Late November WIN Magazine is now available

Updated: November 28, 2023

The 2023-24 college wrestling season got an “official” start to the season on Nov. 21, when the annual NWCA All-Star Classic was held in State College, Pa., where top-ranked Penn State featured five wrestlers, including Shayne Van Ness, who defeated Arizona State’s Kyle Parco in the 149-pound match.

There have been plenty of early-season upsets in the first month of the season, including notable ones by some current preps who knocked off Division I All-Americans and ranked wrestlers in tournaments like the Clarion Open.

By viewing the latest issue of WIN Magazine, which was printed on Nov. 22, you will read about young stars like Bo Bassett from Pennsylvania and the Blaze brothers from Ohio who made names for themselves while reminding others how the future of this sport is very bright.

And by clicking here, or by calling 1-800-305-0606, you can subscribe to WIN Magazine or buy a subscription for a friend or family member just in time for Christmas.

The following is a list of some of the features you can read in this issue of WIN Magazine.

Page 8 – ALL-STAR MOVES – A total of 14 men’s and women’s college matches were held at the NWCA All-Star Classic in State College, Pa., where several top-ranked wrestlers won, including in a pair of No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups.

Page 13 – IKWF-ILLINOIS/USA WRESTLING NOTEBOOK – Tim Cysewski explains how the Ken Kraft Midlands maintains its excellence as a prestigious holiday college tournament while there were many highlights from the Illini for Kids event in Champaign.

Page 14 – IOWA USA WRESTLING NOTEBOOK – Former Hawkeye national champs Matt McDonough and Lee Fullhart are now sharing their All-American knowledge with the McDominate Training Center and Northeast Iowa Wrestling Club.

Page 15 – USA WRESTLING KANSAS NOTEBOOK – Marissa Patterson of Shawnee Heights has returned to competition at Hastings College in Nebraska after she took a couple years to serve as an assistant coach for the women’s wrestling program.

Page 16 – FLORIDA USA WRESTLING NOTEBOOK – This will be another great year in the Sunshine State after six Floridians — Michael Mocco, Mary Manis, Gabriele Tedesco, Clare Booe, Mya Bethel and Sawyer Bartelt — all won Fargo titles last summer.

Purdue’s Joey Blaze

Page 22 – IGNITING A BLAZE – Purdue’s true freshman Joey Blaze and his younger brother Marcus from Perrysburg High in Ohio both scored big upsets against highly-ranked college wrestlers in November.

Page 26 – PENN STATE LEADS ‘EARLY’ RECRUITING – As part of Rob Sherrill’s column, the Nittany Lions’ signees in November include five wrestlers who are ranked in the Top 3 of WIN’s high school rankings, including Luke Lilledahl of Wyoming Seminary.

Page 28 – BO KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES – Under the guidance of his father Bill Bassett, this sophomore from Bishop McCort in Pennsylvania is taking on and beating some of college wrestling’s higher-ranked NCAA Division I competitors.

Page 36 – 8,207 IN INAUGURAL WOMEN’S EVENT – Less than two years after Iowa made news by becoming the first NCAA Division I Power-5 program to start a women’s program, the Hawkeye women delivered before a record crowd in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Page 39 – STILL THE SHOWMAN – Now going by the stage name Ethan Carl, this former NCAA Division II All-American from Maryville continues to entertain his country-western fans as a singer/songwriter.

Page 42 – TOLEDO ON THE RISE – While many would like to see NCWA programs like Toledo return as an NCAA team, coach Bryan Knepper loves where his program is at and wants to showcase it in an upcoming documentary “Rise”.

Page 44 – RMN EVENTS FEATURE – Virginia Tech’s Hunter Mason credits much of his success that earned him a Hokie scholarship to his transition as a youngster to wrestling year-round in regional and national events, like those of RMN Events.

Plus, columnists like:

  • Dan Gable, who was once a unknown young star before he won two NCAA titles for Iowa State and later a World and Olympic championship;
  • Tristan Warner, the former college wrestler, who believes all matches — even All-Star exhibitions — are treated seriously by top-end college wrestlers;
  • John Klessinger, the Maryland high school coach, who shares his favorite sayings and memories of coach Shorty Hitchcock;
  • WIN founder Mike Chapman, who shares the patriotic story of former wrestler Steve Banach, the brother to Hawkeye legends Ed and Lou Banach, who made a career in the military and will be inducted into the 2024 National Wrestling Hall of Fame;
  • High school columnist Rob Sherrill, who breaks down the biggest early signees by NCAA Division I college programs;
  • Sandy Stevens, who tells how a former assistant wrestling coach and pastor has married at least 32 of his former wrestlers;
  • WIN publisher Bryan Van Kley, who examines how the new scoring rules are changing the sport;
  • WIN editor Mike Finn, who thinks about the all the girls, especially the “kid sisters”, who never got a chance to wrestle in the past.