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State of Wrestling by the NWCA

Author: Jason Bryant, Mat Talk Podcast Network

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State of Wrestling is the official podcast of the National Wrestling Coaches Association. State of Wrestling will provide monthly updates on program initiatives on the growth of wrestling at the grassroots and collegiate levels. Get more information on the NWCA at Part of the Mat Talk Podcast Network.
8 Episodes
Troy Nickerson, head wrestling coach at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, comes on the latest episode of State of Wrestling to discuss his role with the NWCA Division I Leadership Group, his tenure as head coach at Northern Colorado and what’s next for Division I wrestling.Nickerson looks on his experiences as an athlete and an assistant as to what’s guided him in his career as well as the promotion of assistant Garett Kiley on the staff and what came from the recent NWCA Convention, which was held virtually at the end of July.
Episode 6 of State of Wrestling by the NWCA talks to Dundee (Mich.) High School head coach Tim Roberts. Earlier this month, Roberts was named the NWCA’s National Boys High School Coach of the Year. Roberts led Dundee to the 2019-20 Division 3 state team championship and also crowned seven individual state champions. Roberts has put Dundee on the map both within the state and the region, winning 12 team state championships. He’s been the head coach for the past 21 seasons and has been on the bench at his alma mater for 30 years. Roberts talks about his desire to get back into coaching, having a knack for it and what he’s been able to learn and adjust and evolve over the length of his 30-year career.
Nate Naasz of the NWCA comes back to State of Wrestling’s fifth episode to talk about the dynamics of working remotely in the world of wrestling and what the National Wrestling Coaches Association has been doing to continue working through the global pandemic. The key points of the episode are about the move to a virtual convention for 2020 as the NWCA Convention will take place online July 29-31, 2020. We touch on some of the keynotes, tease some of the sessions and talk about the growth and how the virtual convention may be a way to reach more coaches as well.
The fourth installment of the NWCA’s official podcast, State of Wrestling, visits with Dr. Brooke Zumas and NWCA Senior Director Pat Tocci to talk about the #SanctionPA movement. Pennsylvania is one of the top wrestling states in the country in terms of quality and reputation. Where it falls behind is its sanctioning of high school girls wrestling. Less-established wrestling states like New Mexico and Arkansas have announced they were set to sanction girls wrestling, so now the #SanctionPA movement, in association with Wrestle Like A Girl and a number of other organizations are showing the pathway to get things working in the Keystone State. Recently, J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster announced it would start a varsity girls wrestling team, the first PIAA-member school to do so. Zumas and Tocci explain what steps are needed for girls wrestling to become a reality at the PIAA. Learn more at
At the recent NCAA Convention in Anaheim, California, one piece of legislation wrestling leaders had their eye on was the vote on Emerging Sports status for women's wrestling. With 32 NCAA member schools fielding varsity wrestling programs, it seems as if it would only be a matter of time before women's wrestling became an NCAA sport.On Episode 3 of State of Wrestling by the NWCA, Sally Roberts and Julia Salata of Wrestle Like A Girl talk about the recent approval among Division II and Division III membership in approving women's wrestling as an emerging sport and what the future of women's college wrestling at all levels. Both explain their experiences wrestling in college in different eras and how the momentum continues to push forward with the aid of groups like the NWCA, USA Wrestling, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Women's Sports Foundation.
Episode 2 of State of Wrestling is highlighted by an update from Nate Naasz, the NWCA's Communications and Marketing Coordinator. Nate will give us a quick introduction on who he is and his role with the NWCA and the upcoming events you can find NWCA materials and information at, such as this weekend's Beast of the East and the upcoming NWCA Multi-Divison National Duals in Louisville, Kentucky.Dr. Mark McLaughlin, a neurosurgeon at Princeton Brain, Spine and Sports Medicine is also the founder of the Princeton Chapter of the Wrestlers In Business Network, which is closely tied to the NWCA. Dr. McLaughlin will explain how his chapter was started, the benefits of the WIBN and how you can start up a chapter. Dr. McLaughlin also authored a new book called Cognitive Dominance: A Brain Surgeon's Quest to Out-Think Fear. We talk about the balances of writing and things in his own career that parallel his life in the medical field as well as those in the world fo wrestling.You can buy it on Amazon: of Wrestling by the NWCA is a monthly podcast by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | Podcast Addict | Castbox | RSS
The NWCA has launched a new organizational podcast called State of Wrestling, hosted by Jason Bryant of the Mat Talk Podcast Network. The podcast will give monthly updates on NWCA initiatives with staff, member coaches and leaders within the sport and the organization. Today, we kick off the show with Mike Moyer, the Executive Director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Some of the topics we discuss in the inaugural episode of State of Wrestling include:The NWCA has been in existence since 1928.The focus of the NWCA has shifted over the years.What are the key focus areas for the NWCA right now?What is the NWCA not? What are some of the checkboxes the NWCA looks for when targeting a school to add wrestling? State of Wrestling by the NWCA is a monthly podcast by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | Podcast Addict | Castbox | RSS
State of Wrestling is the official podcast of the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Monthly updates will focus on the core competencies of the organization with a focus on strengthening existing programs, starting new ones and providing wrestling coaches with progressive educational opportunities. More information on the NWCA can be found at Part of the Mat Talk Podcast Network.
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