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Knights Capture Success at NCWA National Tournament

The 2013-2014 NCWA National Championship Tournament in Allen, Texas summed up a fantastic year for the UCF team. Taking 4th overall, UCF triumphed over 84 teams that qualified for the national tournament. Out of 11 weight classes with 64 wrestlers in each bracket battling for a national championship, UCF qualified 13 wrestlers and claimed 4 top 6 finishes, making those wrestlers All-Americans.

             Sophomore Nick Anthony the 133 lb. wrestler placed 5th defeating Bryan Mongiello from Alfred State pinning him in the second period. Nick ended the three-day tournament with a 4-2 record and 3 pins. Senior Captain Josh Woods the returning 3X All American at 235 lbs. achieved his 4X All American status by overcoming Victor Irwin of Eastern Maine State. Woods placed 3rd with a 10-5 decision over Parm Dehsi of Douglas Canada. Capturing 2nd at 197 lbs., Senior Tyrell Walker lost a nail-biting match to Paul Ardila of Georgia State.

            Senior captain Santiago Martinez finished up his spectacular career becoming a 3x All-American. After transferring from Lindinwood St. Charles in Missouri, a Prominent NAIA School, Martinez took second his first year with the Knights. Santiago then followed that with 2 national Champion titles placing him in an elite group of individuals. That finish not only earned him the respect of the rest of the league but the attention from Ivy League Division I, Lehigh, where he will be attending graduate school on a full ride scholarship while he attempts to win his 3rd national title.

            Other Honorable mentions include Senior Chris Fox 2x National qualifier, and Junior Sean Mann a 2x National Qualifier. Both were just one round from being All-Americans. Other qualifiers include Evan Dipsiner, Brandon Williams, Andrew Doobay, Austin Bailey, Michael Seymour, and Davin Morris all made a showing at the national tournament in Allen, TX.

UCF 4x NCWA All-Americans:
Tom Lawlor -  NCWA's first 3x National Champion (3rd Place Freshman Year)
Todd Hauser
David Miller
Paul Rothenberg
Steve DeAugustino
Richard Rippy
Josh Woods

Dual Meet Record since 2001 NCWA team revival: 155-48
8 SE Conference Titles
3 National Titles
80 Individual All-American Finishes
11 Individual National Champion Finishes

Team Finishes:
2002 - 8th Place
2003 - 4th Place
2004 - 1st Place
2005 - 1st Place
2006 - 4th Place
 2007 - 2nd Place 
2008 - 3rd Place
2009 - 5th Place
2010 - 1st Place
2011 - 3rd Place
2012 - 8th Place
2013 - 6th Place
2014 - 4th Place

Jeff Ruberg - 4th @ 165 lbs.
Todd Hauser - 6th @ 184 lbs.
Tom Lawlor - 3rd @ 235 lbs.

Jeff Ruberg - 2nd @ 157 lbs.
David Miller - 3rd @ 125 lbs.
Raun Jessee - 1st @ 165 lbs.
Jason Ruberg - 3rd @ 184 lbs.
Todd Hauser - 4th @ 184 lbs.
Tom Lawlor - 1st @235 lbs.

David Miller - 2nd @ 125 lbs.
Paul Rothenberg - 3rd @ 133 lbs.
Jason Balma - 5th @ 149 lbs.
Jayson Patino - 5th @ 157 lbs.
Brian Guider - 6th @ 157 lbs.
Jeff Ruberg - 2nd @ 165 lbs.
Raun Jessee - 2nd @ 174 lbs.
Jason Ruberg - 1st @ 184 lbs.
Todd Hauser - 1st @ 197 lbs.
Danny Fernandez - 2nd @ 197 lbs.
Tom Lawlor 1st @ 235 lbs.

David Miller - 2nd @ 125 lbs.
Paul Rothenberg - 5th @ 133 lbs.
Matt Bohren - 5th @ 141 lbs.
Jason Balma - 4th @ 149 lbs.
Jayson Patino - 4th @ 165 lbs.
Danny Fernandez - 3rd @ 184 lbs.
Jimmy Myers - 4th @ 184 lbs.
Todd Hauser - 1st @ 197 lbs.
Tom Lawlor - 1st @ 235 lbs.
Jarren Williams - 1st @ 285 lbs.

David Miller - 4th @ 133 lbs.
Paul Rothenberg - 4th @ 141 lbs.
Rob McCarty - 6th @ 149 lbs.
Zach Sanford - 4th @ 174 lbs.
Jimmy Myers - 4th @ 184 lbs.

Federico Carosio - 2nd @ 125 lbs.
Matt Bohren - 6th @ 133 lbs.
Paul Rothenberg - 2nd @ 141 lbs.
Rob McCarty - 2nd @ 149 lbs.
Zach Sanford - 2nd @ 174 lbs.
Mat Stwan - 6th @ 184 lbs.
Jimmy Myers - 7th @ 197 lbs.
Brian Pierson - 7th @ 235 lbs.
Jesse Pinson - 2nd @ 285 lbs.

Steve DeAugustino - 7th @ 133 lbs.
Matt Bohren - 3rd @ 141 lbs.
Rob McCarty - 5th @ 149 lbs.
Devon Jackson - 8th @ 165 lbs.
Zach Sanford - 3rd @ 184 lbs.
Richard Rippy - 4th @ 184 lbs.
Danny Fernandez - 2nd @ 197 lbs.
Jesse Pinson - 4th @ 285 lbs.

Frito Cherenfant - 3rd @ 125 lbs.
Steve DeAugustino - 3rd @ 133 lbs.
Ryan Witzel - 6th @ 157 lbs.
Christopher Hauser - 6th @ 174 lbs.
Richard Rippy - 2nd @ 184 lbs.

Alex Chiricosta - 4th @ 125 lbs.
Steve DeAugustino - 4th @ 133 lbs.
TJ Gillin - 8th @ 149 lbs.
CJ Hauser - 3rd @ 174 lbs.
Zumarr Archer - 7th @ 184 lbs.
Richard Rippy - 3rd @ 197 lbs.
Michael Dominguez - 4th @ 235 lbs.
Daniel Rowe - 4th @ 285 lbs.

Alex Chiricosta - 5th @ 125 lbs.
Steve DeAugustino - 2nd @ 133 lbs.
TJ Gillin - 5th @ 149 lbs.
Richard Rippy - 2nd @ 197 lbs.
Josh Woods - 1st @ 235 lbs.

Alex Chiricosta - 4th @ 125 lbs.
Santiago Martinez - 2nd @ 157 lbs.
Josh Woods - 2nd @ 235 lbs

Matt Vaughn - 2nd @ 149 lbs.
Santiago Martinez - 1st @ 157 lbs.
Josh Woods - 4th @ 235 lbs.

Nick Anthony - 5th @ 133 lbs.
Santiago Martinez - 1st @ 157 lbs.
Tyrell Walker - 2nd @ 197 lbs.
Josh Woods - 3rd @ 235 lbs.


A Big Weekend for UCF Wrestling

UCF Wrestling fans celebrate an important weekend as two individuals will be honored for a lifetime of service to the sport of wrestling.  John Hauser and Russ Schenk will be inducted in to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Florida Chapter under the title “Lifetime Service Award.”  The ceremony will be held on August 10 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.  Coach Hauser and Coach Schenk will join four other Florida coaches as the Florida induction class of 2013; their names will forever be displayed at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame headquarters in Stillwater, OK.  

Coach John Hauser is a longtime Metro Conference coach in Central Florida.  He began his coaching career in 1972, after wrestling and earning a degree from the University of Florida.  Hauser coached at Colonial High School before accepting the job as Stetson University’s head coach from 1983-1986.  After leaving Stetson University, Hauser returned to Colonial High School until 1995 when he transferred to Edgewater High School.  All three of his sons wrestled for him at Edgewater High School.  Two of Coach Hauser’s sons, Todd and CJ, wrestled at UCF after each earning a wrestling state title.  While Todd was wrestling at UCF, Coach Hauser did double duty and helped coach his son at UCF and also continued as head coach at Edgewater High School.   UCF earned back to back NCWA National Championships in 2004 and 2005.  Todd Hauser was a four-time All-American for UCF and a two-time national champion.  His younger brother followed similar fashion also becoming a two-time All-American for UCF.  After retiring from Edgewater High School, John Hauser now works as an assistant coach to his son, Todd, at Apopka High School. 

Russ Schenk’s 30 years of service to wrestling is also worthy of this distinguished honor.  Like Hauser, Schenk was a high school wrestler in Florida and attended college in Florida to wrestle at the NCAA level.   Schenk was a state champion for Tarpon Springs High School in 1982 and was recruited to wrestle at UCF by Johnny Rouse.  In 1984, just two years before UCF dropped its NCAA program, Schenk was a regional champion and All-American for the Knights.  Schenk went on to compete in the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Trials.  Throughout the next fifteen years, Schenk continued competing in the veterans division, earning a national title and medal at the world level of the division.   After graduating from UCF, Schenk was the head coach at Oviedo High School in Orlando, FL.    After coaching at several other programs in Florida and Indiana, Schenk is a now the assistant coach and athletic director at Sunlake High School in Land O’ Lakes, FL. 

Hauser and Schenk will join other former UCF coaches and wrestlers in the most prestigious club of wrestling coaches in the United States.  Former head coach, Johnny Rouse, was inducted in 2001, former UCF assistant coaches, Randy Jessee and Scott Sherman were inducted in 2005 and 2006, respectively.  Rouse, Sherman, and Jessee were also former UCF wrestlers.   Russ Schenk will join a growing group of other former UCF wrestlers, including Rick Tribit (2008), Doug Peters (2010), Bill Combs (2010), Robert Wimberley (2012).  These men wrestled for UCF’s NCAA program before the program was dropped in 1986.  Rouse, Sherman, Jessee, and Hauser were key individuals in the program’s NCWA (National Collegiate Wrestling Association) rebirth in 2001.  Rouse was part of the inaugural 1972 UCF team (then called Florida Technological University) and eventually began the head coach in 1982 and again the head coach in 2001.

Earning a lifetime service recognition by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is the highest accolade in the sport of wrestling, a fitting honor for the dedication of these men.

New UCF Head Coach has active Freestyle/ Greco Summer

After over a decade of success under the direction of Coach Johnny Rouse and Jason Balma, UCF will continue their success and winning tradition under the direction of new Head Coach JD Robbins.  Coach Robbins has a long history of success in both California and Florida with Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco styles of wrestling.  Robbins founded one of the most successful Freestyle/ Greco clubs in the country, the Junior Elite Training System (JETS).  The California and Florida JETS has produced numerous senior national champions and world level wrestlers. Robbins has coached the national team in both California and Florida and has been named Coach of the Year for his success with USA Wrestling and high school state championships at Oviedo High School. 

Robbins brings a wealth of wrestling knowledge to the UCF wrestling team as well as a plan help the program continue to grow.  In his first year with UCF as an assistant coach, Robbins helped the team win a conference title and place 6th at the NCWA National Tournament, including three All-Americans and National Champion Santiago Martinez.  Robbins has also begun training the UCF collegiate wrestlers within his JETS program at USA Wrestling Southeast Training Center near UCF.  While UCF primarily competes in the collegiate style of NCAA wrestling, Robbins is preparing the team for more training and competition during what is traditionally the off-season.  “The best college wrestling programs in the United States are training and competing Freestyle and Greco at national and world level events; it’s how their athletes are moving to the next level,” said Robbins.  His efforts have already begun to pay dividends as Martinez placed at US Open in Las Vegas earlier this summer. 

In his first summer as head coach, Robbins has traveled the country and world with his JETS program.  Robbins started the summer at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, CO preparing for the University World Championships.  Next Robbins traveled to Last Vegas, NV and Stillwater, OK for the US Open and University Nationals.  Next, Robbins traveled to Kazan, Russia for the University World Championships.  From there, Robbins traveled to Athens, Greece to attend a Senior International Olympic event; an event hosted in Ancient Olympia on the sacred grounds where wrestling first began in 776 BC.  This event was a promotion of the campaign “Save Olympic Wrestling” since the threat to remove wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games.  After only two days home in Orlando, Robbins hit the road again for another training camp at the Olympic Training Center for the upcoming FILA Junior World Championships which will be held in Bulgaria later this summer. 

Coach Robbins has demonstrated himself as a leader in the sport of wrestling at all styles and levels and UCF is privileged to have Coach  Robbins at the helm of the program along with Johnny Rouse and Jason Balma who will continue their involvement as assistant coaches along with David Sentner and CJ Cook.  With the start of the fall semester just around the corner, there is no doubt that UCF is preparing to win a 2014 NCWA National Championship title, a title earned by the program in 2004, 2005, and 2010.

6 Wrestlers Names Academic All-Americans

By Scott Farrell
NCWA Staff
DALLAS – The National Collegiate Wrestling Association, in conjunction with the National Wrestling Coaches Association, honored 152 wrestlers with certificates this week recognizing them as its top student-athletes for the 2012-13 season. This season’s NCWA All-Academic Team contains scholars from 66 schools from the NCWA’s combined Division I and Division II ranks. The women’s division honored six student-athletes.

The coaches association sponsors the NCWA’s academic awards as well as those for the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. 

“It’s always exciting for us to recognize our top scholars and student-athletes,” NCWA executive director Jim Giunta said. “We congratulate this year’s All-Academic Team for their fine work. As an association that is all about providing life opportunities through wrestling, the NCWA has a very high regard for those who achieve in the classroom as well as in competition. These are our future leaders.”

Central Florida and West Chester led the NCWA with six members each on the All-Academic Team, topping a list of an elite 12 schools that contributed more than one-third (56) of the honorees. California Baptist, Massachusetts, South Florida and The Apprentice School each had five members on the list, and Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan, New Hampshire and Stony Brook had four members each.

The complete list of honorees is below, alphabetized within the name of their school.


Maximilian Becks - Central Florida
Santiago Martinez - Central Florida
*NCWA National Champion (157 lbs.)

William Mitchell - Central Florida
Nick Petrovcik - Central Florida
Matt Vaughn - Central Florida
*NCWA Runner-Up (149 lbs.)

Tyrell Walker - Central Florida

UCF Wrestling History

In the fall of 1970, Florida Technological University, now called the University of Central Florida, hired Gerald R. Gergley to be its first wrestling coach.

Under Coach Gergley, the varsity program grew into a high respected NCAA DII team which traveled the nation in strong competition. Four coaching changes later and after competing in NCAA DI for one season, UCF dropped its varsity program in the sport for budgetary and gender equity concerns in 1986.

In the summer of 2001, Oklahoma State University transfer student wrestler Jeff Ruberg, along with UCF Alumni and former Assistant Coach to Gergley, Johnny Rouse, began the NCWA team which is now entering its 12th season.  Since the program’s 2001 revival, UCF has earned three NCWA team titles and has never finished outside of the top ten.

From its 1970 inception, through the 2012 wrestling season, the university has produced 75 All Americans, 7 members (Lifetime Achievement) of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and 6 wrestlers who have represented the USA in International Competition.