On The Mat

On The Mat

Hosted by Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton of Trackwrestling.com, On The Mat talks to a number of guests related to the national wrestling scene. On The Mat is presented by Cliff Keen Athletic and part of the Mat Talk Podcast Network.

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April 22, 2021 54 min
Joey McKenna goes On The Mat

Joey McKenna’s had an up-and-down path through senior-level wrestling. From reaching Final X to not qualifying for the World Team Trials to reaching the Olympic Trials finals, he’s got an interesting path. A three-time NCAA All-American at Stanford and Ohio State, McKenna now represents the Pennsylvania RTC. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton as they talk about the world of wrestling on the flagship po...
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North Carolina head coach Coleman Scott goes On The Mat


Coleman Scott was a four-time All-American at Oklahoma State and a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in London. In 2021, he coached his first individual champion at North Carolina as Austin O’Connor won the 149-pound title, becoming the Tar Heels first NCAA champion since 1995. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton as they talk about the world of wrestling on the flagship podcast of...
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Mike Denney goes On The Mat

Maryville head wrestling coach Mike Denney reflects on the UNO series on Trackwrestling and the 10-year anniversary of the program being dropped after winning a third straight NCAA Division II championship. Denney shares some stories about the process before, during and after.Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton as they talk about the world of wrestling on the flagship podcast of Trackwrestling.com.

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Missouri head coach Brian Smith goes On The Mat

Brian Smith and his Missouri Tigers are fresh off their 10th straight conference championship and ninth Mid-American Conference title. Coach Smith joins the show to talk about Missouri qualifying all 10 wrestlers to the Division I Championships the third weekend in March as well as setting a new MAC record and losing just six matches as a team the entire tournament. Join Kyle Klingma...
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Wartburg All-American and Gilbertville (Iowa) Don Bosco High School head wrestling coach Tom Hogan is next On The Mat. Hogan recently led Don Bosco to yet another 1A Iowa high school state championship, but now Hogan will step away from coaching at the respected Gilbertville school. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton as they talk about the world of wrestling on the flagship podcast of Trackwrestling.com.

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February 17, 2021 62 min
Frank Popolizio goes On The Mat



Successful New York high school and club coach Frank Popolizio has had great success in building teams, programs and events New York’s Capital Region. You’ve seen the Northeast Duals, Journeymen Fall Classic just to name a couple. What’s next on the horizon for the progressive wrestling leader? Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton as they talk about the world of wrestling on the flagship podcast of ...
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Mark Fong and Mack Reiter will go On The Mat. Fong is a high school coach in Connecticut and is starting the Overcomer Training Center in Middletown. The connection there is Fong was Richard Perry’s high school coach. Perry suffered a life-altering injury while training in the run up to the 2018 World Championships. Don Bosco graduate and Minnesota three-time All-American Mack Reiter also joins the show. He talks a lot, so he’ll be...
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Mark Manning, head coach at the University of Nebraska, will go On The Mat for January 12, 2021. Manning is in his 20th season at the helm in Lincoln after previous coaching stops at Northern Iowa and Oklahoma. Manning is a South Dakota native who won two Division II championships at Nebraska-Omaha under coach Mike Denney. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton as they talk about the world of wrestling on the flagship podcast of Trac...
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January 5, 2021 53 min
After a history of injuries and concussions, Iowa State’s Austin Gomez announced last month he was stepping away from the sport of wrestling after a short lifetime competing within it. Gomez was a 2019 NCAA qualifier, finishing a match away from placing in Pittsburgh. A four-time champion in Fargo and a three-time Illinois high school state champion, he was one of the top recruits in the nation. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton...
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Kansas native and four-time NCAA Division I All-American Tyler Caldwell is next up On The Mat. A two-time All-American at both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, Caldwell serves as the Recruiting Coordinator for the Oklahoma State wrestling program. He was also a 2014 World University champion in freestyle wrestling. On The Mat is presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton as they talk about the world of wres...
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December 15, 2020 62 min
Michigan head wrestling coach Sean Bormet goes On The Mat

Sean Bormet, the head wrestling coach at the University of Michigan, is the latest guest On The Mat. Bormet will talk about his ascension to the head coaching ranks, the success of the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club and more on this episode. On The Mat is presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton as they talk about the world of wrestling on the flags...
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Penn head coach Roger Reina goes On The Mat

Roger Reina, in his second stint as the head wrestling coach at Penn, joins the show to talk about the state of his program, Ivy League wrestling and topics relevant to the Pennsylvania RTC (and more). On The Mat is presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton as they talk about the world of wrestling on the flagship podcast of Trackwrestling.com.

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Blair Academy coach Brian Antonelli and St. Edward senior Paddy Gallagher On The Mat

Brian Antonelli, the head coach at one of the nation’s premiere high school wrestling programs, Blair Academy, joins the show, as does Trackwrestling’s Cliff Keen Preseason Wrestler of the Year, Paddy Gallagher from St. Edward in Ohio. On The Mat is presented by Cliff Keen Athletic. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton as they talk about the world...
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Stanford head wrestling coach Jason Borrelli goes On The Mat

Jason Borrelli, the head wrestling coach at Stanford and an alum of Central Michigan, is the latest guest On The Mat. Borrelli will give us a breakdown on what’s going on to keep the program, as well as what they want to bring to The Farm. On The Mat. Presented by Cliff Keen Athletic, join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton On The Mat, the flagship podcast of Trackwrestling.c...
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Ashley Sword, the head women’s wrestling coach at Life University in Georgia and Chris Pendleton, head wrestling coach at Oregon State University are the latest guests On The Mat. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton On The Mat, the flagship podcast of Trackwrestling.com.

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0:45 - The Snapping Turtle

0:55 - Recapping the HWC Showdown Open

5:45 - Sarah Hildebrandt didn’t compete, but Tom and Terry wanted women’s bouts on...
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Four-time All-American Matt Kolodzik goes On The Mat 

Princeton’s first four-time wrestling All-American, Matthew Kolodzik, will go On The Mat to talk about his upcoming battle with Pat Lugo at the Hawkeye Wrestling Club Showdown Open on November 1. An Ohio native, Kolodzik wrestled at prep powerhouse Blair Academy in New Jersey before enrolling at Princeton. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton On The Mat, the flagship podcast of...
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Longtime editor of Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine Mike Finn comes back On The Mat. Finn’s covered the sport for decades and provides one of the sharpest beards in all of wrestling. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton On The Mat, the flagship podcast of Trackwrestling.com.

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0:45 - Still with the horses - Wrestling’s Seabiscuit Andy Hamilton.

1:33 - Will Burroughs compete through 2024?

9:40 - Talking about the Hawkeye W...
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2016 Olympian and new Beat The Streets Chicago women’s coach Haley Augello goes On The Mat 


On The Mat returns as Kyle and Andy talk with Haley Augello, an Illinois native who represented the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in women’s freestyle wrestling. Augello was also a 2017 World Team member and was a 2011 Cadet world champion. She’s the new women’s coach at Beat The Streets Chicago. Join Kyle Klingman and Andy ...
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On The Mat returns as Kyle and Andy talk with Northern Colorado head wrestling coach Troy Nickerson. A New York native, Nickerson was an NCAA champion and a four-time Division I All-American at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He’s entering his sixth season at the helm in Greeley.
Join Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton On The Mat, the flagship podcast of Trackwrestling.com.

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0:45 - Andy is THE COMMISH

2:00 - Hamil...
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NASCAR Trucks Series driver and high school wrestler Derek Kraus goes On The Mat 

Sitting 11th in NASCAR’s Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series, Stratford, Wisconsin native Derek Kraus is on the playoff bubble this season. A recent high school graduate, Kraus wrestled and trained with age-group world champion Macey Kilty and has deep wrestling roots.
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