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Archive for September 2008

Dropped Project back up and running

I’m still trying to update and maintain the Dropped Project I started when I was still with InterMat. I’m still updating the chart and if you can add any information (specific dates, not approximations) to this list, contact me at

I’ve updated seven schools today. The purpose is to iron down when most of these schools dropped, it’s correlation to high school participation, NCAA probation, Title IX, school closings, name changes, et al. The wrestling community has been very helpful so far with this.

The boxes in yellow are incomplete.

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September 30, 2008 at 4:10 pm

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“King Mo” wins MMA debut in Japan

As a late replacement and giving up 20-something pounds, Mo Lawal (Team Quest) had a successful MMA debut against veteran Travis Wiuff. Here’s the full video.

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September 28, 2008 at 1:31 pm

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Former U.Va. All-American Tim Foley rides into Charlottesville

I’ve got a link up to over on the right of the blog, but Tim Foley’s made it from New York to Charlottesville and NBC29 caught up with the Stafford, Va. native here.

From that link, you can check up on the video interview Tim did with the network.

While NBC 29 didn’t mention Tim’s background as a wrestler, his cauliflower ear was definitley visible. Virginia’s sports information site did focus on some of Tim’s wrestling accomplishments here.

Tim’s touring 12 states in 50 days on a bike and former teammate Ryan Stewart is taking on the technical aspects of What do you know, some wrestlers are educated!


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September 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm

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The Ultimate Fighter

Several years ago when the UFC and Spike TV debuted The Ultimate Fighter, I was freelancing for InterMat and had run into Josh Koscheck several times during the wrestling season. I first saw him wrestle at the EWL Championships at Virginia Tech a few years prior and I remember saying “That’s the biggest 174-pounder I have ever seen.”

He was big and bad back in the day. I remember talking to Kos and his college teammate, Cory Ace, then a first-year assistant at ODU, up at the Mat Town USA Invitational literally 12 hours after I’d left my job at the Daily Press. About a month later, there was Koscheck again, coaching for Buffalo, at the Virginia Duals.

Two days after that, I was at the Sandbar & Grill in Newport News, enjoying a tall beverage and talking to “Monkey,” a former boxer turned MMA fighter/bartender. He  had connections to Chris Leben through Matt Horwich and Team Quest. During the debut of the show, I watched and went “I was just talking to that guy on Saturday.” Read the rest of this entry »

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September 17, 2008 at 8:20 pm

9/11: My retrospective view

There’s much to be said in the media on this day, seven years after the tragic events of 9/11/01 took two of the nation’s most prominent buildings from one of the world’s biggest and brightest skylines.

I’m not the media pundit who is going to put things into perspective. I didn’t know anyone involved. I have no family or friends in the Port Authority, NYPD or Fire Departments in NYC. I don’t have any words of wisdom or insightful claims to make on this day that flags fly at half staff.

My recollections were initially fuzzy, because I was asleep when the World Trade Center was hit. I awoke, probably an hour or so after the initial attack to a roommate explaining it to me. I then flipped on the television to find the news on every channel. Children at home, too young to go to school, were thrust away from Blues Clues to an endless cycle of news and hysteria.

I don’t ask “Where were you?” Everyone knows where they were. We don’t have to re-tell the story, we just know. Just like my mother, who in 1963, remembers where she was when John F. Kennedy was shot. She remembers exact details of her ninth-grade class at Lancaster High School in Kilmarnock, Va. and the principal coming over the PA system telling the school the President had been shot. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm

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Blinding us with science

One thing many wrestling fans seem to forget about wrestling officials is that they do have lives outside of the mat. While some of us know this better than others, one of the top wrestling officials — Pat McCormick — was honored in 2007 as the Virginia Scientist of the Year.

The Hampton University professor has been officiating for who knows how long. The Washington, Pa., native calls Poquoson, Va., home … the same place I called home growing up.

His son Mike, a solid official in his own right, just shot me an e-mail with a picture of a billboard off of Interstate 64 in Hampton. You know, the part where you get backed up before going through the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel on the way to Virginia Beach??

Well, shameless plug for my home town and a high five to Dr. Pat McCormick (Mike’s a doctor, too, but of dental science). As a student at Poquoson High School, I met his wife, Judy, before I got involved in wrestling.

Why? She was the assistant principal at PHS.

HU Billboard on I-64

HU Billboard on I-64

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September 9, 2008 at 1:18 pm

It’s Humpday, donchaknow!

Been about a week since the last update, but here’s what’s going down in the wonderful world of my skewed sanity. Kyle Klingman, formerly of the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum, has come aboard here at Media Sports Productions. He started up with us on Tuesday, but he and I are in the same boat with getting our houses back in our respective states rented out, transferring addresses and figuring out the bills and insurance situation.

Today, I realized I’d better get my place in Lancaster rented out quickly, I made another house payment on a place I don’t even live in anymore. Anyone in the county need a place? Lemme know.

So far, the weather has been spectacular up here, save one day — Labor Day. I moved in with a friend and will be relegated to his basement when the tenants move out from down there within the next week or so. Wait, how do I know people in Minnesota? Well, Joe’s brother wrestled at Old Dominion and is one of my best friends, so I was already tied to the state before I moved here. We used to have The Guillotine in the bathroom for reading material, although it was usually wedged behind the Maxim.

Anyway, I spent Labor Day down in Wabasha kicking back, and let me tell you, it was one of the most relaxing moments I’ve had in recent memory. I was talking to a friend yesterday as the work day was ending and realized that I don’t really know how to relax. I’ve been working since I was 15, all through college, all this wrestling stuff piled on top of it. It was great to just get away from all cell reception, kick back in a chair, slam a cold one and just chiiiiiiill.

On to some wrestling-related news that is somewhat pertinent. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm