Amateur Wrestling News, the longest-running national magazine covering the oldest and greatest sport, has unveiled a brand-new website.
Right now, the publication’s new web address – www.amateurwrestlingnews.com – offers wrestling fans the opportunity to read recent issues of the monthly magazine online in their entirety, complete with photos, charts and ads in an easy-to-use PDF format that allows for printing and downloading, for a limited time, without a subscription. At some point in the future, this content will be available exclusively to paid subscribers, as an option to waiting for printed issues to be delivered by mail. (The print version of the magazine, published since 1956, will continue to be published as a traditional alternative to the online version.)
“Every month we set out to inform, entertain, and enlighten you by bringing you the most complete in-depth wrestling coverage we can,” according to the promotional text at the Amateur Wrestling News’ website. “Every issue is packed with results, tips and technique, team and individual rankings at all levels, wrestling history, photos, features and the inside scoop on what’s happening in wrestling.”
The new website is the result of the termination of a nearly two-year relationship between Amateur Wrestling News and TheOpenMat.com (TOM) website which maintained the online edition of AWN and controlled access to it through their own website, according to a letter to readers in the March 15 print issue of Amateur Wrestling News from publisher John Hoke.
The letter went on to reassure long-time readers that familiar writers, editors and photographers – including Ron Good, Don Sayenga, Jim Kalin, Bob Preusse, J. Carl Guymon, Mike Gerald, Johnny Johnson and Denny Diehl – would continue to work for Amateur Wrestling News, joined by some new contributors. In addition, the letter states, “It has been a long-time goal of ours to digitize and make available all the past volumes of AWN… all the way back to 1956.”
Nearly 60 years ago, Amateur Wrestling News was the only national publication for coverage of all aspects of wrestling, providing readers with articles, photos and results from dual meets and major tournaments, not just in the U.S., but also covering the Olympics and other major international events. As the magazine came into being, it introduced readers across the nation to the mat stars of that era, including Dan Hodge, the University of Oklahoma 177-pound mat champ who compiled a perfect 46-0 record as a Sooner, with three NCAA titles (1955-57).
Realize that this was long before the internet and its myriad amateur wrestling websites and forums… and years before live TV coverage of the NCAAs, let alone dual meets. Wrestling fans eagerly waited for the latest issue of Amateur Wrestling News to update them on what was going on in the sport beyond their hometowns.