Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 NCAA Wrestling Results

Here are the winners and runner-ups of the 2014 NCAA National Wrestling tournament. Penn State captured their 4th straight team national title with Ed Ruth and David Taylor capturing titles for the Nittany Lions.

Logan Steiber and Ed Ruth captured their third NCAA titles. Ohio State's Steiber has one more year left of eligibility to make a run at his fourth straight title. David Taylor of Penn State capped off an undefeated season at 34-0 and captured his second NCAA title.

Many of these elite athletes will try to continue a path of amateur wrestling, but some will come to mixed martial arts. Strength, conditioning, mental toughness, the ability to cut weight and quickness are all traits of most high level wrestlers.

The biggest skill that transfers to MMA is the ability to take someone down and defend the take down. However, the mental aspect cannot be overlooked as most of these guys take part in over 100 combat matches over a college career.

125- Jesse Delgado (ILL) def Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) via dec 3-2
133- Tony Ramos (Iowa) def Tyler Graff (Wisc) via tie break
141- Logan Steiber (OSU) def Devin Carter (VA Tech) via dec 10-1
149- Jason Tsirtsis (NW) def Joshua Kindig (Ok St) via SV
157- Alex Dieringer (Ok St) def Dylan Ness (MN) via dec 13-4
165- David Taylor (PSU) def Tyler Caldwell (Ok St) via dec 6-0
174- Chris Perry (Ok St) def Andrew Howe (Ok) via dec 4-0
184- Edward Ruth (PSU) def Jimmy Sheptock (Mary) via dec 7-2
197- J`Den Cox (Mizzo) def Nick Heflin (OSU) via dec 2-1
285- Nick Gwiazdowski (NC St) def Anthony Nelson (MN) via dec 4-2

Team Standings

1. Penn State - 109.5
2. Minnesota - 104
3. Oklahoma State - 96.5
4. Iowa - 78.5
5. Edinboro - 62
(2014 Wrestling Champs, click to enlarge)

Video of the Day - Vetell v. Nelson

Here is Roy Nelson fighting Bryan Vetell in the IFL Grand Prix Semifinals which took place at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on 11/3/07.

Nelson (19-9) would go on to win the IFL HW title and the TUF 10 title. He next fights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-8) at UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi.

(Roy Nelson with his TUF trophy)

Video of the Day - Walraven v. Rosholt

Here is Jared Rosholt fighting Jason Walraven in C3 Fights "Summer Slamfest 2" which took place on 8/2/13 in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

Rosholt (9-1), a three time NCAA All-American wrestler, won his UFC debut against Walt Harris and will next fight Daniel Omielanczuk (16-3) at UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi on April 11th.

(Rosholt in the 2010 NCAA finals)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ronda Rousey Entourage

Here is UFC women's bantamweight champ in a behind the scenes look at her cameo in the coming Entourage movie. After dispatching Miesha Tate and crushing Sara McMann, the UFC star will get some acting work in.

Why are they making an Entourage movie? Your guess is as good as mine. I thought the show had a couple great seasons, a couple mediocre seasons, then got very stale. The Chuck Liddell appearance in the series was one of the better cameo's. Drama got, got.

Wow, video already pulled, I'll guess I'll put a video up of her discussing it. If I were producing an Entourage movie, I'd want as much publicity as possible.

Gotta love that Ronda Rousey charm!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Video of the Day - Riggs v. Grove

Here is Joe Riggs fighting Kendall Grove at Pro Elite - Arlovski v. Lopez which took place on 8/27/11 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Longtime MMA vet Joe Riggs (40-14) was the tournament champion of Bellator's Fight Master reality show. He defeated Rob Mills, Eric Scallan, Evan Cutts, Cole Williams then Mike Bronzoulis in the final. Since winning the show, Riggs had an injury setback and does not currently have a fight scheduled. Riggs has career wins over Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle, Phil Baroni and famous MMA ref Herb Dean.

TUF 3 champion Kendall Grove will next fight Brett Cooper in the Bellator Season 10 middleweight tournament on March 28th. Grove went 7-6 in the UFC, notching submissions over Alan Belcher and NCAA champ Jake Rosholt, while capturing decisions over Evan Tanner, Ed Herman and Goran Reljic.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Video of the Day - Manhoef v. Lawler

Here is Robbie Lawler fighting Melvin Manhoef at Strikeforce - Miami which took place on 1/30/10 at the Bank of America Center in Sunrise, Florida.

After TKO'ing Josh Koscheck, KO'ing Bobby Voelker and winning a decision over Rory McDonald in the UFC, Lawler earned a title shot against Johny Hendricks for the vacant welterweight title.

Video of the Day - Curran v. Ricci

Here is Pat Curran fighting Mike Ricci at Bellator 14, which took place on 4/15/10 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

Curran (19-5) will fight Daniel Straus (22-4) at Bellator 112 for the featherweight title. The two previously fought at XFO 29, a fight which Curran won with a 2nd round KO, and Bellator 106 which Straus won via decision.