USA Wrestling is pleased to announce that David Pottruck of San Francisco, Calif., the co-CEO of Charles Schwab Corporation has been named as the Honorary Captain of the 2000 U.S. Freestyle Wrestling Team in Sydney.
Pottruck is one of the most successful business leaders in the nation, and has been one of the most active supporters of amateur wrestling in the nation.
"USA Wrestling is pleased and excited to announce that David Pottruck is our Honorary Captain for the 2000 Freestyle Team," said USA Wrestling President Bruce Baumgartner, a four-time Olympic medalist. "His involvement and support will help our team to achieve tremendous success."
As honorary captain, Pottruck has joined the U.S. team effort, and will be travelling to Sydney and working together with the staff, including U.S. Olympic co-head coaches Dan Gable, John Smith and Greg Strobel, as well as U.S. Olympic Team Leader Scott Beck.
"I have joined the U.S. freestyle team as its honorary captain because of my commitment to the sport and its amazing impact on the development of today's youth," said Pottruck. “Wrestling made a significant impact on my life and my personal character development. I'm excited to be a member of our team effort, and look forward to participating in our success in Sydney."
The U.S. team is being determined this weekend at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling in Dallas, Texas, June 22-24.
The United States is among the best freestyle wrestling nations in the world. U.S. wrestlers have won 99 Olympic medals in the first century of the modern Olympic Games, the most of any nation.
Only two sports have won more individual men's Olympic medals for the United States, swimming and track and field, and they have many more events.
In recent years, the U.S. freestyle have been dominant. The U.S. won World Team Titles in 1993 and 1995, and claimed the most freestyle medals at the 1996 Olympic Games. The U.S. has placed second and third at the last two World Freestyle Championships, and is expected to battle for top honors in Sydney this summer.