4X AA and 2X NCAA DII Champion Mauricio Wright returns to his alma-mater to help the Gators as top wrestling assistant.
Jason Lara was a state champion in California for the Church Boyz of Calvary Chapel. Jason then went on to the U of M and spot started on and off. A decision to come back to the West Coast gave Lara a chance to give the Beavers depth and excitment at 125lbs.
Mark was a 2001 NCAA wrestling champion for Oklahoma State. While serving as an assistant coach at UC Davis he met Urijah Faber who encouraged him to get into the sport. He did and has found success combining jiu jitsu and stand up with his wrestling by way of some of the best trainers around, helping to complete his mma and make him a force to be reckoned with.
Anthony Ralph was a Chanel Firebird and a part of the rich history. Ralph was J Jaggers coach in high school and now assistant for the Notre Dame Falcons.
Born July 13, 1981
After growing up in Uzbekistan Bekzod moved to the United States and attended Colby Community College where he was a 2X JUCO National finalist. He then transferred to Clarion where he was a 2X NCAA qualifier and finished 3rd in 2012 at 165lbs.
The most surprising member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, 18-year-old Jake Deitchler makes his Olympic and major international senior tournament debut in Beijing. He pulled off the biggest upset of the 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling trials by winning the 66kg/145.5 lbs division. Deitchler defeated 32-year-old Faruk Sahin in the final, but his most shocking victory came in the semifinals, when he dispatched 24-year-old rising star, Harry Lester, a two-time Worlds bronze medalist. Deitchler will become only the third high school wrestler to compete on an Olympic team, according to USA Wrestling. Greco-Roman wrestler Mike Farina qualified in 1976 and freestyle wrestler Jimmy Carr qualified in 1972. That Deitchler won Trials, however, is not all that surprising considering he was the runner-up at the 2008 U.S. Nationals, his first senior U.S. championships.