EVANSTON, Ill. -- USA Wrestling announced that Northwestern University has been added to the list of certified Regional Training Centers. The Chicago Regional Training Center will provide athletes with the utmost in training and learning opportunities in support of the Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling and USA Wrestling.
The designation as an official Regional Training Center carries with it many responsibilities to develop athletes. The Chicago Regional Training Center provides a world class coaching staff along with an outstanding training facility to maximize the production of current and future Olympians.
"The Chicago RTC is instrumental in developing our athletes into world and Olympic Champions," said Northwestern head wrestling coach Drew Pariano. "We also want to focus on the process, and that begins at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels. The Chicago RTC will open up opportunities for wrestlers to train at an elite level. Our involvement with USA Wrestling is very important to our program and we thank them for their support".
Recently, Northwestern has produced a World Silver Medalist and 2012 Olympian Jake Herbert. In addition, two-time Olympian and Canadian National Champion, Matt Gentry has found a home with the Chicago Regional Training Center. On the Junior level, Lee Munster won the World Team Trials in 2011 at 84 kg and competed at the World Championships in Bucharest, Romania. In just two weeks, Northwestern freshman Jason Tsirtsis will compete for a World freestyle title at 66 kg at the 2013 FILA Junior World Championships, August 18 in Sofia, Bulgaria. In addition, 2007 NCAA Runner-Up Aaron Anspach and 2006 NCAA All-American Alex Tsirtsis will also be members of the Chicago RTC.
USA Wrestling Regional Training Centers are open to any and all members of USA Wrestling.