BASCHAMANIA

BASCHAMANIA

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


Jacob Kasper on His Retirement from Amateur Wrestling and What’s Next | Ep. 76
Aug 7 • 50 min
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 talk about his retirement from amateur…
Exclusive Interview with NCAA, World, Olympic and WWE Champion Kurt Angle | Ep. 75
Jul 15 • 61 min
Across both amateur and professional wrestling combined, I’m not sure there’s anyone more decorated. Some amateur wrestlers have more accolades and some professional wrestlers have more accolades, but nobody has done COMBINED what this man has done! He’s…
Sebastian Rivera On Heading Back to Jersey | Ep. 74
Jul 9 • 20 min
Last Week, Big 10 Champ Sebastian Rivera announced he was transferring to finish his college career at Rutgers. With Rivera coming back home to Jersey, I thought why not get him back on the podcast to hear a little bit more about the news. We talk about…
Seth Gross & JB Discuss 2020 World Championships Movement | Ep. 73
Jul 5 • 28 min
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 World Championships. My mind started rolling with initial thoughts so I grabbed Seth Gross and turned on the…
Nazar Kulchytskyy on His Retirement, Coaching Dreams | Ep. 72 

Jul 2 • 35 min
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 retirement from competition. Today, Nazar joins the show to talk a bit about his career, his retirement, what’s…
Jordan Oliver on Wrestling Jason Nolf Sunday | Ep. 71
Jun 25 • 51 min
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, JO joined the show again to talk about his upcoming match, his current training, predictions for the…
Junior World Champion David Carr Wants More | Ep. 70
Jun 18 • 39 min
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 vision for what he wants to accomplish…
2x Olympian Kerry McCoy Shares Some Stories | Ep. 69
Jun 13 • 63 min
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 wall so bad. When he finally got it on the wall, he took it down. He’s got too much of a career to squeeze…
NCAA Champ Mike Macchiavello on Faith & His Story | Ep. 68
Jun 11 • 55 min
Really enjoyed this chat with 2018 NCAA Champion from North Carolina State, Michael Macchiavello. The 202(1) Olympic Hopeful shared tons of great stories and insight in this episode, including diving deep into his faith. 1. Started in Wrestling 2. What…
A Conversation with Victoria Anthony on Race & Her New Business | Ep. 67
Jun 7 • 51 min
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 dialogue, I wanted to continue that…
Anthony Cassar & Bo Nickal on Current Training in Miami | Ep. 66
Jun 2 • 48 min
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 joined the podcast to talk about the…
2x NCAA Champ Isaiah Martinez on Overcoming Adversity | Ep. 65
May 28 • 41 min
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 history of the University of Illinois…
Olympic Medalist Coleman Scott On Having Success at Every Level | Ep. 64
May 26 • 68 min
Olympic Medalist & Pennsylvania Native Coleman Scott has won and had great success at every level there is. The current UNC head coach knows how to win. Thrilled to have him on the podcast today to share his story and his winning perspective. Enjoy!

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Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott on What Wrestling Taught Him | Ep. 63
May 21 • 25 min
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 NFL. Not only is this the case for Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott, but he still gets mad over…
Anthony Robles Just Never Gave Up | Ep. 62
May 18 • 47 min
Even after being born with just one leg, NCAA Champion Anthony Robles never gave up. Throughout his wrestling career, he had 3 undefeated championship seasons including going 96-0 his high school junior + senior year and going 36-0 his senior year at…
Seth Gross With Some Funny Stories | Ep. 61
May 15 • 40 min
Always enjoy when my guy Seth, 2018 NCAA Champion & 2020* Olympic Hopeful, comes on the podcast! Today, we chatted about the quarantine and his recent move, some funny stories, and dove a bit more into his faith.
 - Quarantine Update - Curbside Closing -…
Richard Perry is an Overcomer | Ep. 60
May 13 • 27 min
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. Seeing what God has done in his life has continued to push him further, and he’s not done yet. What a story!…
Alli Ragan on Her Move From Iowa to The Sunkist RTC | Ep. 59
May 11 • 42 min
Caught up today with 7x Senior World Team Member, 2x World Silver Medalist, and 2x WCWA National Champion - among other accolades - Alli Ragan. Alli, along with others, just recently made the move from the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in Iowa to the Sunkist RTC…
Vincenzo Joseph Shares Hilarious Stories | Ep. 58
May 8 • 32 min
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 time, Cenzo shares some hilarious stories that he hasn’t really told about his wrestling career. - Quick…
2x NCAA Champion Matt McDonough on Burnout | Ep. 57
May 4 • 60 min
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 straight finals, but still, if he could go back, he would do a few things differently. He has since…
Quentin Wright Shares Stories & Insight | Ep. 56
May 1 • 57 min
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 State and that it would’ve started with him winning his first NCAA Championship. Tons of great stories and…
Learn From Gabe Dean’s Failures | Ep. 55
Apr 29 • 54 min
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 lot through his failures and we dive into them so that hopefully you can learn through them just like he…
Jumpin Around Some More with Jon Reader | Ep. 54
Apr 27 • 47 min
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 back and cover more ground…. (a theme by the way you can probably get used to on this podcast.) Topics &…
Chris Pendleton’s Excited To Lead at Oregon State | Ep. 53
Apr 24 • 40 min
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 led him to this position. - Starting…
David McFadden’s Story | Ep. 52
Apr 22 • 47 min
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 is David McFadden’s story. - Getting…
Jason Nolf on Faith & Mindset | Ep. 51
Apr 20 • 38 min
Jason Nolf came back on Baschamania and the stories and insights didn’t disappoint! We cover topics ranging from quarantine updates and blessings in disguise to Gilman’s move to the NLWC and Nolf’s controversial match with Hidlay at the NCAA’s last year.…
What’s Next For Mark Hall | Ep. 50
Apr 16 • 41 min
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 World Championships and 3 Big Ten…
Chatting with Thomas Gilman On His Move to The NLWC | Ep. 49
Apr 13 • 24 min
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 Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. If you haven’t listened to his story, check out episode 28 of the podcast…
Luke Pletcher’s Moving On | Ep. 48

Apr 10 • 32 min
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 back home to PA to take a coaching…
Lance Palmer: Million Dollar Man | Ep. 47
Apr 5 • 57 min
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 won a Big Ten Championship, being named Outstanding Wrestler in the process, and lost a super close one to…
Mark Perry Tells Some Stories | Ep. 46
Apr 1 • 82 min
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…
Jack Mueller Has No Regrets | Ep. 45
Mar 28 • 37 min
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…
Brandon Slay Knows His Purpose | Ep 44
Mar 22 • 57 min
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…
Nahshon Garrett is an Overcomer | Ep. 43
Mar 17 • 76 min
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,…
Olympic Trials Qualifiers Dake, Nickal, Steveson, Ashnault, & Oliver on The Postponement | Ep. 42
Mar 14 • 62 min
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…
Seth Gross on Big 10’s and a Fan-Less NCAA’s | Ep. 41
Mar 11 • 31 min
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…
Jumpin Around with Jon Reader | Ep. 40
Mar 5 • 48 min
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…
Sebastian Rivera Is Ready | Ep. 39
Mar 1 • 34 min
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 &…
J’Den Cox Keeps Pressing On | Ep. 38
Feb 25 • 51 min
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…
Story Time with Tony Ramos | Ep. 37
Feb 21 • 53 min
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 &…
Jacob Kasper Knows His Breakthrough Is Coming | Ep. 36

Feb 18 • 106 min
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…
A Conversation With Nick Gwiazdowski | Ep. 35
Feb 12 • 57 min
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…
This Is Jenna Burkert | Ep. 34
Feb 7 • 57 min
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…
Victoria Anthony’s World | Ep. 33
Feb 3 • 59 min
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…
A Conversation With Kyle Dake On His Journey | Ep. 32
Jan 30 • 57 min
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.…
Bryce Meredith’s Perspective | Ep. 31
Jan 25 • 62 min
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,…
Getting to Know Nick Lee | Ep. 30
Jan 20 • 43 min
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…
The Jason Nolf Interview | Ep. 29
Jan 16 • 37 min
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…
This is Thomas Gilman | Ep. 28
Jan 10 • 48 min
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…
Some Stories From Vincenzo Joseph | Ep. 27
Jan 4 • 40 min
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…
A Chat with Lauren Burroughs | Ep. 26
Dec 30, 2019 • 67 min
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…
The Impact of Joey McKenna’s Faith | Ep. 25
Dec 24, 2019 • 48 min
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.…
It’s Izzy Style! This is the Israel Martinez Story | Ep. 24
Dec 18, 2019 • 52 min
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…
Meet 74kg James Green | Ep. 23
Dec 12, 2019 • 31 min
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…
‘Jump Around’ with Chris Bono | Ep. 22
Dec 5, 2019 • 44 min
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…
Getting to Know Darian Cruz | Ep. 21


Nov 29, 2019 • 59 min
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…
Chatting with Gable Steveson | Ep. 20
Nov 21, 2019 • 30 min
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…
Catching up with NJRTC’s Reece Humphrey Ahead of The Bill Farrell | Ep. 19
Nov 13, 2019 • 28 min
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…
20 Minutes with Alex Dieringer | Ep. 18
Nov 8, 2019 • 27 min
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,…
WWE Hall of Famer Gerald Brisco | Ep. 17
Nov 4, 2019 • 59 min
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…
Catching up w/ David Taylor | Ep. 16
Oct 29, 2019 • 36 min
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…
A Chat with Nico Megaludis | Ep. 15
Oct 19, 2019 • 46 min
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…
Anthony Cassar In The House | Ep. 14
Oct 12, 2019 • 51 min
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.…
Getting to Know Spencer Lee | Ep. 13
Oct 7, 2019 • 36 min
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,…
A Yianni D Experience | Ep. 12
Oct 2, 2019 • 49 min
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…
Zain Retherford Stops by | Ep. 11
Sep 27, 2019 • 39 min
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…
Helen Maroulis Gets Transparent & Vulnerable | Ep. 10
Sep 23, 2019 • 69 min
“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…
Catching up with Olympian Frank Molinaro | Ep. 9
Sep 16, 2019 • 52 min
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…
A Conversation with Roman Bravo-Young | Ep. 8
Sep 13, 2019 • 32 min
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…
Inside the Mind of Jordan Oliver | Ep. 7
Sep 7, 2019 • 54 min
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…
A Conversation with Kevin Sorbo (Hercules!) | Ep. 6
Sep 2, 2019 • 39 min
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…
Seth Gross: A Redemption Story. | Ep. 5
Aug 26, 2019 • 53 min
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…
A Conversation with NCAA Champ Anthony Ashnault | Ep. 4
Aug 22, 2019 • 32 min
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…
Talking Faith & Mindset with Olympic Champion Jordan Burroughs | Ep. 3
Aug 17, 2019 • 42 min
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…
Talking Wrestling & Faith w/ 3x NCAA Champion Bo Nickal | Ep. 2
Aug 12, 2019 • 41 min
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…
A Conversation with UFC Veteran Jim Miller | Ep. 1
Aug 3, 2019 • 52 min
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…