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Aug 12 Living The Dream Medal Fund Benefit Telethon Webcast to feature comedian Greg Warren on August 20

By Gary Abbott | Aug. 12, 2010, 4:58 p.m. (ET)
Greg Warren, one of comedy's rising young stars, and a former NCAA Div. I All American wrestler for the University of Missouri, will join the entire 2010 U.S. World Wrestling Teams in Colorado Springs, on Friday, August 20 for the inaugural Living The Dream Medal Fund Benefit Telethon Webcast.

The telethon will be from 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ET and will give wrestling fans the opportunity to call in and talk to a World Team Athlete or Coach and get "On The List" by making a donation.

Greg Warren hails from St. Louis, Mo. He captured NCAA Division 1 All-American honors while competing for the University of Missouri. His father was a high school wrestling coach and his mother made him play clarinet in the band. Greg has captivated audiences with anecdotes about the conflict inherent in meshing two high school identities - varsity wrestler and band geek.

Warren has appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, BET, CMT, The Last Comic Standing and is a favorite on the Bob and Tom Comedy All-Stars Tour.

Click here to see clips of Greg Warren's performances

One of Warren's most popular characters, Wesley "Wes" Wesley was developed with with's Joe Willamson. This zany character takes his wrestling career very seriously. There is a good chance Wesley "Wes" Wesley will make a cameo appearance during the Telethon!

Flowrestling will join in presenting the Telethon "live" on

The Living The Dream Medal Fund was established to substantially increase the financial rewards for U.S. wrestlers who win Olympic and World medals during this four-year Olympic cycle.

Any U.S. wrestler who wins a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England will receive a quarter-million dollars ($250,000). Silver medalists in London will earn $50,000 and bronze medalists in London will receive $25,000. The payout for a World Championships medal in 2009, 2010 and 2011 will be $50,000 for a gold, $25,000 for a silver and $15,000 for a bronze.

Three wrestlers earned Living the Dream Medal Funds bonuses by capturing medals at the 2009 World Championships, silver medalists Jake Herbert and Dremiel Byers and bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev.

The Living The Dream Medal Fund Telethon & Webcast is a first for USA Wrestling, and is a unique opportunity within the U.S. Olympic family. Once again, the wrestling community is showing its leadership in finding new ways to enhance the sport and support its athletes.

More information on the The Living The Dream Medal Fund Telethon & Benefit Webcast will be posted regularly on, and through other wrestling media outlets.

Mark your calendar for Friday, August 20 and join our nation's World Team members as they greet the wrestling community directly and thank them for their support.