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Biography - Steve Fraser
Fraser joined USA Wrestling as the National Greco-Roman Coach in October, 1995. He serves as the full-time professional coach working with the national Greco-Roman program and works to develop Greco-Roman programs in the United States.

Fraser led the U.S. to its best team performance ever at the 2001 World Championships with the United States taking home the third-place trophy. A U.S. Greco-Roman team had never won a team medal at a World Championhsip. The 2001 squad also had a World Champion in Rulon Gardner and silver medalists Brandon Paulson and Matt Lindland. At the 2000 Olympic Games, the U.S. team won one gold, one silver and one bronze medal. Gardner stunned the world with his win over unbeaten Russian Alexander Kareline.

Fraser has worked hard to help improve the entire national Greco-Roman effort, from youth through the Olympic levels.

He also works with the U.S. Olympic Committee Greco-Roman resident athlete program in Colorado Springs, Colo. Fraser has created a number of new programs to assist in the development of age-group wrestlers and coaches in Greco-Roman.

Fraser won a gold medal at 90 kg (198 lbs.) at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, becoming the first U.S. wrestler to ever win an Olympic gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling. He won five matches on the way to the title, including a 1-1 criteria decision over Ilia Matei of Romania in the gold-medal finals. Among his key victories was a 4-1 decision over three-time World Champion Frank Andersson of Sweden.

He also won a gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Games. Fraser was a member of the 1979 and 1982 U.S. World Teams. He claimed U.S. Nationals titles in Greco-Roman in 1981 and 1983, and was a U.S. Nationals freestyle champion in 1984.

Fraser was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1994. He was named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year in 1984, and was a finalist for the James E. Sullivan Award that year. He has been inducted into the Michigan Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame.

He attended the Univ. of Michigan, where he was a two-time NCAA All-American. Fraser received a bachelorís degree in physical education in 1980. He was a Michigan state high school champion at Hazel Park High School.

Fraser was a college and club coach after his competitive career was over. He was an assistant coach at the Univ. of Michigan from 1980-87, and at Eastern Michigan Univ. from 1987-1993. He also coached with the Michigan Wrestling Club for 10 years.

Fraser has three children, Kellen, Kerrin and Hannah.

 
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