World Cup 2018

Gadson Strong Announcement (GSA): I have an important GSA for you all. I was informed by USA Men's Freestyle Head Coach Bill Zadick that I have been selected to the 2018 Men's Freestyle World Cup Team.

Set to be hosted at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa on April 7-8, the World Cup is the annual international freestyle dual meet championships and provides a tremendous showcase for the world's best wrestlers just a few weeks after the conclusion of the U.S. college wrestling season.

I will be representing my country as the 97 kilogram alternative for this very special and prestigious two day event that will take place in the town that I was birthed in and resided in before moving to my hometown of Waterloo, IA.

I'm just very pleased to have the opportunity to represent the United States and be a part of this 2018 World Cup Team. Not many people have the chance to compete for our country so I am extremely proud to know that my hard work, dedication, and committment has put me in this position.

This opportunity is great for myself, my family, and a chance for me to represent my faith. Also I believe this will be great exposure for the Cyclone Regional Training Center (C-RTC) as we look to build our presence in the state of Iowa and throughout the World.

I'm really excited for this event and the preparation leading up to this historical showdown. After ending the 22 year championship drought at the 2017 World Championships last year. I'm excited to be a part of the team that will end the 15 year World Cup Championship drought on the April 7-8.

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IronMan Lanning

Mr. Lanning or IronMan:

First off, I want to personally congratulate you on a well-spent 5-year career at Iowa State University as a student-athlete. Huge congrats on going out with a W at the Liberty Bowl--always special to end a chapter on a positive. I thoroughly enjoyed watching your career through the ups and downs and have watched from as far away as my TV in my home, the Iowa State sideline on Gameday, and even getting updates on the game while traveling in France for an international competition. Simply put, I am a Cyclone through and through just as you are. You know how it goes “Once A Cyclone, Always A Cyclone!”

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The Difference Is...

 "The difference between winning and losing is most often, not quitting!" - Walt Disney


On June 10, 2017 I fell short of my making my first Senior Level World Team. I won't be going to Paris in August to represent the United States of America. What's that feeling like? Well, one thing for sure is that there is a difference between victory and defeat.


There is a clear distinction between winning and losing: for as far as they are apart they are just as close together. You see, I've been here before in my career. I've felt what it is like to win and accomplish my goals. I've also felt what it is like to lose and not accomplish my goals.


The difference between winning and losing could be a list of things. It could also be justone thing. It ultimately comes down to the competitor. What type of price are you willing to pay? There is a cost to be successful. Success is a beautiful thing, but acquiring it can also leave you with some scars.


It’s been my experience that success is fun but it also hurts! It's tough to put your mind, body, and soul into a dream, and then to have that dream not manifest itself is heartbreaking. For all 8 men that made the Senior Freestyle World Team there were several more that didn't. Several more came up short, who are feeling the difference between winning and losing!


To feel the difference between winning and losing again I will have to get a S.C.A.R. I'll have to Sacrifice, Commit, Adapt, and Respond! I will have to let this wound from 6.10.17 heal and get better! Work harder and work smarter.


Wrestling is a special sport and life is a special gift. So whether you are reading this as a wrestler, parent, sibling, or an avid fan understand that there is a difference between winning and losing. That difference is YOU!


My favorite athlete is Muhammad Ali who said, "Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even."

Defeat and Victory…I am acquainted with both. To accomplish my goal of becoming the best in the  I can never ever forget what Walt Disney said about the difference between winning and losing…and I WON'T!


Faith, Family, and Freestyle!


God is Great!




Kyven Gadson

Per Angusta Ad Augusta = Through Trials to Triumph!! #BeRARE

Per Angusta Ad Augusta = Through Trials to Triumph!! #BeRARE


Fatherhood will put a man through a lot, but it's a tremendous job, the best in the world - even better than playing basketball!" - Derek Fisher

Please excuse Derek, he probably doesn't know any better; what he wanted to say was or better yet what I'm saying is, "Fatherhood will put a man through a lot, but it's a tremendous job, the best in the world - even better than wrestling!"

I love my wrestling. I really do! I have been wrestling for over 18 years now, and there is a new challenge every day. For me, wrestling has a lot of similarities to fatherhood. "Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is EASY!" - Dan Gable said these words. However, I'm not sure he was a Father yet when he said them, so I'll let that slide!

Some people know this and some don't -- I got married to my wife, Haley, who has loved me since we were 3. I was just slower to come around! We got married on November 1st. That same day, I became a Father to a beautiful 6-year-old girl named Isabella.

Now, I've never experienced Fatherhood before, but instantly when I met my soon-to-be daughter we had a connection. I love children (probably because I'm just a big kid on the inside), but this was different. It was special!

Some of you have watched the video of my post-match interview ( after the US Open Championship on Saturday, April 29. I've done a few interviews and have also won a few big tournaments. But this was different. It was special!

Winning the national title meant more to me because now, the reality is I am spending time away from Haley and Isabella. It hit me that while I’m away chasing down and catching my aspirations, my daughter doesn't see me. It not only takes a toll on me but also on her and our family. We are all making sacrifices; and it’s painful. I'm very blessed to have a supportive wife that wants to see me thrive in all areas of my life and allows me to pursue my dreams! I'm excited to return the favor to her when she gets into med school and becomes Dr. Gadson!

Isabella knows that I wrestle and now she wants to wrestle! I'm happy she will have a role model like Helen Maroulis to look up to as the first-ever USA Women's  Freestyle Olympic Gold medalist. I'm not sure if she will end up wrestling, playing soccer, or becoming an art teacher (she loves drawing), but whatever she does, as her Father, I will support her. I will teach her that the key to attaining anything in life is discipline, dedication, and a true passion and love for it -- just like I have for wrestling and fatherhood!

I remember an article I read about my Dad. In it he said, "I would rather be a great father than a great coach!" Thank you Dad for being both! 

Likewise, I would rather be a Great Father and Husband than an Olympic Champ! I am striving to do both, and even if I don't become an Olympic Champion I know that I will give my absolute best to my Family!

Faith, Family, and Freestyle!

God Is Great!


Kyven Gadson

Wall in Isabella's Room...The 2017 World Wrestling Championships are in Paris, France in August! #TakeMeToParis

Wall in Isabella's Room...The 2017 World Wrestling Championships are in Paris, France in August! #TakeMeToParis

Dear Jordan Burroughs


Dear Jordan,

No apology needed. Thank you from your brother.

If anyone should be saying SORRY it's us. We put the burden of the sport on the shoulders of one man, and you joyfully accepted it. Not begrudgingly because that's who you are as a MAN. We put you as the face of wrestling and deservingly so because you earned that day after day, tournament after tournament, year after year. We took you away from your family and training for camps, clinics, appearances, hellos, handshakes, hugs, autographs and much more. We pressed you for your time and you rarely ever said "NO" because you didn't want to let US down and you still haven't.

I'm writing this as THANK YOU. Thank you for being an outstanding ambassador for our OG (Oldest & Greatest) Sport in the world, wrestling. However, I don't accept your apology, because it's not warranted, at least not from my point of view! And I'm sure from many others. You've been a great ambassador for this country, this sport, the USA Wrestling Organization and much much more. Like you said, "Something good will come out of this!"

Jordan, the impact you've had on people--from children to adults--is amazing. I remember going into an early workout in March this year before the April Olympic Trials and getting a text from you of my NCAA Finals aftermath. 

I replied and said, "That's not my mom. Just a happy family friend!" And we joked about how ESPN showed the wrong person as my mom. You're real and you displayed your heart to the world. You've inspired a nation with your consistency, grit, determination and I know you will continue to do so because we saw your humanity. In your pain and anguish, the world saw the heart of a champion, of a real man. A real man that has made himself public through victory or defeat, in triumphs or tribulations, in success and failure.

As you know Jordan, "It's all a part of the process. It's the beauty and pain of commitment! Nothing is guaranteed!" Any true champion has been there whether it was in 2010 after your knee surgery, or 2014 after your world championships. We've all been in the position where we were discouraged, hurt and embarrassed. You'll come back from this. You're so much more than your performances on the mat, and I understand it's difficult on days like yesterday to understand that, and just wanted you to know from a brother that I got your back. I appreciate everything you've done for the sport, inside and out, and I know many people who will say the same. Thank You Jordan!


Kyven Gadson

P.S. Let's get some Ice Cream soon. I have the perfect kind! IT'S HEALTHY!!