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Army West Point announces addition of Marsden to staff as volunteer assistant

Austin Marsden rides Missouri wrestler James Romero (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army West Point head wrestling coach Kevin Ward announced on Thursday the addition of Austin Marsden to his staff as a volunteer assistant.

Marsden will work primarily with the upper weights, a task in which Ward is confident he can have a big impact.

"We are getting a big boost with the addition of Austin to our staff," Ward remarked. "He is an individual that has competed at the highest levels throughout his competitive career being a two-time Division I All-American, a two-time Junior World Team member, and a multiple-time All-American in high school. He was one of the most dominant heavyweights in college wrestling over the past four years, and he has been on teams that have competed to win NCAA titles. That experience will greatly benefit our cadet-athletes. We are thrilled that he has chosen to begin his coaching career with us at Army West Point."

Marsden spent his last four years wrestling at national powerhouse Oklahoma State, where he compiled a career-record of 108-22 as a heavyweight with 40 bonus-point victories (19 major decisions, five technical falls and 16 falls). He went 37-8 in dual meets for the Cowboys and was an even 20-20 against ranked opponents throughout his career.

The Nashville, Tenn., native qualified for the NCAA tournament all four years and won three-straight Big 12 heavyweight titles as the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Marsden earned two All-American honors when he finished eighth at the national tournament in 2014 and sixth as a senior in 2016 at Madison Square Garden.

The Black Knights open their season at the Hokie Open on Nov. 6, in Roanoke, Va.

For more information on Army West Point wrestling, visit GoArmyWestPoint.com and follow @ArmyWP_Wres on Twitter.

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