Ok, so a brief summary of what to expect from this site in the future.
We have several missions/goals with this site, but a few of our values that we would like to reflect on this site include:
1.) Quality over Quantity. We would rather post one decent, well thought-out article opposed to 100 copy-paste-happy posts that lack substance any day of the week. If it takes us a while to post new material, take comfort in knowing that it’s likely because we are working hard on producing good content.
2.) Fair and Balanced Coverage: Yeah, we want to hear about the elite, world-beaters of the world and hopefully in doing so, we can learn something from them in the process on how they became as good as they did. You will read A LOT about these guys on this site. However, you do not need to be a certain skill level to receive acknowledgment from us. Every wrestler has a voice that deserves to be heard and that several fans will find relatable and interesting. We will also try to cover as many teams from as many levels of wrestling as we possibly can. If you have a wrestling program, we will try to cover you and feel free to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to see your squad covered.
3.) Accurate Depictions of Wrestling: It is important to us to depict wrestling for what it is, not what we want it to be for whatever reason that may be.
4.) Creativity and Personality: We want to show the world the versatality in life that wrestlers possess far more often than they are given credit for. Let’s face it, people who do not know better tend to generalize wrestlers as one-dimensional and robotic, when nothing could be further from the truth. Wrestling is a lifestyle/way of life for a majority of the athletes who participate in it and and the sport produces a spectrum of individuals who excel in multiple areas of life, whether that be creativity, accolades in other sports, humor, etc. We encourage anyone to showcase their accolades/talents and strive to reflect the multiple layers of the athletes that our beloved sport produces.
5.) Fun: If you visit this site, I hope you have fun doing so. We want you to laugh, be entertained, reflect, reminisce, etc.
We would like to encourage as much fan/wrestler interaction with our material as possible and if you have something to share, feel encouraged to contact us.
Some things we have in mind for future segments/articles include the standard; rankings, news, results, podcasts, video, etc. We intend on covering future events via stream as well. Along with this, we have a few other nonconventional ideas in the works that include:
Mat-Mom of the Hour and Wrestling Dad of the Day– Q and A’s with the passionate wrestling moms and dads of the world. If you are a mom or dad of a wrestler and would like to participate in this, please contact us.
Remember the Wrestler: Same idea as the Mat-mom and Wrestling dad idea, but this will focus on a variety of wrestlers, past and present.
Custom Highlight Reels: I have a lot of fun with video editing program Camtasia and Photo-editing program, Photoshop. In turn, I have a lot of fun making highlight reels.
My brother, Brennan Swafford was an accomplished art student in HS and a current Graphic Design major at Graceland University. He will provide a large proportion of the design and art for the site.
Fun stuff: Trivia, old podium pics, old wall charts, stories, pictures, etc. I am hoping to have a full-fledged cyber wrestling museum eventually with some of the cool stuff that readers send in.
The Wrestling Portal: Justin and Joshua Portillo are twin brothers who are very creative and intelligent on the mat which is reflected by their success/fun styles of wrestling. They are also very creative and insightful off the mat and will be provided a platform to show the wrestling world their talent in the world of covering the wrestling world.
Akers Photography: Very happy to have talented wrestling photographer, Bill Akers as our site’s photographer.
“Barnburners” Podcast. This will be a podcast with hosts, Rico Swaff and 2 Time State Champion and baseball star from Lisbon, JJ Butteris. We will discuss a of wrestling topics and will be hosting a variety of guests. The plan is to hold these in my brother, Justin’s studio in Iowa City. Justin is a music guru who will provide the site and podcast with music, written by him. JJ is also a talented graphic designer who designs singlets, apparel, posters, etc. and you will become familiar with his work.
Journalism/coverage from Stephen Stonebraker. This guy is a talented writer with an innovative wrestling mind who will provide us with wrestling coverage using his distinct, insightful and intellectual writing voice. I can’t wait for you to see how much of a motivated force this man is.
I am a huge fan of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series and in my fandom, it’s become a dream of mine to create a wrestling documentary of some sort and I have several ideas in mind. Hopefully we can gather the resources necessary to create these.
We will add more to this as we come up with more ideas, but hopefully this gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect from us in the future.