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BASCHAMANIA

144 EpisodesProduced by Justin BaschWebsite

A wrestling podcast hosted by Justin Basch featuring the best wrestlers sharing great stories & insight. Available on Apple, Spotify, & more.

144 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Corby & JB Preview a Crazy CKLV Weekend! | Ep. 145

November 30th, 2021

56:08

We had fun on the last preview show so thought why not run it back for the CKLV this weekend! The CKLV is this Friday & Saturday and will feature a ton of amazing wrestling including a potential showdown at 149lbs …

Cenzo & Nolf Thanksgiving Coffee Talk with a Thanksgiving Day Snake Draft! | Ep. 144

November 24th, 2021

1:13:21

What a show! Easily my top choice for show of the year as our guy Cenzo is back on for some Coffee Talk and 3x NCAA Champ Jason Nolf joins us a week …

Collegiate Duals & Rokfin; Looking Behind The Scenes With Martin Floreani | Ep. 143

November 17th, 2021

51:16

He's back! We had so much fun a few weeks ago, Rokfin CEO & Founder Martin Floreani is back on the show with us to dive deeper into the …

Coffee Talk with "Goldy Bear" Eric Thompson & Cenzo | Ep. 142

November 12th, 2021

1:02:41

Great to catch up with former NLWC coach and current Arizona State University Volunteer Assistant Coach Eric Thompson as he joins Cenzo and I for …

Martin Floreani Joins Cenzo & JB to Talk Shop | Ep. 141

November 2nd, 2021

59:08

He co-founded FloWrestling and recently founded Rokfin.  Arguably nobody has had a better impact in wrestling over the last 20 years than Martin Floreani. Today, he joins Cenzo and JB on BASCHAMANIA to talk about his …

Super 32 Preview & Picks from Corby | Ep. 140

October 21st, 2021

1:18:27

One of the most knowledgeable guys in wrestling wanted to do a Super 32 preview show today and I couldn’t say no!  Though I don’t really follow high …

Coach Brandon Slay on Jordan Burroughs, Mark Hall & His Norway Trip | Ep. 139

October 16th, 2021

39:22

Coach Brandon Slay just got back from a very exciting trip to Norway, Olso where he coached ORTC athlete Jordan Burroughs to his 5th World Championship; the first PRTC World Champ!  Coach Slay and I caught  upon all …

Greg Kerkvliet Joins Cenzo and I for Some Coffee Talk | Ep. 138

October 8th, 2021

1:07:56

After a CRAZY few weeks, it felt good to have some Coffee Talk and we brought Penn State hammer Greg Kerkvliet on with us as we talk about  Men's Freestyle at the World Championships just a little bit and dive in to …

Daton Fix Wants to be The Greatest Ever | Ep. 137

September 20th, 2021

32:36

Fresh off making his second World team, 2021 61kg World Team Member Daton Fix joins the podcast today to talk all things from his recent Trials success to the USADA suspension, having AJ Ferrari as a teammate, NIL, his …

The Legendary Bill Jacoutot Joins The Show (My High School Coach!) | Ep. 136

September 15th, 2021

42:47

After running into my high school wrestling coach at Spencerport, Bill Jacoutot - a local legend in Upstate New York, it was a no brainer to have him …

Willie and JO Join Cenzo and JB for a Labor Day Coffee Talk | Ep. 135

September 5th, 2021

1:50:48

The episode the people have been asking for! Willie Smalls joins the podcast today for some Coffee Talk with Cenzo and I, and JO hops on for an hour as well, just a week ahead of the World Team Trials, where he attempts …

World Team Trials Preview & Some Other News with Corby | Ep. 134

September 1st, 2021

1:21:36

Corby is back on the podcast today as we discuss NIL & athlete apparel deals, guys making the amateur to professional wrestling transition, Eric Thompson and then we spend a lot of time diving into the World Team …

Junior World Champ Kennedy Blades & Her Coach Izzy Martinez! | Ep. 133

August 26th, 2021

41:47

This week we were not only joined by Junior World Champ Kennedy Blades (one half of the Blades Sisters), but her coach Izzy Martinez of Izzy Style also hopped on the show with us. This was a fun episode getting both the …

Junior World Bronze Medalist & Nittany Lion Beau Bartlett | Ep. 132

August 20th, 2021

48:04

Beau Bartlett, the Penn State freshmen at 149 lbs, just got back from the Junior World Championships in Russia, where he won a Bronze medal.



Today, the Nittany Lion joins the show to as we talk competing in Russia, …

Olympic Bronze Medalist Thomas Gilman On All Things Tokyo | Ep. 131

August 13th, 2021

47:19

Thomas Gilman is back on the podcast and this time, he brings with him an Olympic Medal!  Always a blessing chatting with TP Gilman and helping get his stories and insights out there. Hope you enjoy this conversation as …

Olympic Storylines & World Team Trials Talk with Corby | Ep. 130

August 9th, 2021

1:18:56

After Willie and Corby had a great show talking about the technical analysis of Olympic matches and brackets, Corby and I did a podcast talking about Olympic Storylines, Brands, and World Team Trials! The Biggest …

Olympic Coffee Talk with Cenzo & Eric Thompson | Ep. 129

August 4th, 2021

1:10:00

We were overdue for some Coffee Talk and that’s just what we had today! Some mid-Olympics Coffee Talk where NLWC and M2 Coach Eric “Golden Bear” …

Mike Macch Joins to Talk Brand Deals, Olympics, NIL, World Team Trials | Ep. 128

July 26th, 2021

57:51

NCAA Champion Mike Macch is back on the show as he fills in for co-host Cenzo today! Macch and I first catch up and talk his new brand deal & what's next with the World Team Trials, and then talk Olympics, the …

JO's Coming For the 70kg World Team Spot in Sept & Cenzo's Back! | Ep. 127

July 15th, 2021

58:55

'Cali Cenzo' is settling in to his coaching duties in beautiful California and back on the podcast today as Olympic Team Trials Winner Jordan Oliver …

Spencer Lee Is Capitalizing on NIL, But He Just Wants World & Olympic Gold | Ep. 126

July 6th, 2021

32:11

Like many other college athletes, 3x NCAA Champion and 3x Cadet/Junior World Champion has officially started capitalizing on his Name, Image and …

Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Discussion with Tony Ramos | Ep. 125

June 29th, 2021

48:31

UNC Associate Head Coach Tony Ramos joined the podcast again today for a further discussion on the Name, Image, and Likeness rules and all the …

Cenzo's Heading to Stanford | Ep. 124

June 25th, 2021

44:02

On Wednesday, Stanford University, who recently reinstated its' wrestling program, announced that Cenzo had been named Assistant Coach by newly …

Bo Nickal on His Wrestling & MMA Future | Ep. 123

June 23rd, 2021

1:12:23

The Champ Bo Nickal is back on Baschamania as he joins Cenzo and me as we talk about the latest in NCAA vs athletes and Bo's future in MMA & wrestling. Cenzo and JB also talk about the rundown of some recent …

Yianni Has To Laugh at 'Moose' & His Shenanigans | Ep. 122

June 14th, 2021

55:10

Fresh off a trip to Poland, where Yianni captured the Gold Medal at the Poland Open, the 2x NCAA Champ joins Cenzo and I for some coffee talk to …

IMAR on His Rivalry with Cenzo and Upcoming Match with Burroughs | Ep. 121

June 9th, 2021

1:02:26

Isaiah Martinez is back on the podcast and this time Cenzo is here for it! We talk about IMAR's upcoming match with Jordan Burroughs on June 18th, recovering from surgery, his NCAA rivalry with Cenzo, and much more. A …

Rob Koll on Why He's Heading to Stanford | Ep. 120

May 30th, 2021

1:05:42

Yesterday, it was announced that Cornell's Head Coach of 28 years, Rob Koll, is leaving the program and will be heading to California to fill the …

Austin O’Connor Shares His Plans on Changing Weights, MMA, and Italy?! | Ep. 119

May 24th, 2021

47:49

149lb NCAA Champ from the University of North Carolina, Austin O’Connor, joined us for some Coffee Talk today as we talk, among other topics, about …

'Super Shane' Griffith on His NCAA Championship & Helping Keep Stanford Wrestling | Ep. 118

May 21st, 2021

32:35

'Super Shane' Griffith saved Stanford Wrestling. Not alone, of course, but the 165lb National Champ was the face of the entire movement that brought back wrestling and 10 other sports. Today, just days after Stanford …

Coffee Talk: Stanford Keeps Wrestling, JO/McKenna, Senior Level Snapshot | Ep. 117

May 18th, 2021

36:36

Just some casual Coffee Talk on a Tuesday night where Cenzo and JB talk about: Why McKenna is going to Pan-Ams instead of Jordan Oliver, What's up with  Thomas Gilman, and what is his status for Tokyo, Stanford walking …

Aaron Brooks on His Championship Season | Ep. 116

May 7th, 2021

57:33

2021 NCAA & Big 10 Champ Aaron Brooks joined Cenzo and I for some Coffee Talk as we talk all things AB. His transition to Penn State Wrestling, winning the NCAA Championships & Big 10 Championships, the Olympic …

A Post-Junior/Senior Nationals Coffee Talk | Ep. 115

May 4th, 2021

46:32

Some Tuesday afternoon coffee talk as Cenzo and JB talk about Junior & Senior Nationals, some random happenings in wrestling (and around the house), and a bit more. This episode is 45 minutes of a little bit of …

David Carr is Back With More Accolades | Ep. 114

April 26th, 2021

1:27:19

Iowa State Cyclone David Carr is back on the BASCHAMANIA podcast with a new accolade: NCAA Champion! (And Back-to-Back Big 12 Champ!) This time …

Carter Starocci Joins Us to Share On Success, Future, and Faith | Ep. 113

April 21st, 2021

1:10:58

Freshmen National Champ Carter Starocci joins his Nittany Lion teammate Cenzo and I to talk about his success, his future, and his faith, among other topics. 

This show is brought to you by ATAC. ATAC is a new …

Sammy Alvarez On What Happened With Big 10's | Ep. 112

April 12th, 2021

33:43

It was a weird year for all of us with Covid and Sammy Alvarez is no exception to the rule. He joins us for some Monday Morning Coffee Talk to …

Getting to Know AJ Ferrari Over Coffee; Ant The Champ Joins In, Too | Ep. 111

April 9th, 2021

1:12:04

After an incredible month for AJ Ferrari, the Big 12 & NCAA Champ joined Cenzo and I for some coffee talk to talk about his injuries, rapid increase in fandom, recent success, faith, and more. Ant 'The Champ' Cassar …

JO Breaks Down his Olympic Trials Matches, Weight Cut & Diet | Ep. 110

April 5th, 2021

1:33:25

It's rare we spend an entire episode breaking something down from a technical standpoint, but that's what this episode turned into as 2021 Olympic Team Trials Champion at 65kg Jordan Oliver joins Cenzo (he's back!) and …

Braxton Amos & Evan Henderson on Their Journeys & Performances | Ep. 109

March 28th, 2021

1:06:13

After a dominating weekend at the Last Chance Olympic Qualifier, both Evan Henderson and Braxton Amos joined me on BASCHAMANIA to talk about their journeys leading up to the Olympic Trials and their Last Chance OTT …

NCAAs Wrap Up Coffee Talk & Champs Nick Lee & Roman Bravo-Young Join Us! | Ep. 108

March 21st, 2021

1:41:16

What a weekend! We've got 10 NCAA Champions and a whole lot to talk about. Cenzo and I spend the first hour going through NCAA's one weight at a time …

Peyton Prussin and Matt McCutcheon Join Us For Some Coffee Talk | Ep. 107

March 15th, 2021

1:21:36

NAIA Champ Peyton Prussin, who teched and pinned her way to a national championship this past weekend, and Matt McCutcheon, who helped coach Life U to an upset for the Men's team championship, joined Cenzo and I tonight …

Ridge Lovett and Gable Steveson Join us for Big 10s & NCAAs Coffee Talk | Ep. 106

March 11th, 2021

56:50

Two people that had everyone talking this weekend at Big 10s? Ridge Lovett (Nebraska) and Gable Steveson (Minnesota!) Grateful to have both of them …

Big 10s, Big 12s, and Mateo Pellicone Coffee Talk with Cenzo! | Ep. 105

March 9th, 2021

1:22:01

What a wild weekend! We had the Big 10 Championships, the Big 12 Championships, and the Mateo Pellicone Ranking Series over in Rome. Today, Cenzo and I dive into all of this weekend's action with some thoughts on all of …

Shane Sparks Joins Cenzo and I For Pre Big-10’s Coffee Talk! | Ep. 104

March 2nd, 2021

1:57:40

Shane Sparks is the VOICE of the Big 10 conference. He eats, sleeps, and breathes folkstyle and Big 10 wrestling, so who better to have join Cenzo …

Coffee Talk: Looking Ahead to Big 10's, NCAAs, & OTT! | Ep. 103

February 27th, 2021

59:23

A little weekend Coffee Talk with my guy Vincenzo Joseph today as we talk about the RTC events of this past week, including his 2 matches at NLWC 5, and we look ahead to Big 10's, NCAA's, and the Olympic Team Trials, …

Seth Gross & I Talk Big Week in Wrestling, Olympic Trials, & Content | Ep. 102

February 23rd, 2021

50:22

Always great catching up with my guy Seth Gross! The NCAA Champ and I talk about all the events in wrestling coming up this week on Rokfin,  his Olympic Trials prep & seeding thoughts, marketing and branding, and …

Jason Nolf Back on the Podcast | Ep. 101

February 17th, 2021

52:23

Great catching up with Jason Nolf ahead of his match with Kyle Dake next week on the NLWC 5 card (watch by subscribing to NLWC's Rokfin channel!) We …

Coffee Talk: Philly Experience, Flo Buys Track | Ep. 100

February 6th, 2021

1:02:47

Great chat today for the 100th episode of BASCHAMANIA as Cenzo and I talk about our experiences in Philly last weekend, what's coming up for both of …

Sarah Hildebrandt Joins Cenzo & I for Coffee Talk (& Freestyle vs Folkstyle!) | Ep. 99

January 25th, 2021

1:13:26

World Silver Medalist, and all-around trailblazer, Sarah Hildebrandt joined Cenzo and I for some Coffee Talk today and this conversation did not …

Matt McCutcheon Joins The Show, Cenzo & I Talk World & Olympic Trials | Ep. 98

January 22nd, 2021

1:20:25

Was great to have Penn State alum Matt McCutcheon join Cenzo and I for some Coffee Talk after Cenzo and I talk World & Olympic Trials qualifications for a bit. Feel free to tweet us and send us messages with …

Ant The Champ Joins Cenzo & I for Some Coffee Talk | Ep. 97

January 17th, 2021

1:16:17

Busy week this past week in wrestling! The JB/DT match and card took place, USA sent a SQUAD of hammers to France to compete in the Henri Deglane, and Cenzo's next match was announced! Cenzo and I dive into all this and …

Mark Hall Joins Cenzo and I for Some Weekend Coffee Talk | Ep. 96

January 10th, 2021

1:15:05

College wrestling is back, we had back-to-back nights of senior-level freestyle action, some match announcements, and so much more... it's wrestling …

Coffee Talk: Henri Deglane, Self-Promotion, Austin Gomez Joins | Ep. 95

January 5th, 2021

1:12:38

USA Wrestling is sending an absolute SQUAD to France next week to compete in the Henri Deglane Grand Prix of France. David Taylor, Helen Maroulis, …

Coffee Talk: 2021, Upcoming Events, Mike Macch | Ep. 94

January 1st, 2021

1:05:38

2021 is upon us and oh, what a year it will (hopefully) be! I put out an article on Rokfin this morning called “The Greatest Year of Wrestling Is …

Final Coffee Talk of 2020 with 2x NCAA Champ Vincenzo Joseph | Ep. 93

December 27th, 2020

58:21

What a year 2020 was! For as many negatives as there was, I can't overlook the positive that is the success of this podcast! Thank you to all who tuned in and engaged all year long! In 2020's final episode, Cenzo and I …

Diving into Alex Marinelli's Career & Faith | Ep. 92

December 26th, 2020

55:39

Just ahead of (hopefully) the 2020-2021 Big 10 season getting underway, 2x Big Ten Champion Alex Marinelli joins me for today's episode of …

More Coffee Talk w/ Cenzo! Recent & Upcoming Cards & Matches | Ep. 91

December 20th, 2020

44:32

Just a wrestling fan and a wrestler talking wrestling! In today's episode, Cenzo and I talk about recent and upcoming matches and cards, including but not limited to Gross/Gilman, the 150lb bracket challenge, …

Coffee Talk w/ Cenzo and Gilman & RBY Join the Show! | Ep. 90

December 14th, 2020

1:31:58

Cenzo, RBY, and Gilman on one episode! Need I say more? For real though, great time talking about what’s going on in wrestling over the past week with Cenzo and having RBY and Gilman hop on to talk about their upcoming …

Coffee Talk w/ Cenzo: RTC Cup Edition; Gable Steveson & Trent Hidley Join The Show | Ep. 89

December 7th, 2020

1:18:51

What a fun episode! Coffee Cenzo back on the show as we talk about the storylines and takeaways from this weekend's RTC Cup. 2 of the guys in the spotlight after this weekend, Gable Steveson and Trent Hidlay, also join …

Gabe Dean on Olympic Run, DT & Seth Gross on Duals, Events | Ep. 88

November 27th, 2020

52:06

Interesting weeks for both Gabe Dean and Seth Gross! Gross beat a red-hot Bryce Meredith and Gabe Dean toed the line with World Champ David Taylor at NLWC 3. Both also compete next weekend in Flo's RTC Cup. Fun …

Coffee Talk with Cenzo & Nick Lee | Ep. 87

November 20th, 2020

58:03

It’s hard not to fun have talking to these 2 for an hour! After “Coffee Nick” and “Coffee Cenzo” debuted at Big 10’s this year, I knew we had to do AT LEAST one episode of “Coffee Talk!” Great time catching up today …

Yianni D, Ashnault, & Bo Nickal on Current Events | Episode 86

November 13th, 2020

1:05:38

There’s a lot going on right now in the sport of wrestling! We’ve got everything from cancellations to trials to RTC cards and more. I wanna talk today about some of those topics and bring on some guests that are …

Olympic Champ Kyle Snyder’s Quest For More (Than) Gold | Ep. 85

October 29th, 2020

38:11

An absolute pleasure to have NCAA, World, and Olympic Gold Medalist, Kyle Snyder on the podcast today. Kyle is now the 6th Olympic Champ on the …

Cornell's Mike Grey Shares His Story & Perspective | Ep. 84

October 26th, 2020

1:00:28

Pumped to have Cornell’s Associate Head Coach, Mike Grey, join the podcast today! Mike, a high school phenom that was the first 4x State Champ in New …

NCAA Name, Image & Likeness Bill Discussion with Tony Ramos | Ep. 82

October 8th, 2020

55:11

Former Hawkeye and current UNC Assistant Coach Tony Ramos is back on the podcast today to talk about the NCAA Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Bill. It has a lot of implications from an athlete, coaching, and program …

Michael Kemerer Shares Some Stories | Ep. 81

October 1st, 2020

38:37

From a young age, Iowa Hawkeye Michael Kemerer has been ingrained in wrestling culture and has been around the best the sport has to offer.  Today, …

Marketing, Branding, and Biz Talk with Jordan Burroughs | Ep. 80

September 16th, 2020

55:11

When it comes to branding and marketing, 5x World/Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs has come to set the standard. This past Saturday he tweeted …

Zahid Valencia On His Past & Future | Ep. 79

September 11th, 2020

38:06

2x NCAA Champion and 2021 Olympic Hopeful Zahid Valencia and I had a great chat today about his wrestling career and the successes and failures he's …

Thomas Gilman Back on The Podcast (& Spoiler: He's Never Felt Better!) | Ep. 78

September 3rd, 2020

32:25

I always enjoy catching up with World Silver Medalist Thomas Gilman! Today, Gilman catches up as he comes back on the podcast as we catch up on what's been going on since he was last on back in April. We cover his move …

Catching up with Roman Bravo-Young | Ep. 77

August 18th, 2020

27:14

Was great to catch up with Roman Bravo-Young today! After having him on one last year to talk about his background and story leading up to where he is now, it was great chatting about what he's been up to recently. From …

Jacob Kasper on His Retirement from Amateur Wrestling and What's Next | Ep. 76

August 7th, 2020

49:09

BASCHAMANIA is back! It was a nice few weeks off from the podcast after 75 episodes in a row, but it feels good to be having a new conversation on the podcast! Today, my guy Jacob Kasper comes back on the podcast to …

Exclusive Interview with NCAA, World, Olympic and WWE Champion Kurt Angle | Ep. 75

July 15th, 2020

59:40

Across both amateur and professional wrestling combined, I'm not sure there's anyone more decorated. Some amateur wrestlers have more accolades and …

Sebastian Rivera On Heading Back to Jersey | Ep. 74

July 9th, 2020

19:25

Last Week, Big 10 Champ Sebastian Rivera announced he was transferring to finish his college career at Rutgers. With Rivera coming back home to …

Seth Gross & JB Discuss 2020 World Championships Movement | Ep. 73

July 5th, 2020

27:01

Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July! UWW, the governing body for wrestling, made it an interesting one as they announced dates for potential 2020 …

Nazar Kulchytskyy on His Retirement, Coaching Dreams | Ep. 72 


July 2nd, 2020

34:00

This past Sunday at Rumble on the Rooftop, Olympic Hopeful Nazar Kulchytskyy left his shoes on the mat after his 10-0 victory, signaling his …

Jordan Oliver on Wrestling Jason Nolf Sunday | Ep. 71

June 25th, 2020

49:45

This Sunday on FITE.TV, Jordan Oliver is wrestling Jason Nolf. The supermatch goes down on PPV along with a full card of other great matches, Today, …

Junior World Champion David Carr Wants More | Ep. 70

June 18th, 2020

38:17

Had a blast chatting today with 2019 Big 12 Champion and 2019 Junior World Champion, David Carr, of Iowa State. Carr, who comes from one of the most accomplished wrestling families out there, has high goals and a big …

2x Olympian Kerry McCoy Shares Some Stories | Ep. 69

June 13th, 2020

1:01:50

Could listen to 2x Olympian and 2x NCAA Champion Kerry McCoy share stories all day, including how when at Penn State, he wanted his picture on the …

NCAA Champ Mike Macchiavello on Faith & His Story | Ep. 68

June 11th, 2020

53:55

Really enjoyed this chat with 2018 NCAA Champion from North Carolina State, Michael Macchiavello. The 202(1) Olympic Hopeful shared tons of great …

A Conversation with Victoria Anthony on Race & Her New Business | Ep. 67

June 8th, 2020

49:49

I’ve been wanting to have Victoria Anthony back on the podcast to talk about her new business that she launched, and with how vocal she’s been on social media recently about racism while engaging in positive, productive …

Anthony Cassar & Bo Nickal on Current Training in Miami | Ep. 66

June 2nd, 2020

47:30

Reigning NCAA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Cassar has signed with Malki Kawa & First Round Management and has been training down in Miami alongside teammate Bo Nickal and Jorge Masvidal. Today, both Bo & Anthony …

2x NCAA Champ Isaiah Martinez on Overcoming Adversity | Ep. 65

May 28th, 2020

39:43

2x NCAA Champion/4x NCAA Finalist Isaiah Martinez knows adversity, and he knows it well, but it hasn't slowed him down from having a ton of success. The 4x Big Ten Champion has the highest winning percentage in the …

Olympic Medalist Coleman Scott On Having Success at Every Level | Ep. 64

May 26th, 2020

1:06:34

Olympic Medalist & Pennsylvania Native Coleman Scott has won and had great success at every level there is. The current UNC head coach knows how …

Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott on What Wrestling Taught Him | Ep. 63

May 21st, 2020

24:31

Sometimes, instead of an NCAA or World Championship, the accolade of only being taken down once in two years leads to a head coaching position in the …

Anthony Robles Just Never Gave Up | Ep. 62

May 18th, 2020

46:26

Even after being born with just one leg, NCAA Champion Anthony Robles never gave up. Throughout his wrestling career, he had 3 undefeated …

Seth Gross With Some Funny Stories | Ep. 61

May 15th, 2020

38:48

Always enjoy when my guy Seth, 2018 NCAA Champion & 2020* Olympic Hopeful, comes on the podcast! Today, we chatted about the quarantine and his …

Richard Perry is an Overcomer | Ep. 60

May 13th, 2020

25:55

After a freak accident at a national team training camp, doctors told Richard Perry he would never walk again.  He's now back on a wrestling mat. …

Alli Ragan on Her Move From Iowa to The Sunkist RTC | Ep. 59

May 11th, 2020

41:03

Caught up today with 7x Senior World Team Member, 2x World Silver Medalist, and 2x WCWA National Champion - among other accolades - Alli Ragan. Alli, …

Vincenzo Joseph Shares Hilarious Stories | Ep. 58

May 8th, 2020

31:03

Who's not a Vincenzo Joseph fan? I had a blast when Cenzo came on the first time (episode 27) and knew I had to bring him back on for more. This …

2x NCAA Champion Matt McDonough on Burnout | Ep. 57

May 4th, 2020

58:53

Matt McDonough has won a slew of championships ranging from 3 State Titles and 2 Big Ten Championships to 2 NCAA Championships while appearing in 3 …

Quentin Wright Shares Stories & Insight | Ep. 56

May 1st, 2020

56:06

2x NCAA Champ/3x NCAA Finalist Quentin Wright grew up 20 minutes from Penn State. Little to he know the dynasty that was about to be created at Penn …

Learn From Gabe Dean's Failures | Ep. 55

April 29th, 2020

53:31

2x NCAA Champ/3x Finalist and current Assistant Coach at Cornell, Gabe  Dean, has had both his fair share of successes and failures. He's learned a …

Jumpin Around Some More with Jon Reader | Ep. 54

April 27th, 2020

45:59

My first conversation with NCAA Champion and Associate Head Coach Jon Reader (Episode 40) was full of so much passion and knowledge, we had to run it …

Chris Pendleton's Excited To Lead at Oregon State | Ep. 53

April 24th, 2020

39:02

He’s a 2x NCAA Champion and a 3x All-American. He also just took a head coaching job at Oregon State. Before he heads out (even farther) West, Chris and I chatted briefly about his story and journey in wrestling that’s …

David McFadden’s Story | Ep. 52

April 22nd, 2020

46:32

He's now the first 4x NCAA All-American in Virginia Tech History, he's a 2x Jersey State Champion/3x Jersey State Championships Finalist, and he's headed to The Pennsylvania RTC to make a mark on the senior level. This …

Jason Nolf on Faith & Mindset | Ep. 51

April 20th, 2020

36:57

Jason Nolf came back on Baschamania and the stories and insights didn't disappoint! We cover topics ranging from quarantine updates and blessings in …

What’s Next For Mark Hall | Ep. 50

April 16th, 2020

40:16

Mark Hall has won just about every championship a wrestler can win. From his record-setting 6 Minnesota State Championships and his NCAA  Championship as a True Freshmen at Penn State to his 3 Cadet &  Junior Level …

Chatting with Thomas Gilman On His Move to The NLWC | Ep. 49

April 13th, 2020

22:45

Thomas Gilman is back on Baschamania today to talk about the move he announced last week from Iowa City to State College, where he’ll train with the …

Luke Pletcher’s Moving On | Ep. 48


April 10th, 2020

31:33

2x All-American and 2020 Big Ten Champ Luke Pletcher of Ohio State is moving on - both mentally and physically.  He recently had to let go of NCAA's being canceled his senior year as he was the #1 seed and he just moved …

Lance Palmer: Million Dollar Man | Ep. 47

April 5th, 2020

55:57

Before he was earning multiple Million Dollar paydays in the PFL, Lance Plamer was a 4x Ohio State Champ and 4x All-American at Ohio State. He also …

Mark Perry Tells Some Stories | Ep. 46

April 1st, 2020

1:20:41

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. …

Jack Mueller Has No Regrets | Ep. 45

March 28th, 2020

36:30

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 …

Brandon Slay Knows His Purpose | Ep 44

March 22nd, 2020

56:19

Today, another Olympic Gold Medalist comes on the BASCHAMANIA Podcast as  Brandon Slay stops by to shares his story. Brandon is not only an …

Nahshon Garrett is an Overcomer | Ep. 43

March 17th, 2020

1:14:45

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 …

Olympic Trials Qualifiers Dake, Nickal, Steveson, Ashnault, & Oliver on The Postponement | Ep. 42

March 14th, 2020

1:00:37

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 …

Seth Gross on Big 10's and a Fan-Less NCAA's | Ep. 41

March 11th, 2020

30:23

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 …

Jumpin Around with Jon Reader | Ep. 40

March 6th, 2020

47:22

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 …

Sebastian Rivera Is Ready | Ep. 39

March 1st, 2020

32:56

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 …

J’Den Cox Keeps Pressing On | Ep. 38

February 25th, 2020

49:54

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 …

Story Time with Tony Ramos | Ep. 37

February 21st, 2020

52:08

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 …

Jacob Kasper Knows His Breakthrough Is Coming | Ep. 36


February 18th, 2020

1:44:56

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 …

A Conversation With Nick Gwiazdowski | Ep. 35

February 12th, 2020

56:06

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 …

This Is Jenna Burkert | Ep. 34

February 7th, 2020

56:44

Reigning World Team Member. Olympic Hopeful. American Soldier. Jenna Burkert has no slew of titles and accolades. This was a fun conversation to dive …

Victoria Anthony’s World | Ep. 33

February 3rd, 2020

58:01

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 …

A Conversation With Kyle Dake On His Journey | Ep. 32

January 30th, 2020

56:17

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 …

Bryce Meredith's Perspective | Ep. 31

January 25th, 2020

1:00:45

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 …

Getting to Know Nick Lee | Ep. 30

January 20th, 2020

42:13

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 …

The Jason Nolf Interview | Ep. 29

January 16th, 2020

36:30

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 …

This is Thomas Gilman | Ep. 28

January 10th, 2020

46:38

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 …

Some Stories From Vincenzo Joseph | Ep. 27

January 4th, 2020

38:56

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 …

A Chat with Lauren Burroughs | Ep. 26

December 31st, 2019

1:06:04

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 …

The Impact of Joey McKenna's Faith | Ep. 25

December 24th, 2019

46:54

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 …

It’s Izzy Style! This is the Israel Martinez Story | Ep. 24

December 19th, 2019

51:04

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 …

Meet 74kg James Green | Ep. 23

December 12th, 2019

30:26

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 & …

'Jump Around' with Chris Bono | Ep. 22

December 5th, 2019

42:36

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 …

Getting to Know Darian Cruz | Ep. 21



November 29th, 2019

58:13

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 …

Chatting with Gable Steveson | Ep. 20

November 21st, 2019

28:46

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 …

Catching up with NJRTC's Reece Humphrey Ahead of The Bill Farrell | Ep. 19

November 13th, 2019

27:25

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 …

20 Minutes with Alex Dieringer | Ep. 18

November 8th, 2019

26:21

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 …

WWE Hall of Famer Gerald Brisco | Ep. 17

November 4th, 2019

57:57

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 …

Catching up w/ David Taylor | Ep. 16

October 30th, 2019

35:08

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 …

A Chat with Nico Megaludis | Ep. 15

October 19th, 2019

44:57

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 …

Anthony Cassar In The House | Ep. 14

October 12th, 2019

50:04

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 …

Getting to Know Spencer Lee | Ep. 13

October 7th, 2019

35:02

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 …

A Yianni D Experience | Ep. 12

October 2nd, 2019

48:12

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 …

Zain Retherford Stops by | Ep. 11

September 27th, 2019

37:52

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 …

Helen Maroulis Gets Transparent & Vulnerable | Ep. 10

September 23rd, 2019

1:07:37

"I cried & cried." Helen Maroulis has had the highest of highs winning both World & Olympic Championships and quite frankly, the lowest of …

Catching up with Olympian Frank Molinaro | Ep. 9

September 16th, 2019

51:02

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 …

A Conversation with Roman Bravo-Young | Ep. 8

September 13th, 2019

30:56

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, …

Inside the Mind of Jordan Oliver | Ep. 7

September 7th, 2019

52:26

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, …

A Conversation with Kevin Sorbo (Hercules!) | Ep. 6

September 2nd, 2019

37:59

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 …

Seth Gross: A Redemption Story. | Ep. 5

August 26th, 2019

52:24

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 …

A Conversation with NCAA Champ Anthony Ashnault | Ep. 4

August 22nd, 2019

31:11

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 - …

Talking Faith & Mindset with Olympic Champion Jordan Burroughs | Ep. 3

August 17th, 2019

41:11

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 …

Talking Wrestling & Faith w/ 3x NCAA Champion Bo Nickal | Ep. 2

August 12th, 2019

39:57

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 …

A Conversation with UFC Veteran Jim Miller | Ep. 1

August 3rd, 2019

51:17

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!

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