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HERMANN, Continued from page 25 and make U.S. teams earlier in their lives.

USA Wrestler: How do you explain the USOEC program as an option for young wrestlers after they complete their high school careers? Hermann: When you are recruiting, you have to compete with Div. I wrestling, but really you don’t. If you want to wrestle Greco-Roman, we are the only show in town. We have to recruit the guys who are teetering on the edge whether they want to wrestle folkstyle or Greco. We have the only uni- versity Greco-Roman program in the nation, so it is not hard to sell. Next year, we are done with the Stupak Scholarship Program, but recruiting has not been affected. We have free room and board and in-state tuition. It is like a 60 percent scholarship. There are guys who win multiple state titles and only get 10-15 percent scholarship for college to wrestle folkstyle. At Northern Michigan, they can have their degree at 23 years old and they are still competing. It is a great situation for these kids. There are still a lot of people who might not know about this opportunity, so we work hard to let them know about it.

USA Wrestler: Why do you think coaches and athletes should learn Greco-Roman wrestling, in addition to folkstyle and freestyle? Hermann: I have more coaches asking me to give Greco-Roman clinics to their team. When you are wrestling, you face complete wrestlers, and those guys are using upper body moves. More coaches are aware that their guys must be doing what the best guys are doing. An example is that Sam Hazewinkel won the U.S. Open in freestyle and didn’t do many leg attacks. You have to learn how to hand fight and to throw. If you are losing 6-1, you either have to get five takedowns, or you can get one throw and still win. If a guy uses upper body tactics, you have to know the offense and defense from every position. More high school and college coaches need to know Greco-Roman in order to develop more complete wrestlers.

USA Wrestler: What do you feel the USA must do to be consistently competing for World titles in international Greco-Roman wrestling? Hermann: We are doing it now. Getting more international matches is

key, not just staying here and training. That is how you find out what you need to work on. We are getting guys into training camps with foreign wrestlers. With the younger guys, when they go overseas, they are not shaking in their boots when they face a Russian. Our USOEC guys went to Norway this year, and then went to Bulgaria and Austria. The more matches we get overseas at a younger age, the better we will get. By traveling over- seas and wrestling with the best, you get more confidence, believe in your- self and believe that you will become a World champion.

Mike Denney hired to lead new program

at Maryville University Maryville University has announced its inten- tion to field a varsity wrestling program that will compete in NCAA Division II as an independ- ent during the 2011-2012 competitive season. The University has hired legendary wrestling coach Mike Denney to establish the team, effective June 1, 2011. Denney, whose teams have won three con- secutive NCAA Division II National Championships and five in the past seven sea- sons, most recently coached at the University of Nebraska Omaha. UNO recently announced that it will eliminate its wrestling program as a result of joining NCAA Division I athletics next year.

"Maryville is faced with an extraordinary opportunity, to say the least," said Mark Lombardi, PhD, president of Maryville. "To cre- ate a new varsity athletic program and turn it over to the best coach in our nation is certainly a coup for our university. We enthusiastically welcome Coach Denney to our Maryville com- munity and to St. Louis, and look forward to the beginning of a winning wrestling tradition." Denney recently was voted 2011 InterMat Coach of the Year.

This award recognizes the top college wrestling coach across all NCAA divisions as determined by a vote by InterMat writers and executives.

He was named the NCAA Division II

Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1981, 1991 and 2009.

Denney coached at Nebraska-Omaha for 32 seasons.


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