Elena Pirozhkova and Mike Powell will go On the Mat this Wednesday, February 15.

On the Mat is a presentation of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. The show can be heard live on the Internet at www.kcnzam.com or locally in Northeast Iowa each Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 PM Central on AM 1650, The Fan.

E-mail radio@wrestlingmuseum.org with any questions or comments about the show.

Each week “On the Mat” will interview an Olympic wrestling hopeful leading up to the Olympic Trials in Iowa City on April 21-22. This week’s interview is with Elena Pirozhkova.

Pirozhkova will compete at the 138.75 pound weight class at the Olympic Trials. Pirozhkova, winner of the 2011 U.S. Open and a four-time World team member, placed second at the World Championships in 2010.

Powell was the subject of a feature-length article that ran in the Feb. 13, 2012, issue of Sports Illustrated. Powell, an All-American at Indiana in 1996, coaches wrestling at Oak Park River Forest High School in Illinois. He suffers from a muscle wasting disease called polymyositis.

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