NF Roundup Blog, Dec. 28-Jan. 1

By United World Wrestling Press

This week, Inside the Games published a story about the greatness of four-time Olympic champion Kaori ICHO (JPN). The writer of the story, Dan Palmer, makes the case for Icho being the greatest Olympian of all time. 

Palmer argues that Olympic greats in multi-event sports should not be the only Olympic athletes considered in the greatest of all time debate. 

"My argument is we should not always think of swimming and other Olympic sports with several events, such as athletics, gymnastics and cycling, when it comes to debating who is the greatest of all time," wrote Palmer.

"The Japanese wrestler is, by my reckoning, the only Olympic athlete to have won four gold medals in an individual discipline where she had absolutely no margin for error at all, and no consolation prize of another event to compete in."

Read story on Inside the Games


NF Roundup Blog, Jan. 11-17

By Eric Olanowski

Mensah Moves Past Gray; Burroughs and Taylor Rescheduled to Wednesday
In the headlining bout of Flo Wrestling's 10-card match, reigning 68kg world gold medalist Tamarya MENSAH-STOCK (USA) bumped up to 76kg and defeated five-time world gold-medal winner Adeline GRAY (USA), 4-0. 

Mensah scored four points in the opening period. She snagged Gray's ankle on a low-level attack before tacking two exposure points to pick up the 4-0 shutout win over one of women's wrestling's most dominant competitors.

Meanwhile, due to contact tracing on the part of '18 world champion David TAYLOR (USA), his colossal matchup with fellow world champion Jordan BURROUGH (USA) has been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 13.

It'll be the fifth time the pair of world champions have squared off in their storied careers. Burroughs owns a 4-0 record, with his last win coming in '14. 

155lbs: Mitch McKee df. Tristan Moran, 11-1
60kg: Ronna Heaton df. Desiree Zavala, 10-8
215lbs: Nate Jackson df. Wynn Michalak, 12-1
61kg: Seth Gross df. Zane Richards, 11-3
143lbs: Ethan Lizak df. Matt McDonough, 10-0
65kg: Joey McKenna df. Nahshon Garrett , 12-2
51kg: Erin Golston df. Emily Shilson, 8-5
152lbs: James Green df. Pat Lugo, 3-2
97kg: J'den Cox df. Hayden Zillmer, 6-1
76kg: Tamyra Mensah-Stock df. Adeline Gray, 4-0