10 episodes

Fanco’s More Than the Mat tells the stories of what the nation’s toughest athletes are doing off the competition mat. Aside from wrestling and fighting, what are the hobbies, businesses, and activities that these athletes do?

That’s the question we’re set out to answer on More Than the Mat, a podcast by Fanco Wrestling and hosted by Virginia Tech wrestler Jake Hart.

Don’t expect your typical boring wrestling interview show. No, this is more than that. This is More Than the Mat.

Listen to conversations with NCAA college wrestlers, MMA fighters, business professionals, and others involved with amateur wrestling.

Subscribe for bi-weekly episodes.

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    • 4.8 • 10 Ratings

Fanco’s More Than the Mat tells the stories of what the nation’s toughest athletes are doing off the competition mat. Aside from wrestling and fighting, what are the hobbies, businesses, and activities that these athletes do?

That’s the question we’re set out to answer on More Than the Mat, a podcast by Fanco Wrestling and hosted by Virginia Tech wrestler Jake Hart.

Don’t expect your typical boring wrestling interview show. No, this is more than that. This is More Than the Mat.

Listen to conversations with NCAA college wrestlers, MMA fighters, business professionals, and others involved with amateur wrestling.

Subscribe for bi-weekly episodes.

    9. How Trent Hidlay Put Together a Wrestling Event to Help his Community

    9. How Trent Hidlay Put Together a Wrestling Event to Help his Community

    In 2021 Trent Hidlay wanted give back to the local Mifflin County community. So he requested help from his brother Hayden and buddy Joey Bender to start a wrestling event for the community to enjoy.

    Their "Wrangle in the Wild" event was a huge success and is gearing up for the second year. On this episode of More Than the Mat, Jake talks with Trent about building such a hyped-up event.

    Watch Wrangle in the Wild II: https://rokfin.com/stream/20966/Wrangle-II-Amateur-Wrestling-Event?affiliate_id=67323

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    • 39 min
    8. Why Richie Lewis Is More Than Just a Savage

    8. Why Richie Lewis Is More Than Just a Savage

    Richie Lewis is a 2X JUCO All-American, NCAA Qualifier at Rutgers, and MMA fighter. On this episode of More Than the Mat, he shares his experiences in Florida, how he transitioned from wrestling to MMA, and why he started his own clothing line. Bottom line: he's more than just a "savage."

    Aper Fitness: https://aperfitness.com/
    Insta: https://www.instagram.com/richie_savage/?hl=en
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lewisrichie

    • 32 min
    7. Why Hunter Bolen Competes in Fishing Tournaments & Smashes the Outdoors

    7. Why Hunter Bolen Competes in Fishing Tournaments & Smashes the Outdoors

    Virginia Tech's Hunter Bolen is a complete outdoorsman. In fact, he competes in fishing tournaments. He talks about the biggest fish he ever caught (50 1/2"), the Musky tournament he won, and why he is so passionate about the sport. Bolen also shares details about his new business Smash Outdoors. On this episode of More Than the Mat, Jake talks with Hunter about the outdoors lifestyle.

    Follow Hunter Bolen: https://www.instagram.com/p/CeSC_mbsWdf/

    Smash Outdoors: https://www.facebook.com/smashoutdoors/

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    • 19 min
    6. Nick Leitten Uprooted His Life to Rescue Orphaned Children in Peru

    6. Nick Leitten Uprooted His Life to Rescue Orphaned Children in Peru

    Wrestler Nicholas Leitten uprooted his entire life to rescue, restore, and revive orphaned children in Peru. He and his wife founded GoLovePeru with the purpose of giving a family structure and homes to  children. On this episode of More Than the Mat, Jake talks with Nick about his mission.

    GoLovePeru: https://goloveperu.org/

    GoLovePeru Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goloveperu/

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    • 29 min
    5. Seth Mendoza: High School Wrestler, Wood Burner, & Pilot

    5. Seth Mendoza: High School Wrestler, Wood Burner, & Pilot

    High schooler Seth Mendoza may not be allowed to drive a car yet, but he is flying planes. The Illinois State Champion from Mount Carmel is an absolute unit on the wrestling mat. Outside of wrestling he flies planes, does wood burning, and gives to charity. On this episode of More Than the Mat, Jake talks with Seth about all of his incredible hobbies.

    Seth's Website: https://www.unleashedbyseth.com

    Seth's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sethmendoza064

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    • 18 min
    4. How D2 Wrestler Cayden Henschel Gained 100,000 YouTube Subscribers!

    4. How D2 Wrestler Cayden Henschel Gained 100,000 YouTube Subscribers!

    Division 2 collegiate wrestler Cayden Henschel began his YouTube channel back in 2019, the same year Fanco started uploading content. In those few years, he has seen tremendous growth to over 120,000 YouTube subscribers and a massive social media following. As a fun goal he keeps repeating to his audience that he wants to pass FloWrestling in subscribers, and he soon will. On this episode of More Than the Mat, Jake talks with Cayden about creating content for wrestlers and why he enjoys it.

     

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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Jchris51 ,

Best podcast

If you are looking for a podcast to listen to and find out the best source of wrestling. You found it with Fanco.

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Love this podcast!

Great podcast with good outlook on the sport and going into depth about sides of wrestling people don’t often see. 10/10

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