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Johnston Wrestling Club

Johnston Wrestling Club

success starts with believing in yourself

More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride. 
                             -Dan Gable

PURPLE DRAGONS COACH

TBD

-- is the coach for Purple Dragons (K-2)  

GOLD DRAGONS COACH

Zach Thompson


Coaching Background

  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Iowa State University - 2001-2002

  • Assistant Wrestling Coach Iowa State University - 2002-2004

  • Assistant Varsity Wrestling Coach Johnston High School - 2011-present

School/Athletic Background

Began wrestling career in 1992 at St. Vincent DePaul Middle School, Cleveland, Ohio

Graduated from St. Edward High School, Lakewood, Ohio 1996’

  • Participated in Football and Wrestling

  • Football 2nd Team All-State, 1st team all-district

Wrestling, Iowa State University 1997-2001

  •  Recruited 1996 for collegiate wrestling 

Accomplishments 

  • Wrestling 3 x State of Ohio place winner – 3rd 94’, 3rd 95’, 2nd 96’

  • 2 x Cadet National All-American – 5th 93’, 2nd 94’

  • 2 x Junior National All-American – 5th 95’, 3rd 96’

  • Rated 5th Best 189 lbs. by Amateur Wrestling News 96’

  • Inducted to St. Edward Athletic Hall of Fame 2013

  • 2 x collegiate All American placing 8th in 1999 and runner-up 2000

  • Big Twelve Champion 1999

  • Espoir National Freestyle Champion 1999’

  • Junior World Silver Medalist 1999’ (First Junior World medalist for Iowa State University Wrestling program).

  • Korean University National runner-up 1999’

  • Four-time University National All-American placing no lower than 4th 

  • 4 x Senior National All American

  • Tied all-time career win list with Nate Carr 12th 

  • World Team Trials participant placing 5 overall

  • Iowa State University Bachelor Liberal Studies 2001

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