Back Points is the podcast where top wrestlers and coaches reveal their secrets about how they won state championships in high school wrestling. Each episode features an interview with a wrestler or a coach who has won a state title, and talks about their wrestling journey.
Blake Roulo, 2010 State Champion, Matoaca High School
In today’s episode of Back Points, we sit down with Blake Roulo, the Head Coach of the Averett University Cougars, who describes a fascinating wrestling journey that includes:
Getting pinned 10 times in a row in at the holiday duals in middle school; Losing an important friendship over a wrestle-off; Winning a state title as a junior; Not being allowed to defend his title as a senior; To becoming an 8x National High School Coaches Association National Champion.
Andrew Abrams, 1998 State Champion, Herndon High School
Next is Andrew Abrams, the 1998 130-pound state champion from Herndon High School. Andrew was described by his teammate Matt Gallagher in episode #8 of Back Points as part of the unstoppable “three headed monster” that was comprised of himself, Peter Bakke, and Andrew Abrams. Andrew opens up about his path to a state title, as well as his life since leaving wrestling after high school. Currently, Andrew is a partner at the law firm of O’Bryon and Schnabel in New Orleans.
Brandon Rushing, 1995 State Champion, Lee High School
Next up! Brandon Rushing, the 1995 state champion for Lee High School in Fairfax, now known as "Lewis High School."
Brandon is also an entrepreneur who owns and operates Branding Rushing Law & Garden Care for the last 25 years.
Roman Perryman, 2007 State Champ, Robinson High School
Roman Perryman has an amazing wrestling journey to share, and he opens up about the high points and low points of his life, which include winning the state tournament his freshman year in his own high school gym, Robinson High School in Fairfax.
He talks about being a 4x all-state wrestler, wrestling D1 in college, joining a NASCAR pit crew, and discovering the power of meditation as an adult.
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IMPORTANT: Also, Back Points is sponsoring a Wrestling Trivia Night on October 27 at 8pm to support youth wrestling in Fairfax, Virginia. The charity that this trivia night supports is called UP2US, and the funds raised will support youth coaching positions in Fairfax. This is a great cause, and I hope you will signup to support it. Details and signup here
Beau Tillman, KS State Wrestling Champ (1996-1997-1999)
We’re here with Beau Tillman, a 3x state champion (and 4x state finalist) from Kansas, who is now working with Winning Mindset, a group dedicated to helping wrestlers reach their highest possible level of performance. Beau talks about what it was like being coached by his father, the role of psychology in achieving your potential, as well as some of the tactics that helped him on his journey to be a (3x) state champion.
Rob Chevez, 1993 State Champion, Pine Crest HS
Rob Chevez won the 1993 state championship his senior year in high school in Florida. He started wrestling as a freshman in high school, won third in the state as a junior, and after high school he went on to wrestle at American University, where he won the conference his senior year.
He talks about the importance of visualization, aiming high, surrounding yourself with winners, and being clear about what you want to achieve.
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Great stories, lots of fun to hear about the different paths to success!
Really enjoyed the interview with Wade Shalles. His metric for a successful high school wrestling program (a net increase in wrestlers over the course of the season) was a breath of fresh air.
Huge fan of this show. Wade Shalles an incredible story teller!