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It’s the holiday season, also a special time for wrestling families who get together during Christmas, to share their past and present stories and predictions for a happier new year in 2022. That was the theme of WIN Magazine’s December Special Holiday Issue, which features wrestling families like the Ferraris, Wicks and Ogunsanyas.
While the national high school wrestling scene learned a lot about itself at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman, the top college wrestling programs will be showing their true colors, especially at Michigan, where former Rutgers national champ Nick Suriano is expected to join a talented Wolverine team that could challenge Iowa and Penn State for national team honors.
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The following is a list of many of the stories that appeared in the latest issue of WIN Magazine.
Page 8 – PICTURES OF PRIDE – Photographs of wrestlers have been common among wrestling families for a long time, but three generational images of the Rechtfertig wrestling family reminds us that the sport is more than just about winning.
Page 10 – IGNITING A WICK – Red-hot Evan Wick had already earned All-American honors at Wisconsin, but the native of California is gunning to end his collegiate career on the raised NCAA championship mat for his new Cal Poly program.
Page 12 – ILLINOIS NOTEBOOK – Mike Poeta, a native of Highland Park, Ill., and current head coach of the University of Illinois, credits his experiences with the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation for a big part of his pride in the state’s wrestling community.
Page 13 – WASHINGTON NOTES & FACES – Viktorya Torres of Granger, Wash., enjoyed her second chance at getting to wrestle for USA in the Junior Pan Ams, while Haiden Drury of Toppenish did well at the Las Vegas Invitational for Utah Valley.
Page 24 – MT. SAC CAPTURES CALIFORNIA CC TITLE – Mt. San Antonio College was already enjoying a great season and put an exclamation point on it when the Mounties held off tourney-host Cerritos College in the CCCAA’s state tournament.
Page 28 – CHUN READY TO TACKLE IOWA EXPECTATIONS – Clarissa Chun was introduced to Iowa’s traditions when she first took up the sport in 1997 and applied to be a Hawkeye. Today, she welcomes expectations that come with being their first women’s coach.
Page 32 – OGUNSANYAS: TWO PERSONALITIES, ONE GOAL – Growing up in Chicago, brothers P.J. and Joshua Ogunsanya now wrestle about 50 miles apart at Army-West Point and Columbia. Despite one being more outgoing and the other more reserved, both are team leaders.
Page 38 – PUSHING THRU THE PAIN – Dylan Fishback, the No. 1 high school wrestler at 195 pounds, scored a last-second takedown to beat No. 3 Rylan Rogers … despite a severe ankle injury that nearly prevented him from wrestling in the Ironman.
Page 42 – ‘BLOOD BROTHERS’ BACK TOGETHER AGAIN – Ironman champions Vincent Robinson and Nasir Bailey used their reunited success in Ohio to remind everyone how they were once best friends while learning the sport from the Harvey (Ill.) Twisters.
Page 43 – LEARNING TO LEAD – Angelo Ferrari, the youngest of three brothers to excel in the sport, is also already well known. The youngest Ferrari fought off his back to win an Ironman championship and help his Stillwater High team finish fourth.
Page 48 – RMN EVENTS FEATURE: IAN BUTLER – The MMA fighter from St. Louis shares his life story about overcoming extreme obstacles like homelessness and a drug overdose. He now uses his wrestling experiences and self-inspiration to help young wrestlers.
Plus, columns by Dan Gable, Mike Chapman, Kyle Klingman, John Klessinger, Sandy Stevens, Mike Finn and Bryan Van Kley.