Author Archives: Wade Schalles

Why Do We Seed, Or Should We?

The answer is no, we shouldn’t. At least in the way it’s currently being handled. I understand the importance of seeding, and the need to separate the best athletes in each weight class, but using the NCAA Championships as an example, seeding down to 33 in a field of 33 is absolutely absurd. I can… Read More »

Flo’s Top 100: Being Fair to Our Greatest: Part 4

Not all yard sticks measure the same. The one Flo used to create their Top 100 Greatest seems to put a great deal of emphasis on international successes, while at times, overlooking greatness. And to be clear, and eliminate any confusion, here’s how I define greatness. It’s a career of achievement; scholastically, collegiately, and internationally.… Read More »

An Article Out of the Archives

I wrote this article for a local newspaper back in the early 1980’s, and a friend of mine just sent it to me out of the blue. I had forgotten all about it. But after re-reading, I thought it was interesting enough to republish. Hope you enjoy. Reverse Instruction I’m sure you realize how difficult… Read More »

America’s Greatest Clinicians Ever

I’ve always wondered, who in the sport of amateur wrestling are, or were, the country’s most popular, and effective clinicians? To find out, I asked almost five thousand fans to weigh in on the subject. To make it into the Top 20, these no-nonsense nurturers had to have scored superior marks in each of three… Read More »

America’s Greatest Pinners

Recently, I read a series of posts on Facebook addressing the question of who was America’s greatest pinner? Given that I have some background on the subject, I decided to weigh-in. My first thought is, there’s never a clear cut answer to any question in wrestling. Our sport never seems to be able to get… Read More »

Flo’s Top 100: Being Fair to Our Greatest: Part 3

As I’ve mentioned throughout the first two installments of challenging Flo’s Top 100 is the importance of weighing the many variables, that it appears weren’t taken into account when the list was made. In case you’re wondering what, those variables might be . . . here’s a list of the ones that I feel are… Read More »

Flo’s Top 100: Being Fair to Our Greatest? Part 1

Last year Flo Wrestling ran a story regarding who they believed were the sport’s Top 100 Greatest Wrestlers of All-Time. Granted, what they created was very informative for the curious, and a great starting point for what will become the basis of some memorable discussions. And, I’m sure a lot of work went into the… Read More »

Be careful of what you see and hear . . .

Be careful of what you see and hear . . . I’ve been on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook recently studying the various techniques wrestling professionals are demonstrating. Some have great insight, creativity, and technical skills; others, need some help. When I replay a technique for a second and third time, I often notice a very… Read More »

To Dual or Not to Dual . . .

There is little question that dual meets are the most important form of competition in wrestling. It’s not the State High School Championships or the NCAA tournament; even though they are fun to watch. For those who might not have thought about it; dual meets are the life blood of wrestling. They’re where fans can… Read More »

Semi-Final Preview Show

Don’t be surprised, for those of you who traditionally attend the NCAA’s Semi-Final Preview Show, when you notice a change. Gone is the individual whose vision it was to have the show; and sold the idea to the NCAA, along with the rest of the panel. I was told by someone who purported herself to… Read More »

Why I’m a Pain

As far back as I can remember, my favorite word was why. I’m not sure what caused it, but I’ve never stopped asking why things work the way they do; or don’t work; and then create work arounds to improve outcomes. Zeroing in on the sport of wrestling, what I found given my forward thinking,… Read More »

Things that make you go hmmm

Were you aware; there are 1023 community colleges in America.  62, or 6% of them have a wrestling program. There are 437 Division III colleges in America, 109 have wrestling or 25% of the schools. At the D-II level, there are 303 colleges of which 64 have the sport, or 21%. At the D-I level,… Read More »

What Are We Doing To Our Sport?

In order to know where wrestling ranks relative to all the other sports, and with the folks in the entertainment industry, all we need to do is look at some statistics. There are 363 Division I universities in America. And out of that number, 34 of them have a wrestling program. That means that 91%… Read More »

Are We There Yet

I think I’d like to change course from worrying about the NCAA Rules Committee and USA Wrestling’s lack of interest in the sports spectator appeal, and shift to the creation of a promotional video. Especially when wrestling’s two most influential governing bodies, mentioned above, have been asleep at the wheel seemingly forever. In support of… Read More »

To Lace, or not to Lace . . .

When I awoke this morning I was thinking; what could possibly have been going through the rules committee’s heads when they created all the various scenarios regarding the pre-kindergarten skill of tying one’s shoes? As it is now, or was recently, if a competitor’s laces become untied, heaven forbid, the match is stopped, the offending… Read More »

Television: The Devil You Don’t Know

Regarding broadcasts, the general consensus within the wrestling community, and among its leadership is; isn’t it great that ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports programming, thinks enough of us to televise our NCAA Championships? But is that really a good thing? Not if you’re capable of thinking outside the box, or seeing outside the box… Read More »

Wrestling Needs Another Division

The most important aspect of school is to learn how to problem solve. Those who do it best, succeed the most. If I developed one skill that helped me achieve what I did in wrestling, it’s being able to solve problems. So let’s work on problem solving this. As we know, the NCAA is divided… Read More »

Competitive Thoughts

Winning isn’t always about executing your most effective technique, it often comes down to stopping your opponent’s most effective technique. Kyle Dake didn’t beat Jordan Burroughs to make the Olympic team as a result of his offensive prowess. He was in Beijing because he was successful at stopping Jordan’s legendary, and lethal, double leg. The… Read More »

How Wrestling Wins

For those who know me, I’ve never shied away from sharing my perspective on subjects. Some of you seem to love my unfiltered openness, others not so much. But it seems I’m the only man in the arena right now to quote a partial line from Teddy Roosevelt. For this blog, as you read How… Read More »

#1 A Point Earned, is a Point Scored

A Point Earned, is a Point Scored Let me apologize in advance. This will be the longest read of the Super 6 solutions. Probably, because it’s the most important one of the group. For my detractors, note I didn’t say any of these suggestions were perfect, but they are a hell of a lot better… Read More »

#2 Doubling Up

We should take a close look at allowing athletes to “Double Up” 3 times a year; but only if we want to create more heroes and legends like baseball did with Babe Ruth, boxing with Mohammad Ali and basketball with Michael Jordan. We need super stars who are just as well-known in our sport as… Read More »

#3 Jumbling Weight Classes

I love this idea by the way. It makes Doubling Up; doubly exciting, doubly interesting and doubly strategic. Here’s how it works. The sport still has a flip of a coin before the match with the winning coach selecting the first weight class to be contested. But after that, with jumbling weight classes the other… Read More »

#4 Can’t Be Saved by The Bell

Next up, the rules committee should immediately embrace is a rule that states a wrestler cannot be saved by the bell (buzzer) if he’s on his back. The name of the game is pinning, it’s what everyone wants to see. The take’m down and cut’m loose style of wrestling is okay for a while but… Read More »

#5 Dual Meet Centric

So how do we get to sustainability? One of the first things wrestling should consider is returning to being a Dual Meet Centric sport. The why is simple; spectators and audiences only engage in activities that, on average, requires 2 hours to complete. So why does wrestling believe so religiously that Tri’s, Quad’s and Tournaments are the… Read More »

#6 Redefine The Wrestling Season

That needs to be accomplished two ways. The first, we need to move our season from being a Winter sport, to becoming a Winter-Spring hybrid . . . where we start training in December, begin competing in January and space our national events out so they occur before and after the men’s and women’s NCAA… Read More »

The History of Wrestling, Part I

Over the years there has been plenty of arguments regarding which martial art is the oldest, and the father of all the others? With a little research, I believe you’ll find the answers here. Three to four million years ago Homo sapiens appeared on earth . . . naked, hungry and in constant danger. Survival… Read More »

Lifetime of Achievement Award

Lifetime of Achievement Award Amateur wrestling has its share of national awards, but when we compare our numbers to other organizations and sports, we need to do better. Especially at the elementary and middle school levels where we have so many outstanding coaches, mentors, and administrators who play pivotal roles in our children’s development. At… Read More »

Tokyo Olympics

Nothing I’ve read in the past two weeks has mentioned Rich Bender’s name and his contributions to our successes in Tokyo. There’s no question our athletes did an amazing job. Greco, not so much, but that pretty much follows a trend. More on that later. As for Rich, he’s America’s CEO when we talk about… Read More »