Zane Richards
Zane Richards
Team USAWrestling

Zane Richards

Upcoming Event

2023 Pan American Games

November 1-4, 2023 | Santiago, Chile

Upcoming Event

2023 Pan American Games

November 1-4, 2023 | Santiago, Chile

Previous Event

2023 World Championships

Sept. 16-24, 2023 | Belgrade, Serbia

Athlete Bio

Zane Richards


Carbondale, IL


University of Illinois

2023-24 Team USA Ranking: No. 1 at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. 

Years on Team USA: 2 (2022-24) 

Residence: Champaign, Ill. 

Club: Titan Mercury Wrestling Club 

Regional Training Center: Illinois RTC 

Personal Coach: Bryan Medlin

College: Illinois 

High School: Carbondale, Ill. (Carbondale Community) 

Born: Feb. 4, 1994


Career Notes 

  • 2023 Senior World Team member
  • 2023 Final X champion
  • 2023 U.S. Open champion
  • 2022 and 2033 Bill Farrell Memorial International champion 
  • Fourth at 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials 
  • Third at 2019 U.S. Open 
  • Two-time NCAA All-American for Illinois (2016 and 2017) 


2023: 20th at World Championships… Third at Imre Polyak and Varga Janos Memorial (Hungary)… Final X champion… U.S. Open champion… Fifth at Zagreb Open (Croatia)…

2022: World Cup team member… Bill Farrell Memorial International champion… Won true third place match at Final X Stillwater to make national team… Third at World Team Trials Challenge… Bill Farrell Memorial International champion

2021: Fourth at U.S. Olympic Team Trials… Runner-up at Last Chance Qualifier  

2019: Third at U.S. Open… Fifth at New York Athletic Club International… World Cup team member… Eighth at Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)  

2018: Fourth at World Team Trials Challenge… Third at Bill Farrell Memorial International…  

2017: Third at Last Chance World Team Trials Qualifier 


College: Two-time NCAA All-American for Illinois (2016 and 2017)… Fourth at 133 pounds in 2016… Seventh at 133 pounds in 2017… Coached by Jim Heffernan… Earned bachelor’s degree in general studies 

High School: Two-time Illinois 2A state champion for Carbondale Community High School at 125 pounds and 132 pounds… Also ran cross country 

Age-Group Achievements: 2014 FILA Junior Nationals champion… Runner-up at 2013 FILA Junior World Team Trials… Runner-up at 2012 USAW Junior Freestyle Nationals… 2012 USAW Junior Greco-Roman Nationals champion… 2011 USAW Junior Freestyle Nationals champion… Runner-up at 2011 USAW Junior Greco-Roman Nationals… 2011 ASICS FILA Cadet Nationals freestyle (champion)…. Runner-up 2011 ASICS FILA Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman… Third at 2010 USAW Cadet Freestyle Nationals… 2010 USAW Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals champion.. 2010 Cadet folkstyle nationals champion… Third at 2009 Cadet Freestyle Natonals.. 2009 Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals champion…  

Personal: Parents are Jerry Richards and Kelly Bushur… Five siblings; Aaron, Hannah, Ryan, Katie and Maddi 


Twitter: @inzanerichards 

Instagram: zane.richards 

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