"K" page featured in "Wrestling USA" magazine

Pretty exciting to see the "K" page of our book used for an article on smart ways to cut weight in Wrestling USA magazine this month... My thanks to Dustin Zahursky, creator of Kutting Weight clothing, for asking to use our illustration in his article, and thanks also Lanny and Cody Bryant, editor of the magazine for contacting us with his idea to use pages from our book for upcoming articles of interest in the magazine!!!
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Exciting Magazine Promotion

We were very excited last week to get a call from Lanny Bryant, who is the chief editor of Wrestling USA magazine, which is a monthly publication that has been in publication since 1965!  What Lanny wants to do is to use a different page of our book every month as the illustration the corresponds with a new monthly column that Dan Gable is writing.  Wow!  That will give our book a lot of publicity...hopefully it will get our sales up too...The first issue that this will occur in will be either September or October.  The image for this blog is a rough draft of the idea Lanny sent us to show us what he was wanting to do!  I said go for it!
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Borders Books

We've had three really great book store visits this summer.  One at the  Grosse Pointe Borders on Kercheval where we had a very involved crowd with several youngsters who were on wrestling clubs. Next was at two different Ann Arbor Borders stores. The first visit was to their store on (Washtenaw Borders) and we had a lot of kids, but they were pretty young (as in diapers!), so we did a lot of moving around, singing and dancing for them! we signed about 15 books for that event. The next visit was downtown  Liberty Borders, and the kids there were older (5-8), and that was better. We signed 7 books at that visit. I believe, other than one wrestling tournament later this month, that we are done with book signings for the summer!
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NCAAs 2010

Tom and Mike

Our visit to the NCAAs in Omaha Nebraska was very, very fun.  In addition to meeting lots of new people, we were able to spend quite a bit of time with some old friends: Steve Fraser, Zeke Jones, Kendall Cross, Lee Kemp, and more.  We were fortunate enough to have a booth right in the middle of all the Olympic champions, so things were pretty busy!

We also were accompanied by our good pals Mike and Terry McGhee, so of course the trip was a blast.  On the down side, I had anticipated that the weather would be warm  (it was in the 20s and snowing), so I was a little under dressed, but it was warm inside the arena!!
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Exciting New Order!!!

We just received a book order from the Office of History, Society and Culture in Detroit!!  Now that is really cool!!  Their office is part of the Detroit Public School System.  Do I see some book visits in the future???
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Getting Ready for Omaha

We have been soooo busy the last few weeks that I just realized how quickly our trip to the NCAAs in Omaha, Nebraska has been sneaking up on us.  We do have all of our books and other goods ready, our hotel is reserved, our friends are still on board, and our car is still running, but I haven't even begun to think about babysitting and dogsitting arrangements for our kids and dogs.  Thank goodness both mine and Tom's parents live here in the city with us!

We are vending our book at the Fan Festival (see fan festival and wrestling schedule below)

NCAA Fan Festival

March 18-20
Noon-6:30 p.m. March 18 and 20, Noon-6 p.m. March 19
Qwest Center Exhibit Hall
Admission is FREE

Between sessions, wrestling fans are encouraged to visit the NCAA Fan Festival in the Qwest Center Exhibit Hall, just a short indoor walk north from the Qwest Center Omaha. This year's fan festival will feature wrestling exhibit booths, displays, memorabilia, interactive games, souvenir, food and beverage sales, and these feature events:

Daily Main Stage Events
The NCAA Fan Festival stage will feature some of the biggest names in the sport of wrestling during daily presentations designed to keep you entertained and informed between sessions of the championships. These events include:

Native American Wrestling Hall of Fame Presentation and Autograph Session (Thursday, March 18 - 5-6:15 p.m.)
Meet some of the greatest Native Americans ever to wrestle collegiately and internationally and stick around to get autographs afterward! This presentation is presented jointly by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum and the NCAA.

Semifinals Preview Show (Friday, March 19 - 4-5 p.m.)
Hear our expert analysts - Scott Casber, Nate Carr, Wade Schalles and others - break down each of the semifinal match-ups, predict the individual and team champions and provide insider information from the mat in this one-hour preview to the most exciting night in collegiate wrestling.


NWCA Coaches Clinic (Saturday, March 20 - 2-3:30 p.m.)
Learn wrestling techniques from the best in the business at the NWCA Coaches Clinic, on the main stage of the NCAA Fan Festival. This session is beneficial to both coaches and wrestlers of all levels.

NCAA Wrestling in Philadelphia Preview (Saturday, March 20 - 5:30-6 p.m.)
Get a sneak preview of what to expect at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia from the championships hosts.

Daily Hall of Fame and USA Wrestling Autograph Session
Get autographs from National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees such as Rulon Gardner, Bill and Jim Scherr, current USA Wrestling team members and others during these daily autograph opportunities at the Fan Festival main stage. Autograph cards are provided. Check the Schedule of Events for times.

USA Wrestling Team Practices and Presentations
Watch Olympic champions and hopefuls prepare for international competition daily between sessions on the Fan Festival center mats. Check the Schedule of Events for daily practice times and don't miss these additional feature presentations:

Big Ten vs. Big 12 Challenge (Friday, March 19 - 1:45-2:30 p.m.)
Watch former Big Ten and Big 12 Conference champions who are now part of the USA Wrestling team compete against each other in this made-for-the-fans scrimmage event!

Dan Gable Techniques Demonstration (Saturday, March 20 - 3:45-4:30 p.m.)
Listen in as coaching legend Dan Gable breaks down the various Greco-Roman and Freestyle moves and techniques being practiced by current USA Wrestling team members.

2010 Division I Wrestling Championships Schedule:

2010 General Public Tickets on Sale Monday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. CST.

  • --Session One - 11 a.m.
  • --Session Two - 6:30 p.m.
  • --Session Three - 9:30 a.m.
  • --Session Four - 6 p.m.
  • --Sessions Five - 10 a.m.
  • --Session Six - 6:30 p.m.
    All times listed above are Central Standard Time and are subject to change. 
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Back To Battle Creek

Tom and I will be vending in Battle Creek yet again for the Myway youth individual state championships.  This is a three day event. All day Saturday and Sunday, as well as Friday afternoon and evening.  I love going to Battle Creek with Tom!  We did really good with book sales there a couple of weeks ago, and that was for the High School Team Championships, so we should do even better with our book at this event considering it is a younger age group of wrestlers.
Friday, March 26, 27 and 28
MYWAY Youth Individual State Championships
Kellogg Arena, One McCamly Street, Battle Creek, MI 49017
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Battle Creek Beckons

We are getting excited for our Battle Creek weekend coming up the last weekend of the month.  This event is the High School Individual wrestling finals which are held at the Kellogg Arena in downtown Battle Creek.  As a family business with a specialty in the wrestling field, we have been attending this event for almost as long as we've been dating (29 years!)  We sold quite a few copies of our book during the event last year and are hopeful again this year.  I also enjoy this particular weekend as it is sort of a vacation for Tom and I.  Our kids generally don't accompany us on this trip, and we've been very lucky the past few years with being able to book a room right in the McCamly Plaza Hotel which is connected to the Kellogg Arena.  There's also a great pub (The Griffin Grill and Pub) just a few blocks away that we love to eat at every year!

In the meantime, we have lots of t-shirts to silkscreen and letter, books to pre-sign, and hopefully some books to ship out to Stacie at http://www.wwsport.com

What's after Battle Creek?  Vending our book at Omaha Nebraska for the NCAA Wrestling Championships!!!  And no work for this weekend.  Just pleasure!!
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Hillsdale School District

Hillsdale Mi., school district just purchased 12 copies of our book to use for their Athlete's Read program.  More info to come.  Thanks to Mary and Doug Willer for making this happen.
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Teeth of the Dog Wrestling Club

A huge shout out to our friend and youth wrestling coach Mike DerGarabedian who is the founder and head coach for Teeth Of The Dog Youth Wrestling Club in New York.  Mike was a former colleague of Tom's while at University of Michigan and was on the wrestling team there also.  Coach DerGarabedian recently ordered 25 copies of our book for his youth wrestling club.  Yippeee.  Go wrestlers!!

Our motto for the wrestling readers is:  Wrestle and Read and you will Succeed!!
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Wrestlers as Readers

Wow!   Tom and I are just beyond thrilled that the Thief River Falls Youth Wrestling Club (MN) has been so supportive of our book.  Originally they ordered 20 copies, then they ordered 20 more, then once again, they called and ordered 20 more!

And it keeps getting better....read the article from the Thief River Falls Times here

So Mike Hron, if you are reading this, THANK YOU!!!!  P.S.  It was a delight speaking with you at work the other day (hope you're phone bill isn't too high!).  If you had a website, I would link you up right here!!
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Guest Authors at University of Michigan Alumni Weekend

For the second year in a row, we were invited to be the guest authors at the University of Michigan Wrestling Alumni Weekend.  Although we didn't sell as many books this year as last year, it is always a pleasure to attend the meets and to see familiar faces.  This year we had about 30 Underdog fans attending as well so that was nice.  A special thanks to Joe McFarland and Kirk Trost for making this event happen.
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NCAAs Omaha, Nebraska

Well it appears we are going to be vendors at the NCAA Wrestling Championships again this year.  We did REALLY good last year, but weren't sure if we wanted to attempt it this year or not since this was a new location for the NCAAs.  However after consulting with various well experienced vendors, we have decided to take the chance.  We have some friends going with us and Collette (U of M stat girl) so even if we don't sell a lot of books, it will be a fun little vacation.  We really had a lot of fun last year and met so many cool people. I am quite pleased that Tom decided to do it again this year.  Hopefully Robert will be able to attend too!
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