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Terry Shockley named Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

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Gary Abbott, J.D. Oliva to go ‘On the Mat’ this week

This week's edition of "On the Mat" will feature Gary Abbott and J.D. Oliva.

Abbott is the Director of Communications and Special Projects for USA Wrestling. He has worked with USA Wrestling since 1988, directing the organization's communications activities.

One of amateur wrestling most prolific writers, Abbott was named W.I.N. Magazine's Journalist of the year in 2002. The National Wrestling Media Association named him Publicist of the Year in 1991.

Abbott will discuss the upcoming World Team Trials that will be taking place in Las Vegas on June 9-10 as well as the National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions that took place this past weekend.

Oliva was a former University of Illinois wrestler who has recently produced and directed a new wrestling movie called "7 Minutes". He is also the producer of "The Wrestling Recap", a popular wrestling highlight show featuring former Northern Iowa wrestler Jeff Harrison.
"7 Minutes" premieres Saturday, June 9, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois. Showtime is at 7 p.m. There will also be a viewing at the Al Ringling Theater in Baraboo, Wisconsin, on June 19th as well as a special viewing at the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum on a date yet to be determined.

This movie will be available for purchase later this summer at

"On the Mat" is a weekly wrestling radio program that airs every Wednesday night. This week's broadcast can be heard live from 6-7 p.m. Central Standard Time. The Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, hosts the show.

"On the Mat" can be heard live on the Internet at or locally in Northeast Iowa on 1650, The Fan. Feel free to e-mail with questions or comments about the show.
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