Family is the biggest theme in WIN’s special holiday issue

Updated: December 17, 2022

No sport features families more than wrestling and that was WIN Magazine’s thoughts as we prepared the latest issue, printed Dec. 16, with Christmas just around the corner. Fans and families will have plenty of inspiring and emotional stories about wrestlers and coaches while they sit around their holiday tables on these chilly days of December.

There are plenty of family stories in this issue, including how women’s wrestling legend Adeline Gray is balancing motherhood (of twins) while going after her Olympic dream and how two brothers are ranked No. 1 and 2 at the same weight in two NCAA Div. III schools.

You will also find plenty of stories from the recent Walsh Jesuit Ironman in Ohio and the UWW World Cup that took place in Iowa.

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Page 8 – THE DUKE OF IRON – Peter Duke, nicknamed P.J., certainly has grown a lot the past year from when he wrestled at 138. The sophomore from Slate, N.Y., and Misinink Valley High School became just the second from his state to win an Ironman title.

Page 10 – READY TO STEP UP – While many 2022 World medalists did not compete in the UWW World Cup in December, backups like Alec Pantaleo, Nathan Jackson and Zahid Valencia did well in helping lead Team USA to a 15th all-time title.

Page 11 – WORLD CUP: WOMEN – While USA national team coach Terry Steiner was disappointed with USA’s fourth-place finish at the World Cup, he hopes many of the young Americans who wrestled will learn and grow from the experience.

Page 12 – ILLINOIS NOTEBOOK – Jacob Warner, a native of Washington High School and four-time 197-pound All-American for the Iowa Hawkeyes, looks back at his years of wrestling within the IKWF, Illinois/USA Wrestling.

Page 13 – WASHINGTON NOTEBOOK – The prestigious Women’s Nationals, previously known as the Body Bar tournament, will be held this year at The Podium Powered by STCU, in downtown Spokane.

Page 14 – IOWA NOTEBOOK – Girls wrestling in the state of Iowa certainly has grown under the Iowa USA Wrestling leadership of Charlotte Bailey, who daughter was first introduced to the sport by former Iowa City West coach Mark Reiland.

Page 15 – KANSAS NOTEBOOK – Strong wrestling clubs within the USAWKS have produced strong high school programs like that of Abilene High that has won four state-of-Kansas team championships.

Page 28 – FROM THE MAT TO MOTHERHOOD – No American woman has won more World championships than Adeline Gray, who finally got to be a mother this past year as she and her husband raise twins while she still shoots for the Olympics in 2024.

Page 34 – WEARING INDIANA’S CROWN – Crown Point High School in Northwest Indiana sits less than 60 miles from Chicago and this group under Alex Tsirtsis is producing talent like its western neighbor and has this program nationally ranked.

Page 38 – RMN EVENTS FEATURE –The Canadian club Alavanca certainly has benefited from competing in Rocky Mountain National events, including Kaura Coles who was a silver medalist at the 2022 Cadet Pan Am Games in Argentina.

Page 42 – BROTHERS IN ARMS – Nathan and Matt Lackman are not twins, but the brothers find themselves ranked No. 1 and 2 nationally at 165 pounds for different schools in NCAA Division III wrestling.

Plus columnists:

  • Dan Gable – talks about how he still likes to give motivational talks to fans and family;
  • Jordan Burroughs – gives his perspective on parenting young wrestlers;
  • Ben Peterson – offers four ways for wrestlers to develop confidence on the mat and in life;
  • John Klessinger – makes suggestions how wrestlers can handle pressure situations;
  • Tristan Warner – explains how South Dakota State’s success inspires smaller programs;
  • Rob Sherrill – shares the success of Illinois wrestlers at the Walsh-Jesuit Ironman;
  • Mike Chapman – tells the story how former college rivals Brooks Simpson and Eric Voelker became friends and ministers;
  • Sandy Stevens – relates how a Peace Corps assignment reminded a wrestling coach about serving others;
  • Kyle Klingman – shows how girls high school wrestling, including at his former high school.

Plus Training and Technique suggestions from strength coach Zach Even-Esh; Colorado high school coach Eric Everard and Ohio State coach Tom Ryan.