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A trip through the recent history of college wrestling from the perspective of a wrestling junkie. Hosted by Earl Smith of D1CollegeWrestling.net. Part of the Mat Talk Podcast Network.

Latest Episodes

Toeing the Line with Troy Nickerson - Sudden History Episode 42

Troy Nickerson entered the college wrestling scene as one of the most decorated high school wrestlers ever and is still the only wrestler to win 5 New York State Titles. Troy sits down with Sudden History to discuss his injury plagued, yet still successful collegiate career, which included an NCAA Title and 4 top 4 finishes. Nickerson was also one of the first blue chip recruits for Cornell and helped make Ithaca, New York a destination for wrestlers to win NCAA titles and compete on top ten teams. Currently, Troy is the Head Coach at Northern Colorado, a team on the rise competing in the always-difficult Big 12. Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker| Google Play Music | RSS

33 MIN2017 OCT 6
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Toeing the Line with Troy Nickerson - Sudden History Episode 42

The Power of Belief with Clarissa Chun

Sudden History is lucky enough to feature it's most highly credentialed guest thus far when 2008 World Champion and 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Clarissa Chun stops by. Currently a coach on the Women's National Team, Clarissa talks about the current state of the women's program, as well a recap on the recent World Championships. As we normally do on Sudden History, Earl turns back the clock with Clarissa and discusses her career competitively. Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker| Google Play Music | RSS

33 MIN2017 OCT 1
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The Power of Belief with Clarissa Chun

The Coaches Poll - Sudden History Episode 40

One of the mainstays of the D1CW website is the Coaches Poll which is reborn on this episode of Sudden History. Earl has surveyed DI coaches and asked them questions like the "Best Pound for Pound" wrestler, "Best Incoming Freshman" and "Best Pinner". Who did the coaches select? Is there anyone they missed? Listen to find out. In addition to the survey, the coaches also provided answer to two questions that routinely come up on the message boards. One is "What is your ideal National Duals Format" and the second is "If you could change one rule to make wrestling better, what would it be?. Earl sifts through the varying responses. Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker | SoundCloud | Google Play Music | RSS

50 MIN2017 SEP 19
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The Coaches Poll - Sudden History Episode 40

Sudden History asks "What If..." - Episode 39

The Back to the Future Part II episode. Earl explores how some situations and decisions changed wrestling history, or at least could have. What were some possible obstacles that 4x NCAA Champs Kyle Dake and Logan Stieber managed to avoid? Who could have won the 2009 NCAA Team Title? Could David Taylor's storied collegiate career have been even more legendary? How Jordan Burroughs almost never was Jordan Burroughs. The grand finale includes a big decision by a big man that may have shaped the current college landscape as we know it. Open up your imagination and enjoy..

34 MIN2017 AUG 10
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Sudden History asks "What If..." - Episode 39

Being Tough with Kyle Crutchmer - Sudden History Episode 38

Sudden History sits down with 2x Oklahoma State All-American Kyle Crutchmer to discuss his recently completed career as a wrestler. Kyle talks about his love for competing having to get tough in order to rise through the ranks of the storied Cowboy wrestling program. He also shares a John Smith story from his recruiting days. Currently Kyle is training with AKA for a future in MMA. He shares with Sudden History his timetable for his fighting career.

27 MIN2017 JUL 27
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Being Tough with Kyle Crutchmer - Sudden History Episode 38

The Boise State Situation with Ben Cherrington - Sudden History Episode 37

A week after the stunning news that Boise State would be eliminating its wrestling program, Sudden History sat down with the Broncos most recent (and hopefully not last) NCAA Champion Ben Cherrington. Ben gives a behind the scenes look into the interview process with the current athletic administration, the hollow promises that followed, and an unprofessional way to find out that he was not hired. He is very forthcoming in sharing his feelings towards the program that he poured his heart and soul into a decade ago. Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker | SoundCloud | Google Play Music | RSS

26 MIN2017 APR 26
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The Boise State Situation with Ben Cherrington - Sudden History Episode 37

Uninhibited From Pressure with Tom Clum - Sudden History Episode 36

Sudden History sits down and explores the career of 2x Wisconsin All-American Tom Clum. Tom shares his unique outlook on the great sport of wrestling. He has a blend of passion and love for the sport, yet at the same time he doesn't let his achievements or shortcomings on the mat define him as a wrestler or person. Clum shares his memories from being on the receiving end of the biggest upset in Colorado High School wrestling history, though it didn't seem to phase him. Currently Tom is able to devote his time to a couple of his biggest hobbies, his love for the outdoors and coaching youth wrestling. Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker | SoundCloud | Google Play Music | RSS

44 MIN2017 APR 18
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Uninhibited From Pressure with Tom Clum - Sudden History Episode 36

Exploring the Highs and Lows with Adam Hall - Sudden History Episode 35

Boise State's 2x All-American and current NC State assistant coach Adam Hall sits down with Sudden History to explore his career leading up to and competing for the Broncos. Hear firsthand the highs and lows of wrestling in the Round of 12 four consecutive seasons. Adam also gets into his early experiences in the sport and his opinions on the state of youth wrestling today. We finish with the closing of Adam's competitive career and the answer to the question, "Who is the Wolfpack's Best Dressed Coach?" Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker | SoundCloud | Google Play Music | RSS

58 MIN2017 APR 4
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Exploring the Highs and Lows with Adam Hall - Sudden History Episode 35

Post NCAA Wrap Up - Sudden History Episode 34

With the 2017 NCAA Championships in the books, Sudden History has to go back through those books to see some of the facts, stats, and anomalies that went along with the tournament. As you would expect some National Championship and All-American related tidbits. After all of the stats, pay attention for the homework assignment, it's a good one

17 MIN2017 MAR 23
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Post NCAA Wrap Up - Sudden History Episode 34

Breaking Out of the Redshirt - Sudden History Episode 33

After a long hiatus Sudden History is back!!! Since Cael Sanderson pulled Mark Hall from his redshirt in mid-January, it got Earl to thinking. He looks into the precedent for moves involving high profile true Freshman so late in the year. A list of 15 top 100-ish recruits are mentioned and Earl looks into the circumstances surrounding their shirts being pulled, their debuts, how their Freshman season concluded and finally the results of their career overall. Some of them are households names, some...not so much. Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker | SoundCloud | Google Play Music | RSS

22 MIN2017 FEB 2
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Breaking Out of the Redshirt - Sudden History Episode 33

Latest Episodes

Toeing the Line with Troy Nickerson - Sudden History Episode 42

Troy Nickerson entered the college wrestling scene as one of the most decorated high school wrestlers ever and is still the only wrestler to win 5 New York State Titles. Troy sits down with Sudden History to discuss his injury plagued, yet still successful collegiate career, which included an NCAA Title and 4 top 4 finishes. Nickerson was also one of the first blue chip recruits for Cornell and helped make Ithaca, New York a destination for wrestlers to win NCAA titles and compete on top ten teams. Currently, Troy is the Head Coach at Northern Colorado, a team on the rise competing in the always-difficult Big 12. Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker| Google Play Music | RSS

33 MIN2017 OCT 6
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Toeing the Line with Troy Nickerson - Sudden History Episode 42

The Power of Belief with Clarissa Chun

Sudden History is lucky enough to feature it's most highly credentialed guest thus far when 2008 World Champion and 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Clarissa Chun stops by. Currently a coach on the Women's National Team, Clarissa talks about the current state of the women's program, as well a recap on the recent World Championships. As we normally do on Sudden History, Earl turns back the clock with Clarissa and discusses her career competitively. Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker| Google Play Music | RSS

33 MIN2017 OCT 1
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The Power of Belief with Clarissa Chun

The Coaches Poll - Sudden History Episode 40

One of the mainstays of the D1CW website is the Coaches Poll which is reborn on this episode of Sudden History. Earl has surveyed DI coaches and asked them questions like the "Best Pound for Pound" wrestler, "Best Incoming Freshman" and "Best Pinner". Who did the coaches select? Is there anyone they missed? Listen to find out. In addition to the survey, the coaches also provided answer to two questions that routinely come up on the message boards. One is "What is your ideal National Duals Format" and the second is "If you could change one rule to make wrestling better, what would it be?. Earl sifts through the varying responses. Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker | SoundCloud | Google Play Music | RSS

50 MIN2017 SEP 19
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The Coaches Poll - Sudden History Episode 40

Sudden History asks "What If..." - Episode 39

The Back to the Future Part II episode. Earl explores how some situations and decisions changed wrestling history, or at least could have. What were some possible obstacles that 4x NCAA Champs Kyle Dake and Logan Stieber managed to avoid? Who could have won the 2009 NCAA Team Title? Could David Taylor's storied collegiate career have been even more legendary? How Jordan Burroughs almost never was Jordan Burroughs. The grand finale includes a big decision by a big man that may have shaped the current college landscape as we know it. Open up your imagination and enjoy..

34 MIN2017 AUG 10
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Sudden History asks "What If..." - Episode 39

Being Tough with Kyle Crutchmer - Sudden History Episode 38

Sudden History sits down with 2x Oklahoma State All-American Kyle Crutchmer to discuss his recently completed career as a wrestler. Kyle talks about his love for competing having to get tough in order to rise through the ranks of the storied Cowboy wrestling program. He also shares a John Smith story from his recruiting days. Currently Kyle is training with AKA for a future in MMA. He shares with Sudden History his timetable for his fighting career.

27 MIN2017 JUL 27
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Being Tough with Kyle Crutchmer - Sudden History Episode 38

The Boise State Situation with Ben Cherrington - Sudden History Episode 37

A week after the stunning news that Boise State would be eliminating its wrestling program, Sudden History sat down with the Broncos most recent (and hopefully not last) NCAA Champion Ben Cherrington. Ben gives a behind the scenes look into the interview process with the current athletic administration, the hollow promises that followed, and an unprofessional way to find out that he was not hired. He is very forthcoming in sharing his feelings towards the program that he poured his heart and soul into a decade ago. Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker | SoundCloud | Google Play Music | RSS

26 MIN2017 APR 26
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The Boise State Situation with Ben Cherrington - Sudden History Episode 37

Uninhibited From Pressure with Tom Clum - Sudden History Episode 36

Sudden History sits down and explores the career of 2x Wisconsin All-American Tom Clum. Tom shares his unique outlook on the great sport of wrestling. He has a blend of passion and love for the sport, yet at the same time he doesn't let his achievements or shortcomings on the mat define him as a wrestler or person. Clum shares his memories from being on the receiving end of the biggest upset in Colorado High School wrestling history, though it didn't seem to phase him. Currently Tom is able to devote his time to a couple of his biggest hobbies, his love for the outdoors and coaching youth wrestling. Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker | SoundCloud | Google Play Music | RSS

44 MIN2017 APR 18
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Uninhibited From Pressure with Tom Clum - Sudden History Episode 36

Exploring the Highs and Lows with Adam Hall - Sudden History Episode 35

Boise State's 2x All-American and current NC State assistant coach Adam Hall sits down with Sudden History to explore his career leading up to and competing for the Broncos. Hear firsthand the highs and lows of wrestling in the Round of 12 four consecutive seasons. Adam also gets into his early experiences in the sport and his opinions on the state of youth wrestling today. We finish with the closing of Adam's competitive career and the answer to the question, "Who is the Wolfpack's Best Dressed Coach?" Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker | SoundCloud | Google Play Music | RSS

58 MIN2017 APR 4
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Exploring the Highs and Lows with Adam Hall - Sudden History Episode 35

Post NCAA Wrap Up - Sudden History Episode 34

With the 2017 NCAA Championships in the books, Sudden History has to go back through those books to see some of the facts, stats, and anomalies that went along with the tournament. As you would expect some National Championship and All-American related tidbits. After all of the stats, pay attention for the homework assignment, it's a good one

17 MIN2017 MAR 23
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Post NCAA Wrap Up - Sudden History Episode 34

Breaking Out of the Redshirt - Sudden History Episode 33

After a long hiatus Sudden History is back!!! Since Cael Sanderson pulled Mark Hall from his redshirt in mid-January, it got Earl to thinking. He looks into the precedent for moves involving high profile true Freshman so late in the year. A list of 15 top 100-ish recruits are mentioned and Earl looks into the circumstances surrounding their shirts being pulled, their debuts, how their Freshman season concluded and finally the results of their career overall. Some of them are households names, some...not so much. Subscribe to Sudden History iTunes | Stitcher | Spreaker | SoundCloud | Google Play Music | RSS

22 MIN2017 FEB 2
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Breaking Out of the Redshirt - Sudden History Episode 33