Staff & Contributors
Publisher & Circulation: John Hoke | Assoc. Publisher: Glenna Hoke
Editors: Ron Good, Jason Bryant
Small College Editor: John Johnson
Columnists: Bob Preusse, J. Carl Guymon, Mike Gerald, Denny Diehl
Feature Writers & Bloggers: Jim Kalin, Wayne Baughman, Les Honig, Kristie Stubbs, Ben Golden, Seth Schwartz, Anthony Biondo
Historians: Don Sayenga, Jay Hammond
Website Content & Design: Eric John, Ray Brinzer, Jason Bryant
TOM Live Audio/Blog Crew: Bryce Villa, Andy Furhman, Doug Burney, Lars Underbakke, Dave Bignotti, Duane Lough, Kurt Russell
Things get interesting when wrestling’s oldest publication meets wrestling’s newest news resource. Amateur Wrestling News (AWN) and The Open Mat (TOM) are now one and the same. The merger of these two outstanding resources will bring unprecedented coverage, analysis and opinions.
So what does this all mean?
First, you will see the new website, Amateur Wrestling News is now Driven by TOM. The Open Mat will remain a free site for its users. The main website will have all the same content you already regularly find on TOM. All of our coverage will still be available for free. AWN subscribers will also have online access to subscriber-only features from the magazine, which will include features, match breakdowns and previews, columns and commentary via the website. Want wrestling news? Keep coming to TOM. Want even more insight? Subscribe to AWN.
Second, you will have the chance to subscribe to the new AWN. You will see a brand new look to this amazing publication. Subscribers will also be rewarded with new content and new features. The magazine addresses a variety of topics.The magazine is available as both a hard copy and as an online publication.
Finally, you can subscribe to Recruiting News & Reports (formerly TOM Recruiting Central). This is the only resource for news and information about college wrestling recruiting. This services is designed for athletes, coaches, fans and parents. When it comes to information about recruiting and college wrestling projections, Recruiting News & Reports is unmatched.
Great, so how do I subscribe to AWN?
With the new AWN, consumers will have four subscription options:
- Print Magazine: Basic subscription to the magazine will get you 12 issues a year standard, as well as supplemental digital issues throughout the season.
- Digital Magazine: Basic subscription to the magazine like above, only the content will be delivered electronically and you will also receive web-only editions pertaining to relevant wrestling events and issues.
- Recruiting News & Reports: Access to the nation’s top recruiting news and information. Recruiting News & Reports breaks down video, notices those diamonds in the rough and provides the industry’s only college weight class projection rankings. The name is a throwback to AWN’s roots, which started as “Wrestling News & Reports”
- AWN Club: Includes all of the above. One membership gets you access to everything we offer including all of our high school and college previews that will be available in printable and portable online publication format. Bring it with you on your mobile device, iPad, Kindle or tablet. Or print from home and take with you to your next wrestling event.
Amateur Wrestling News was founded in 1956 by Jess Hoke as Wrestling News and Reports. AWN has long been considered the standard when it comes to wrestling history, news and coverage. The Open Mat, founded in 2008, has raised the bar with wrestling coverage on the internet and provides dynamic, interactive content for its viewers.
Historically speaking … AWN’s roots
He was neither a wrestler nor a coach, but Jess Hoke stands among the giants of the sport as its first true communicator. As founder and editor of Amateur Wrestling News, now in its third decade, he had monumental impact on wrestling’s tremendous growth, coast to coast. His interest in wrestling was stimulated during his days as a student sports writer in the early stages of Edward C. Gallagher’s coaching career at Oklahoma State. He had a personal interest, too, in Coach Gallagher, who had been his Scoutmaster and track coach.
The account of the first major Cowboy victory, over Nebraska in 1920, carried Hoke’s byline. In the 1950s, when four of his seven sons journeyed to Michigan State to wrestle for Fendley Collins, he discovered that college students then, as now, were inconsistent about writing letters home. From his interest in Michigan State results came the full-scale idea of a publication to carry wrestling results across the nation. At that time, wrestling was a regional sport; nobody knew what was happening a few miles away. Thus was born Wrestling News and Reports, soon to become Amateur Wrestling News, annually publishing thousands of dual meet summaries and complete reports on activities from high school tournaments to the Olympic Games.
For a time, Amateur Wrestling News was joined by a second Hoke publication, The Young Wrestler, a youth-oriented magazine. With Amateur Wrestling News as his forum, Jess inaugurated many projects to stimulate interest throughout the sport, such as national rankings of college teams, tournament forecasts and achievement awards to coaches, wrestlers, writers, photographers and other contributors. He also persuaded the Helms Foundation to launch wrestling’s first hall of fame. In 1962, he was the first recipient of the sport’s Man of the Year trophy.
His role in establishing wrestling as a nationally known sport is without parallel. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the sport, Jess Walter Hoke is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. — From National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Class of 1977.