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Advice on how to win an Iowa wrestling state title from Dan Gable and Mark Ironside

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Advice on how to win an Iowa wrestling state title from Dan Gable and Mark Ironside

So you want to be the best wrestler in Iowa? Well, lucky for you Dan Gable and Mark Ironside, a pair of Iowa wrestling hall-of-famers, have offered up their coaching strategy to CSNChicago.com that can hopefully help the 672 wrestlers competing in the state tournament in Des Moines. Each of these guys have won multiple state titles and went on to great success at the collegiate level and beyond.

So what’s the best strategy to have in the hours prior to the opening match?

Gable: Whatever you do normally for your best performances stick with that. If you try to change something, except for maybe just being aware of a couple little things, then you’re going to get off course. You don’t want to get off course.

Ironside: If I was a coach the main thing I would be concentrating on is keeping my athletes relaxed. Relax, relax, relax. You’ve got to stay calm. It’s too easy to get too worked up and caught up in the emotion of it all. Then you get on the mat and you’ve already drained yourself. You’ve already used all of your energy before the match even started. Or you wrestle so hard that first period and all of a sudden you’ve got nothing left. You’ve got to stay comfortable and collected and you don’t get into it until it’s your time to get into it. That’s obviously a lot easier said than done.

So stay the course and keep calm. Got it. What about the crowd and competing in the big Wells Fargo Arena?

Gable: You’re already off course when you walk into that arena. When you’re used to a high school gym with maybe 500-1000 people watching and now you’re going into a crowd of 15,000. You have all of the banners and you have all of the grand marshalls and the mats.

Ironside: As soon as you walk in the building, especially the night of the semifinals and finals, it’s just a feeling that kind of overcomes you. You’ll be able to feel exactly what I’m talking about. It’s a very unique feeling and situation. It’s something these kids will remember their whole lives.

This is going to be quite the atmosphere. Better stay focused. My hands are shaking and I’m pretty sure my heart is going to jump out of my chest. Have any more advice?

Gable: It’s like the nerves can beat a wrestler. I’ve had a couple. When you lose your focus or you lose your nerves you just aren’t going to be the same wrestler. That’s the bottom line. You don’t change a whole lot from what you normally do, except at the time be a little more disciplined in your lifestyle. That’s about it.

Ironside: There’s a fine line to walk. As far as being smart and aggressive. It’s a smart aggressiveness. You want to be aggressive, but it’s got to be a controlled aggressiveness. You don’t want to start taking shots without setting them up and trying to finish in a way you shouldn’t be finishing and getting out of position. It’s good to be offensive and on the attack, but you have to be smart about how you do it. You can’t cut corners and get lazy.

Any final tips?

Ironside: It’s also easy to get caught up in watching your teammates and watching kids from other schools because there are so many other matches. A good coach will concentrate on making sure the athlete is ready to go for their match and not really worry about them watching their teammates’ matches before them. Keeping them in the back. Keeping them relaxed. Then when they’re done get them out of there because a lot of times there isn’t a lot of down time between matches or rounds. By the time you get back to your hotel and you get your fuel back in you and your nutrition, you’ve got to go back and warmup again. You try to get some rest and prepare yourself as best you can for that next match and by doing that you have to take that athlete out of that arena so that they don’t get caught up in the big spectacle of everything. That way they can concentrate on what they need to do from a personal standpoint.

Alright. Thanks for the advice gentlemen!

Best of luck to all of the wrestlers competing the next few days. Hopefully getting some coaching advice from Dan Gable and Mark Ironside will serve you well before your first match.

A reminder to fans that the 2017 Iowa high school wrestling state finals will air on CSN at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. It’s also be live streaming on CSNChicago.com via the NBC Sports App for CSN subscribers. Gable and Ironside will be on the call for CSN's coverage of the championships.

More Iowa high school wrestling coverage:

By the Numbers: Iowa high school state wrestling tournament

Iowa high school wrestling triva: How many can you get right?

Advice on how to win an Iowa wrestling state title from Dan Gable and Mark Ironside

 

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Have the Bulls found their new leader in Arturas Karnisovas?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Have the Bulls found their new leader in Arturas Karnisovas?

It's a Wednesday edition of SportsTalk Live. (It's Wednesday, right?) Host David Kaplan is joined by Football Aftershow’s Laurence Holmes, 670 The Score David Haugh and our White Sox insider Adam Hoge. Plus, mother nature drops by to rain on Kap's parade.

It looks like the Bulls might have already found the man to lead their basketball operations. Will Arturas Karnisovas be the right hire to get the organization back on track? What does that mean for the futures of Jim Boylen and John Paxson?

Switching to football, it was a GOAT-fest on the radio today. Tom Brady gave an interesting interview on the Howard Stern Show. Meanwhile, former NFL general manager Charley Casserly says Roquan Smith is the best player Ryan Pace has drafted. The panel breaks it all down.

If MLB goes ahead with its plan to start the season in Arizona, they could use an electronic strike zone. The panelists discuss whether it’s a good idea or a dangerous precedent.

Kap is then joined by NFL super agent Leigh Steinberg. He gives a health update on one of his top clients in this month's draft, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Kap asks where Tagovailoa ranks among the great quarterbacks Steinberg has represented over the years. We’ll get Leigh’s insight into how different this year's draft process has been. And we can’t let him go without asking about the 2017 Draft when the Bears took Mitch Trubisky instead of another one of his clients, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Was he surprised the Bears moved up to take Mitch?

0:00 - All signs are pointing to Arturas Karnisovas becoming the man to run the Bulls' basketball operations. Is this a good hire? And does that mean Jim Boylen's days in Chicago are almost over?

7:00 - The GOAT interviews the GOAT. Tom Brady sits down with Howard Stern. Plus, STL has its first-ever rain delay when Kap gets rained on.

10:30 - Former NFL GM Charley Casserly says that Roquan Smith is the best player Ryan Pace has drafted.

13:00 - If the MLB season starts in Arizona, they might use an electronic strike zone. Will that work?

15:30 - NFL superagent Leigh Steinberg joins Kap. He talks about Tua Tagovailoa's health and how he compares to the other superstar QBs he has represented. He also talks about the 2017 draft when the Bears took Mitch Trubisky instead of his client- Patrick Mahomes.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Wimbledon canceled for first time since World War II

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Wimbledon canceled for first time since World War II

Wimbledon has taken place every year since 1945, but won’t take place this year.

The All England Club made the announcement on Wednesday that the famous grass court major has been canceled.


Wimbledon was set to run from June 28 to July 11. Postponing the event later in the calendar year isn’t feasible because of the weather conditions needed for the grass surface to be playable and endure the wear and tear of the two-week tournament.

“With the likelihood that the Government’s measures will continue for many months, it is our view that we must act responsibly to protect the large numbers of people required to prepare The Championships from being at risk – from the training of ball boys and girls to thousands of officials, line judges, stewards, players, suppliers, media and contractors who convene on the AELTC Grounds – and equally to consider that the people, supplies and services legally required to stage The Championships would not be available at any point this summer, thus ruling out postponement,” read a statement from the All England Club.

The only other cancelations in Wimbledon’s history were during World War I and World War II. The tournament started in 1877.

The ATP and WTA also announced the suspension of all play through July 13.


The French Open, tennis’ clay court major, was originally scheduled to run from May 24-June 7, but was pushed back to Sept. 20-Oct. 4. The U.S. Open, which said its 2020 tournament is still on schedule, is on the calendar from Aug. 24-Sept. 13. The French Open moving to a week after the U.S. Open has been controversial in the tennis world with two majors on different surfaces coming just seven days apart.