WIN’s April 8 Issue is NOW AVAILABLE – (Plus WIN Archives back to 2011 Inside WIN’s Digital Subscription)
The month of March was especially bad as the entire world dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic that canceled nearly every event. That included the wrestling world as all three NCAA Championships (I, II, III) were cancelled, while the 2020 Olympics were postponed to 2021.
WIN Magazine has tried to capture all the tough times — including the opportunities for the 330 NCAA qualifiers to compete in Minneapolis — and provide some motivation for those who are dealing with this moment in time in the latest issue of WIN, which was printed April 1.
WIN Magazine did announce on March 30 that Iowa’s Spencer Lee won the 2020 WIN/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy, presented by ASICS. WIN’s Commemorative April issue features Lee and the Hodge.
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Page 8 – SPENCER LEE WINS DAN HODGE TROPHY
The 125-pound Iowa junior did not get a chance to win a third-straight NCAA title this winter, but the Hawkeye did dominate foes and rivals for wrestling’s most-coveted award.
Page 9 – WRESTLING’S INCOMPLETE SEASON
How should wrestlers, coaches and fans look back at an NCAA post-season that prevented seniors a shot at All-American honors or an NCAA title, and possibly No. 1-ranked Iowa a 24th team title and other top teams possible NCAA glory and Top-4 team trophies?
Page 12 – MINNEAPOLIS’ LOSS The Twin Cities of Minnesota had hoped to make history when the NCAA Division I Championships were set to be held in U.S. Bank Stadium. What hurt more, a financial or emotional setback, when it was canceled?
Page 14 – OLYMPICS DREAMS DELAYED
U.S. wrestlers earned at least 15 of 18 Olympic spots, but they must now wait until 2021 for a chance to wrestle in Tokyo, and first for a shot at making the U.S. Olympic team after recently dealing with injuries — David Taylor, Helen Maroulis and Joe Rau.
Page 24 – TIMMY WEST: A TRUE WARRIOR
This high school junior from Canton, Pa., earned a PIAA post-season honor this winter, one year after the 170-pounder was forced to miss last year after dealing with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Page 31 – TRACKWRESTLING’S WRITING TIME
Andy Hamilton of Trackwrestling.com shares the story of New Jersey prep Brandon Green, who has learned to live without wrestling after dealing with a cardiac scare.
Page 33 – CAMPERS LEARN THE ARMY WAY Coach Kevin Ward is eager to invite wrestlers to compete in West Point’s Ranger and Intensive camps that camps that utilized the Army system, which qualified seven guys for the 2020 NCAAs.
Page 34 – HANSEN LEADS GRAND VIEW AGAIN AT NAIAS The 197-pound senior ended his career with a pin and captured a fourth NAIA title in Kansas and led his Des Moines-based school to a ninth straight team championship.
Page 36 – SHANER HELPS CLACKAMAS DEFEND NJCAA The 133-pound sophomore did not score 100 points but did score plenty of points in winning an individual championship and leading the Oregon community college to a second straight team title.
Page 40 – COBRA WRESTLING ‘IS ABOUT THE KIDS’
Coach Marc Sprague is ready to see his club turn 50 years old, but the 79-year-old legend is quick to point to the young wrestlers he’s coached, some of whom have become great coaches themselves for Team USA.
Page 41 – HITECH AIR SOLUTIONS FIGHTS VIRUSES Located in Oklahoma, this business has technology that is helping people deal with viruses and bacteria, especially the coronavirus that has overwhelmed wrestling and the world this spring.
Plus columns by Bryan Van Kley, Dan Gable, Mike Chapman, Wayne Baughman, Ben Peterson, Kyle Klingman, Adeline Gray, John Klessinger, Rob Sherrill, Sandy Stevens and Mike Finn.
Plus final high school rankings!!!
48 Oversized Pages – Enjoy!