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In The Garden State and Beyond, Wrestling Is Up Off The Mat

In The Garden State and Beyond, Wrestling Is Up Off The Mat
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A little over two years ago, wrestling as a sport was in trouble. Removed from the Olympics and struggling for relevance, what was one of the world’s oldest sports was on its way to infamy. Fast forward to today, and it looks like the sport is continuing to get up off the mat, with its best opportunities ahead with New Jersey and the area around here suddenly becoming one of the best points for growth and engagement.

This past weekend as March Madness played across a variety of channels, the NCAA Championships played out before a sellout crowd front and center on ESPN, a great opportunity to showcase the speed and style of America’s next champions before what was a surprisingly solid TV number. The interest was also buoyed by a little bounce from the popular film “Foxcatcher,” an increased partnership with the always engaged MMA community and some of its crossover stars, the expansion of the Big 10, still arguably the best overall wrestling conference, into the DC area and the New York area (Rutgers wrestling program has gone from life support to a revenue generator with big crowds and bigger recruits leading to positive dollars), an increased focus on women competing and of course, the Olympic reinclusion for 2016. All of which spells for brighter days ahead for the sport and tis governing body in the States, USA Wrestling.

 

300 Words Or Less: Lavin, St. John’s Spinning On A Road To Nowhere

300 Words Or Less: Lavin, St. John’s Spinning On A Road To Nowhere
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

St. John’s had just been ousted from the NCAA Tournament on Friday, when Steve Lavin began doing what he does best: Spinning.

“The most satisfying season I’ve ever ha...

Who Are This Year’s Kentucky Derby Sleepers?

Who Are This Year’s Kentucky Derby Sleepers?
BY TOM VALLEDOLMO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

At first glance, it would appear that the the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2 is simply a “Tale of Three Horses.”

Superstar trainers Bob Baffert and T...

4 Best Memories of Chuck Bednarik

4 Best Memories of Chuck Bednarik
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“Concrete Charlie,” or Chuck Bednarik, sold concrete in the NFL’s off-season to be able to pay his bills.

A lot of south Jersey NFL fans know Bednarik well. Bednarik, th...

Well Done NJIT: Last Jersey Basketball Team Standing

Well Done NJIT: Last Jersey Basketball Team Standing
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In November the college hoops scene in New Jersey was brimming with optimism. Seton Hall was rolling, FDU was coming off of an upset of St. joe’s and was...

300 Words Or Less: Tommy John Surgery Needs A New Name; Just Ask the Mets

300 Words Or Less: Tommy John Surgery Needs A New Name; Just Ask the Mets
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Two years ago, Matt Harvey was enjoying his seemingly too dominant-to-be-true rookie season, when a jealous Yankee fan friend uttered his now infamous, snarky remark...

Ex Record Editor Looks For "A Daily Payoff"

Ex Record Editor Looks For
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Earlier this week, The Daily Payoff, the first U.S.-based platform to cover all business aspects of the gaming and gambling businesses had its official l...

300 Words Or Less: NEC Basketball Finalists Are A Tale Of Two Backgrounds

300 Words Or Less: NEC Basketball Finalists Are A Tale Of Two Backgrounds
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

When St. Francis College and Robert Morris University meet tonight for the Northeast Conference Championship in downtown Brooklyn, they’ll share the court – and litt...

Brighter Things Ahead For Sixers and Devils, Says Blitzer

Brighter Things Ahead For Sixers and Devils, Says Blitzer
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It hasn’t been the easiest of winters for the owners of the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia 76ers, at least on the court and the ice. The Sixers h...

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