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Nation’s top wrestling programs powered by MatBoss
MINNEAPOLIS — Wrestling began as a varsity sport at Ohio State in 1921. Ninety-four years later, in 2015, Ohio State captured its first national championship in wrestling. The Buckeyes followed up that national championship season with another team trophy, a third-place finish, at the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Ohio State is one of several nationally renowned wrestling programs using MatBoss, wrestling’s premier videostats app.
“Evaluating and assessing ourselves is critical in one’s development,” said Ohio State head wrestling coach Tom Ryan, who has been named InterMat Coach of the Year three times. “The ability to do that with our student-athletes was enhanced through the use of MatBoss. We also were able to grab key stats immediately following the match that assisted our staff in assessing areas of focus in the room.”
Ohio State wasn’t the only top-10 NCAA Division I wrestling program using MatBoss during the 2015-16 season. Top-10 programs Virginia Tech and Missouri also jumped on board with MatBoss.
Virginia Tech claimed its first-ever team trophy at the NCAA Division I Championships with a fourth-place finish. Six Hokies earned All-American honors, which set a program record. Virginia Tech concluded its regular season with a 16-2 dual meet mark, and was the lone program to defeat North Carolina State.
Missouri finished sixth at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships with four All-Americans and crowned the program’s second two-time NCAA champion, J’den Cox. Missouri finished the regular season with a 14-2 record and No. 6 dual meet ranking.
“MatBoss works great for our program,” said Missouri coach Brian Smith, who served as the president of the National Wrestling Coaches Association from 2010 to 2012. “The app makes it easy to organize and download all of your team’s film. The ability to go right to the scoring situations in each match makes it easier for breaking the film down. We keep statistics on attempts and all scoring situations and this system makes it easy to log all of that data. Being able to show the athletes the film and the statistical breakdown teaches and motivates them in the areas they need to improve on.”
Five-time defending Pac-12 champion Oregon State is another top college wrestling program using MatBoss.
“MatBoss helped Oregon State wrestling to more easily access video footage than ever before,” said Oregon State assistant wrestling coach Kevin Roberts. “MatBoss is user friendly and provides a platform for all coaches and wrestlers to easily access footage and matches from anywhere.”
In addition to NCAA Division I wrestling programs, MatBoss is being used by top wrestling programs across all divisions of college wrestling, Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA and WCWA.
Division III wrestling power Wabash College joined MatBoss prior to the start of the season. The Little Giants earned their second straight team trophy at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships with a fourth-place finish on the strength of two national champions and three All-Americans.
“The biggest benefit we found with MatBoss was being able to watch recorded matches of our guys and of scouted opponents anytime, anywhere from any device,” said Wabash College head wrestling coach Brian Anderson. “It also streamlined our season stats for the entire program. We also liked the ability to organize and store each wrestler’s matches in their own file.”
Anderson added: “MatBoss is a great tool for the program at a minimal cost, and the company was very accessible, helpful and always wanting suggestions to better their service and product.”
Seven of the nation’s top-25 Division III programs in 2016 used MatBoss during the 2015-16 season, including 12-time NCAA Division III national champion Augsburg College.
NAIA wrestling power Missouri Valley College has been using MatBoss. The Vikings finished fourth at the NAIA Wrestling Championships this past season. Missouri Valley College has finished in the top 10 at the NAIA Wrestling Championships for 22 straight seasons, dating back to the 1994-95 season.
“We got wind of MatBoss at one of the early tournaments while watching another program who had purchased it,” said Missouri Valley College head wrestling coach Mike Machholz. “Our managers really thought it could help out so we played with one of the team’s iPads and decided to go all in. After the initial cost of the iPads it was really affordable way to keep track of the stats and film. The benefit of immediate upload for stats and film really made it a no brainer. Athletes, parents and coaches were able to view matches same day. It also made it easy to keep up to date stats for the team.”
MatBoss is also being used by some of the nation’s top high school wrestling programs. Five schools ranked in the final InterMat Fab 50 rankings of the 2015-16 season used MatBoss. One of those teams is No. 19 St. Michael-Albertville (Minn.).
“MatBoss has provided an easy method for us to videotape our wrestlers’ matches and an efficient way for them to access and view their matches online,” said St. Michael-Albertville head wrestling coach Dan Lefebvre. “In addition, the stats program is user friendly and provides us with all of the reports that we need.”
Created by coaches for coaches, MatBoss for iPad® integrates wrestling stats directly into the video you record for each match, completely replacing the need for labor-intensive pencil and paper scoring systems. Several of the nation’s top wrestling programs across all divisions of college wrestling and high school wrestling use MatBoss. For more information on MatBoss, visit www.MatBossApp.com.