- Darion Caldwell vs Brent Metcalf - YouTube:
- this was a huge upset
- Lincoln McIlravy vs. Gerry Abas: 1993 NCAA title match at 142 pounds - YouTube:
- wild match and great comeback
- Gene Mills vs. Joe Gonzales: 1979 NCAA title match at 118 pounds - YouTube:
- this was an exciting match; it's too bad the video isn't higher quality
- Kyle Dake: Career Highlights: 4-time NCAA Div I champ at four different weight classes
- Joe Gonzales: Induction Video for 2015 Distinguished Member Joe Gonzales - YouTube
- "You're only as good as your workout partner"
- Note: I watched Joe Gonzales & his CSU Bakersfield teammate John Azevedo win the 1980 Olympic Trials, held at Brockport State, close to where I grew up in Rochester, NY.
- Note: I worked out with Joe once at East L.A. college in our 30s or 40s... I never came close to taking him down! One of my favorite memories. (I knew Bob Sheppard and Ben Bohlander. Bob Sheppard also helped coach at South Pasadena H.S. when I was an assistant coach there.)
- Cary Kolat: National Wrestling Hall of Fame:
- https://nwhof.org/national-wrestling-hall-of-fame/bio/4087 (with video)
- Note: The NWHOF video shows Ron Headlee, Kolat's high school coach. Ron was an NCAA Div III All-American wrestler for Messiah College. I know that because Ron "owned me" in college. I didn't lose very often, but I never beat Ron Headlee!
- Cael Sanderson: National Wrestling Hall of Fame:
- https://nwhof.org/national-wrestling-hall-of-fame/bio/2490 (with video)
- Sanderson is one of just a handful of 4-time NCAA Div I champions, and the only one to go completely undefeated, ending with a 159-0 record.
- He's been a great coach too. He's led Penn State to the NCAA Div I championship 8 of the last 10 years(!) and his team seems to have fun wrestling too!
- John Smith:
- John Smith Takedown Compilation: 1990 Senior World Championships - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wYzaHE8DbY
- https://nwhof.org/hall_of_fame/bio/108 (no video)
- Won six consecutive world-class championships!
- Another master technician with amazing low single-leg attacks
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