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DECEMBER 2012, VOL. 41 NO. 2 Executive Director

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Rich Bender Gary Abbott Craig Sesker Kevin Hansen Tony Black Shonna Vest

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USA Wrestler, the official publication of the National Governing Body for amateur wrestling, is published six times a year (October, December, February, April, June, August) by USA Wrestling. Each issue is mailed to approx- imately 140,000 households of members and supporters of the organization. Non-member subscriptions are available for $30.00; inquire for foreign subscriptions. © 2012 USA WRESTLING'S MISSION

USA Wrestling, guided by the Olympic spirit, provides qual- ity opportunities for its members to achieve their full human and athletic potential.

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FILA WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Americans Adeline Gray and Elena Pirozhkova captured gold medals to lead the U.S. team at the FILA Women’s World Championships on Sept. 27-29 in Strathcona County, Canada.

NCAA 2012-13 PREVIEW: Cornell’s Kyle Dake is looking to become just the third wrestler to capture four NCAA titles while Hodge Trophy winner David Taylor is ready to lead the Penn State Nittany Lions to a third straight team title.

OLYMPIC REDSHIRTS PAY DIVIDENDS: NCAA champions Dustin Kilgore and Andrew Howe were among a large group of college wrestlers who made gains in freestyle after taking Olympic redshirts during the 2011-12 school year.

UNIVERSITY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Americans Max Nowry and Adeline Gray earned gold medals at the University World Championships on Oct. 2-6 in Kourtane, Finland. The U.S. won five medals overall in the event.

WE ALL LOST A GOOD FRIEND: Jeff Blatnick, who lost his life on Oct. 24 at age 55, will be remembered as much more than an Olympic champion. He overcame cancer, and he made huge contributions to the sport of wrestling.

Featured stories

4 Executive Notes with Rich Bender 16 Images from Women’s Worlds 21 20 questions with Ellis Coleman 24 Q and A with Joe McFarland 28 Poster featuring Kyle Dake

30 Star of the Future: Zain Retherford 34 Coaches Corner with Terry Steiner 38 USAW event schedule 40 Hall of Fame Class of 2013 41 Photo Contest 42 The Last Word: Craig Sesker

USA Wrestling’s Corporate Partners COVER PHOTO: Elena Pirozhkova (left) and Adeline Gray display the gold medals and

belts they earned at the Women’s World Championships. (Tom Kimmell photo). CONTENTS PAGE PHOTO: Two-time NCAA champ Matt McDonough of Iowa (left) and NCAA runner-up Nico Megaludis of Penn State set to battle again. (Larry Slater photo).


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