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Jacob Eischeid Honored as TakeDown Radio High School Wrestler of the Month


Jacob Eischeid Rises to the Top of One of Iowa's Fastest Growing High School
Wrestling Programs to Secure National Honor as TakeDown Radio High
School Wrestler of the Month

Des Moines, IA- December 26, 2008- At the close of the calendar year, and
mid-wrestling season, Decembers TakeDown High School Wrestler of the Month
Award locates to the center of the country and on the shoulders of Senior Jacob
Eischeid. The 17 year old,107 pounder, Captains the Waukee Warriors in Waukee,
IA. Jacob began wrestling in 7th grade and has dedicated his life to the
sport since then, keeping the ability to manage family, friends, education,
faith, and steady employment.

As a member of the National Honor Society, he's a maintained a 3.4 GPA while
earning varsity letters all four years. With an overall HS record of 71-28,
he continually improved his performance and sits at 6-1 so far this year. He
has competed in the Fargo Junior Nationals, is a Regional Freestyle Champion,
and finished fourth in districts, right behind November TDR High School
Wrestler of the Month Jordan Jones.

TakeDown Radio was able to observe Jacob in action during a recent practice
session at Waukee's impressive Resilite wrestling room. "There is a huge
sense of drive and success in that room. We were very impressed how Jacob puts
himself forward individually while backing up every one of of his teammates",
stated TDR founder and host Scott Casber. The Waukee team has been coached by
Chad Vollmecke for the past five years and has seen constant improvement.
Waukee, once a small town, is now a suburb of Des Moines, and is one of the
fastest growing cities in the state,

"Jacob's dedication to wrestling has not detracted from his commitment
regarding the other things that are most important to him and his life", defined
Coach Vollmecke. "Here's a kid who's the oldest of six children, belongs to
numerous organizations including Excel Wrestling and the Fellowship of
Christian Athletes, holds two jobs, earned his 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo,
competes in cross country, and is a model student and role model. There are
clearly great things ahead for Jacob, with this award being the next one",
completed Vollemecke.

The TakeDown Radio High School Wrestler of the Month Award is presented by
Resilite Sports Products, and is made possible by Brute adidas, Sunflower
Wrestling Supply, W.I.N. Magazine, and intermat. Both the athlete and coach
receive various award materials as well as media recognition as part of national


Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:39 am
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The third hour long prime time television feature of Famous Iowans is schedule to air state wide, Wednesday, January 7, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Thompson Sports, Inc. of Des Moines produces the features, in cooperation with the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Hall of Pride.

The upcoming special features Olympians Shawn Johnson of Valley High School,
West Des Moines, recent gold medalist in gymnastics; former Des Moines
Roosevelt graduate Lolo Jones, a world champion hurdler, and Tom Brands a Sheldon state wrestling champion and current University of Iowa wrestling coach who won gold at the Olympic and World Games. Joining that trio are Fred Hoiberg, Ames High School basketball great who starred at Iowa State University and later in the NBA, and Roger Craig of Davenport, the outstanding football running back who competed at the University of Nebraska and went on to set records in the NFL.

The five athletes, just like the 10 that have preceded them in other specials, represent the excellence of athletic and academic achievement of which all Iowans can take pride.

Stations airing the prime time special on January 7 are: Des Moines WOI- TV
ABC-TV Channel 5; Cedar Rapids KCRG-TV, ABC-TV Channel 9; Quad Cities,
WHBF-TV, CBS-TV Channel 4; Mason City, KIMT-TV, CBS-TV Channel 3, & Sioux City, KCAU-TV ABC-TV Channel 9.

The program is hosted by John Walters, the play-by-play voice of the Iowa State University football and basketball games on Network Radio and Sports Director at WOI-TV Channel 5.

Roger Craig
Davenport Central High School
University of Nebraska
San Francisco 49’ers

Roger Craig – Semifinalist for NFL Hall of Fame and a key offensive running back and pass receiver for the San Francisco 49’ers in the 1980’s when he was named to that decade's all-star football team. Roger was a truly great running back football star and enjoyed a fabulous pro career with San Francisco as teammate of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Steve Young, (three Super Bowl wins) following outstanding years in high school and at Nebraska during its halcyon days. Roger is one of the biggest and overall best running back in Iowa prep history. He became the National Football League prototype for combination running back-receiver and was a real threat in the passing game and was the first pro running back to gain more than 1000 yards running and 1000 yards receiving in a single season. Among other civic commitments, Roger has been an important factor in fund raising for the United Way of the Quad Cities.

Shawn Johnson
Valley High School
West Des Moines

Four Olympic Games medals including one Gold and three Silvers. An Olympic Games/Women’s Sport World Class athletes who are Iowa Sports Heroes. Shawn, a dedicated, determined and talented gymnast from age 6, and at 16, is a world and Olympic Champion in one of the most challenging of sports. With the exception of Michael Phelps in swimming, Shawn is the most popular and admired and sought after American 2008 Olympian for appearances, for endorsements and general admiration for her skill, her, and her unbelievable persona as evidence on all the truly major talk shows. She was interviewed specifically for this show and even after a 40-city arduous performance tour and other major meetings and appearances, she came to our Iowa Hall of Pride and was gracious, cool and fun to be with and best of all, provided a great interview.

Fred Hoiberg
Ames High School
Iowa State University

Fred’s career is one of the best in Iowa High School and Iowa State
University history from the combination of quality performances on the basketball court, in the classroom, and in his school and in the community of Ames. Powerful examples of his superb profile include: petitions totaling 10,000 signatures in the Central Iowa area to plead with him to attend Iowa State University rather than other big name schools. Along the way he acquired the title of “Mayor of Ames. ”Fred started as a freshman and was a terrific and consistent scorer. He followed with a productive 10-year pro basketball career with Indiana, Chicago and Minnesota, His playing career ended due to a heart problem that cardiac specialists felt it to be necessary for him to retire from active play. Fred is now an assistant general manager with the Timber Wolves and still very much a favorite son and athlete in Ames and Iowa State.

Tom Brands
Sheldon High School
University of Iowa

In just his second year as University of Iowa Head Wrestling Coach, Tom led the Iowa Hawkeyes to the Big Ten Title and the NCAA Team Title. His team is currently rated #1 in the nation. As a wrestler for the University of Iowa, Tom won three Big Ten Titles, three NCAA Championships, and one World Title. He climaxed his active career with an Olympic Gold Medal in 1996 in phenomenal fashion, with a total of just one point against him in six matches.

Lolo Jones
Des Moines Roosevelt High School
Louisiana State University

Lolo is a talented hurdler and printer who steadily honed her hurdles skills and speed from high school to college to the professional circuit, culminating this year with an Olympic qualification and a favorite in the Olympic 100 meter hurdles. In the finals, Lolo was in the lead and increasing it when she nicked the next to last hurdle and suffered a heartbreaking finish, less than 20 yards from her ultimate life time goal and a seven-figure sure thing in performing and appearances and endorsements.

All of Iowa and, it turns out, the nation, are impressed with her determination and success in fighting back to compete with the 2012 Olympics as her goal. Two weeks after the 0lympics, she won a major race in Zurich.

She has just won the U S Track & Field organization’s Humanitarian of theYear award for the financial aid and appearances in Iowa on behalf of flood relief and to provide new shoes and money for track improvements at her Des Moines high school


Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:28 pm
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Takedown Wrestling Radio to Broadcast
Oklahoma Sooners Dual Meet with Maryland Friday

Des Moines, Iowa.- Friday January 16th Takedown Wrestling Radio will take their Brute adidas studios to Norman, Oklahoma as OU Head Coach Jack Spates and his undefeated Sooners welcome the Terrapins of Maryland.

The broadcast is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 PM CST and can be heard
on through the services of courtesy of the Oklahoma Sooners.

This is going to be an exciting meet. Coach Spates has his squad firing on all cylinders and his boys will look to defend their home mat. The Sooners are fresh off a road battle posting a 23-14 win over the Mocs of University of Tennessee and will look to continue their winning ways.

Ranked Maryland wrestlers _Steven Bell_
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victorious this last Sunday, but the Terrapins lost their ACC opener to the North Carolina Tar Heels, 19-15, ending the Terps' 10-match winning streak in ACC duals, dating back to 2006.

Again, It's The Terrapins Vs. The Sooners this Friday night on at 6:30 PM CST, click the listen live button, sit back and enjoy the dual.


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Des Moines, IA- January 22, 2009- The list of wrestling royalty continues to
grow as TakeDown Radio names Arizona high school senior Josh Chang as the
fifth recipient of the High School Wrestler of the Month Award. The award,
presented by Resilite and made possible by Brute Adidas, Sunflower Wrestling
Supply. W.I.N. Magazine, and,
recognizes one athlete from throughout the country for athletic and academic
performance, community involvement, and perseverance.

Josh Chang attends Mingus High School in Cottonwood, AZ and is coached by
Tom Wokash. The 17 year old senior has wrestled for seven years, currently
wrestling at 135 lbs. and owns a 144-10 overall high school record. In addition
to competing in swimming and track, Josh carries a 4.0 grade average and was
named to the National Honors Society.

As well as being part of TDR High School Wrestler of the Month legacy,
wrestling legacy is part of the Chang family as Josh's brother went on to wrestle
for Embry Little University in nearby Prescott, AZ. Josh's future plans may
very well follow his brothers footsteps. Josh's place as the 17th four time
State Champion will go a long way toward helping him attain his further goals.

Josh has been very active as a mentor for a Junior High wrestling program
and regularly travels out of state for national competitions. He serves as big
brother for up to four younger wrestlers during those trips. Coach Wokash
described Josh as " A young man who wears his wins with the same humility as his
losses. He is a silent leader, a shining role model, and is consistently

The first TDR High School Award began in Pennsylvania, moved to Oklahoma,
then Iowa, and now Arizona. Along with being the home of Olympic Gold Medalist
Henry Cejudo, Arizona now claims another top achiever in his own category,
Josh Chang.


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Congratulations to our friend, All American, NCAA Champion, World Silver
Medalist, Coach and President of TW Promotions (Asics America)

HEMPSTEAD, NY - Hofstra Athletics will honor its only national
wrestling champion Nick Gallo ’78 this Sunday, February 8 at halftime
of the 21st-ranked Pride’s match against third-ranked Cornell at the
David S. Mack Sports Complex. Match time is 5 p.m.

In an effort to acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of numerous
former student-athletes during the University's nearly 75 years of
existence, Hofstra University announced last year that a group of 20
past Pride athletes will have their jersey numbers retired.

"The honoring of these 20 former student-athletes is a celebration of
the outstanding history of Hofstra Athletics," commented Hofstra
University Director of Athletics Jack Hayes.

Gallo, a three-time NCAA Championship qualifier, captured the 126-pound
national championship and was named the NCAA Championship’s Most
Outstanding Wrestler in 1977. He earned All-America honors in 1975, by
placing fourth and 1977 with the national title. During his four years
at Hofstra Gallo recorded a 104-14 record. He was a silver medalist in
the 1980 World Cup, Pan American Trials Champion in 1979, and a member
of the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Teams.

In 1979, Gallo returned to Hofstra as the head wrestling coach and
proceeded to record a 49-25-0 record over the next four years including
East Coast Conference championships in 1980, 1982 and 1983. In his first
season he led the Pride to a 15-6 dual match record. A year later
Hofstra placed 26th at the NCAA Championships with only two
participants, Ed Pidgeon and Mike Hogan. In 1982 the Pride returned to
the top of the ECC with a 12-4 record and sent three wrestlers to the
national tournament. In his final year as coach Gallo led the Pride to a
13-3 mark, captured their third ECC title, sent five wrestlers to the
NCAA Championships and finished 24th in the country.

Gallo, who was inducted into the Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame in
2006, is also a member of the Suffolk Country Hall of Fame and received
the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
He is currently the president of TW Promotions, the exclusive New York
metropolitan area distributor of the RESILITE wrestling mat and
protective wall padding line, and supplier of Asics products.

To purchase Hofstra wrestling tickets online for the Hofstra-Cornell
match, visit or call 516-HOF-TIXX (463-8499).


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The mobile Brute Adidas Studios will hit the road again this week and head
to Columbia Missouri and Little Rock, Arkansas.

TDR- Schedule

Friday Feb. 13th 6:30 PM CST

Missouri Vs. Cent. Mich Live Play By Play with Scott Casber and 2 X NCAA Champ Ben Askren

Sat Feb. 14th 9:05 AM to 11:00 AM CST

Reg. TDR Show with Special
Pat Smith and Greg Hatcher Live from the Jack Stephens Center on the Campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

On phone or in studio guests include:
Jeff Murphy with the Kemin review of the National landscape of College Wrestling and
Hofstra's Head Coach Tom Shifflet

Sat Feb. 14th 6:30 PM CST presents the inaugural Arkansas State HS Championships. Join Scott Casber and Don Schuler for the presentation of the Finals of this historic event.

Special Thanks go out to Pat Smith and Greg Hatcher and their team for the hard work and dedication to purpose in organizing wrestling at the club and HS level in Arkansas. Great work guys.

Please note you can listen to these broadcast at no charge at courtesy of our partners at and all of our tremendous sponsors who understand that wrestling is the backbone of all that is good in sports.


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PUNCHDRUNKGAMER's DAVE CARPINELLO will be on the show this weekend February 21st!!!!



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Join the voice of Kent State Ty Linder for the action and play by play as the Golden Flashes visit the Chippewa of Central Michigan.

Fresh off a victory 21-13 over the Eastern Michigan Eagles the Flashes look to repeat against another Michigan College. Coach Borrelli and his Chippewa squad upset Missouri last Friday and look to continue their winning ways.

This broadcast is set to get underway at around 6:30 PM Eastern at Our congratulations go to the senior class of the Golden Flashes on their tremendous season!


Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:24 pm
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