Shenandoah University will enter uncharted territory when it launches its wrestling program later this year. New head coach Tim McGuire looks to bring some of the lessons he learned from his career at Marquette University and University of Chicago to help bring the Hornets program to the top.
Old Dominion University decided to discontinue its wrestling program in April following a study of the athletics program. The decision is projected to save the university $1 million and student-athletes on the team will be immediately eligible if they decide to transfer.
Hoping to contend for a national championship in the 197-pound weight class, WVU sophomore Noah Adams had a perfect season on the mat going 32-0 on his way to becoming the 2019-20 Big 12 Wrestler of the Year. Due to COVID-19, his quest for a national title will have to wait until 2021.
With the popularity of girls wrestling growing throughout the country, Musselman High School in Inwood decided to dive into the action head first. The school created West Virginia’s first all-girls team for wrestling and won the first state championship for the sport in its inaugural season.
Arrowhead’s Keegan O’Toole went into high school with a goal to win four straight wrestling state titles. With that accomplished, he has new high expectations set for his college career.
Although Missouri has only had girls wrestling as a sanctioned sport for two years, Lafayette High School wrestler Faith Cole has taken advantage with an undefeated start to her career. Aside from earning two state championships, she has also excelled when wrestling nationally and has a bright future in the sport.
Girls wrestling has picked up in numbers across the country in recent years, specifically in Ohio. The state held its first-ever all-girls high school wrestling tournament in February.
The Simaz name is well recognized when it comes to wrestling in Michigan. Traverse City St. Francis High School graduate Andy Simaz has lived up to it with a state wrestling title in his junior season. Despite a torn ACL causing him to miss most of his senior campaign, Simaz will be joining a NCAA wrestling powerhouse at Iowa in the fall.
Joe Braunagel is the youngest of four brothers who have had tremendous success in high school wrestling in Illinois. This year, he carried on the family legacy with a state championship of his own.
Connor Bartlett, a Michigan high school wrestler, was given just days to live after being diagnosed with cancer, but a miraculous recovery had him back out on the wrestling mat for his senior season.