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USA Wrestling is sending a team of rockstar coaches to lead the U20 team to the World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria from August 15-21.
The competition begins with men’s freestyle wrestling, followed by women’s wrestling and ends with Greco-Roman wrestling. Fans can watch all the action live on FloLutte and follow us on Twitter @USAWrestling for live updates.
Competition dates: August 15-17
Leading the team is newly appointed National Men’s Freestyle Development Coach james green, two-time Senior World Medalist and five-time World Team member. Green, who was a silver medalist at the 2017 Worlds and a bronze medalist at the 2015 Worlds, made his wrestling coaching debut in the United States in July at the U17 World Championships, where he coached nine athletes for four gold, three silver and two bronze medals. In the end, the United States ran away with the tag team title in a historic performance, beating second-placed India by 64 points.
Alongside Green will be a two-time Olympian and 2003 world silver medalist Kerry McCoy and 2016 world champion Logan Stieber.
McCoy, who was also the U20 world champion in 1992, has a full and impressive coaching resume, including stints as head coach at Stanford and the University of Maryland and stints as an assistant coach at Penn State and Lehigh. McCoy has been heavily involved in American wrestling, coaching at several international tournaments including the 2008 Olympics, in addition to serving on the Executive Committee, Athlete Advisory Committee and DEI Committee. Currently, the 2014 National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee is the Executive Director and Head Coach of Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club.
Stieber, a four-time NCAA champion for Ohio State, will make the trip. This will be his second world-level event to coach, as he was a personal trainer at the 2021 Senior Worlds for Canadian Amar Dhesi. He also coached athletes at the 2021 Matteo Pellicone, a UWW Ranking Series event, and the 2022 Pan American U20 Championships. In the spring of 2021, Stieber was named to Buckeye’s coaching staff as an assistant coach. In his first year on the staff, he helped four Buckeyes to All-America honors.
Competition dates: August 17-19
Leading the women’s freestyle team is the National Women’s Freestyle Development Coach Jessica Medina Bunker, who was part of the 2009 and 2010 World Team and several U.S. National Teams. Medina Bunker has been on the USA Wrestling staff since 2019 and made an immediate impact. Since taking charge, at the World Championships, she has led the United States to four gold, one silver and one bronze at the U20 level, three gold, three silver and one bronze at U17 level and six gold, six silver and one bronze at Division U15 level. In 2021, Medina Bunker helped the Red, White and Blue win the U17 and U20 World Team titles, both a first for USA Wrestling. Prior to her national coaching role, Medina Bunker was the head women’s coach at Ferrum College, the girls’ wrestling coach at Beat the Streets Philadelphia, and the boys’ assistant coach at Montini Catholic, a renowned high school program. .
Alongside her will be the former National Women’s Freestyle Development Coach Emma Randall and two-time world silver medalist Alli Ragan.
Randall has a remarkable coaching history. She is the only woman to hold USA Wrestling’s gold level coaching certification and one of under 80 coaches nationally. As previously mentioned, from 2012-2018, Randall served as the National Women’s Freestyle Development Coach, helping several athletes win World and Pan American medals. She was also part of the coaching staff for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Currently, Randall is the women’s head coach at RTC New York and leads women’s wrestlers at Columbia University. Prior to joining NYC RTC, she was Head Girls Coach and Program Director for Beat the Streets New York.
Ragan, who won world silver medals at the 2016 and 2017 World Championships, recently began her coaching career. She is a graduate assistant coach at Grand View University, where she helped six athletes achieve NAIA All-American status in her freshman season. She is also a member of the USA Wrestling Coaches’ Council. In addition to her world medals, as an athlete, Ragan was a six-time world team member and Pan American champion in 2017. She also won two world bronze medals at the U20 level.
Competition dates: August 19-21
At the head of the Greco-Roman U20 team, outstanding coaches Zac Dominguez and mohamed abdelfattah.
Dominguez has been an outstanding Greco-Roman volunteer for USA Wrestling, appearing in numerous international tournaments and hosting several national events over the years. This will be his seventh trip to the World Championships, with two Senior Worlds, two U20 Worlds and two U17 Worlds already under his belt. As the head coach of the MWC Wrestling Academy in Nebraska, Dominguez helped eight athletes make World Age Group Teams and two of them win World Medals as well as several Pan Am Medals. He is also the personal trainer of World Senior Team members Alan Vera and Sam Jones. As an athlete, he was a three-time US Open medalist and finished third at the 2004 Olympic Trials.
Abdelfattah most recently served as the National Greco-Roman Assistant Coach for several years, working closely with resident athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center and helping wrestlers like Adam Coon (silver, 2018) and G’Angelo Hancock (bronze, 2021) to win world medals. . Abdelfattah came to USA Wrestling with a successful athletic career, which included a 2006 World Championship and a 2002 World Bronze Medal, competing for Egypt. He also won bids for three Olympics. Additionally, Abdelfattah was a U20 World Silver Medalist in 1998.