Cody Goodwin of The Des Moines Register has quickly become one of the most thorough and polished journalists covering wrestling in the United States. First specializing in scholastic concerns in and around Iowa, Goodwin has branched out on an increasing basis by digging into the international styles. Given that the Tokyo Olympics recently wrapped, Goodwin decided last week that a discussion centering around the United States Greco-Roman program was in order.
Among the topics are the ’20 US Olympic Team’s performance and how developmental issues at home played a role in the results. In fact, development by itself was Goodwin’s main focus as he attempted to derive the most pressing needs for a program that is continually hindered by the folkstyle system. Items such as the age American athletes typically start training Greco compared to foreigners, the advantages Europeans have when it comes to travel and competition, and how the sport’s global landscape has changed are all included.