NCAA Wrestling Championships: Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State Facing St. John of Iowa in Semi-Finals
Des Moines, IA- Alex Dieringer wrestling out of Oklahoma State advances to the semi-finals of the NCAA National Wrestling Championships. The Red-shirt freshman entered the tournament with a sixth seed in the 157-pound weight class. In the semi-finals he will wrestle the number two seed Derek St. John of Iowa.
Dieringer hails from Port Washington, Wisconsin, where he won two Wisconsin state titles in 2007 at 103 and in 2009 at 140, as well as finishing runner-up in 2008 at 125-pounds. He wrestled at Port Washington High school under Head Coach Angelo LaRossa.
After five years hosting successful grappling tournaments, New Mexico based Combat Sports Club presented their first event of 2013, a first ever jiu-jitsu tournament for the “City of Crosses.”
Picacho Middle School was the site of this inaugural combat sports event. More than one hundred Las Cruces area grapplers showed skill and sportsmanship alongside athletes from Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Amarillo, Tucson, Lubbock, Santa Fe, and more.
Perhaps the biggest presence was from El Paso, with eleven teams and many independent grapplers who competed. All told over three hundred competitors attended; the result was a competitive well run tournament that left everyone asking: When’s the next one?
On Friday, December 7th Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm faced power punching Aussie Diana Prazak, delivering a flawless performance en route to a unanimous decision.
Coming into the fight with an 11-1 record, seven by knockout, Prazak was undeniably a legitimate threat. Having recently avenged her knockout loss to Anne Mathis, it begged the question: would Holm employ the same stick and move strategy against Prazak.
In the lead up press conference coach Mike Winklejohn spoke of Holm's evolution into a power puncher and finisher. These improvements were evident each time Holm stepped in and fired. She felt Prazak's power but stayed on the offense, more than on the run.
To explain how much former Marine and MMA fighter Matt Leyva is beloved by family, friends and fans is to explain how deafening the silence seemed after Leyva was dispatched by Anthony Birchak in the main event of Jackson's MMA Series X.
After a minute and a half of frenetic exchanges on the feet and the canvas, Leyva was caught by a well-placed straight from Birchak at 1:22 of the first round. While disappointing, the loss for Leyva should serve as lesson and happens to the best on their way up.
Big ups to Nick Urso in the co-main that should've been but wasn't, his opponent came in 15-pounds over. Did he forget what weight he was fighting at? I was looking forward to seeing Nick "The Juggernaut" Urso fight; we'll all just have to weight (sic wait) – perhaps the next Jacksons card – to see Nick bang.
Aspiring Blind Fighter Teresa Garcia Featured at Lovato Total Fitness Smoker 3 (Results and Highlights)
Lovato Total Fitness hosted its third event in its All Amateur Boxing/Kickboxing Smoker Series, on Friday, November 30, 2012. Smokers serve as a tremendous tool for fighters of the various combat sports, to test their skills against new opponents.
The most remarkable feature of the evening was a young lady named Teresa Garcia, who trains at Jackson's MMA & Fitness, with the ultimate goal of "becoming the first blind female MMA fighter."
From the beginning, she had been told it was impossible, yet she has persevered, training daily, competing in grappling tournaments, and most importantly, never giving up.
On Saturday, November 17th New Mexico boxing fans and Johnny Tapia devotees were treated to three main events preceded by a superbly matched undercard in Johnny Tapia Presents. Inspired by the promotions namesake each hometown fighter elevated his game, putting forth gutsy, hard-charging performances, reminiscent of Tapia himself.
In the main event Santa Fe’s Joaquin Zamora, 19-4-1, 12 KOs met a game Bernardo Guereca, 16-15-1, of El Paso in an eight round slugfest. Zamora threw everything but the kitchen sink at Guereca who kept coming forward despite the constant barrage of punches by Zamora.
Zamora used his range well keeping the shorter Guereca at bay for much of the earlier rounds. In the later rounds Guereca tried taunting Zamora, hoping to force a mistake and open up counter punching opportunities. Instead Zamora found more chances to test the solid chin of Guereca: Unanimous Decision Zamora.
FIT NHB's Frank Baca (13-2) scraped out a win against a very tough opponent in Isaac Colon (2-3 of High Altitude MMA in Colorado Springs, CO), at King of the Cage: Final Countdown, on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino just north of Santa Fe, NM.
Colon pushed forward with flurried combinations, and Baca responded by pulling Colon's head into a Thai clinch and delivering knees to Colon's head, as well as powerful body-slamming takedowns. Colon soon learned not to lead with his head, avoiding the knees and delivering his hook combinations, even knocking Baca down at one point in the second round.
However, Baca continued to get takedowns and dominant position in each round, and finished 2nd round with a body lock and rear-naked-choke attempt. After three rounds, two of the judges felt Baca had won all three rounds, while one saw Colon winning two, so Baca took the split decision against Colon. "It really felt like a 'split-decision' fight, he's a tough opponent," acknowledged Baca in his post-fight interview.
A clash of the titans occurred Saturday at the 2012 National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic between Kyle Dake and David Taylor. Wrestling began after a day of activities including a clinic, A GWWBN (Greater Washington Wrestling Business Network) social, and an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. on the Campus of American University.
The 47th annual All-star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps had a full line-up of exciting matches that included the two national champions Dake and Taylor. Taylor was accompanied by Penn State teammates Megaludis at 125, Alton at 157, and Wright at 197. Oklahoma sent an All-American in Maple and a technical fall leader on the team in Lester.
The talk of the wrestling community since the line-ups have been set was the match between Dake, a 3-time NCAA champion at three different weight classes, and Taylor, a two-time NCAA finalist and 2012 NCAA champion.
Cage Fighter V took place on Saturday, November 3, at the Carlsbad Civic Center. This was the fifth show presented by Aragon Fight Promotions. After a game of musical, chairs the main event pitted favorite Jorrel Sparenberg of The Works against Mean 1's Justin Archuleta, who was making his amateur debut, in a title fight.
Sparenberg and Archuleta were originally slated to fight in the co-main, but after fighters dropped out and last minute replacements fell through the two moved up to headliner. Despite being thrust into a five rounder in his first ever fight, Archuleta saved the show with an amazingly gutsy performance against the bigger, rangier Sparenberg.
Both fighters had moments, standing and on the ground, that would've finished lesser fighters. These two showed technique beyond their young ages and maintained a frenetic pace for five rounds fueled by tremendous heart and determination.
Grapplers of all ages, sizes and skills filled the gymnasium at the Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho on Saturday, October 20, for the 2012 Southwest Grappling Championships.
Although many things remained the same for this event, there were a few new features. For the first time, divisions were given specific start and end times, and the universally-agreed result was that everything went much more smoothly, as evidenced by completion of the event prior to sun-down, a first for the tournament, for which attendance was actually up from last year.
"I think this is due to the schools staffing (wrestling team) stepping up," noted an appreciative Dave Friedlander, promoter of the event. Another first was the much-appreciated award of medals to every competitor under the age of 10, an encouraging incentive to encourage kids to stay in the sport.
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