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BASCHAMANIA

76 EpisodesProduced by Justin BaschWebsite

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

76 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

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

August 7th, 2020

50:36

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

1:01:06

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

20:51

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

28:27

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

35:26

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

51:11

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

39:43

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

1:03:16

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

55:21

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

51:16

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

48:56

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

41:10

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

1:08:00

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

25:57

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

47:52

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

40:15

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

27:22

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

42:30

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

32:29

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

1:00:20

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

57:32

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

54:57

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

47:26

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

40:28

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

47:58

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

38:23

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

41:42

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

24:12

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

32:59

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

57:23

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

1:22:07

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

37:56

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

57:45

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

1:16:11

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

1:02:04

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

31:49

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

48:49

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

34:22

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

51:20

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

53:34

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

1:46:22

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

57:32

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

57:30

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

59:28

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

57:44

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

1:02:11

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

43:40

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

37:56

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

48:04

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

40:22

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

1:07:31

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

48:21

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

52:30

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

31:52

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

44:02

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

59:40

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

30:13

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

28:51

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

27:47

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

59:23

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

36:35

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

46:23

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

51:31

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

36:29

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

49:38

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

39:18

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

1:09:03

"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

52:29

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

32:22

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

54:38

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

39:26

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

53:50

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

32:37

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

42:37

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

41:23

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

52:43

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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