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TheMat.com Wrestlers of the Week Heskett, Simmons and Morningstar featured on Takedown Radio this week



This week on Takedown Radio -

We'll be joined in the studio by retiring MMA Veteran Ronnie Britt.

Joining us on the show will be -

Joe Heskett - (Columbus, Ohio/Gator WC) Assistant at The Ohio State University and 1 of 3 TheMat.com/ Takedownradio Athletes of the week Brought to you by Asics. Heskett won a gold medal at 74 kg/163 lbs. in men's freestyle wrestling at the Henri Deglane Challenge in Nice, France, Nov. 24-25. He was one of four U.S. individual champions at the event, which featured competition in all three international wrestling styles.

Heskett won all three of his matches, including a victory over 2000 Olympic silver medalist Arsen Gitinov of Russia in the gold-medal finals. He also stopped Carsevan Vardanyan of Armenia in the semifinals and Carlos Dominguez Fernandez of CAT Club in the quarterfinals. This was the first time that Heskett has won the Henri Deglane Challenge title, after winning medals at this event in three previous attempts. Heskett was a NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Iowa State Univ. and is currently ranked No. 2 at his weight class in the United States by TheMat.com. Heskett named TheMat.com/ TakedownRadio Wrestler of the Week for Nov. 21-27.

Nick Simmons- 2 of 3 TheMat.com/ Takedownradio Athletes of the week Brought to you by Asics. Simmons, a senior at Michigan State and a three-time All-American at 125 pounds, knocked off defending 133-pound NCAA champion Matt Valenti of Penn on Sunday, Nov. 12 in the finals of the Michigan State Open. Simmons scored a reversal against Valenti with 30 seconds remaining to win the match 2-0. Simmons is 9-0 this season at 133.

Simmons has placed seventh, fourth and fourth in the NCAA Championships at 125 for the Spartans. He's a top prospect internationally and competed at the World University Championships in freestyle this past summer in Mongolia, finishing 1-1 at 60 kg/132 pounds. Simmons placed third at the 2005 U.S. World Team Trials at 55 kg/121 pounds. Nick Simmons named TheMat.com / TakedownRadio Wrestler of the Week for Nov. 7-13

Ryan Morningstar - 3 of 3 theMat.com/ Takedownradio Athletes of the week Brought to you by Asics. A redshirt freshman at Iowa who was ranked No. 15 nationally, upset two-time All-American and top-ranked Trent Paulson of Iowa State 3-2 at 157 pounds to cap Iowa's 24-6 win over Iowa State on Dec. 3 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. The meet drew a crowd of 13,732, the 11th-largest crowd for a dual meet in NCAA history. Morningstar has compiled a 6-3 record this season. He was a three-time Iowa state champion in high school and a Junior Nationals champion. Morningstar, whose father Scott wrestled for Northern Iowa, posted a 12-1 record in open tournaments while competing unattached during his redshirt year at Iowa. Ryan Morningstar named TheMat.com/ TakedownRadio Wrestler of the Week for Nov. 28-Dec. 4

Other guests include:

Kirk Trost- Michigan's Long Time assistant and overall great guy. Kirk has affected the lives of hundreds of young men during his 20 plus years at Michigan and now faces another challenge in helping to host the 2006-2007 NCAA Championships.

Brian Smith- Head Coach of the Tigers of the University of Missouri. Congratulations on the CKLV Championship. Discussion on the future of the tiger program and the Askren Boys. The NCAA's are closer then we think. Are the Tigers ready? Pell, Chandler, McCormick, the Askrens and the rest of the team.

John Rizzuti - InsideTexaswrestling.com gives an update about wrestling in Texas. Listen to find out more.

David Beachnau- Executive Director of the Detroit Metro Sports Commission joins us for NCAA Championship talk. Don't have your tickets you say? What? Go to MGOBlue.com and get your application today. Time is very short. Don't delay.

Jeff Murphy joins us for week 3 of the TDR Top 20 report

This week Takedown Radio is back in the studio. I love being on the road for this sport but once in a while a studio show does me good.

Our thanks to the Cliff Keen Company, The Churella Family (read Class Act) and the folks at the Buffalo Bills resort and the Star of the Desert Arena for their hospitality. They were great. Congratulations to the teams that competed. To Brian Smith and the Tigers of the University of Missouri congratulations on the CKLV Championship. Your boys were exceptional in competition and represented you and your staff well.
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