Nick Heflin throws Bo Nickal at the U.S. Open (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
NORMAN -- Oklahoma wrestling coach Lou Rosselli announced Thursday the addition of Nick Heflin to his staff as an assistant coach.
Heflin joins the Sooners after spending the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Princeton. Heflin helped lead the Tigers to their seventh top-25 finish in program history in 2016-17 after sending seven student-athletes to the NCAA Championships, including freshman All-American Matthew Kolodzik. In 2015-16 under Heflin's direction, 197-pounder Brett Harner earned the EIWA crown and reach the podium at the national tournament. The Massillon, Ohio, native, who competed collegiately at Ohio State University, also worked closely with Princeton's Regional Training Center.
"I'm very excited about being in Norman," Heflin said. "I get the opportunity to coach with someone who coached me. It's kind of crazy how life works out, and I'm excited to be joining Oklahoma and helping lead their program. Lou coming on staff is huge. He helped me tremendously throughout my career as a wrestler and helped raise my level as a competitor. I know Oklahoma made a great decision in hiring Lou, and I'm excited to be joining that staff and this new direction the Sooners are going in."
A three-time All-American for the Buckeyes and the 2014 NCAA Runner-Up at 197 pounds, Heflin wrestled for Rosselli at Ohio State from 2010-2014. After graduating, he worked as a strength coach with both the Ohio State football and wrestling teams and with the Ohio Regional Training Center before joining the Princeton staff.
"Nick will be a great addition to our OU program and this coaching staff," Rosselli said. "He will be able to train and coach our upper weights, so we are very excited about Nick's arrival in Norman."
Earlier this month, Heflin placed third at 86kg at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas. He has a degree in human nutrition from Ohio State.