Dake wins second straight world title, Snyder earns bronze

Kyle Dake with the American flag after winning his second straight world title (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan — The United States closed out the 2019 World Championships on Sunday by crowning a repeat world champion for the second straight day.

Kyle Dake claimed his second straight world title at 79 kilograms, a day after J’den Cox repeated as world champion at 92 kilograms. The 28-year-old American defeated Jabrayil Hasanov of Azerbaijan, 4-2, in the finals on Sunday in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

“Second world title is pretty awesome,” said Dake. “It’s different than last year. I’m here. I’ve been here. I know what to expect. I know the fans. I know the setup. I know everything. But it’s still really aweso

Cox repeats as world champ, Burroughs wins bronze

J’den Cox with the American flag after winning the world title at 92 kilograms (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan — J’den Cox left no doubt that he is the best freestyle wrestler in the world at 92 kilograms.

Cox repeated as world champion on Saturday with a 4-0 victory in the finals over Iran’s Alireza Karimimachiani at the World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. He finished the tournament without surrendering a single point, outscoring his four opponents 26-0.

“I think I made more sacrifices this year to achieve it again than I did last year,” said the 24-year-old Cox. “I wanted to do it better. I came here and didn’t get scored on. No disrespect to Karimi, but that whole match he didn’t want to co

Mensah-Stock claims world title, Cox reaches finals

Tamyra Mensah-Stock jumps for joy after winning the world title at 68 kilograms (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan — For the first time ever, the United States has three world champions in women’s wrestling.

On Friday, Tamyra Mensah-Stock capped her run to a gold medal at 68 kilograms by beating 2012 world champion and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Jenny Fransson of Sweden, 8-2, in the finals of the World Championships at Barys Arena in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

The 26-year-old Texas native joins U.S. teammates Jacarra Winchester (55 kilograms) and Adeline Gray (76 kilograms) as 2019 world champions. It’s the second straight world medal for Mensah-Stock, who won a bronze last year in Budapest, Hungary. She outs

Jake Hager to face Anthony Garrett at Bellator 231

Jake Hager at weigh-ins for Bellator 221 (Photo/Bellator)
Jake Hager, a former University of Oklahoma All-American wrestler and WWE star, has been booked for his third Bellator bout in his one-year-old pro MMA career.

Hager — who signed with the Bellator MMA promotion last November — is set to fight Anthony Garrett in a heavyweight (265 pound) match at Bellator 231 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. on Friday, Oct. 25.

The 37-year-old Hager seeks to improve his professional MMA record to 3-0. In his first two appearances under the Bellator banner — the first taking place in Jan. 2019 — the former Oklahoma Sooner mat star secured first-round submission victories.

Hager’s opponent at Bellator 231, Anthony Garrett, 29, has a

Golden Gray perseveres to become one of best Americans of all-time

Adeline Gray with the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
Adeline Gray grew up like many female wrestlers from her era.

Fighting for acceptance and respect. And trying to prove she belonged.

She battled the usual stigmas of trying to excel while wrestling on a team full of boys in Denver, Colorado.

Many of her first opponents were boys, but she embraced the challenge and enjoyed her share of success.

And once she started wrestling against people of her own gender, Gray continued her quest to help women gain more notoriety and attention in a male-dominated sport.

That quest continued halfway around the world when Gray made history on Thursday night in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

For th

Kraisser, McDonald added to Clarion coaching staff

CLARION, Pa. — Clarion head wrestling coach Keith Ferraro today announced his coaching staff for the upcoming 2019-20 season. The Golden Eagles welcome a pair of new coaches — Nathan Kraisser and Malik McDonald — to fill positions formerly held by Kyle Kiss and TJ Ruschell, respectively. In addition, Nick Deloia returns as a volunteer assistant for the Golden Eagles.

“I’m extremely pleased to welcome Nathan and Malik to the staff,” Ferraro said. “Both of them enjoyed great success as competitors and I’m confident that they will not only push the guys currently on the roster, but will assist us in bringing more high-level athletes to Clarion. In addition to those two, Nick has been a huge asset for our program working behind the s

New Jersey ref who ordered wrestler to cut dreadlocks suspended 2 years

The referee who ordered a New Jersey high school wrestler to have his dreadlocks cut prior to being allowed to compete last December has been suspended for two years, according to multiple media reports.

On Wednesday, a decision was reached between the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and New Jersey’s Division on Civil Rights (DCR), stating that the referee — Alan Maloney — will be suspended from his mat officiating duties for two wrestling seasons. In addition, the decision requires that officials and staff involved in high school athletics across New Jersey must participate in implicit bias training.

The DCR also issued new “Guidance on Race Discrimination Based on Hairstyle” rules to clarify that policies