Oklahoma RTC athletes Nick Heflin and Hunter Stieber competed in the Dave Schultz Memorial International tournament the past weekend at the Olympic Training Center. The tournament honors former World, Olympic and NCAA Champion for the Oklahoma Sooners, Dave Schultz.
The tournament was well represented by nations such as Russia, Korea, Mongolia, Japan, Kazakhstan and many others.
“The guys did good, they take their journey serious and had a good first showing. You can’t win it, if you’re not in it. We were here and wrestled pretty well” said Coach Guerrero
Heflin (OKRTC/ Titan Mercury) walked away with the 92kg gold medal with a finals fall in 1:35 over Tim McCall (Wolfpack RTC).
“I’m getting out there as much as I can to continually fine tune and improve my wrestling skills until it comes time to make a World Team, said Heflin. I still have a bad taste in my mouth from last year and I'm itching to change it."
Hunter Stieber (OKRTC/ Titan Mercury) produced a solid performance with several impressive wins over Korea, Mongolia and former college rival Montell Marion of the NJRTC and ultimately finished 4th at 70kg.
“Fourth is not the tournament I wanted but good news is, I learned a lot about my wrestling and the areas I need to improve on, so it’s good to come and test ourselves” said Stieber.
Coach Guerrero felt the Dave Schultz was an important event to start the competition year.
“My feelings before the tournament are the same as after, you have to get out and compete. Whether the National Coach was Bruce, K.J., Zeke or now Bill, the message being passed down has been the same, 25+ matches to contend at the end, I don’t view that as a suggestion.”
“The training plan doesn’t alter because you win or because to happen to lose. So whether you finish 4th or 1st, it is academic to the fact that there is adjustments to be made and we return to our training plan” added Coach Guerrero
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Same as every year OKUSAW will host a fall break training camp for those getting ready to compete at preseason nationals or are on the National Dual Teams. (Va Beach)
In the past, there has been a charge, but this years camp will be FREE to any national team members or anyone competing at preseason nationals.
If you are competing in Virginia Beach but happen to be on a Non-Oklahoma team, please attend. We are all Oklahomans’ and excited to train together.
Training Camp this year will be on Friday, October 20th at Sand Springs High School.
Make plans to attend. Training for these events are vital.
Session One: 10:00-11:30am
Session Two: 1:00-2:30pm
Session Three: 3:30-5:00pm
Oklahoma RTC Head Wrestling Coach Eric Guerrero announced on Tuesday that the OK RTC will host an event recognizing the official start of the wrestling season state-wide. Attendees of this special event will hear Coach Guerrero will speak on the OK RTC, the summer of 2017, which is being called the greatest summer in USA Wrestling history, and other state, national and global topics. Also speaking will be newly elected Chairman of OK USA Wrestling Rance Stein and Vice President of the Perry Wrestling Foundation Chance Leonard.
"The Oklahoma RTC is a unique entity that in conjunction with USA Wrestling, provides the leadership, training, coaching and opportunities necessary to help wrestlers achieve their Olympic dreams" said Coach Guerrero. "Hosting this season kick-off event at the Perry Wrestling Monument Park is an honor. This town is nationally recognized for its historic wrestling program, its consistent achievement and two of our country's greatest wrestlers - Olympic Champion Jack Vanbebber and 2x Olympian and Silver Medalist Danny Hodge. One of our missions is to expose the next generation of Oklahoma wrestlers to greatness, so I can't think of a better place to gather in fellowship while embracing our history and heritage."
Wrestlers, coaches, families, OK USA Wrestling delegates and supporters will meet downtown on the Perry square at 11:30 am to visit and tour the Perry Wrestling Monument Park. The National anthem will be played at 12:00 pm and the speeches will follow. There will also be a moment of silence to honor the recent passing of long time Perry resident and wrestling great Tony Macias.
"On behalf of the City of Perry and the Perry Wrestling Foundation, I want to sincerely thank Coach Guerrerro for his vision and commitment to the sport of wrestling and its athletes" said Chance Leonard, Vice President of the Perry Wrestling Foundation. "We are excited for these athletes to be exposed to the Olympic movement as well as his leadership and coaching. We are also very excited for these families to visit our community, learn about our immense wrestling history and experience the Perry Wrestling Park. It will certainly be a special day."
The event is open to the public and begins at 11:30 am. The National Anthem will be played at 12:00 pm with speeches and photos to follow.
Who's invited: Everyone
When: Saturday September 30, 2017 at 11:30 am
Where: Downtown Perry, Ok at the Perry Wrestling Monument Park.
"I cannot think of a better place than Perry, Oklahoma to kick off the start of wrestling season. When you discuss wrestling greatness and legends, Perry Immediately comes to mind. I look forward to Saturday as we begin another great season of Oklahoma wrestling." - Rance Stein
Come one come all and celebrate the kickoff to the wrestling season and our rich Oklahoma history!
Oklahoma Regional Training Center is now up and running! Located at the University of Oklahoma! The time to train has come! Come train with the best! OKRTC is starting practices Saturday Sept. 2nd in Norman. Subsequent practice details will be sent out to qualifying RTC members. World Class Coaching, World Class opportunities, World Class training. Sign up today!
Current USAW Card is first requirement. Remember they need to be renewed by September 1st.
Eric Guerrero- Head Coach Oklahoma RTC; 2004 Olympian, World Cup Champion, 4X US Open Champion, 5X World/Olympic Team member, Personal coach of 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist Coleman Scott and World Bronze Medalist Daniel Cormier.
Lou Rosselli- Head Coach University of Oklahoma; 1996 Olympian, World Cup Champion, 3X US Open Champion, 3X USA Wrestling Coach of the Year, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Coach, 5X USA World Team Head Coach, Personal coach of 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Kyle Snyder and 2016 World Champion Logan Stieber.
Michael Lightner-Assistant Coach University of Oklahoma; USA World Team Member, US Open Champion, USA World Team Trials Champion, Personal coach of 2012 Olympians Sam Hazewinkle and Jared Frayer.
Nick Heflin-Assistant Coach University of Oklahoma; USA National Team Member, Bronze Medal 2017 US Open, 2017 training partner World Championships Paris, France.
Hunter Stieber-Volunteer Coach University of Oklahoma, Placewinner 2017 US Open, 2017 training partner World Championships Paris, France.
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OKUSA Wrestling would like to Congratulate Jordan Williams of Collinsville and Threestyle Wrestling. Last month Jordan became a Triple Crown winner, becoming a National Champion in USA Wrestling Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman this spring/summer in the Schoolboy Division. Jordan has also since been ranked the #1 Junior High Wrestler in the Country going into the 2017-2018 season. Congrats again and good luck to Jordan Williams!