For those that don't know me let me introduce myself. My name is Ross Halford. In 1999, I started a simple website called the Nebraska Wrestling Report. My background as a wrestler at one of the traditional powerhouse programs in Nebraska (Bennington High School) and my college degree in journalism gave me a great passion for following our great sport of wrestling and promoting it's great athletes long after my days on the mat were over.
Those of you that were around to see the old Website know that it contained some pretty simple concepts--Nebraska wrestling ratings, top wrestler lists and my views on what I thought was happening around the state. In the second full season I added a message board and moved the site around adding a few more ideas to the site. In my third year of covering wrestling in the state of Nebraska, I registered the Huskermat domain name and hired a web designer to create the new site called Huskermat.com. In year No. 4 Huskermat teamed with Millard South head coach Doug Denson to provide the state's first full time Web talk show that aired each Wednesday night during the wrestling season.
Unfortunately, due to some circumstances outside the scope of control, the show was prematurely ended but not before the foundation was set for changing the face of wrestling coverage for the future of Nebraska. The following two years allowed us to continue our weekly radio shows and bring unprecedented live coverage of tournaments throughout the state. In both 2005 and 2006 Huskermat provided more than 50 combined hours of live state tournament coverage. We even broadcast live from Pittsburgh during the 2006 High School Senior National Wrestling Tournament. In 2006, I was named the Patron of the Year for contributions to wrestling by the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association. I consider that honor a shared award that is only possible through the support of the entire wresting community throughout the state. Over the past 16 years I've traveled all across the state and country watching some of the best athletes in the world compete on the mat. Altogether, I've spent nearly 30 years of my life involved with wrestling in the state of Nebraska as a competitor, fan and wrestling analyst.
Huskermat continues to grow in popularity and is the #1 staple related to Nebraska wrestling, as evidenced by nearly one million hits per day on the open message board during portions of the past several seasons and over 5,000 followers on Twitter (huskermat.com/twitter). Huskermat is essentially a centralized hub of information sharing and I am fortunate that many people reach out to me and give me insight and information that obviously not many others have access to.
We have also seen a huge trend towards more mobile applications such as Soundcloud, Periscope, Spreaker and other platforms-certainly what was once largely web based now operates in an almost exclusively mobile environment. In order to cover operational costs for the site, I offer an "Insider" package where paying members receive my unique analysis and opinion, ratings and special coverage on Nebraska wrestling throughout the season. If you decide to join the Huskermat Insiders you should consider your money a donation to keep wrestling Websites and coverage alive in Nebraska.
If you're a Insider and you only follow wrestling for 3 months out of the year the cost is about $7 per month. If you follow wrestling year round the cost is about $2 per month. The forums will have no pop-up ads either. It takes a great deal of time, commtment and resources to maintain this Web site and I would like to continue to do this as long as it's financially feasible. The trend towards fee based Web sites is one that has continued for some time and I'm proud to have never had a fee increase in the 17 years I've operated as a pay for content entity. As an Insider consider yourself a stockholder in Huskermat and supporting coverage of wresting in Nebraska. Bandwith costs money so every time you visit this Website it costs money. I provide a service analyzing and covering the sport of wrestling in Nebraska that doesn't exist anywhere else. My goal is not to provide coverage stories but rather provide an analysis that is unique and promotes the athletes that compete in wrestling in Nebraska. Your contributions provide the revenue from which this site operates and and will continue to operate for many years. Plus you get unparalleled coverage from someone that travels throughout the state and watches more wrestling than anyone else out there!
Huskermat Insiders Advantages
Access to Premium Stories such as:
-Elite 30 Wrestlers and Analysis
-Preseason Class Previews
-Team and Individual Ratings
-Weekly Tournament Previews
-Huskermat Weekly Big Board (New in 2016)
-All Class/Huskermat Power Ratings
-Nebraska Wrestling Forecast (State Tournament Predictions)
-State Duals Preview
-Previous Season Archives
I will continue to post links to paid articles on the front page of Huskermat.com as they become available. We have already begun posting premium articles for this season that are located on the main page. Also with nearly 90% renewal rates, you can extend your subscription an additional 12 months at any time by signing up just as you would for a new subscription. Also, please check your spam folder for confirmation and passwords. Often time my automated emails go directly to spam with your login information!
Thanks to all those that have helped make this site a great success! And please give a follow on Twitter as well. I primarily spend all my time posting information from the Twitter application anymore.
Looking forward to a great 2016-17 season ahead! Feel free to contact me at any time!