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Stan Dziedzic, Slippery Rock University



Stan Dziedzic enrolled at Slippery Rock University in the fall of 1968. His accomplishments at SRU and in the international style of freestyle wrestling after graduation make him possibly the greatest wrestler to ever participate in the NCAA College Division which eventually evolved into the NCAA Division II. Stan wrestled three seasons at Slippery Rock University and had a career record of 118-2. His coach was Fred Powell a former NCAA National Champion from Lock Haven State College. In his first year of collegiate wrestling Stan wrestled at the 150 pound weight class and took an undefeated record into the 1970 NCAA College Division Tournament. He won his first national championship in that meet and qualified to wrestle in the NCAA University Division Tournament a week later. In that meet he advanced to the semi finals, before losing 9-5 to the eventual champion Mike Grant of the University of Oklahoma. He wrestled back to place third. Stan's second year of collegiate wrestling was even more successful as he went through the 1970-71 season undefeated and won championships in both the NCAA College Division and the NCAA University Division tournaments wrestling at 150 pounds. He was selected as the meets Outstanding Wrestler at the College Division Championship. For Stan's senior season, 1971-72, he moved up to the 158 pound weight class. He again had an undefeated season going into the NCAA College Division meet which he won for his fourth National Championship. He carried the number one seed into the NCAA University Division Tournament before losing in the championship match to Carl Adams of Iowa State 7-4. Stan's performances helped his Slippery Rock University team place second in the NCAA College Division Nationals his junior year and fourth as a senior. Following his graduation in 1972, Dziedzic spent six years as an assistant coach at Michigan State University, where he continued to train and compete. His weight class was 163 pounds which was generally considered the toughest in the country and the world. During that time he won four national freestyle titles, two gold medals in the World Cup, and he reached the apex when he won a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, and then won the World Championships in 1977. In 1978 Stan turned to coaching and was named the national freestyle coach for the Amatuer Athletic Union. He held that position for six years and made significant contributions to American wrestling. He helped develop the Olympic 200 project which made it easier for wrestlers to stay in the sport and train for international competitions. He also pioneered the idea of longer training camps for USA international teams. In 1980 he was selected as Wrestlings Man of the Year. In 1984 he was an assistant coach and the manager for the Olympic Freestyle team that competed in Los Angeles and won seven gold medals. In 1996 he received wrestlings highest honor when he was inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame, in Stillwater Oklahoma. Stan is currently serving a two year term as the President of USA Wrestling. Stan and his wife Arlene live in Roswell, Georgia and he is the Managing Director of Lehman Brothers Investment Firm in Atlanta. They are the parents of four children Jodi, Katie, Tom and Emily.
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