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TheMat.com Wrestlers of the Week Hazewinkel, Kelly, Bregman among guests on Takedown Radio this week



This is a huge weekend for Takedown Radio as we along with our friends at Extreme Contact Fighting are producing a LIVE iPPV MMA event featuring many former wrestlers. Over 19 bouts. Further information can be found on line at Fightsportglobal.com

This week on the show we will talk with -

The following athletes are all Mat.com-TDR Athletes of the Week - We'll do our best to get caught up on our athletes of the week by interviewing these fine kids.

Sam Hazewinkel - Hazewinkel was named OW in Greco-Roman wrestling at the U.S. Nationals after knocking off World University champion Spenser Mango and World bronze medalist Lindsey Durlacher on April 7 in Las Vegas. The unseeded Hazewinkel beat the second-seeded Mango 0-8, 6-0, 6-4 in the quarterfinals before he downed the top-seeded Durlacher 2-1, 3-1 in the finals at 55 kg/121 lbs. Hazewinkel, who last month became a four-time All-American for the University of Oklahoma, finished second behind Durlacher at the 2005 and 2006 U.S. World Team Trials. Hazewinkel also won the U.S. Nationals in 2005. Hazewinkel rebounded to win in Las Vegas just two weeks after falling 3-1 in overtime to Nebraska's Paul Donahoe in the NCAA finals at 125 pounds.

Mary Kelly - Mary knocked off a pair of past World champions at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. as the United States women's freestyle team placed fifth at the World Cup on March 22-23 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Kelly defeated World champion Xueceng Ren of China 3-1, 2-1 and downed World champion Brigitte Wagner of Germany 5-0, 1-0. Kelly went 2-1 in the dual-meet event. Kelly was a 2006 U.S. World Team member.

Seth Bregman - Bregman was selected by the officials as the O W in the men's division at the U.S. Sombo Nationals and World Team Trials, held in Las Vegas, Nev., April 7. He was the champion at 74 kg/163 lbs. In the championship finals, Bregman stopped Roman Mitichyan (Glendale, Calif./Hayastan), 5-3 for the gold medal. Bregman won four matches on the way to the title. He opened the tournament with a 13-0 technical fall over Robert Lusk of J.E.T.S./No Limits, then scored a submission of Enrique Manibusan of the Spartan WC in 5:00. In the semifinals, he had a 2:51 submission victory over Ara Muradyan of Hayastan. Bregman qualified to compete on his first USA Wrestling World Sombo Team with the victory. Winners in the tournament qualified to compete at the World Sombo Championships in Antalya, Turkey, Sept. 7-9.

Other guests are:

Ryan Irwin - of Nutri-Sport has a event coming up for Body Builders in Des Moines May 12th- we'll visit with him as he guest hosts with us in studio.

James Yonushonis - Penn State Senior/Grad. - Yonushonis came to Penn State five years ago from nearby Philipsburg-Osceola High School. A talented high school wrestler, Coach Troy Sunderland saw something in Yonushonis that had him excited about his inclusion on the Nittany Lion roster. We'll visit with him to discuss his career.

Steve Martin - Head Coach of Old Dominion- We'll talk with Coach Martin on the passing of his father, a true legend in the sport. A man who always had time for his students and athletes.

Greg Strobel - Head Coach Lehigh University- Summer Camps are around the corner. have you made your plans? Coach Strobel also has some new training DVD's available at Championshipproductions.com

Deanna Gilbert of Billy Joes will join us to promo the WWE PPV on Sunday

Maureen Roshar will join us to promo the Mississippi Belle 2 in Clinton, Iowa for Wildrose Casino and Resorts

What a packed show! Please be sure to join us LIVE or archived or subscribe to our Pod Casts at Itunes.com Its free of charge and sounds like its LIVE. That's pretty cool. Even cooler, thousands of you are doing this already each week. Thank you!

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