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Josh Weintraub to Serve as Team Leader and Bill Kloos as Assistant Team Leader for USA Wrestling’s Greco-Roman National Team through the 2024 Paris Games

by USA Wrestling

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – September 9, 2021 – USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, has named Josh Weintraub of New York, New York as Team Leader and Bill Kloos of New York, New York as Assistant Team Leader for USA Wrestling’s Greco-Roman National Team during the Olympic quadrennium leading up to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

The Team Leader and Assistant Team Leader play key roles in supporting the efforts of the National Team program and its athletes, coaches, and staff. This will include leading the U.S. Greco-Roman delegation at major events, including the annual Senior World Championships and the upcoming Olympic Games. Both Weintraub and Kloos will assume their roles starting with the 2021 Senior World Championships in Oslo, Norway, October 2-10.

“We are excited to welcome Josh and Bill to our Greco-Roman squad heading to Paris,” said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director. “The future is very bright for USA Wrestling with great and passionate leaders like Josh and Bill supporting us on our way to the 2024 Olympic Games.”

Weintraub and Kloos are both leaders in the business community, with a passion for wrestling and other combat sports. Weintraub boxed inter-collegiately and was named captain of the college boxing team his junior season. He was a finalist in the 1990 East Coast Championships held at the U.S. Naval Academy. For over 34 years, Weintraub has enjoyed various forms of martial arts and still practices and teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu today, learning under Professor Zed Chierighini, Professor Mike Jaramillo, and Master Renzo Gracie in New York City. Weintraub received his black belt in 2018 and his first stripe in 2021.

Kloos is a passionate fan of wrestling and has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and grappling for over 14 years, achieving the rank of brown belt at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City. He began competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments in 2021 as a master’s athlete.

Weintraub commented: “It’s an incredible honor to join the USA Wrestling family. The program has a distinguished history and I’m proud to support our national Greco-Roman wrestling team on their exciting journey.”

Kloos added: “USA Wrestling is a celebrated program globally. It’s a privilege to be part of the organization and join the talented team on its road to the 2024 Olympics.”

Greco-Roman wrestling is an Olympic combat discipline, which has roots going back to early civilization, including the ancient Olympic Games in Greece. Greco-Roman was also included in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece in 1896 and continues to be included in the Olympic program.

The USA Wrestling Greco-Roman program has been successful on the international level, including a historic world team title at the 2007 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. The USA has won 15 Olympic medals in Greco-Roman wrestling, including Olympic champions Steve Fraser (1984), Jeff Blatnick (1984), and Rulon Gardner (2000). At the Senior World Championships, the USA has won 32 medals, with world champions Mike Houck (1985), Dennis Hall (1995), Rulon Gardner (2001), Dremiel Byers (2002), and Joe Warren (2006). USA Wrestling’s National Greco-Roman Coach is Matt Lindland, a 2000 Olympic silver medalist and 2001 world silver medalist, who was also successful in mixed martial arts as an athlete, coach, and leader.

About Josh Weintraub

Weintraub is the Chief Executive Officer of Residential Opportunities for Cerberus Capital Management, a global investment firm. He joined Cerberus in 2008 and since that time, the firm has become one of the world’s leading investors in performing residential real estate loans and has earned recognition as an innovator and market-leader in arbitrage and issuing residential debt. Weintraub has over 30 years of experience in the industry and prior to Cerberus, ran trading businesses at Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers as well as graduated from Chase Manhattan Bank’s Management Development Program in 1993. Weintraub graduated from Lehigh University where he earned a dual B.A. in Economics and International Business graduating with honors.

Weintraub is an active and avid supporter of charitable causes. His leadership and support of USA Wrestling adds to his longtime commitment to organizations that are making the world a better place.

Together with his family, he created the Weintraub Family Foundation dedicated to supporting those in need, including veterans, children, struggling families, minority communities, and the homeless. The foundation believes in physical and mental health well-being as well as providing education for our youth. After being introduced to the Valerie Fund charity by his wife Sharon in 2007, he began supporting the organization dedicated to providing social, emotional, and financial support for children battling cancer and rare blood disorders. In 2012, along with his wife and other co-chairs, Weintraub created an annual fundraising gala in New York City. The gala has enabled the Valerie Fund to significantly expand their day-to-day operations and create a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate scholarship program for the organization’s children.

He also serves on the Board of Directors for Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit providing personalized support and resources for U.S. military veterans entering the workforce. Weintraub’s passion for Hire Heroes USA is driven by his desire to empower others with the skills and confidence to create their own success. Weintraub also serves on the Board of Visitors for the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia dedicating his time and resources after seeing the impact the hospital had on his own family and the health and wellness of young people.

About Bill Kloos

Kloos is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Cerberus Capital Management, a global investment firm. He leads the structuring, formation, and negotiation of Cerberus’ public and private investment vehicles and advisory relationships and assists with regulatory issues and compliance-related matters. In addition, Kloos provides legal oversight for Cerberus’ global marketing and fundraising efforts and supports Cerberus’ Residential Opportunities platform in respect to its business operations. Prior to joining Cerberus in 2013, Kloos was an Associate in the Investment Management Group at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Kloos received his B.S. from Syracuse University, where he studied communications and graduated summa cum laude. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated magna cum laude.