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

Shockley will succeed long-time chairman Jim Keen. Sr. as Chairman of the Board....

Iowa's Tony Ramos determined to finish career with NCAA title

The Hawkeye senior will battle Virginia Tech's Devin Carter in the NWCA All-Star Classic on Saturday....

NCAA announces finalist cities for its championships for 2014-18, including wrestling at all levels

Cleveland, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia & St. Louis are Div. I finalists. Div. II and III finalists also announced.... interviews freestyle co-head coach John Smith from Sydney

John Smith

How did the domestic training camp go in the United States? I thought the camp in Colorado Springs, was a very tough camp. A lot of the team members spent an extra week getting a little more work in. I don't think we lack work. A majority, if not all, of the team has prepared well. They must continue on that path for the next 10 days. There still is some important training left - it could be the most important part of the training. What kind of training will the athletes be doing here in Australia? There are many aspects left. They still have some conditioning and have to work on their mental focus. They are getting ready right now for the four or five toughest matches of their careers. A lot of it is relaxing mentally and making sure they eliminate any distractions leading up into the competition, things like family and friends and being at the Olympics. You have now been at the Olympics both as an athlete and as a coach. How is it different being the coach? It's harder being a coach. You have eight guys asking a lot of questions and having their own needs. As an athlete, you don't have a lot of concerns, except for yourself. We have a lot of good people here who are going hard towards their lifelong dreams. Freestyle Training Photos from Sydney
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