Tim Manning
Tim Manning

USA Wrestling supporter Tim Manning (pictured) is making a significant impact on the future generation of U.S. wrestlers.


Generous support from Tim Manning and family help fund U17 and U23 World Team athletes

by Lorraine Rorabaugh, USA Wrestling

The generous support of USA Wrestling donors provides a foundational backbone for the success of its members, athletes, coaches, parents and programs as each stives to achieve their goals in the sport of wrestling. Tim Manning, a resident of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is one such individual making a profound impact on those in the sport through generous commitment.

Manning, who was a NCAA qualifier at the University of Minnesota and three-time South Dakota high school state champion for Vermillion High School, recognizes the importance of investing in the next generation of champions and sharing the invaluable life lessons imparted by wrestling. As such, the financial support provided by Manning and his wife, Shelly, have directly benefitted the U17 and U23 World Team’s in men’s freestyle by providing crucial resources which enable athletes to reach their full potential on the World stage, on and off the mat.

According to USA Wrestling’s Manager of Men’s Freestyle Programs Joe Russell, Manning’s knowledge of and passion for wrestling has driven him to give back to the sport that shaped his career and character. Russell was a college teammate of Manning at Minnesota back in the 1980’s.

After a successful high school campaign where he won several All-America honors through various national organizations, in addition to his three state titles, the South Dakota native Manning went on to wrestle collegiately at Iowa State University for one season before transferring to Minnesota. During his time as a Golden Gopher, Manning earned over 100 career victories from 1985 to 1988. He placed at the Big Ten Championships three times.

After graduation, Manning served as an assistant coach at his alma mater under the legendary J. Robinson before moving on to work in the private sector. After 32 years, Manning retired from C.H. Robinson Company Worldwide, the last 21 years of which he served as Vice President. 


The Manning name may have a familiar sound, as Tim's brother Mark is the head wrestling coach at the University of Nebraska. 


USA Wrestling is grateful for the continued support by the Manning family and its commitment to giving back to the next generation of wrestlers.

If you share a similar vision and have an interest in supporting USA Wrestling, please reach out directly to Manager of Donor and Alumni Relations Lorraine Rorabaugh at lrorabaugh@usawrestling.org.

To donate directly to USA Wrestling and support wrestlers of all ages achieve their highest potential on and off the mat, please visit https://givedirect.org/usawrestling/.