BASCHAMANIA

BASCHAMANIA

By Justin Basch
After growing a digital agency for more than a decade, Justin Basch launched the BASCHAMANIA podcast; a wrestling podcast focused on sharing the stories of the top wrestlers in the country.
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Mark Perry Tells Some Stories | Ep. 46
Mark Perry knows wrestling. Heck, he is wrestling. Born into a wrestling family, on wrestling soil at Oklahoma State, a Blair Academy wrestler, a 4x All-American at Iowa, a 2x NCAA Champion, the street cred goes on. This man just eats, sleeps, breathes wrestling & his story and insight is amongst the most unique you’ll find in the sport. Grateful to sit down and chat wrestling for an hour with Mark tonight and to hear more of his story. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did! Topics/Order of the Conversation: 1. Growing up in a True Wrestling Family 2. Early Expectations 3. Heading To Blair Academy 4. Battling Depression 5. Continuing to Elevate 6. Blair Lake 7. Sophomore Year Injuries 8. Elevating to Beat Hendrick 9. Not Wrestling Internationally 10. Transitioning from Athlete to Coach 11. Differences In Coaching at Penn State, Cal Poly, and Illinois 12. IMAR 13. College Level vs RTC Level Coaching 14. Relationship with Gilman 15. HWC Coaching Expectations  16. Olympics & NCAA'S Being Cancelled  17. Women’s Wrestling Exploding Thanks so much for tuning in. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and go through the archives to hear more great stories. If you want to support the podcast, be sure to leave a 5-star rating & review on Apple Podcasts and shop some apparel on BASCHAMANIA.com! For all partnership and sponsorship inquiries, email baschamania@gmail.com.
1:20:41
April 1, 2020
Jack Mueller Has No Regrets | Ep. 45
Last year he was in the finals against Spencer Lee. This year, he's had one thing on his mind: take out Spencer Lee in the rematch. Today, I sat down with UVA's Jack Mueller to chat about his college career, hear about his faith, learn of his backstory and see what's next. 1. Quarantine Update 2. What Led You to Wrestle? 3. Leveling Up as a Wrestler 4. What led you to Virginia? 5. Role of Faith In Your Career 6. Incredible Matches in March 7. ACC Competition 8. NCAA’s Cancelled 9. No Regrets 10. Resetting Focus After Events 11. Visiting RTCs 12. The Uncertainty of The Future
 Thanks so much for tuning in. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to subscribe to the podcast and go through the archives to hear more great stories. If you want to support the podcast, be sure to leave a 5 star rating & review on Apple Podcasts and shop some apparel on BASCHAMANIA.com! For all partnership and sponsorship inquiries, email baschamania@gmail.com.
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March 28, 2020
Brandon Slay Knows His Purpose | Ep 44
Today, another Olympic Gold Medalist comes on the BASCHAMANIA Podcast as  Brandon Slay stops by to shares his story. Brandon is not only an incredible wrestler and wrestling coach, but he has a contagious faith and tons of wisdom! I really enjoyed this conversation and I hope you do, too! Topics & Order of Conversation - Quarantine Update - Youth Career Advancement - Loving Freestyle Wrestling - NCAA Dreams vs Olympic Dreams - School of Business Plan - Freestyle Success - What’s Your Purpose? - Pursuing Jesus - Olympic Finals “Loss” & Victory - Transitioning to a Wrestling Coach - Coaching The National Team - “Homecoming” To Penn RTC - NCAA’s Being Cancelled - Trials Being Postponed & Coaching Athletes - Various Attention Levels in Wrestling Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at  SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing  baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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March 22, 2020
Nahshon Garrett is an Overcomer | Ep. 43
Nahshon Garrett really is an overcomer. While he's also an NCAA Champion and EIWA Wrestler of The Year, what sticks out the most to me is Nahshon's ability to overcome adversity. It was great chatting with Nahshon about his wrestling career, his faith, content creation, and more! Order of the Conversation: - NG didn’t start wrestling until 7th Grade - Cornell was an early decision - Wrestling in College - Ebb and Flow of College Career - National Championship - Faith in Career - False Humility - Road to Arizona State and Back - Training with Chas Tucker, Vito A, Yianni D - Pulling out of World Championships - Trusting God’s Plan - Beating Himself at 57kg - Uncertainty of Olympic Trials - CoronaVirus - Creating Content - Shutting out Negativity - Control What 

You Can Control Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at  SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing  baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
1:14:45
March 17, 2020
Olympic Trials Qualifiers Dake, Nickal, Steveson, Ashnault, & Oliver on The Postponement | Ep. 42
It was announced yesterday that the Olympic Trials have officially been postponed. In having conversations with some of the athletes and coaches, I decided to have some hop on for an episode of the podcast where we talk reactions & perspectives and you can hear straight from the athletes, instead of just the chatter in the community.  Enjoy! Anthony Ashnault
 begins at: 3:20 Kyle Dake begins at: 10:10 Bo Nickal
 begins at: 25:50 Gable Steveson begins at: 33:30 
Jordan Oliver
 begins at: 39:39 Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
1:00:37
March 14, 2020
Seth Gross on Big 10's and a Fan-Less NCAA's | Ep. 41
After the news was announced that there will be no fans at the NCAA's, I was chatting with a few of the guys competing and my conversation with Seth Gross quickly led to one that I knew needed to be captured on the Baschamania podcast. We talked about Big 10's, NCAA's, and the Olympic Trials. I hope you enjoy this style of an episode around relevant news & events. - Loss to Rivera at Big 10's & Adjustments - Jersey Crowd in Match against Alvarez - NCAA’s Not Having Fans - Going Out WIth No Crowd - No Crowd Impact on Matches -  133 Seeds at NCAA's - A Potential Semi-Final with Chas Tucker - Schools Sitting Out at NCAA's - Grounded in Faith - Olympic Trials Fans? Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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March 11, 2020
Jumpin Around with Jon Reader | Ep. 40
He's no stranger to March! NCAA Champ Jon Reader has had some iconic March memories both competing and coaching. It was great chatting with Jon and the timing just a few days before Big 10's couldn't have been more perfect! Enjoy ep. 40 of BASCHAMANIA everywhere now. - Relationship with Cael Sanderson - Early Success - Being Recruited On - Being Undefeated Senior Year - Importance of Gratitude - The Spotlight Changing After College - Change in Wrestling Over the Past Decade - Relationship with Chris Bono - 42 Point Match with Ed Ruth - Transitioning to Coaching - From Iowa State to SDSU to Wisconsin - Wisconsin Recruiting - Kids Who Wanna Be Recruited by Big 10 Programs - Thoughts on Big 10’s - Seth Gross at Big 10’s - Big Ten Championships Expectations - Hustle, Effort, & Attitude - Dealing with the Highs & Lows - Rebounding from Post Season Lows Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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March 6, 2020
Sebastian Rivera Is Ready | Ep. 39
Ahead of next weekend's Big Ten Championships, I caught up with Northwestern's Sebastian Rivera. In this episode, we chat about his start in wrestling, how tough Jersey is and transition to his career at Northwestern and the upcoming Big 10's, NCAA's & 2020 Olympics. We even dive into his future in MMA and talk about when he currently thinks he'll stop wrestling. Order of The Conversation: - Getting Started In Wrestling - Getting Good in Wrestling - Staying Hungry - Dealing with Defeat - Jersey Wrestling - The Journey to Northwestern - Internship with VividSeats.com - Wrestling With Puerto Rico For Olympics - Perspective Going Into Big 10’s - Wrestling with Ashnault - Seth Gross Match at Midlands - Thoughts on NCAA’s - Jumping Levels at a High Level - Perfecting Your Craft - MMA Aspirations - Frankie Edgar - The Inconstancies of Attention on Wrestling Competition - Potentially Being Done After 2020 Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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March 1, 2020
J’Den Cox Keeps Pressing On | Ep. 38
The wrestling success he's had is just a portion of who J'den Cox is. The 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2020 Olympic Hopeful has endured levels of hardship and adversity that few know about, but he's overcome, and he continues to press on. It was great talking to J'den about his faith, his perspective, and recent events such as the move to 97kg and the move to the Ohio RTC. Even the non-wrestling fans will have a ton to take away from this episode! Enjoy! - Crying While Winning 11-1 - Getting Better Younger - Being Overlooked vs Not Counting Out - A Chip on His Shoulder? - Battling Depression - Maintaining Proper Perspective - Compartmentalizing - Joy > Happiness - The Role of Faith In His Career - Walking with Jesus - Decision To Go 97kg - Decision To Go to Ohio State - Making Tough Decisions - The Perspective of Cox over Snyder - Preparing for the Olympic Trials - Talking WWE For a Few Minutes Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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February 25, 2020
Story Time with Tony Ramos | Ep. 37
It was hard to keep this conversation with NCAA Champ & 2x World Team Member Tony Ramos down to one simple podcast episode that's around an hour long. He's got so many stories and so much insight! Enjoy this episode with the former Iowa Hawkeye athlete & current North Carolina Tarheel coach. Order of Topics: - Hawkeye or Tarheel? - Starting Wrestling at 3 Years Old - Getting Connected With Izzy Martinez - Crucial Training with Izzy - Recruiting Process with Iowa & Oklahoma St - Committing & Transitioning to Iowa - Importance of Clearing Your Head - 34-0 at Carver-Hawkeye - Role Logan Steiber Played - Overcoming Adversity - Transitioning to The Senior Level - Not Having Regrets in Wrestling - Connecting With Coleman Scott - Transitioning to North Carolina - Balancing Competing & Coaching - Leveraging Social Media as a Coach - Using Tik-Tok For Recruiting? - What’s Tony Excited For? - Having Jordan Oliver in the Room Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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February 21, 2020
Jacob Kasper Knows His Breakthrough Is Coming | Ep. 36

2x NCAA All-American Jacob Kasper and I couldn't keep this conversation short. He is one of the most passionate wrestlers out there and between his Olympic aspirations and his WWE aspirations, this man is the definition of passion and a dreamer. Had a ton of fun chatting about Jacob's amateur wrestling career, the journey to the Olympic Trials, and what lies ahead after this Olympic run. Enjoy the conversation! Order of Topics: - Growing up a WWE Fan - Getting Good at Wrestling - The Intimidation of Duke - Dealing with Crohn's Disease - Overcoming Adversity - Dealing with Defeat - Not Resting Enough - Not Running on Motivation - Olympic Trials Ahead - The WWE Tryout - Olympics > WWE - Mt Rushmore of Pro Wrestling - The WWE Passion & Dream Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at  SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing  baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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February 18, 2020
A Conversation With Nick Gwiazdowski | Ep. 35
2x World Bronze Medalist & 2x NCAA Champion Gwiazdowski has been the  USA’s heavyweight for 3 straight years and he’s looking for it to become 4 as he aims for his first Olympic team in 2020. We’re now less than 2 months out from that dream being a reality or being shattered.  Enjoy this conversation with the highly-accomplished heavyweight,  Gwiazdowski, on his journey to being an Olympic Champ! Conversation Flow: - Having a Great High School Career - The road to Binghamton and then  NC State - Becoming 2x NCAA Champion - Overcoming Loss to Kyle Snyder - Jumping to Freestyle Senior-Level Success - Attention Changes from NCAA to Senior Level - Injuries Before and At 2018 World Championships - Tuning People Out - Building a Brand on Social - Rebounding from World Championships Loss - Focusing on the “Young Guns” at the Olympic Trials Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM  or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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February 12, 2020
This Is Jenna Burkert | Ep. 34
Reigning World Team Member. Olympic Hopeful. American Soldier. Jenna Burkert has no slew of titles and accolades. This was a fun conversation to dive into with Jenna just before a best-of-3 wrestle-off series against the winner of Helen Maroulis vs Alli Ragan. Enjoy the conversation! Order of Topics: - Getting Started in Wrestling - A Non-Traditional College Route - Women’s Wrestling Evolving - Being a Wrestling Superfan - What Led you to Serve in Military - Not Focusing on Pressure & Staying Present - Embracing Fear - Happy To Still be Wrestling - Being Apart of Growing The Sport - Pan Am Qualifiers - Utilizing Social & Not Getting Distracted - Learning a Lesson in ’18 instead of ’20 - Not Getting Discouraged After a Loss
 Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
56:44
February 7, 2020
Victoria Anthony’s World | Ep. 33
Women’s wrestling has been exploding lately. Part of that is in response to 
the great women who are creating such a dominant scene right now and leading the charge. Victoria Anthony, who has a slew of accomplishments from US Open Champion and Bill Farrell Champion to  Junior World Champion, is no exception. Victoria and I sit down on this episode to chat about her career, women's wrestling, the Olympic Trials, and more. Enjoy! - Moving to Canada - Competing to Italy & Russia - Getting Start in Wrestling - Wrestling on a Boy’s Team - 2005 First Practice to > 2009 Junior World Champ - Watching Women’s Wrestling Evolve - Opportunities In Women’s Wrestling - Defining Success with Intentions - Pressing On After A Defeat/Failure - Making an Olympic Team in 2020 - Most Proudest of in This sport - What are Your Plans Post-Competition - Having the Most Viewed Video on UWW - Social Media Distractions/Benefits Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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February 3, 2020
A Conversation With Kyle Dake On His Journey | Ep. 32
He won a Hodge Trophy while winning 4 NCAA Championships in a row at 4 consecutive weights. After a storied college career at Cornell no one will soon forget, he became a 2x World Champ... in dominant fashion. The only box left to check? Olympic Champion. And he'll have to go through someone he hasn't been able to beat, 5x World/Olympic Champion Jordan Burroughs, to do that. We talk about all this and more. Order of Topics and Flow of Conversation: - Landing In Colorado Springs - Getting Good in Wrestling Right Away - Wrestling in a Group with David Taylor & Logan Stieber - College Level vs Senior Level Pressure - Frustration with Injuries & Runner-Up Finishes - Not Getting Sidetracked by Discouragement - Unique Training & Health Perspective - The Dake Documentary; Documenting 2012-2020 - Content & Secrets in Wrestling - Looking Towards The Olympic Trials - Kyle Dake on Wrestling Jordan Burroughs - MMA in the Future? Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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January 30, 2020
Bryce Meredith's Perspective | Ep. 31
3x NCAA All-American and 2020 Olympic Hopeful Bryce Meredith joined the show to talk about growing up in Wyoming, his wrestling career, and his future in MMA. We dive into a ton of topics around perspective and mindset including opportunity, sacrifice, success, happiness, and more. - Growing up in Wyoming - Opportunity > Sacrifice - Going to NC State and Coming Home - Going to the NJ RTC - Losing NCAA’s & Not Wavering - Not Complaining - Last Chance Qualifier In Focus - Passion in Wrestling -> MMA - Building a Brand & Content Game - Champion in Life, Success is Happiness  - Bryce Askes Me about My Background Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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January 25, 2020
Getting to Know Nick Lee | Ep. 30
2x All-American and 2020 Olympic Hopeful Nick Lee has already developed quite the wrestling career. Episode 30 catches up with the Nittany Lion as he's in the heart of the grind towards a Big 10, NCAA, and Olympic Championship in 2020. Before those big competitions, Justin had a  conversation with Nick Lee to get to know the Penn State junior a bit more! - Start in Wrestling - Getting Better Young - Enjoying the Sport - Being Homeschooled Senior Year - What Led You To Penn State - Being Surrounded with Greatness at PSU - Differences between Junior Level & College Wrestling - Wrestling is What He Does, It’s Not Who He Is - Balancing Wrestling & Life - Working Towards Being an NCAA Champion - The Process of Getting Your Mind Right After a Loss - Balancing NCAA & Olympic Goals - Differences Between Folkstyle & Freestyle - Trusting Your Coaches - Off the Mat Aspirations - Olympic Trials in State College Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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January 20, 2020
The Jason Nolf Interview | Ep. 29
He doesn't do many interviews and isn't in media much, but that's not because the 3x NCAA Champion/4x NCAA Finalist doesn't have the stories and insight. 2020 Olympic Hopeful Jason Nolf left a legacy at Penn State of being one of the best collegiate wrestlers of all time. How did he do it? What're the backstories?  What's next? We talk about all that and more. Order of Conversation & Topics: - The Young Start with Wrestling - Hating to Lose at 5 years Old - Getting Better at a Young Age - The Role of Faith in Jason’s Career - Doing Things God’s Way - The Path to Penn State - Not Talking a College Visit - The Penn State Teammate Effect - Running To the Center of the Mat - Laying The Ankle Bands Down - The Hodge Trophy Distraction - Having Fun & Scoring Points - Learning from Both Wins & Losses - Having High Self-Expectations - Resetting Expectations - Putting Career in God’s Hands - NCAA Championship Feelings - Meeting Maddie - Balancing Engagement/Wedding with Wrestling - Missing Being a Penn State Athlete - Transitioning to Freestyle & Senior Level - Working Towards an Olympic Gold - The 74kg Field Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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January 16, 2020
This is Thomas Gilman | Ep. 28
It was great chatting with 2017 World Silver Medalist Thomas Gilman just ahead of his trip to Italy & Russia to compete in a few tough tournaments. The Iowa Hawkeye and Olympic Hopeful is loved by many and has one of the biggest personalities in the sport, but his internet absence keeps many of his stories from being heard as much as they ought to be! Today, enjoy 45 minutes of stories and insight from Thomas  Gilman. Order of Topics: - Early Start in Wrestling - Wanting to be an Olympic Champ “In all 3 Styles” - Getting Better Early On - Young Adversity - Relationship with Terry Brands - Losing to Cory Clark - Proper Perspective - Righting the Wrongs - Losing to Cory Clark - Importance of Routine - Breaking Out of the “Shy” Shell - “The Persona” - Favorite “Persona” Moment - Sitting Out in Finals/Ramo’s Stressed Out - Taking Time Off in 2019 - Thoughts on Social Media - The Thomas Gilman Brand - The Olympics & Olympic Trials - Competing in Italy - Micic Should be Tried for Treason - Process Goals Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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January 10, 2020
Some Stories From Vincenzo Joseph | Ep. 27
What 2x NCAA Champ/3x NCAA Finalist doesn't have a good story? 2020 Olympic Hopeful Vincenzo Joseph is no different. On Episode 27, the Nittany Lion Senior stops by to talk about his wrestling story; from practicing at a young age with Spencer Lee to wrestling Nolf at the Farrell to what it's like to run out at Rec Hall. Cenzo has no shortage of good stories, laughs and high-level insight. Enjoy! General Flow of Topics: - Start in Wrestling - Good at Young Age - Getting Better & Leveling up - Practicing with Spencer Lee & Nolf Young - Having Fun - Dealing with Adversity - Balancing Big Wins & Losses - Self Awareness - Wrestling Nolf at the Farrell - Olympic Goals - Wrapping Up a Penn State Career Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
38:56
January 4, 2020
A Chat with Lauren Burroughs | Ep. 26
Being the wife to arguably the greatest wrestler in the world, Lauren has insights no one else has been privileged with.  It was a pleasure catching up with good friend Lauren Burroughs and chatting about her story, her relationship with Jordan and diving into the personal brand-building and social media discussion.  General Flow Of Topics: - Building a Brand in Wrestling & Putting In The Work- Initial & Start in Wrestling - Writing Career
, Personal Desires - How Lauren & Jordan Met - Any Idea What Would Ensue in This Relationship? - Selflessness to Focus on "dream-sharing" - The Evolution of The Relationship with JB’s Success - Navigating Brand/Family Sponsorship Deals - Experiencing the Highs/Lows of Success As a Family - Ability to Decipher Opportunity vs Distraction - The Role of Faith in The Marriage - Balancing Social & Life - Engaging with Your Audience - Secrecy & Transparency - More Brand-Building Talk - Baby Watch Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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December 31, 2019
The Impact of Joey McKenna's Faith | Ep. 25
Fresh off an awesome performance at the US Open/Senior Nationals, Joey McKenna joins the show as we talk about his story & his faith. Many of us are guilty of not giving God the glory due because honestly, so often we're focused on what we don't have.  Joey set his mind & heart right after leaving Stanford and he says its the best thing he did in his wrestling career! Here's the order of topics for today's show: - Jersey Wrestling Start - Why Joey Went Greco Young - Decisions Behind Going to Stanford/Ohio State - Impact of Faith on Career - Last Year’s WTT Failure - Managing the Highs & Lows - The Move to Penn RTC - Olympic Trials Prep - Post-Wrestling Aspirations - Signing with ScrapLife Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
46:54
December 24, 2019
It’s Izzy Style! This is the Israel Martinez Story | Ep. 24
Pumped to have coach Izzy Martinez on the show for episode 24. I got a lot of good feedback on the Chris Bono episode and to play off of that, I wanted to bring another high-level coach with value & entertainment on the show! Before he was coaching Jon Jones & Holly Holm to championships in the UFC Octagon, and coaching a top 10 high school program, Izzy was an elite-level youth & amateur wrestler and also had his fair shares and ups and downs. Today, we dive into the Izzy Story! Rough Order of Topics: - Izzy as a Wrestler - Not Making it in Iowa City - Being A “18-22-Year-old Trainwreck” - What Early Failure Taught - The Transition from Athlete to Coaching - Chasing Opportunity - Entering MMA - Self Awareness - Mental Health - Social Media Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
51:04
December 19, 2019
Meet 74kg James Green | Ep. 23
He's had a ton of success throughout his career, but an Olympic/World Championship alludes James Green. His losses that led to Bronze & Silver Medals at the '15 and '17 World Championships were to Olympic & World Champions. Now, he'll have to win a bracket that includes multiple World & Olympics Champions just to make the team. What will James have to do to make the team and win an Olympic Championship? What has got him to where he is now? We talk about all that and more just a few days removed from James competing in Russia at 74kg this past weekend. Tune in to episode 23 and meet the 74kg version of James Green. Order of Topics: - Jersey Start in Wrestling - Stopping Playing Football - The Nebraska Connection - The Career Grind - Losses to World/Olympic Champions - What The Grind Has Taught James - Definition of Success - The Transition to 74kg - Fatherhood - Business & branding - Post-Competition Plans - What Wrestling Means to JG - What the Next 4 Months Look Like Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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December 12, 2019
'Jump Around' with Chris Bono | Ep. 22
Chris Bono has had a wild career as both an athlete and a coach. Over the past decade, Coach Bono has continued to jump levels as a coach, much as he did as an athlete, using the same principles and mindset throughout both. He's not done yet and fresh into his second season as Wisconsin head coach, he's more excited than ever! It was fun diving into a plethora of topics in this conversation.  Conversation Flow & Order of Topics: - Accolades the Proudest Of - Wrestling in Pennsylvania & Florida - Biggest Contribution to Success - The transition from Athlete to Coach - Evolving as a Coach - Most Important Time as a Coach - Establishing Culture - Big Loss to Iowa - Giving Seth Gross a Second Chance - Coaching Seth to Win NCAA’s - Thoughts on Social Media - Excitement for the Future Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
42:36
December 5, 2019
Getting to Know Darian Cruz | Ep. 21


NCAA Champion & Olympic Hopeful Darian Cruz stops by the BASCHAMANIA podcast for Episode 21. It was great to spend an hour with Darian getting to know him and peeking behind the curtain of the mind of someone who already has such a storied career and isn't done yet! Anyone who spends an hour listening to this episode should walk away with a ton of golden nuggets. General Order of Topics: 1. Thanksgiving Traditions 2. Letter to Wrestling 3. Wrestling Taking Dedication 4. You can’t teach Work Ethic 5. Guys Bend. Or Guys Break. 6. Overcoming Adversity 7. Not looking at the big picture 8. Micro Speed, Macro Patience 9. Importance of Support System 10. Contrasting NCAA Finish Junior Year to Senior Year (1st to 5th Place) 11. Preparing for the Olympic Trials 12. Building Brand while Preparing for Olympic Trials 13. Leveraging Social Media 14. The Trials Ahead 15. Getting 1% Better Every Day Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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November 29, 2019
Chatting with Gable Steveson | Ep. 20
It was great to chat with Minnesota's Gable Steveson after qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials at the Bill Farrell.  Gable has won Junior and Cadet World Championships and now has sights on Olympic Gold, all while also keeping a focus on winning an NCAA Championship in his home state of Minnesota this March. Great 20-minute+ conversation with the 19-year-old phenom on Episode 20! Among other things, we dove into:  - How it feels to qualify for the Olympic Trials - When he knew he could make it this far in the sport - Rebounding from big losses - The impact of not losing that impact - Growing up in an era of social media influence - Proper perspective while using social to grow a brand without getting distracted - The level of focus on brand-building - The road ahead to Tokyo 2020 - Training with Brock Lesnar - Desire to compete with the WWE Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
28:46
November 21, 2019
Catching up with NJRTC's Reece Humphrey Ahead of The Bill Farrell | Ep. 19
The Bill Farrell is this weekend and everyone in the wrestling community is HYPED about it. NJ RTC Head Coach Reece Humphrey is no exception.  People are noticing there is something in the water in New Jersey and quite frankly, it's Reece! Reece is a 3x World Team Member and 3x US Open Champ and he knows wrestling. He also really knows freestyle wrestling.  Reece and I catch up a bit and talk about his background and recent transitioning to coaching at the NJRC and the path that led to it. Topics on this episode include: 1. Growing up Wrestling In Indiana 2. What Led Reece to Ohio State University 3. RTC Life In Reece’s Day
 4. Knowing when it’s time to move on to a different location?
 5. Path to the TMWC and NJRTCWhy the move from TMWC to NJRTC. 6. Transitioning from athlete to coach - what’s that like? 7. Why such an incredible year for Jersey, and even the NJRTC? 8. Guys coming on board the NJRTC 9. The impact of NJRTC & Jersey on Wrestling in 2020 10. Discussing the Bill Farrell 11. How to Help the NJRTC  Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
27:25
November 13, 2019
20 Minutes with Alex Dieringer | Ep. 18
Days away from competing at 86kg @ the Bill Farrell in NYC and starting his quest to the Olympic Trials in April, I caught up with 3x NCAA Champ Alex Dieringer. Alex and I talked about his start in wrestling in Wisconsin, what led him to Oklahoma State, the transition to the RTC after college, his recent success and setbacks in wrestling and what his thought process is heading into 2020 competition. Listen in! Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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November 8, 2019
WWE Hall of Famer Gerald Brisco | Ep. 17
Grateful to have WWE Hall of Famer & Current Talent Scout for the WWE, Gerald Brisco, on the show! Tis former Oklahoma State Cowboy knows college wrestling and now recruits the best of them! The topics and order of our conversation was as follows: How did you get started in Wrestling? How did you make to the Oklahoma University Wrestling Team? How did you get started in Pro Wrestling? What was the road like to the WWE? What was the path to the back-end WWE office/talent scout position? Recruiting Brock Lesnar, Sheltan Benjamin and other stars Being Involved In The Montreal Screwjob/Attitude Era Storylines Transitioning Back to Back-Office Work/Talent Scouting What To Look for When Scouting WWE Talent How Has The Progression Been in Talent Recruitment w/ the Rise of WWE Interest Why Would Someone Wanna Work With The WWE What Should Someone Do If Wanting to Be Recruited into the WWE? Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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November 4, 2019
Catching up w/ David Taylor | Ep. 16
David Taylor is not only as successful of a wrestler as it gets, already having won titles from the State level to the NCAA & Big 10 level on up to a World Championships & currently training for an Olympic Championship, The Magic Man is also an accomplished Entrepreneur involved with multiple companies.  My friend David and I caught up today and covered a variety of topics in a short period of time! Topics include: - Thoughts on Having a Baby Girl - How Rebhabbing the Injury is Going - Staying busy during Injury Recovery - How DT Balances Everything He Does - How DT Learned to Balance Everything - Getting Back To Training & Prepping for Olympic Trials - How The  World Championships Prepared The Magic Man for the 2020 Olympic Championships - What it Means That The Olympic Trials are in State College  Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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October 30, 2019
A Chat with Nico Megaludis | Ep. 15
Unlike many training for the 2020 Olympic Trials in State College, NCAA Champ Nico Megaludis is doing double duty.  Along with training to beat the best in the world and make the Olympic Team and fulfill his goal of being an Olympic Champ,  Nico has a full-time career as a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual in Pittsburgh. Nico and I sit down to chat about how he balances the full-time financial career and training to get better, what his current perspective is on training & life, how he's feeling post-injury, his move from the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club to the Pittsburgh Wrestling Club and much more.  Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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October 19, 2019
Anthony Cassar In The House | Ep. 14
1 Jersey State Tournament, 1 Jersey State Championship. 1 NCAA Tournament, 1 NCAA Championship.  2 "senior years", 2 incredible stories. Anthony Cassar has a story unlike any other in the sport and brings laughter, fun and gratitude when sharing it. Heading into one more year of eligibility at Penn State, Cassar's focus isn't shifting away from winning. In fact, he's doubling down as he has all sights locked in on improving and winning the Olympic Trials in April and securing a spot in the 2020 Toyko Olympics! This is his story. Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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October 12, 2019
Getting to Know Spencer Lee | Ep. 13
Iowa Hawkeye Spencer Lee is one of the most known & accomplished college wrestlers walking this country. At just 20 years old, he's already a 2X NCAA Champion and a 3X Junior/Cadet WORLD Champion. While he has more accomplishments than most can dream of, his biggest quest - Olympic Gold - is still his primary focus. We talk in Episode 13 about everything from his start in the sport to his vast displeasure with social media!  Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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October 7, 2019
A Yianni D Experience | Ep. 12
In this episode, one of the biggest freaks in wrestling stops by. Normally, the term "freak" may be a bad thing, but with Yianni - only the term freak can be used to describe his presence in the sport - from what he does and how he does it on the mat - to his knowledge off the mat.  It was great to catch up with Yianni after a whirlwind of a year including his second NCAA Championship, beating the #1 guy in the world (Bajrang) at Beat The Streets,  winning the prestigious Yasar Dogu, and a prolonged 4 month USA World Team wrestle-off. Yianni IS wrestling, and this is the BASCHAMANIA podcast. Enjoy Episode 12! Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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October 2, 2019
Zain Retherford Stops by | Ep. 11
The Zain Train has been rolling for years and isn't slowing down any time soon.  The 3X NCAA Champion, 2012 Cadet World Champion, 2x and Current Senior World Team Member just got back from the 2019 World Championships and it was time to get caught up! From growing up on the farm and developing farm strength, traveling to Pittsburgh as a youth wrestler, his dominant Penn State career as a 3X NCAA Champ and the upcoming Toyko Olympics, we cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. Put those airpods in and come aboard the Zain Train! Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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September 27, 2019
Helen Maroulis Gets Transparent & Vulnerable | Ep. 10
"I cried & cried." Helen Maroulis has had the highest of highs winning both World & Olympic Championships and quite frankly, the lowest of lows as well. She's no stranger to not only wrestling the best of the best on the mat, but off the mat wrestling with God. I so appreciate Helen's willingness to get transparent and vulnerable on Episode 10 of the BASCHAMANIA podcast as we chat her past and future, including the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympics! Tune in to this episode that's full of faith-centric golden nuggets! Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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September 23, 2019
Catching up with Olympian Frank Molinaro | Ep. 9
in 2016, Frank Molinaro was a 9 seed who upset the field and claimed the 65kg spot on USA Wrestling's Olympic Team. In 2020, he may not be seeded as low as 9, but he's again in one of - if not THE - toughest weight classes in the sport. Frank will have to beat the likes of Zain Retherford, Yianni D, Jordan Oliver, and Anthony Ashnault to name a few.  We chat in this episode on his mindset & perspective going into the competition season leading up to the Olympic Trials in April in State College, PA. Recently stepping down as a coach at Virgina Tech and moving to Oklahoma to get a fresh set of coaches, Frank and I chat on the move to Oklahoma and what it means. The 'Gorilla Hulk' and I also chat on the importance of having a Christ-centered life and always relying on God for what's next - no matter where you are! Arguably though, the most interesting topic on this episode was the topic of how Frank almost threw the towel in, but he didn't... I ask him why & how?  Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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September 16, 2019
A Conversation with Roman Bravo-Young | Ep. 8
He's one of the most exciting wrestlers in college to watch, and he still has 3 more years to put on a show. If you're not on the RBY train just yet, you should be! On this episode, RBY and I sit down to chat about high school vs college wrestling, having fun and maintaining the proper perspective through victory and defeat! Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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September 13, 2019
Inside the Mind of Jordan Oliver | Ep. 7
2X NCAA Champion Jordan Oliver is one of the biggest personalities in wrestling. He's had his highs and lows. Hoping for his biggest high yet with making the 2020 Olympic Team, Jordan and I discuss all things past, present and future! If you're a JO and/or wrestling fan, you won't wanna miss this episode!  Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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September 7, 2019
A Conversation with Kevin Sorbo (Hercules!) | Ep. 6
Happy to have TV's HERCULES on the show today! Kevin Sorbo is an actor who has been seen in 100's of commercials, TV shows, movies - you name it. Most recently, he has been appearing in a number of faith-based/family-centered movies like Let There Be Light, God's Not Dead, & Soul Surfer. Unashamed of being a Christian & Conservative, Kevin has never let any snubbing or Hollywood Blacklisting ruin his fun or steal his joy. Sorbo simply continues to seek to fill that void in good wholesome content! Listen in on today's conversation for more! Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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September 2, 2019
Seth Gross: A Redemption Story. | Ep. 5
It was great sitting down and chatting with Seth Gross and hearing his (redemption) story from his perspective. Seth Gross was one of the nation's best wrestlers at 133 lbs, attending Iowa University. A night of unprecedented partying got him kicked out and led him wondering if he'd ever have any success again. The story of redemption that follows is incredible! Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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August 26, 2019
A Conversation with NCAA Champ Anthony Ashnault | Ep. 4
On Episode 4 of the BASCHAMANIA Podcast, we talk to 2019 NCAA Champion Anthony Ashnault. Undefeated in high school winning 4 state titles in one of - if not thee - toughest state tournaments in the country, Anthony has made a name for himself in the sport of wrestling and has become a household favorite... especially in the state of New Jersey. At this point in his career though, he’s looking to make a household name for himself in the entire US. How? Give this episode a listen!  Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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August 22, 2019
Talking Faith & Mindset with Olympic Champion Jordan Burroughs | Ep. 3
On Episode 3 of the BASCHAMANIA Podcast, Olympic & World Champion Jordan Burroughs stops by! Jordan and I chat about all things mindset and faith. Topics including: not letting social media distract you, how and where to find your worth, how Jordan seeks to transcend wrestling, the importance of his faith in his wrestling career & family, the role faith plays in his day to day grind, and more. A definite must-listen for any wrestling fan and/or any Christian!  Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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August 17, 2019
Talking Wrestling & Faith w/ 3x NCAA Champion Bo Nickal | Ep. 2
On today's episode, we have 3x NCAA & Big Ten Champion, Bo Nickal of Penn State. Bo is one of the best in the sport and we sit down and chat about his careers' past and future. We also focus in on the importance of God in his life and when and what he learned the most from God.  Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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August 12, 2019
A Conversation with UFC Veteran Jim Miller | Ep. 1
UFC Veteran Jim Miller comes on the show for the first episode. Justin & Jim have a great conversation about wrestling, MMA, hunting, cooking, family, Jim's future and more. Enjoy the show! Wanna support the podcast? Apparel is now available at SHOP.BASCHAMANIA.COM or inquire about sponsorships by emailing baschamania@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the podcast @Baschamania on social media.
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August 3, 2019