are helping the next generation of Washington wrestlers while three natives are joining USA Wrestling’s EAP program. 

Page 15 – KANSAS NOTEBOOK- The late Ben Bennett, who served as Kansas USA Wrestling president in 1986 and ‘87, set a standard of leadership that is being carried on by current chairperson Will Cokely. 

Page 22 – IMMEDIATE OPENINGS FOR TRUE FRESHMEN- Less than six months removed from high school, many are getting a chance to compete right away in college, especially ISU’s State’s Casey Swiderski, OSU’s Jesse Mendez and Virginia Tech’s Caleb Henson.

Page 33 – WIN’S EARLY-SEASON RECRUITING RANKINGS – In Rob Sherrill’s monthly column, he breaks down the talent of prep wrestlers who inked scholarships on the NCAA Division I level. Michigan and Iowa rank No. 1 and 2 in these early recruiting ratings for 2023.

Page 35 – GETTING A JUMP ON COLLEGE – Cornell-recruit Meyer Shapiro (right), who has been ranked No. 1 at 152 pounds, could be wrestling for his high school team at Wyoming Seminary. Instead, he is taking on college-level wrestlers for the Spartan Combat Club that is located in Ithaca, N.Y.

Page 38 – RMN’S OUTWEST FEATURE – Ausome Guillermo is more than living up to the sound of his first name as the native of California won the 11U and 12U championships at 66 pounds at the Freak Show in Las Vegas in October.

Page 40 – COACHING DIFFERENCES – Tela O’Donnell Bacher, one of the first American Olympic wrestlers in 2004, returned to her native Alaska, where she and “Wrestle Like A Girl” are helping coaches understand young women athletes better.

Page 45 – ‘PA’ INFLUENCE ON FRESNO CITY IN CALIFORNIA – Paul Keysaw, a native of Athens, Pa., first arrived in the early 1990s as an eventual All-American at CSU-Bakersfield. Since then, he has led Fresno City as a coach to success on California’s junior college level. 

Page 48 – BUSINESS STORY: NEXT LEVEL NOTEBOOKS – Jesse Cole was trying to help his daughters Faith and Emma excel in wrestling. That endeavor also led to him create a method of helping others set realisitic goals and a plan for success on the mat.

Plus columns by Dan Gable, John Klessinger, Mike Chapman, Kyle Klingman, Sandy Stevens, Bryan Van Kley and Mike Finn … as well as updated rankings of every level of college and high school wrestling … and training/technique pieces by USA Wrestling, Ohio State and Zach Even-Esh.

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